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Nursing: Grey Literature Domain Searching

A collection of resources for faculty and undergraduate and graduate nursing students.

Domain Searching

  1. One way to limit the number of search results in a grey literature search is to choose domains that are likely to have the information you're looking for. This is particularly useful for searching governmental, educational, or organizational sites. 
  2. Choose the domains that you think might be useful for your search from the table below (or search for others).
  3. Go to Google Advanced search.
  4. Use the suggestions below to structure your search.
  5. Track search results using the Internet Grey Literature Search Template (.docx)

Country

Government*

Education

Organization

UK

.gov.uk

.ac.uk

.nhs.uk

US

.gov (federal – for state governments .wa.gov – put the state abbreviation in front of .gov)

.edu

.org

New Zealand

.govt.nz

.ac.nz

.org.nz

Australia

.gov.au 

.edu.au

.org.au

India

.gov.in

.ac.in

.nic.in

Ireland

.gov.ie

 

 

Canada

.gc.ca (federal)

.gov.bc.ca (provincial – replace "bc" with the province's postal abbreviation, e.g., "ab" for Alberta)

 

 

*For a more complete list of international government domains, see the Wikipedia article .gov.

Grey Literature Site/Domain Searching

Google Advanced Grey Literature Searching