The term 'grey literature' (GL) is used to describe materials not published commercially or indexed by major databases. While GL may be of questionable quality, it has been shown to have an impact in research, teaching and learning. Sometimes, GL is the only source of information for specific research questions. While some GL may be published eventually, and may be easier to find, sometimes it never is.
GL may not go through a peer-review process, and its authority must be scrutinised. For more information on how to evaluate resources, check out the Journals & Databases page on this Subject Guide, and in particular the boxes; ‘Assess your findings’ & ‘Evaluating information: additional resources’.
Traditional sources of grey literature include, but are not limited to:
In essence, grey literature is:
'New' forms of grey literature include:
Advice on ways to find grey literature:
Research repositories are online spaces to store and access research outputs, such as journal articles and theses.
Try searching the sites listed in this box, to find more psychology research.
A gateway to the research documents produced at universities, polytechnics, and other research institutions throughout New Zealand.
Access University of Otago quality research outputs, including theses, journal articles, discussion papers, reports, books and more.
A free preprint service for the psychological sciences, maintained by The Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science.
A Center for Open Science preprint database for the social sciences.
Social Science Open Access Repository.
Social Science Research Network.
A discovery service that includes research from Australian university and government research repositories.
The New Zealand Psychological Society is the largest professional association for psychologists in Aotearoa. Includes useful links to community resources.
The New Zealand Psychologists Board is the regulatory authority appointed under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 in respect of the profession of psychology.
APS is the largest professional body representing psychologists in Australia.
AIPA is the national body representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander psychologists in Australia
APA is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.
BPS is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK.
CPA is the primary organisation representing psychologists in Canada.
For those interested in the philosophy, science, application, and teaching of behavior analysis.
Dedicated to advancing scientific psychology across disciplinary and geographic borders. (Previously the American Psychological Society.)
HFES is the world’s largest scientific association for human factors/ergonomics professionals.
The world’s largest organisation of scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and the nervous system.
SRCD is an international professional society that promotes multidisciplinary research in the field of human development.
Multidisciplinary and cross-organisational science-led initiative to progress the wellbeing of tamariki (children) in Aotearoa.
University of Otago initiative undertaking internationally recognised research into brain health and neurological disorders.
Based in Otago University’s Psychology department, the Research Unit undertakes detailed study of human health, development and behaviour.
Based in Otago University’s Psychology department, the NCLR and its partners undertake world-leading lifecourse research.
Uses evidence based practice to improve the workforce performance of mental health, addiction and disability services. Website includes a resource centre.
Some learners might appreciate these playlists of introductory videos about Psychology:
Others might appreciate the following podcasts:
Thanks to Humboldt State University Library for the tips, you can search for more multimedia Psychology resources on their website.
An RSS feed reader (aka a news aggregator) is an automated way to keep up-to-date with new information posted online, including news sites, blogs, podcasts, and other media channels.
To use, sign-up to a feed reader (some popular ones are listed below), and then search for content within your reader to subscribe/add it to your feed. Alternatively, when you are on a website, look for the RSS icon to add the web address or link to your reader.