“Grey literature is material that is not formally published by commercial publishers or peer reviewed journals. It includes reports, fact sheets, conference proceedings and other documents from institutions, organisations, and government agencies.
“The advancement of the internet has made grey literature easily accessible electronically (eg. PDF file). Many organisations, institutions and agencies make grey literature available on their websites. There are also several grey literature databases which can be searched for references of data sources. Authors are often willing to provide the document of interest upon request, if the source is unavailable online.” [Text from The Australian Policy Online website]
“Searching the grey literature to access information on drug and alcohol research: A resource to identify drug related databases and websites” is a report that resulted from searches for grey literature as part of projects being carried out by:
- the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) at the University of New South Wales
- the Secretariat for the Reference group to the United Nations on HIV and injecting drug use
- and as part of the work by the Mental Disorders and Illicit Drug Use Expert Group for the Global Burden of Disease project
“Searching the grey literature to access information on drug and alcohol research: A resource to identify drug related databases and websites” can be downloaded from the National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre website.