grey literature

Grey Literature – where do I find it?

What is it?

Grey literature is 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 (

Where does it come from?

Streams of this public funding goes towards projects and programs within universities which leads to, amongst other things, grey literature of the scholarly kind which of course can be found within university web sites (also known as Institutional Repositories (IR)). Digital content in these IR includes, but is not limited to,

This kind of research/work can be of extremely high quality, especially when it is produced for the purpose of higher degree research and qualifications such as a PhD dissertation.

While commercial publishers provide organized access to commercially published articles, grey literature sits on thousands of disparate websites/IRs.

Where do I find it?

If scholarly communication is to provide a bonafide business-research collaboration or improve the return on investment for the public (from which they receive the research funding), then a  free system which organizes and disseminates grey literature is required. was designed and built to provide access to millions of grey literature resources, at no cost, click to learn about

References “What Is Grey Literature? | Grey Literature Database” 2016. Web < > accessed 23 Feb. 2016.


A snippet from my previous post

It is estimated that 26% of activity ($330 billion per year) in the Australian economy, results from the direct and flow-on impact of research and scientific advancement (Australian Academy Of Science, 2016) and so naturally, government agencies from around the world allocate billions of dollars to research each year. Examples of these agencies are The Australian Research Council (ARC) and The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) who collectively allocated around $19 billion dollars to Australian research projects between 2000 and 2014 (, 2016) (, 2015). Streams of this public funding goes towards projects and programs within universities and this leads to, amongst other things, journal and book publications which are the cornerstone of this scholarly communication (Brown and Boulderstone, 2008).

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