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What is Grey Literature?
There are many definitions of grey literature, but it is usually understood to mean literature that is not formally published in sources such as books or journal articles. It may be described as ephemeral, invisible, informal, underground, etc., that is, literature that may be unevaluated, not peer-reviewed.
Grey Literature exists in many formats: reports-including preprints; preliminary progress and advanced reports; institutional, internal, technical, and statistical reports; research memoranda; state-of-the-art reports; market research reports; reports of commissions and study groups; as well as
* conference proceedings
* technical specifications and standards
* translations (not distributed commercially)
* technical and commercial documentation
* official documents (issued in limited numbers)
CIRRIE Database of International Rehabilitation Research
Contains over 30,000 citations of international rehabilitation research published between 1990 and the present.
A literature database on disability and rehabilitation with more than 75,000 resources, including organizations, agencies, Internet resources, reports, and research projects. From the National Rehabilitation Information Center.
SPORTDiscus with Full Text
A full-text database covering sports and sports medicine journals in subjects such as biomechanics, drugs, exercise, kinesiology, movement science, nutrition, occupational health and therapy, physical fitness, physical therapy, rehabilitation, sports and exercise psychology, coaching and education, and sports medicine.
Dissertations & Theses
Dissertations & Theses A&I
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I provides a comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day. Thousands of new dissertations and theses are added each year. For dissertations done in 1997 and later, PDFs of some titles are available.
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Database produced by the AARP that provides bibliographic information on social gerontology (the study of aging in psychological, health-related, social, and economic contexts). Includes information regarding the delivery of health care to the older population and its associated costs and policies, as well as consumer, employment, and public policy issues.
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Full-text database of periodicals, peer-reviewed journals, academic and professional publications, magazines, consumer newsletters and newspapers, research reports, and association newsletters focused on complementary, alternative and integrated approaches to health care.
CINAHL Plus with Full Text
CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) covers nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health, and allied health disciplines, providing access to journals, books, dissertations, standards of practice.
Google Scholar searches academic publishers, professional societies and pre-print archives.
The goal of GreyNet is to facilitate dialog, research, and communication between persons and organisations in the field of grey literature.
Hooked on Evidence
Must be APTA member. Hooked on Evidence is APTA's "grassroots" effort to develop a database containing current research evidence on the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions.
National Technical Information Service (NTIS)
The National Technical Information Service serves as the largest central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information available today.
New York Academy of Medicine Grey Literature Report
The Grey Literature Report is a bimonthly publication of alerting readers to new grey literature in health services research and selected public health topics. All resources are added and indexed in our Online Catalog.
OpenGrey aka OpenSIGLE (Europe)
System for Information on Grey Literature in Europe contains 700.000 bibliographical references of grey literature produced in Europe.
Contains citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations, and technical reports in psychology. Includes information on related disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business, and law.
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Web of Science
Includes citations from more than 8,000 peer-reviewed journals in the sciences and social sciences. Includes Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Science Citation Index.