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How to Do Research: A Step-By-Step Guide: 2h. Grey Literature
"That which is produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in print and electronic formats, but which is not controlled by commercial publishers." (Fourth International Conference on Grey Literature, Washington, DC, October, 1999)
Grey literature includes:
Theses and dissertations
Conference papers and proceedings
Conference Papers and Proceedings
Conference papers and proceedings can be very difficult to find because they:
Can be published in different ways - as books, journal articles, abstracts
Take several years to be published or may not be published at all
May be deposited in an author or institutional repository
Library and Archives Canada has a collection of over 300,000 Canadian theses and dissertations on microform, which are indexed on this site. Of these, approximately 50,000 are also available freely in electronic format.
Research reports contain the results of research projects, investigations, and surveys, and are usually published by the funder or the body undertaking the research.
They can be found by searching the websites of subject associations and research organizations, in addition to the library catalog and databases.
The AERA is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education, and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. Its website provides access to reports on research undertaken.