Answered By: Mary Grant
Last Updated: Nov 20, 2015     Views: 64

Grey literature is usually defined as information created by governments, businesses, academics and other organizations, not published by traditional means.

Where to go for grey literature really depends on the nature of your question. 

  • A great starting point for health-related Canadian grey literature:  The Canadian Health Research Collection. It's a little bit hidden inside a larger database called ebrary.
  • To access it:
    • follow the link to ebrary's Advanced Search page.
    • Change the option on the “Search in” box to “Collections”
    • On the other menu box to the right, select “CEL Canadian Health Research.”
    • Click the + sign beside that box to add more search boxes where you can enter your actual search terms.
    • Feel free to consult our staff if you have difficulty accessing this resource. 
  • The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health also has an excellent toolkit called Grey Matters that lists the major sources of health-related grey literature.