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Grey Literature

Grey literature searching requires a bit more work than finding academic sources. These resources and search tips will help you locate relevant and useful grey literature for your research.  

Questions?  Contact Jason Lee, Collections and Resource Librarian, and interim liaison librarian for Public Health & School of Nursing

Grey Lit Resources & Repositories

Databases and eBook Collections

Grey Literature can be found on several databases available online via the CBU Library. Try searching:

1. CINAHL: The Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) is a core source of information for Nursing and 17 Allied Health disciplines. Contains grey literature in the form of conference proceedings, nursing and allied health trade publications, evidence-based care fact sheets and much more. 

2. Global Public Health: Specialist database for public health, around the world. Contains grey literature in the form of annual reports, bulletins, conference papers and proceedings, editorials, standards, and more miscellaneous documents. 

3. Cochrane Library: A collection of databases; provides access to systematic reviews, protocols, trials, clinical answers, editorials and special collections. 

5. Canadian Public Health Documents in CEL: This database contains the health and public policy documents of the Canadian Electronic Library (CEL). Grey literature found on this database includes public government documents relating to public health, law, and education, as well as think tank documents and books. 

Searching Grey Lit - Tips 'n Tricks

Grey Lit and Social Media

Social media has become a prominent platform for academic and professional conversation. Consider searching for the social media handles of prominent experts, governing bodies, and associations in your field of research for announcements, debates, and discussion. Check trade association and governing body websites for relevant blogs, Youtube channels and podcasts about your research topic. Check the "how to cite" tab of this subject guide to learn how to cite Facebook and Twitter posts, Blog posts, videos and podcast episodes.