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Kayla & Kate's grey lit favorites
The Community Guide
Evidence-based findings for population health, funded by the CDC. Offering resources, infographics, and analyses of interventions on a variety of public health topics.
Healthy People 2030
Healthy People 2030 provides a comprehensive set of 10-year, national goals and objectives for improving the health of all Americans.
UCSF has collected documents related to public health and made public through lawsuits. The documents address smoking, diet (especially sugar), drugs, chemicals, and fossil fuels.
Policy Commons is a one-stop community platform for objective, fact-based research from the world’s leading policy experts, nonpartisan think tanks, IGOs and NGOs.
Your grey lit plans
- What kinds of grey lit documents are relevant to you? You wouldn't look for white papers in the same way you'd look for clinical trial registrations.
- Will the grey lit documents you want be free to read (and free to search for)? Or might they be hidden behind paywalls or hidden in the "deep web" of online databases not indexed by Google?
- What organizations, or types of organizations, are producing the grey lit documents you want? Bonus tip: think about private/public/third sector and different levels of geography
Searching for grey literature on the web
Researchers: "I wish I could do a Google search, but just for the sites I care about, not for the whole web."
Librarians: "Good news! Anyone can create a custom search targeted at a specific group of websites."
Intergovernmental organization custom search
The technical side of creating a Google custom search is easy; you probably won't even need this documentation. The hard (but also fun) part is deciding which websites you want to include in your custom search.
Look for Grey Literature by Type of Media
Searches across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts, court opinions; material from: academic publishers, professional societies, government agencies, online repositories, universities, and more.
What is grey literature?
information produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing, i.e. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body -- from Grey Literature Network Service
High-quality information created and shared outside the scholarly communications infrastructure of journals and traditional publishers
Reports, white papers, dissertations, conference papers, and data -- all things you won't find in PubMed!