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What is Grey Literature?

Grey Literature is authored by researchers and practitioners in:

  • all levels of government
  • universities
  • corporations
  • research organizations
  • NGOs
  • professional organizations

As a valuable supplement to peer reviewed literature in addictions, it includes:

  • conference proceedings
  • country profiles
  • data & statistics
  • clinical trial registries
  • factsheets
  • policy documents
  • reports
  • technical documentation
  • white papers


Clinical Trial Registries

Grey Literature Tutorial

Grey Literature: Custom Search Engines

Access practice guidelines, technical reports, training manuals, educational materials, more, from carefully selected agencies/ organizations in drug abuse prevention/ treatment fields. To get the most out of your searches, find useful search suggestions here. 

Drugs & Alcohol Custom Search Engine

Data Sets for Addictions Research