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Subject support guide

Your subject-specific guide to using library resources.

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Grey literature

Grey literature are materials and research produced by organisations outside of traditional commercial or  academic publishing and distribution channels. Grey literature publication types include reports, working papers, government documents, white papers and evaluations. 

Finding Grey Literature
 
  • The internet: if you need to use the internet to find grey literature, then we would advise you use Google advanced search rather than the standard Google search box or Google Scholar. A search strategy needs to be robust, so that it has credibility and can be replicated by others. As a result, Google advanced is the best option out of the Google services as although we don't know how the Google results are generated, at least with Google advanced search there is a framework / structure within the search that doesn't appear in Google Scholar for instance.
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