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A guide compiling resources to support education-related research at UCI. This guide focuses on the U.S. education system.

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What is Grey Literature?

Grey literature is research and materials produced by individuals or organizations outside of the traditional academic or commercial publishing and distribution channels. Examples of grey literature include:

  • Dissertations and theses
  • Technical reports
  • Conference proceedings
  • Preprints
  • Patents
  • Reports
  • Working papers
  • Unpublished & ongoing studies

Finding Grey Literature

There are many ways to find grey literature, but sometimes the best way is to go to the source: the websites of nonprofits/NGOs, government agencies, or professional organizations working in education. There are a few databases that one can search for grey literature as well.

Federal Education Policy

California Education

Centers, Institutes, and Other Organizations

Numerous organizations conduct educational research and issue a variety of reports, publications, advocacy briefs, fact sheets and more. These websites can typically be navigated by topic, though you may also look for a Resources or Publications page as well. The Associations page lists several member-based organizations that publish these types of reports as well. However, some may only be accessible to the membership.

This is by no means a comprehensive list. It is a sample of different types organizations supporting research and advocacy in the field of education.

Preprint Archives

Preprints can be found in a few different places, such as the author's institutional repository or in a more specialized archive. These two archives may be useful for finding education-related preprints.