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Searching for grey literature

Web search engines are important tools for finding the 'grey literature'.  This term refer to materials and research produced by organizations outside of the traditional commercial or academic publishing and distribution channels. Common grey literature publication types include reports, working papers, government documents, white papers and evaluations. .

Using the Advanced Search in Google will enable more efficient searching of government and industry, professional and community organisations by using the following strategies:

  • Search by file type - i.e. PDF (documents without intro web page content)
  • Search by domain - i.e. .gov.au (useful for locating government reports) or .org.au (for organisations)
  • Search by region - i.e. Australia (searches Australian websites without specifying a domain)
  • Search by date