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Nutrition and Dietetics: Searching the grey literature

Guidance and resources for students in nutrition and dietetics

What is grey literature?

Grey literature is information which has been published informally or non-commercially, or remains unpublished. It can appear in many forms, including government or technical reports, policy documents, discussion papers, statistics, patents, conference proceedings and even non-written resources such as posters and infographics.

Grey literature is not usually peer-reviewed, but may still be good, reliable information.

By its nature, grey literature can be difficult to locate, however search engines (particularly subject specific search engines) and grey literature reports and database can help to uncover much of this information.

See the PHCRIS Introduction to Accessing the Grey Literature and the HLWiki page on grey literature for a more detailed overview. They are aimed at medical researchers but are relevant to anyone searching for grey literature.

Other Grey Literature Search Tools

Selected databases, repositories and website gateways
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Australian government and national health agencies

Selected websites
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Grey literature search engines

Selected search engines
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Rural health

Selected websites
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Other selected websites

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