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Health Studies Resources @ UTSC

Search this guide to find resources for your Health Studies assignments.

What is Grey Literature?

Grey Literature in a Nutshell

  • Information produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry
  • in electronic and print formats
  • not controlled by commercial publishing
  • i.e.) where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body.

(Luxembourg, 1997 - Expanded in New York, 2004)

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How to Find Grey Lit

Grey literature is not easily found-- which is what makes it 'grey'! 

Expect that in your search for Grey Lit you will click on many links, and perform many searches.

Places to start:


  • Relevant government websites, for example Health Canada or the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Newspaper and Magazine articles
  • Government documents in print (at Robarts Library, 4th Floor Reference area)
  • Google and Google Scholar-- use " " to find exact phrases such as the name of an Act or Agency, and include geographical information if required. For example: "Health Information Protection Act" Ontario

Recommended Guides to Grey Lit

Grey Literature Quick Pres.

Useful Databases

Many thanks to...

Thanks to Allison Bell (Gerstein library) who created the original version of this guide.