Grey (or gray) literature is … “information produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in electronic and print formats… i.e, where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body." (International Conference on Grey Literature, Luxembourg,1997 – Expanded in New York, 2004) Source: GreyNet: grey literature network service. Amsterdam: GreyNet; 2008.
Therefore, grey literature could be: • Unpublished • Non-commercial material • In-house, vertical files • Fugitive • Information on the deep Web • “Hard to find”
To see more specialized and authoritative sources of grey literature, please refer to the "Special Topics" Tab on THIS library guide.
Types of Grey Literature
Conference abstracts and proceedings
Dissertations and theses
Some Specialized Research Databases (freely available online)
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"The Grey Literature Report (GreyLit Report) is a comprehensive urban health resource produced by The New York Academy of Medicine between 1999 and 2016. During that time, it was the leading service of its kind in the United States. The materials in the Greylit Report database are collected in health and science policy, public health, health of vulnerable and special populations (i.e. children, women, uninsured, elderly) and those areas of general medicine and disease in which the Academy has research interests. The focus is on research material, not consumer health material."
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