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Grey literature in health and medicine: Introduction

A quick guide to introduce you to grey literature in health and medicine

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” - (The ‘Luxembourg’ definition)

Fourth International Conference on Grey Literature: New Frontiers in Grey Literature. GreyNet, Grey Literature Network Service. Washington D.C. USA, 4-5 October 1999. 

Examples of grey literature

  • Unpublished trial data and reports
  • Theses
  • Conference proceedings
  • Technical or research reports from government agencies


Some databases hold types of grey literature as well:

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