Grey Literature

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British Library

The British Library’s (BL) main catalogue for millions of records for books, journals, newspapers, printed maps, scores, electronic resources, sound archive items etc. in the BL’s collections. Some content is legal deposit or subscribed and only available to Readers. Also included are thousands of records for open access items freely available online.  [Last checked: 31/10/20]

Library Hub Discover

Welcome to the new Library Hub Discover, giving you access to details of materials held in many UK national, academic and specialist libraries. [Last checked: 31/10/20]


Social Science Research – a Masterclass for Information Professionals

A special workshop held at Aston University, 21st August 2018. Includes slides on official publications, unlocking grey literature and more. [Last checked: 31/10/20]


The Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library (ISSN 1465-1858) is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. [Last checked: 31/10/20]

The Health Management Information Consortium (HMIC)

Provided by Ovid and available via HDAS (Athens account required). HMIC brings together the bibliographic database of two UK health and social care management organizations: the Department of Health’s Library and Information Services (DH-Data) and King’s Fund Information and Library Service. [Last checked: 31/10/20]

The King’s Fund Database

The King’s Fund Database is the online catalogue for the Information and Knowledge Service of The King’s Fund and is freely available for use by anyone looking for information in the areas they cover. Subjects include health and social care management and policy, systems, services and leadership. Coverage is from 1863 to present. [Last checked: 31/10/20]

NICE Evidence Search

Evidence search provides access to selected and authoritative evidence in health, social care and public health from hundreds of trusted sources. It includes guidance, systematic reviews, evidence summaries and patient information. [Last checked: 31/10/20]


System for Information on Grey Literature in Europe provides open access to 700,000 bibliographical references of grey literature produced in Europe. It allows you to export records and locate the documents. [Last checked: 31/10/20]

Social Care Online

Social Care Online is the UK’s largest online database of information on all aspects of social work and social care. It includes legislation, government documents, practice and guidance, systematic reviews, research briefings, UK grey (informally-published) literature, reports, and journal articles. [Last checked: 31/10/20]

Trip Medical Database

Trip is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care. As well as research evidence we also allow clinicians to search across other content types including images, videos, patient information leaflets, educational courses and news. [Last checked 31/10/20]


Appraising Grey Literature

The AACODS checklist is designed to enable evaluation and critical appraisal of grey
literature. [Last checked: 31/10/20]



BASE provides more than 150 million documents from more than 7,000 sources. You can access the full texts of about 60% of the indexed documents for free (Open Access). [Last checked: 31/10/20]


CORE’s mission is to aggregate all open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide and make them available to the public. In this way CORE facilitates free unrestricted access to research for all.  [Last checked: 31/10/20]


From OCLC, uses Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting. [Last checked: 31/10/20]


OpenDOAR is the quality-assured global directory of academic open access repositories. It enables the identification, browsing and search for repositories, based on a range of features, such as location, software or type of material held. [Last checked: 31/10/20]


DART-Europe E-theses Portal

A partnership of research libraries and library consortia working together to improve access to European research theses. [Last checked: 31/10/20]


UK’s national thesis service which aims to maximise the visibility and availability of the UK’s doctoral research theses. [Last checked: 31/10/20]

Global ETD Search 

Search the 4,872,302 electronic theses and dissertations contained in the NDLTD archive. [Last checked: 31/10/20]

OATD – Open Access Theses and Dissertations aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. [Last checked: 31/10/20]



The Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) is a collaborative project provided by a network of librarians and knowledge managers in the health sector who monitor and capture content from across a range of subject areas. [Last checked: 31/10/20]


Website for the UK Government with a search facility for government publications. [Last checked: 31/10/20]

The Grey Literature Report

The report is a publication produced by the The New York Academy of Medicine between 1999 – 2016, alerting readers to new grey literature publications in health services research and selected urban health topics. It was discontinued in January 2017 discontinued but the resources are still accessible. [Last checked: 31/10/20]

GreyNet International

The goal of GreyNet is to facilitate dialog, research, and communication between persons and organisations in the field of grey literature. GreyNet further seeks to identify and distribute information on and about grey literature in networked environments. [Last checked: 31/10/20]

The Health Foundation

Publications are available to download. Hard copies of many publications can also be ordered free of charge.  [Last checked: 31/10/20]


Mednar is a free, medically-focused deep web search engine that uses Explorit Everywhere!, an advanced search technology by Deep Web Technologies. As an alternative to Google, Mednar accelerates your research with a search of authoritative public and deep web resources, returning the most relevant results to one easily navigable page. [Last checked: 31/10/20]


We bring bold ideas to life to change the world for good. Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality. It also means changing lives for the better. This is what keeps us awake at night and gets us out of bed in the morning. [Last checked: 31/10/20]

The North Grey Literature Collection

The North Grey Literature Collection holds the hard copy grey literature collection of the former North West Grey Literature Service. It is collecting an increasing range of electronic Grey Literature relating to health and public health in the North of England. The collection is funded by the North Health Care Libraries Unit and delivered by Stockport Foundation NHS Trust. [Last checked: 31/10/20]

Nuffield Trust 

The Nuffield Trust is an independent health think tank. We aim to improve the quality of health care in the UK by providing evidence-based research and policy analysis and informing and generating debate. [Last checked: 31/10/20]

Public Health England Grey Literature: index and alternative sources and resources

This list has been compiled to help librarians and researchers, particularly in Public Health, to find resources that fall into this category and flag up alternative sources for queries not easily resolved by the clinical / medical database model. [Last checked: 31/10/20]