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A Guide to Government Publications

Government Publications in Research

Although considered grey literature, government publications prove themselves to be a great primary source material as they provide original uninterpreted testimony and information on many topics and issues. As a result government publications can be useful resources for a variety of disciplines including:

  • Criminology
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Law
  • Political Science

and so forth.

Grey Literature is

“…information produced on all levels of government, academia, business and industry in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing i.e. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body.”

Schnopfel J. (2010, December).Towards a Prague definition of grey literature. Paper presented at: Twelfth International Conference on Grey Literature: Transparency in Grey Literature. Grey Tech Approaches to High Tech Issues, Prague, Czech Republic  Available from:

It can be used to supplement books and journals when conducting research as it provides a different perspective and is commonly more current than different materials.

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