Government policies and reports are a kind of "grey literature". Grey literature is a catch-all name that refers to anything that has not been formally published.
Grey Literature can be harder to find than books or journal articles. Oftentimes, the best place to search for grey literature is through a google search. Have a look below for some top tips and tricks on searching google.
You can also search for grey literature in some of our databases:
Google's Advanced Search makes it easy to find grey literature.
For example, we want to find Australian government reports on volunteers in the palliative care sector
Additional Google Searching Tips
In the site or domain field, you can also narrow your results to:
By putting .au after the site or domain (e.g. .edu.au) your search will only return Australian educational sources.
Most grey literature is not peer-reviewed and should be evaluated for quality.
To evaluate a piece of grey literature – you can use the C.R.A.P. Test.
C.R.A.P. stands for: Currency, Relevance, Authority and Purpose