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Grey Literature

Start your grey literature search with this guide containing resources and strategies for discovering research produced outside traditional commercial or academic publishing channels.


We now know that grey literature is not scholarly and peer-reviewed. Experts do not review grey literature before publication, so readers must evaluate it themselves. Why would someone use grey literature when it is generally less reliable and requires more evaluation on the users' part than peer-reviewed literature? Among other reasons, grey literature is often ...

  • Faster
  • Cheaper to access
  • More accessible language and writing style
  • More diverse viewpoints
  • More plentiful, especially on niche subjects

... than scholarly, peer-reviewed research. Remember that no matter the reason for using grey literature, you must properly evaluate it.