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CI 7360: Designing Educational Research: Databases | Grey Literature

Designing Educational Research


In general, grey literature publications are non-conventional, fugitive, and sometimes ephemeral publications. They may include, but are not limited to the following types of materials: reports (pre-prints, preliminary progress and advanced reports, technical reports, statistical reports, memoranda, state-of-the art reports, market research reports, etc.), theses, conference proceedings, technical specifications and standards, non-commercial translations, bibliographies, technical and commercial documentation, and official documents not published commercially (primarily government reports and documents) (Alberani, 1990).

Just as we evaluate web resources, it's important to evaluate grey literature material found on the web and consider the source publishing the material.

Grey Literature

Grey literature is self-published and typically comes from: Government agencies, research institutes, organizations/companies, associations. (What is the Value of Grey Literature?)

Some "new" sources of grey literature: pre-prints, blogs (Padagogy Wheel), “front matter” preliminary research results, institutional repositories (IRs) (Value of Grey Literature to Scholarly Research in the Digital Age)

Research Gate

Google Scholar


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Try Start Your Research first! Search results can be limited to citations from Peer Reviewed journals. 


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Related Databases/Resources

Dissertations & Theses

Conference Proceedings

ERIC — ERIC documents include research reports, conference papers, publications of educational associations, and other research and instructional materials.


Web of Science  Includes Conference Proceedings Citation Index

Google Scholar After you run a search, a pull down button will display in the top right corner, displaying the Advanced Search option. 

Directory of Published Papers (DOPP)

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Statistical Abstract of the United States