Grey Literature

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British Library

The BL main catalogue for millions of records for books, journals, newspapers, printed maps, scores, electronic resources, sound archive items etc. in the Library’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: 18/12/2019]

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.

Library Hub Discover currently contains 42,388,668 records created from 106,687,841 records contributed by 144 institutions.

Library Hub Discover replaces Copac and SUNCAT, offering increased coverage of university libraries along with new facilities and improved response times. The new service lays the foundations for ongoing development of search facilities alongside continuing growth in library coverage. [Last checked: 18/12/2019]


Social Science Research –a Masterclass for Information Professionals
A special workshop held at Aston University, 21st August 2018

Official publications have been undervalued as a source of research information, yet governments and international organisations publish widely on economic and social subjects. [Last checked: 18/12/2019]


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. The Cochrane Library is owned by Cochrane and published by Wiley. [Last checked: 19/12/2019]

The Health Management Information Consortium (HMIC)

Provided by Ovid
Available via (Athens details required)

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.

This Health Management and Policy Database, from The Healthcare Management Information Consortium (HMIC), is an invaluable source of information for health care administrators and managers.

DH Data is the database of the Department of Health’s Library and Information Services and contains in excess of 174,000 records relating to health and social care management information. Coverage includes official publications, journal articles and grey literature on: health service policy, management and administration, with an emphasis on the British National Health Service; the quality of health services including hospitals, nursing, primary care and public health; the planning, design, construction and maintenance of health service buildings; occupational health; control and regulation of medicines; medical equipment and supplies; and social care and personal social services. The majority of records are from 1983 onwards, although coverage of departmental materials dates back to 1919. Over a quarter of the records have abstracts.

The King’s Fund Information and Library Service database holds records of the material in the library of the King’s Fund Information and Library Service, an independent health charity working to develop and improve the management of health and social care services. Its database contains over 70,000 records (1979 to date).  [Last checked: 19/12/2019]

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 we cover.  The Information Centre is open to all interested users but please note that we are a Reference Library.

  • Subjects: health and social care management and policy, systems, services and leadership; we do not not cover clinical issues and treatments
  • Coverage: 1863 to present, including all The King’s Fund publications from 1898. [Last checked: 19/12/2019]

NICE Evidence Search

Evidence search provides access to selected and authoritative evidence in health, social care and public health. It combines evidence on health, drugs and technologies, public health, social care, and healthcare management and commissioning in one place, bringing together high quality consolidated and synthesised evidence from hundreds of trusted sources. It includes guidance, systematic reviews, evidence summaries and patient information. [Last checked: 19/12/2019]


System for Information on Grey Literature in Europe, is your open access to 700.000 bibliographical references of grey literature (paper) produced in Europe and allows you to export records and locate the documents.

Examples of grey (gray) literature include technical or research reports, doctoral dissertations, some conference papers, some official publications, and other types of grey literature. OpenGrey covers Science, Technology, Biomedical Science, Economics, Social Science and Humanities. [Last checked: 19/12/2019]

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: 17/07/2018]

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. All NHS organisations in England have access to Trip Pro via a subscription funded by Health Education England. [Last checked 19/12/2019]


Appraising Grey Literature

The AACODS checklist is designed to enable evaluation and critical appraisal of grey
literature. [Last checked: 19/12/2019]



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). BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library. [Last checked: 19/12/2019]


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: 19/12/2019]


From OCLC, uses Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting. [Last checked: 30/07/2018]


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: 19/12/2019]


DART-Europe E-theses Portal

A partnership of research libraries and library consortia working together to improve access to European research theses. [Last checked: 19/12/2019]


UK’s national thesis service which aims to maximise the visibility and availability of the UK’s doctoral research theses. [Last checked: 30/07/2018]

Global ETD Search 

Search the 4,872,302 electronic theses and dissertations contained in the NDLTD archive. [Last checked: 19/12/2019]

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. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 1100 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes 5,129,629 theses and dissertations. [Last checked: 19/12/2019]



Current Awareness Services (CAS) distribute information about the latest news, publications and research to subscribers. These services require a commitment of staff time to set up and maintain. 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: 19/12/2019]


Website for the UK Government with a search facility for government publications. [Last checked: 19/12/2019]

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. As of January 2017, the Grey Literature Report website and database will be discontinued and will no longer be updated, but the resources will still be accessible. [Last checked: 19/12/2019]

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. Its main activities include the International Conference Series on Grey Literature, the creation and maintenance of web-based resources, a moderated Listserv and combined Distribution List, The Grey Journal (TGJ), and curriculum development. [Last checked: 17/07/2018]

The Health Foundation

Publications are available to download. Hard copies of many publications can also be ordered free of charge.  [Last checked: 19/12/2019]


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. Unlike Google, a Mednar search occurs in real-time, retrieving relevant medical information as if you were going to each individual website yourself. Because Mednar is a publicly available search, it can’t retrieve results from your subscription or premium medical resources although we are happy to Customize Mednar for Your Organization. [Last checked: 19/12/2019]


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: 19/12/2019]

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: 19/12/2019]

Nuffield Trust 

he 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: 19/12/2019]

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: 17/07/2018]