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Public Health: Grey Literature

Searching Tip for Grey Literature

If you're looking in a database that has scholarly articles, see if there is an option to select Conference Proceedings, Government Documents, Dissertations/Thesis, or Reports.  Your options will vary between databases.  

For example:

A Closer Look At Grey Literature...

What is grey literature?

  • Dissertation and Theses 
  • Documents or reports from agencies (government or non-government)
  • Conference Proceedings

Why is it important?

Grey literature is important because everything is not available in scholarly articles. It can help you find evidence-based material that may not be available in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.

Suggested Resources for Grey Literature

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Managing Citations

Use RefWorks to manage citations from journals, books, documents, and internet sites.

First time users will need to create an account which will permit a user to store citations indefinitely for repeated use. 

Once records are in RefWorks, they can be added to folders, and bibliographies can be created in a preferred style.

Use the Refworks Tutorial to learn more about this useful database.

RefWorks is accessible from the list of online databases on the homepage.