Getting started searching for grey literature:
Keep in mind what type of research information that you are after and use this to help plan where you search.
Keep in mind collections that have been already filtered. For example:
Creating a grey literature strategy:
Types of resources to examine:
The above content is copied from the University of Queensland grey literature guide with permission.
Searching databases and catalogues
Try searching databases and catalogues for terms such as:
Many databases and catalogues contain fields and limiters for document, format or content type that you can use to limit the results to these types of papers or formats. You may need to use the advanced search to see these options, or look for filters in your search results. You can search for these in the limiters options (sometimes in the advanced search screen) of many databases. It will normally be located in a section named document, format or content type.
Searching web search engines:
A lot of grey literature is published in file formats other than normal webpages. In Google use the limit functions to narrow your search
The File Type limit in the advanced search in search engines such as Google can also be used to narrow your search results by file type to PDF, Word, PPT etc.
Try to search the websites of key organisations in your field of research to find information that is not indexed in search engines or other sites mentioned on this page. This could include websites of companies, government bodies, non-governmental organisations and research bodies.
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