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This guide provides access to resources in Nursing and other areas of Health Care, including related disciplines

Grey Literature

"Grey literature (or gray literature) is materials and research produced by organizations outside of the traditional commercial or academic publishing and distribution channels. Common grey literature publication types include reports (annual, research, technical, project, etc.), working papers, government documents, white papers and evaluations. Organizations that produce grey literature include government departments and agencies, civil society or non-governmental organizations, academic centres and departments, and private companies and consultants".     Wikipedia - Grey Literature


Grey literature: What it is & how to find it
Quick Summary: What is Grey Literature?
What Is Grey Literature?


Selected Databases for Finding Grey Literature in the Health Sciences

Grey literature is not indexed in databases like CINAHL, Medline, etc.  and so can be a puzzle to find.  Locating grey literature can be a very different process than locating scholarly articles.  Below are some databases that provide access to selected grey literature:

Grey Literature Report A search engine and information on grey literature searching

Grey Matters: a practical tool for searching health-related grey literature. (Canadian Centre for Drugs and Technology in Health)

Public Health Grey Literature Database.  (Ontario Public Health Library Association)

MedNar.  A search engine that searches multiple databases (international in scope)

Google Scholar



Government Documents

Health Canada

Ontario Ministry of Health

United States Department of Health and Human Services


Professional Associations (Nursing)

Many professional associations publish grey literature such as reports, statistics, newsletters, white papers, position papers, etc.

ONTARIO (Selected)

Emergency Nurses Association of Ontario

Nurse Practitioners`Association of Ontario

Nursing Students of Ontario

Ontario Nurses' Association

Ontario Nursing Informatics Group

Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association

Operating Room Nurses Association of Ontario

Professional Practice Network of Ontario

Rainbow Nursing Interest Group (RNAO)

Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario

Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

CANADA (Selected)

Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada

Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses

Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses

Canadian Association for Rural and Remote Nursing

Canadian Association of Neuroscience Nurses

Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing

Canadian Association of Wound Care

Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association

Canadian Nurses Association

Canadian Nurses' Foundation

Canadian Nursing Students Association

Canadian Occupational Health Nurses Association

Canadian Orthopaedic Nurses Association

Community Health Nurses of Canada

National Emergency Nurses Affiliation

Nurses Entrepreneurial Foot Care Association of Canada

Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada

Urology Nurses of Canada