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Health Services Research

This guide serves as a portal to key resources for the interdisciplinary field of health services research.

What's on this page

This page provides three core strategies for finding grey literature. Grey literature is an important part of the evidence base for health services research and health policy but can be difficult to search in a systematic way.  See the  Grey Literature Research Guide for many other resources


 What is Grey Literature? Strategy: Going directly to organization Strategy: Searching Portals Aggregating Grey LiteratureStrategy: Google Advanced Searches  l 

Strategy: Going Directly to Organization's Website

Below are some top non-governmental organizations and federal agencies working on health services research. Since There is a seemingly endless number of organizations that produce grey literature, searching portals and using Google Advanced searches to identify names can be an effective way to find grey literature when you don't know where to begin.

Non-Governmental Organizations

Government Agencies (Federal)

Strategy #2: Portals

Below are some resources that can help you identify organizations and/or search directly for grey literature.

Strategy #3: Google Advanced Searches

Google offers a great way to track down grey literature resources. Use the advanced search limits below to focus your search.

Limit to a domain:
site:org  
site:gov
site:com

Find Related Sites:
related:urban.org

Limit to filetype:
filetype:pdf (or doc, ppt)

Search for words in a URL:
inurl:rand.org
 
Search for sites that link to site of interest:
link to:academyhealth.org 

Find quick information about a site:
info:kff.org

 

Definition

Grey literature is the unpublished, non-commercial, hard-to-find information that organizations such as professional associations, research institutes, think tanks, and government departments produce.