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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." (Fourth International Conference on Grey Literature, Washington, DC, October, 1999)
Grey literature includes:
- Theses and dissertations
- Conference papers and proceedings
- Research reports
- Government documents
Conference Papers and Proceedings
Conference papers and proceedings can be very difficult to find because they:
- Can be published in different ways - as books, journal articles, abstracts
- Take several years to be published or may not be published at all
- May be deposited in an author or institutional repository
Education-line This link opens in a new window
This is a freely accessible database of the full text of conference papers, working papers, and electronic literature that support educational research, policy, and practice.
British Library This link opens in a new window
The British Library is a large repository of international conference proceedings. Some conferences include links to the contents page.
Government documents are an important primary source of information on a wide range of issues. They can be found through a search of the library catalog and government websites.
USA.gov This link opens in a new window
The official web portal for the U.S. government.
Research reports contain the results of research projects, investigations, and surveys, and are usually published by the funder or the body undertaking the research.
They can be found by searching the websites of subject associations and research organizations, in addition to the library catalog and databases.
American Educational Research Association (AERA) This link opens in a new window
The AERA is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education, and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. Its website provides access to reports on research undertaken.
British Educational Research Association (BERA) This link opens in a new window
The BERA is a learned society for researchers engaged in a wide range of educational research. Issues of its newsletter, "Research Intelligence," and its Reviews - "Academic Reviews" and Professional User Reviews" - are available on its website free of charge.
National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) This link opens in a new window
NFER is the largest independent educational research institution in Europe. Many of its publications are available as free downloads. The NFER Library publishes a free monthly web-based current awareness service, which highlights recent reports, publications, and useful documents from prominent UK and international educational research-related websites that are available to download or view without payment.