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Home Tutorials Gray Literature Section 3: Types of Gray Literature Research Reports

Research Reports

Research reports are written to provide in depth information, data or analysis about specific issues, practices, and trends in business, the social sciences and humanities. Though the term “research report” can be used in the sciences, it is more commonly used in non-science disciplines. While there are a limited amount of gray literature databases online in the social sciences and humanities (they are listed in section four), a better tactic for locating gray literature in these disciplines is by identifying organizations and universities that might be sponsoring research in your areas of interest. While this practice can certainly be used in business fields as well, subscription databases that focus on business (and specific aspects of business like agri-business), marketing, economics, and monetary policy usually offer access to research reports. When searching the web and databases, search for your topic AND “research report” to find this information.