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Strategies and sources to search for grey literature in psychiatry, mental health, and ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs)
Last Updated: Dec 18, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Finding Grey Literature relating to mental health and ATOD is challenging.

This guide will help you find essential documents to supplement your search results.

What is Grey Literature?

Grey literature includes documents that are not commercially published including:

  • statistical reports
  • practice guidelines
  • health policy documents
  • health systems documents
  • unpublished research, theses, conference presentations

from organizations such as all levels of government, agencies, associations, research institutions.


This guide directs you to:

  • Web sites of key organizations
  • Databases and Library Catalogues
  • Portals & Knowledge Exchange sites
  • Custom Search Engines

Refer to the recommended Grey Literature Guides on this page for additional strategies and sources.


Tips for Searching Grey Literature

For comprehensive searches, remember that your strategy must be documented.

  • Prepare your search strategy, including key words and phrases to search, ahead of time.
  • Use results from other searching to help determine scope, additional search terms, and additional grey literature sources.
  • Prepare and use a checklist in chart form to record the sites you access including: date accessed, search terms used, results.
  • Do not rely on one source of grey literature. This guide directs you to many.
  • Evaluate the authority of the sources for literature you find.
  • Sign up for e-alerts, feeds, etc. for websites of interest until project completion.

Other Guides to Consult

Recommended grey literature guides for finding health resources.


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