Grey literature is "Information produced on all levels of government, academics, 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.
CGL Luxembourg definition, 1997-expanded in New York, 2004
Grey literature is informally published material that usually has not been peer reviewed. It can however be invaluable for your research.
It is produced from a variety of sources, and is usually not indexed or organised, often making it difficult to locate.
Grey literature differs from "black literature" which is the familiar peer-reviewed publications found in commercial publishers' databases.
The Grey Literature Library Guide provides a detailed overview including techniques to find and evaluate grey literature.
|Technical Reports||Theses and dissertations|
|Government documents||Research Reports|
|Clinical trials and practice guidelines||Blogs|
|Informal communications||pre and post print articles|
|White papers||Working papers|
For a comprehensive listing of grey literature types view the greynet.org table.
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