Once you have one (or more) useful article on a topic, use the references at the end of article to find more sources on your topic using our Citation Search tool. This helps you see what was written previous to your current article, often called citing backward.
Use Google Scholar to see who has cited your article after it was published. This helps you see what has been written after your article was published, citing forward.
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The open web provides a plethora of resources for finding information about and from governmental and non-govermental organizations working to address issues surrounding your topic of research as well as grey literature.
What is grey literature?
Information published by entities whose main purpose is NOT publishing (government and non-government organizations, think tanks, scholarly societies and associations, etc. Watch this video for more info.)
Why is grey literature important?
A large amount of public policy information is published as grey literature.
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Identifying Source Types Exercise
Directions: Examine the following sources and determine which is a peer reviewed article and which is grey literature.
Below are a few advanced Google searching tips for find grey literature: