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MSN - Master of Science in Nursing

This guide will assist students in The Rutgers School of Nursing Master’s degree program.

Grey Literature is defined as "information produced on all levels of government, academia, business and industry in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing." ICGL Luxembourg definition, 1997, expanded in NY, 2004

Grey literature is not formally part of "traditional publishing cycles. Producers include research groups, non-profits, universities and government agencies.

Grey literature is not widely disseminated - dissemination of published materials is the goals in traditional publishing. Often, infrastructure exists to disseminate this material efficiently.

"Grey Area" or Grey Zone", think of grey zone as an "in-between" metaphor.

  • Theses and dissertations
  • Census, economic and other "grey" data sources
  • Databases if ongoing research
  • Statistics and other data sources
  • Conference proceedings, poster presentations and abstracts
  • Newsletters
  • Research reports
  • Technical specifications, standards and annual reports
  • Informal communications (email, telephone conversations, meetings)
  • Translations
  • Symposia proceedings, conference proceedings
  • E-prints, preprints
  • Electronic networked communication
  • Blogs, podcasts and video on the web
  • Repositories
  • Listserv archives
  • Digital oibraries
  • Spatial data (google earth)
  • Meta-searching, federated searching, portals
  • Wikis, twitter, social media

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