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: 30/07/2018]


Copac exposes rare and unique research material by bringing together the catalogues of over 100 major UK and Irish libraries (and growing). In a single search you can discover the holdings of the UK’s national libraries (including the British Library), many University libraries, and specialist research libraries.  [Last checked: 30/07/2018]



Social Science Research –a Masterclass for Information Professionals
21st August 2018, Aston University 10:30 – 4:30

An ALISS workshop led by practitioners from a range of sectors offering practical advice and tips to get you started and update your skills. The emphasis is on open access resources. Opportunities for hand on practice are provided throughout the day. [Last checked: 17/07/2018]



The Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library (ISSN 1465-1858) is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about Cochrane groups. [Last checked: 30/07/2018]

The Health Management Information Consortium (HMIC)

Provided by Ovid
Available via (Athens details required)

Brings together the bibliographic databases of the Department of Health’s Library and Information Services (DH-Data) and the King’s Fund Information and Knowledge Service (The King’s Fund database). Coverage includes official publications, journal articles and grey literature on: health service policy, management and administration, with an emphasis on the NHS; 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 service. [Last checked: 17/07/2018]

The King’s Fund Database

The King’s Fund database is a unique source of information on health and social care policy. Our collection covers subjects such as health inequalities, managing long term conditions, leadership, commissioning, workforce development, patient experience, history of the NHS and more. The King’s Fund enquiry service can also help with searching for grey literature, offering search help or training on request. [Last checked: 17/07/2018]

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: 17/07/2018]


This European database includes theses, reports, conference proceedings and official publications and covers Science, Technology, Biomedical Science, Economics, Social Science and Humanities. [Last checked: 17/07/2018]

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 26/07/2018]



Appraising Grey Literature

The AACODS checklist is designed to enable evaluation and critical appraisal of grey
literature. {Last checked: 30/07/2018]




BASE provides more than 120 million documents from more than 6,000 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: 30/07/2018]


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: 30/07/2018]


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


OpenDOAR is a global directory of Open Access repositories and their policies. [Last checked: 30/07/2018]



DART-Europe E-theses Portal

A partnership of research libraries and library consortia working together to improve access to European research theses. [Last checked: 30/07/2018]


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: 30/07/2018]

OATD – Open Access Theses and Dissertations

Advanced research and scholarship. Theses and dissertations, free to find, free to use. [Last checked: 30/07/2018]




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: 30/07/2018]


Website for the UK Government with a search facility for government publications. [Last checked: 30/07/2018]

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: 30/07/2018]

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: 30/07/2018]


Mednar provides a comprehensive search of multiple sources of information with the tools to sort, filter and save critical results.


Original research and influential policy work in the field of innovation. [Last checked: 30/07/2018]

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: 17/07/2018]

Nuffield Trust 

Provides evidence-based research and policy analysis. [Last checked: 30/07/2018]

Prevention Information & Evidence eLibrary

UKHF facilitates and researches the exchange and dissemination of information. [Last checked: 30/07/2018]

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]