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What is "Grey Literature"? And Why Do You Want It?
Issued by agencies, corporations, government, departments, and research groups as opposed to mainstream publishers, grey literature fills in a lot of gaps that are not covered in the regular literature. While it is often not peer-reviewed it may be the only place you find the information.
We Don't Have Everything.
Finding grey literature is only half the battle, the next step is getting your hands on a copy.
Interlibrary loan (ILL)
Google and other web search engines
Your personal network
Contact the author(s)
Contact the issuing agency
Be prepared to purchase
Another tactic is to search for more articles by the author of the paper you found. Sometimes people will issue a couple of conference papers or technical reports before finally getting the work assembled and published in a mainstream journal.
TechStreet is your one-stop standards source. The Library has access to standards from several organizations, including CSA, ISO, BSI, ASHRAE, IEEE, and ASTM. Most of these standards are accessible through TechStreet, but some are available directly from the standards publisher.
Note: Access If you are at a public workstation you will be asked for your WatIAM (Quest) User ID and Password.
CCOHS has a search box for its web collections of Canadian occupational health and safety information. However, some of the records that result from this search are only accessible with an annual subscription.
FireDoc is an online database that contains 80,000 holdings (published reports, journal articles, conference proceedings, books, and audio/visual items) of building and fire research materials from many sources.
is a large database of research reports, even software, from US government agencies and laboratories, mostly in science and technology. Consider this to be a large sales catalogue as you will be charged for most of the items whether online, microfiche, or in print.