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Political Science Library Guide

Research Tools for Political Science


Grey literature is a blanket term that refers to research that has not been commercially published or undergone scholarly peer review. Common types of grey literature are:

  • reports
  • conference papers
  • working papers
  • pre-print papers
  • papers by non-profit and non-governmental organizations
  • government publications
  • think-tank publications

While grey literature can be an important information source, it is important to critically evaluate the expertise, motivations, and ideological standpoints of the authors and organizations producing it.

Grey Literature Databases

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