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  • Finding Grey Literature Allison Bell Gerstein Library January 2011
  • Defining Grey Literature
    • Information produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry…
    • in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing…
    • i.e. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body .
    • Source: GreyNet
  • Grey Lit – What?
    • Government documents
    • Theses and Dissertations
    • Annual reports
    • Technical Reports
    • Conference proceedings/abstracts/papers
    • Etc…
  • Grey Lit - Where?
    • Government/Ministry websites
    • Newspaper and Magazine articles
    • Government documents in print
        • Robarts Library, 4th Floor Reference area
    • Google and Google Scholar
    • Theses and Dissertations Guide & Public Health Research Guide
  • Chasing Grey Lit
    • Ref. lists of relevant articles and reports
    • Author affiliations and agencies
    • Newspaper/Magazine articles
    • Know the key non-profit/research/govt agencies for your topic
      • Personal websites may point you to some
  • Critical Appraisal of Grey Lit.
    • Online:
      • Date/Last modified
      • Statement of Responsibility
      • Wacko factor/ Malicious intent
      • Bias: Financial/ political interests
      • Personal or group interests/beliefs
    • Books/Reports:
      • Date published
      • Bias (author and/or publisher)
      • Peer Reviewed or not
  • Guides to finding Grey Lit
    • Grey Matters: a practical search tool for evidence-based medicine   
    • Public Health Grey Literature Sources ( pdf )   
    • University of Calgary Guide   
    • University of Waterloo Guide to Grey Literature   
  • Google Scholar @ UofT
    • To find it:
    • Go to Library Homepage
    • Click eResources
    • Type “Google”