USP 301 - Introduction to Community Development: Organization Research

What is Grey Literature?

Watch this two-minute video for a brief introduction to grey literature from Western University. 

Government and Other Grey Literature Sources

Urban Studies Databases

Related Guides

Community-based Grey Literature

In researching the community organization, you will want to find a variety of sources. You will want to read information produced by the organization itself. Examples of such information are:

  • newsletters
  • email blasts
  • annual reports
  • other publications available via an organization's website. 

You might also want to look for any reports about the organization's work in local news sources. The Newspapers box on this page provides some resources to discover local news. 

Finally, consider conducting research about any social problems the organization purports so address or solve. Information on social problems can often be found in the research literature, but also in grey literature. Reports and white papers from government task forces or think tanks will support this research.  See the links in the Government and Other Grey Literature Sources box as starting points.