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WRT266 Writing for Social Change: Home

Popular Sources

Grey Literature

What is Grey Literature?

Definition: materials and research produced by organizations outside of the traditional commercial or academic publishing and distribution channels

Grey lit formats









Site Searching

  • [enter keywords] site:[domain or domain url]
  • URLs: .org, .ngo, .ong, .gov, .int
  • No spaces between the word site and the domain!!!

​​minfulness site search


mindfulness rscd site search




Census & Related Data Sources

American Factfinder -

City-Data -

Historical Poverty and Income Tables -

Scholarly Sources

1. Form a Search Strategy Using Boolean Operators

  • Quotations [ '"x" ] - use around a specific phrase you wish to search on, narrows your search
    • "domestic violence"
  • OR - use for synonyms of major concepts, broadens your search
    • “domestic violence” OR “dating violence”
  • AND - connects major concepts, narrows your search
    • “domestic violence” OR “dating violence” AND outreach

2. Start in Articles, Books, and More:

3. Explore subject guides and relevant databases for your topic


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Robert Berkman
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