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Grey literature

Subject guide to grey literature resources

The resources listed on this and the next page page are freely available. Other important grey literature resources are listed on SALUS, together with the clinical and evidence-based databases which are available to SA Health staff.

For any research query the clinical databases should be searched first and then the grey literature.

The information on this page is based on the publication Databases for Research in Health, compiled and annotated by Jess Tyndall, Medical Librarian; indexed by Catherine Brady, Reference Librarian, Flinders University, January 2014.

Clinical practice guidelines

Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal (NHMRC Aust.)
Guidance List (UK National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE))
National Guideline Clearinghouse (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

Clinical trials

For more Clinical trials registers click here.

Complementary medicine

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (US Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine)

Evidence based resources

Bandolier Knowledge (subject collection of good quality evidence)
BestBETs (best evidence topics)
Campbell Collaboration Library of Systematic Reviews (effects of social interventions in social welfare, mental health, crime & justice, education & international)
EPPI-Centre Evidence Library  (systematic reviews in the fields of education, health promotion & public health, as well as social welfare and international development)
Evidence Based Practice for Public Health (University of Massachusetts Medical School)
Health Evidence (systematic reviews evaluating the effectiveness of public health interventions)
Health Evidence Network (resources relevant to decision-making on public health and health policy in the WHO European Region)
Health Systems Evidence (syntheses of research evidence about governance, financial and delivery arrangements within health systems)
KDTRR's Registry of Systematic Reviews (US Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research)

Health services

Health Services Research & Public Health Information Programs - various databases (US National Library of Medicine)
Innovation Exchange (NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation - incorporates ARCHI)
NHS Evidence in Health and Social Care  (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE))

Indigenous peoples

Arctic Health (information on diverse aspects of the Arctic environment and the health of northern peoples)
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet (aims to inform practice & policy in Indigenous health by making research & other knowledge readily accessible)
Circumpolar Health Bibliographic database (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) (publications about all aspects of human health in the circumpolar region)
Closing the Gap (a clearinghouse for evidence-based research on overcoming disadvantage for Indigenous Australians delivered by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Family Studies)
Minority Health and Health Equity Archive (health &health disparities research & policy related to African American/Black, Native American, Hispanic/Latino, and Asian American/Pacific Islander people in the US)
Native Health Database (bibliographic information and abstracts of health-related articles, reports & surveys on the health and health care of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Canadian First Nations)
Virtual Health Library (Latin-American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information)

Library catalogues

Trove  (National Library of Australia) (incorporates metadata relating to material from Libraries Australia, PANDORA, Picture Australia, Australian Research Online and more. For researchers, it means a single point of access to pictures, theses, music, letters, maps etc.)
WorldCat (includes the collections of 10,000 libraries worldwide, enabling researchers to identify and to locate dissertations, books, reports, journals, journal articles and websites)


ETS TestLink (database of more than 25,000 standardised tests, research instuments and other measurement devices)
HSRR: Health Services & Sciences Research Resources (a fully searchable database of data resources used in health services research, the behavioral and social sciences and public health. HSRR provides information about research datasets, instruments/indices and software)


BioMed Central (open access to over 250 peer-reviewed journals in medical & biomedical research)
Images from the History of Medicine (over 70,000 images in the collections of the History of Medicine Division of the U.S National Library of Medicine, including portraits, photographs, caricatures, genre scenes, posters, and graphic art illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine dated from the 15th to 21st century)
NCBI Databases (biomedical and genomic information)
PLOS Medicine (Public Library of Science) (open-access medical journal that seeks to publish articles relevant to clinicians and policymakers across a range of settings that address the major biological, environmental, social, and political determinants of health)
Virtual Health Library (Latin-American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information)