Grey Literature

Find out what grey literature is and where to find it.

Finding grey literature

You can find grey literature in:

  • Databases such as Informit
  • Archives
  • Institutional repositories such as aCQUIRe
  • Government and other websites


Some options for searching are listed below.


Grey literature indexing databases

  • Analysis & Policy Observatory (APO) opens in a new window – Australian public policy and articles from academic research, government and non-government organisations.

  • GreyNet International opens in a new window, indexes grey literature in a number of subject areas.

  • OAIster Database opens in a new window – a union catalog of millions of records that represent open access resources. OAIster includes more than 50 million records that represent digital resources from more than 2,000 contributors.

  • PsycEXTRA opens in a new window – a curated index of hard-to-find content from authoritative sources. Researchers will find information on resources such as the latest conference proceedings, reports, patient-oriented factsheets, monographs, standards and guidelines.

  • opens in a new window – access to over 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. federal science information including research and development results.

  • opens in a new window – global science gateway comprised of national and international scientific databases and portals.


Other databases that include grey literature in their content


Search engines and websites

Search engines and websites that give you access to grey literature.


Go to the Finding Theses page of our Theses guide to find out where to search for Australian and International theses.