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The term grey literature refers to research that is either unpublished or has been published in non-commercial form.
Examples of grey literature include: policy statements and issues papers; conference proceedings; pre-prints and post-prints of articles; theses and dissertations; research reports; newsletters and bulletins and fact sheets.
Grey literature can be found by doing an Internet search focusing your search terms, for example ending your search with site:.gov.uk to look for government reports. You will also find grey literature by searching some of our news databases that can be found on our newspaper resources guide (please see the link at the right hand side of this page).
Most databases allow you to limit your search by document type so you can look for grey literature as part of your research.
Other recommended resources include:
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