All good literature searches start with formulating a searchable question.
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Where to search?
First consider what type of information could answer your question.
If you need peer-reviewed journal articles on a specific topic, choose databases with appropriate coverage for your topic.
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Basic Principles of Database Searching
What is gray literature?
Gray literature is any informational resource that exists outside of commercial publishing.
Gray literature may include sources such as ongoing clinical trials, governmental research, conference abstracts and proceedings, dissertations, theses, and more.
Where should I search for gray literature?
The answer depends on your research question and the type of evidence that could help answer it.
Google Scholar and our pre-filtered Google search limiting results to .gov, .edu, & .org sites are good places to start.
The NIH (National Institutes of Health) guide to gray literature provides links to many other suggested sources for gray literature.