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Grey literature


Australian Policy Online (research database providing free access to full text research reports and papers, statistics and other resources essential for public policy development and implementation in Australia and New Zealand)
Dept of Health (Aust.) (a listing of publications, available in full text, on the Australian Government Department of Health websites)
ELDIS  (resources in international development policy, practice and research, including over
25,000 free full-text articles)
EPPI-Centre Databases  (primary research studies and evidence reviews in the fields of education, health promotion & public health)
Health Evidence Network  (WHO Regional Office for Europe, lists their Evidence reports which are syntheses of the best available evidence in response to policy-makers’ questions)
Sax Institute (Aust.) (publications on use of research evidence in health policy)

Public health

ADIN: Australian Drug Information Network (database of Australian drug and alcohol prevention and treatment programs, projects, resources and research projects)
Bioline International (open acess bioscience journals published in developing countries)
CDC Wonder (US CenterS for Disease control & Protection public health reports and data)
DoPHER : database of systematic and non-systematic reviews of effectiveness in health promotion and public health worldwide. Disaster Information Management Research Center : DIMRC  (health information resources and technology for disaster preparedness, response and recovery)
ELDIS (resources in international development policy, practice and research including primary health care issues)
EPPI-Centre Databases  (primary research studies and evidence reviews in the fields of education, health promotion & public health)
Grey Literature Report (publications in health services research and selected public health topics)
Health Services Research & Public Health Information Programs - various databases (US National Library of Medicine)
Legacy Tobacco Documents Library (contains more than 9.7 million documents created by major tobacco companies related to their advertising, manufacturing, marketing, sales, and scientific research activities)
NHS Evidence in Health and Social Care (provides access to authoritative clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practice through a web-based portal)
Searching the grey literature to access information on drugs, alcohol and HIV/AIDS research: an update (UNSW Medicine - National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre technical report no.314, 2010)
WHO European database on nutrition, obesity and physical activity (NOPA) (compiles information for the WHO European Member States to monitor progress on nutrition, diet, physical activity and obesity)
WHOLIS  (World Health Organization Library database covers public and environmental health issues internationally)


EthnoMed (integrating cultural information into clinical practice)
Forced Migration Online

Research repositories

Adelaide Research & Scholarship  (University of Adelaide)
Flinders Academic Commons  (Flinders University)
Institutional Repository Search (searches across 130 UK academic repositories)
Lenus: Irish Health Repository
OpenDOAR (directory of worldwide academic open access repositories, where you can search for repositories or search repository contents)
UniSA Research Archive
Trove (National Library of Australia)

Most universities have a digital research repository


Australian Bureau of Statistics
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Dept of Health Statistics (Aust.)
European Health for All Database (HFA-DB)
Health Statistics (SA Health) (SA statistics on aboriginal health, burden of disease, cancer, hospitals, infectious diseases, public health etc.)
US Census Bureau (includes a comprehensive listing of other statistical agencies around the world)
WHO country links to health data
World Bank Data

Theses and dissertations

ABES: Agence Bibliographique de l’Enseignement Superieur (French theses)
Center for Research Libraries (International doctoral dissertations)
DART-Europe E-theses Portal (DEEP) (European Working Group of the Networked DigitalLibrary of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD). Access to 106,000 doctoral theses)
Datrix (order a Thesis through ProQuest)
Digital Library and Archives (Virginia Tech's Electronic Theses and Dissertations, over 23,000)
Dissertation Express (Online version of Dissertation Abstracts from UMI Proquest. Free to search the database, an electronic thesis costs US$38) ( has just a few hundred dissertations and theses in its collection, but allows free, full-text access to the first twenty-five pages of each.)
E-Theses (Finnish)
EThOS (Full text UK theses from the BritishLibrary)
MIT Theses
National ETD Portal (South African)
Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)  (provides access to citations from thousands of digital dissertations and theses that are in PDF format.  A significant number of these resources are freely available in full-text and can be viewed online.)
OhioLINK Electronic Theses and DissertationsCenter
PhdData: The Universal Index of Dissertations in Progress
(PhdData has citations from several thousand dissertations in progress from various parts of the world.)
PQDT Open (Free, full text open access dissertations and thesis)
Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR)
Rutgers Electronic Theses & Dissertations (RUetd)
(Australian theses - finding Australian theses)
Theses Canada (access to bibliographic citations for all the theses in the National Library of Canada Theses Collection and full text open access theses)
University of Miami Graduate School Electronic Theses & Dissertations
WorldCat dissertations and theses
 (Although this database is only available by subscription to FirstSearch, WorldCat is available for free. The advanced search screen allows you to limit by Content to Thesis/Dissertation).

Other resources

ANROWS: Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (Networking database and Resources database)
ERIC: Education Resources Information Center
Literature, arts, and medicine database
(list of prose, poetry, film and art developed as a comprehensive resource for teaching and research in medical humanities)
Social Care Online (UK database of social care and social work information)