Grey Literature

Grey literature is an important source of information.

Grey literature is defined as "information produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing" ie. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body." ICGL Luxembourg definition, 1997. Expanded in New York, 2004

Types of Grey Literature


  • Alternative Press Index - Indexes periodicals, newspapers and magazines which report and analyze the practices and theories of cultural, economic, political, and social change. 
  • Canadian Research Index (detailed citations to publications in the Microlog microfiche collection)
  • GreySource - directory of organizations

Policy Reports and Working Papers

Think Tanks

Content last reviewed: September 6, 2018