Health Sciences

The health sciences rely heavily on gray literature due to the publicity lag which occurs with peer-reviewed journals. In the area of public health, for instance, the most current information possible about the spread of an infectious disease will be found in the gray literature – most likely in the form of governmental (or non-governmental like the World Health Organization) reports, statistics and other data. Health sciences gray literature encompasses a wide variety of topics which can be explored in the Resources section of this guide. Topics include clinical trials, drug and equipment information, clinical practice guidelines, statistics, policies and more.

Last updated: 7/23/2015