Grey Literature: What is GL?

GreyLiteratures is defined as "That which is produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in print and electronic formats, but which is not controlled by commercial publishers."
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Grey Literature

   "The Fourth International Conference on Grey Literature (GL '99) in Washington, DC, in October 1999 defined grey literature as follows: "That which is produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in print and electronic formats, but which is not controlled by commercial publishers."

In general, grey literature publications are non-conventional, fugitive, and sometimes ephemeral publications.

They may include, but are not limited to the following types of materials:

  • reports (pre-prints, preliminary progress and advanced reports, technical reports, statistical reports, memoranda, state-of-the art reports, market research reports, etc.),
  • theses,
  • conference proceedings,
  • technical specifications and standards,
  • non-commercial translations,
  • bibliographies,
  • technical and commercial documentation,
  • and official documents not published commercially (primarily government reports and documents) (Alberani, 1990).

Types of Grey Literature list: growing list of examples

Due to the nature of grey literature, librarians have had difficulty acquiring and making it accessible. At The New York Academy of Medicine, there was a push by public health and health policy researchers for the Academy Library to obtain this type of material and to add it to the catalog (Gray, 1998). As a result, the Library acquires materials from various organizations publishing in these areas and gives them special cataloging treatment.

The Grey Literature Report is the first step in this initiative to not only collect these items for the Academy's collection, but to assist other librarians with collections in these fields in developing theirs."http://www.greylit.org/about   

Please note that as of January 2017, the Grey Literature Report website and database will be discontinued and will no longer be updated, but the resources will still be accessible.

SOURCE:    GreyNet International  1992-2017        

A
 

Announcements
Annuals

B
 

C
 

Call for Papers
Case Studies
Catalogues
Chronicles
Codebooks
Conference Papers
Conference Posters 

Conference Proceedings 
Country Profiles 
Course Materials

D
 

Databases
Data Papers
Datasets
Datasheets
Deposited Papers
Directories
Discussion Papers

Dissertations
Doctoral Theses 

E
 

E-Prints
E-texts
Enhanced Publications

Essays
ETD (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Exchange Agreements

F
 

G
 

Glossaries
Government Documents

Green Papers
Guidebooks

H
 

Handbooks
House Journals

I
 

Image Directories
Inaugural Lectures
Indexes
Interactive Posters

Internet Reviews
Interviews

J

Journals:

  • Articles
  • Grey Journals
  • In-house Journals
  • Non-commercial Journals
  • Synopsis Journals
K

K-blogs

L

Leaflets
Lectures
Legal documents

Legislation
LibGuides


M
 

Manuals
Memoranda

N
 

O
 

Off-prints
Orations

P
 

Pamphlets
Papers:
 
Call for Papers
  Conference Papers
  Deposited Papers
  Discussion Papers
  Green Papers
  White Papers
  Working Papers


Patents
Policy Documents
Policy Statements
Posters
Précis Articles
Preprints
Press Releases
Proceedings
Product Data
Programs

Project:
   Deliverables
   Information Document (PID)
   Proposals
   Work Packages
   Work Programmes



Q

 

R
 

Readers
Registers

Reports:

   Activity Reports
   Annual Reports
   Bank Reports
   Business Reports
   Committee Reports
   Compliance Reports
   Country Reports
   Draft Reports
   Feasibility Reports
   Government Reports
   Intelligence Reports
   Internal Reports
   Official Reports
   Policy Reports
   Progress Reports
   Regulatory Reports
   Site Reports
   Stockbroker Reports
   Technical Reports

R (continued)

Reprints

Research Memoranda
Research Notes
Research Proposals
Research Registers
Research Reports
Reviews

Risk Analyses



S

Satellite Data
Scientific Protocols
Scientific Visualizations

Show cards
Software
Specifications
Speeches
Standards
State of the Art
Statistical Surveys
Statistics
Supplements
Survey Results
Syllabus


T

Technical Documentation
Technical Notes 
Tenders
Theses
Timelines
Trade Directories
Translations
Treatises


W

Website Reviews

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