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Literature Reviews for the Humanities, Social Sciences, & Sciences: Science Resources

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What is Gray Literature?

Gray literature is information that is not published in mainstream formats, i.e. journals or monographs. It is not typically indexed in databases and can therefore be challenging to find. Traditionally, gray literature includes:

  • Technical reports
  • Dissertations & theses
  • Patents
  • Some conference proceedings
  • Many other publications such as preprints, white papers, internal newsletters

How to Find Gray Literature

Try the below resources to locate specific types of gray literature.

Additional Resources for Gray Literature

These guides created by other libraries provide links and general tips for searching for gray literature on the Internet.

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