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What is "Grey Literature"?
"That which is produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in print and electronic formats, but which is not controlled by commercial publishers." (Fourth International Conference on Grey Literature, Washington, DC, October, 1999)
Grey literature includes:
- Theses and dissertations
- Conference papers and proceedings
- Research reports
- Government documents
Conference Papers and Proceedings
Conference papers and proceedings can be very difficult to find because they:
- Can be published in different ways - as books, journal articles, abstracts
- Take several years to be published or may not be published at all
- May be deposited in an author or institutional repository
Government documents are an important primary source of information on a wide range of issues. They can be found through a search of the library catalog and government websites.
The official web portal for the U.S. government.
Theses and Dissertations
Library and Archives Canada has a collection of over 300,000 Canadian theses and dissertations on microform, which are indexed on this site. Of these, approximately 50,000 are also available freely in electronic format.