Grey literature is the term for literature not formally published in books or journals, or published in a non-commercial form. This includes: technical or research reports from government agencies, reports and working papers from research groups, doctoral dissertations, conference proceedings, blogs, policy documents, newsletters, and market reports.
Understanding and being aware of the structures of commercial academic publishing, and how this affects what is published and how you access it, may be relevant to you in your studies.
As grey literature is not formally published, it is not subject to the same control as other literature, which has several implications:
Some places to consider when searching for grey literature:
An excellent guide to grey literature, including a range of other sources, is available here from the University of Wolverhampton. The document below, produced by Public Health England, provides more links and more information about places to find grey literature.
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