Grey Literature consists of documents that are not formally published through typical scholarly channels. It is produced by government agencies, universities, corporations, research centers, associations and societies, and professional organizations.Grey Literature is not scholarly information, however, it is an important source of information often published by practitioners and researchers in the field. It can contain statistics, facts, and other information not found in other published resources. Types of Grey Literature include:
For your assignment, you will be using a lot of government sources.
Given the unofficial and ephemeral nature of Grey Literature, it is often difficult to locate. There is no central holding place for Grey Literature like you find with databases. There are many web portals that have been developed to help with locating Grey Literature.Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)
Grey Literature is everywhere. Many refer to it as the proverbial needle in a haystack. There are many resources on the web and in the library and can help you. Please ask for help if you aren't finding what you need!
A large portion of grey literature is indexed in Google Scholar, particularly those documents written by governmental organizations.