The Pisa Declaration describes Grey Literature as:
- "A wealth of knowledge and information is produced by organizations, governments and industry, covering a wide range of subject areas and professional fields, not controlled by commercial publishing.
- These publications, data and other materials known as grey literature, are an essential resource in scholarly communication, research, and policy making for business, industry, professional practice, and civil society.
- Grey literature is recognized as a key source of evidence, argument, innovation, and understanding in many disciplines including science, engineering, health, social sciences, education, the arts and humanities." (http://www.greynet.org/images/Pisa_Declaration,_May_2014.pdf)
Grey literature can include:
- Technical or research reports from government agencies
- Reports from scientific research groups
- Working papers from research groups or committees
- Conference and meeting proceedings/abstracts
- Dissertations and theses
- Archival materials
- Unpublished or ongoing studies
- Clinical practice guidelines not published in journals
- Informal communications with experts ... and so much more ...
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Grey Literature Workshop: Activities
Activity 1: Finding theses
- British Library's EThOS: https://ethos.bl.uk/Home.do
- Center for Research Libraries Global Resources Network: https://www.crl.edu
- DART Europe eTheses Portal: http://www.dart-europe.eu/basic-search.php
- Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD): http://www.ndltd.org
- PQDT Open: https://pqdtopen.proquest.com/search.html
- Theses Canada: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/services/theses/pages/theses-canada.aspx
- Trove: https://trove.nla.gov.au
Follow along: Searching for Conference papers using the British Library Advanced Search
- Go to https://www.bl.uk/#
- 'Catalogues and Collections' dropdown list
- Select 'Search the Main Catalogue'
- Select 'Advanced Search'
- Select 'Main Title' from the dropdown box. Type in "digital divide" (with quotes)
- Type in "school" (quotes don't matter here)
- Click Search
When the list of results appears, scroll down until you see 'Genre' on the left hand side of refinement options
- Select 'Conference literature'
Follow along: How to search for (Government) Reports
- Go to Department of Education and Training (Federal Government): https://www.education.gov.au
- Search - "annual reports school", then select "Search documents" on left hand side
Check your results:
- Go to Google
- Type in www.education.gov.au site: annual report
Activity 2: Search for Government Reports on Dept. of Education and Training
- Search for documents related to Naplan
- Check with Google
Activity 3: Find a dataset
Using the Research Data Australia website (https://researchdata.ands.org.au)
- Find datasets from Flinders researchers
- Find a dataset related to your discipline