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Grey Literature for Health Sciences

Key Resources

Grey literature consists of documents produced by government, academic, business or organizations "where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body." (Greynet)

Examples include annual reports, conference proceedings, technical reports, theses, white papers, and even informal communication such as blogs, emails, or social media posts.

Why Use Grey Literature?

Grey literature can be a valuable addition to your research for a number of reasons:

  • It may help offset the impact of publication bias. Research has shown that studies with positive, significant results are published more often, and in journals with higher impact factors. Research based exclusively on published literature may be incomplete or misleading. Lister Hill Library
  • It helps introduce alternative perspectives that may not be represented in the standard literature.
  • It can provide better coverage of emerging research areas.
  • It could be more current than standard literature due to long delays between research and publication in journals and books.

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