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Psychology: Theses, Statistics and Grey Literature

Grey Literature

What is grey literature?

Grey literature refers to research that is either unpublished or has been published in non-commercial form.  It can include:

  • Government documents
  • Policy statements
  • Working papers
  • Theses
  • Conference proceedings
  • Statistics
  • White papers
  • Industry and business reports

Grey literature can be a good source of raw data (statistics).  It is likely to be more sector or industry focused rather than academic, and can be used effectively in conjunction with academic sources.  It is often international, open access, and freely available.

Conference Proceedings

Finding Grey Literature in Subscription Databases

What is Grey Literature?

Add "conference proceedings" or "conference papers" to your search in these databases to bring back conference materials.


Subscription Databases

The British Library (EthOS)

Search the British Library's database of over 500,000 doctoral theses. 

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Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations

Search across hundreds of universities across the world for dissertations and theses.

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Theses and Dissertations

Theses and Dissertations

  • If you want to find an exemplar dissertation or thesis for your LSBU course contact your School Admin office.

  • Many universities around the world make their theses and dissertations available online.  If you Google the name of the institution and repository or theses you might get lucky!

Research Open

LSBU's Repository 

Here you can find:

  •  journal articles, book chapters and research by LSBU staff
  • theses and dissertations by LSBU students

DART-Europe E-theses Portal

DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses.  

Search here

Free Databases