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Sociology: Find Grey Literature

Grey Literature

The Twelfth International Conference on Grey Literature in Prague in 2010 arrived at the following definition:

"Grey literature stands for manifold document types produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in print and electronic formats that are protected by intellectual property rights, of sufficient quality to be collected and preserved by libraries and institutional repositories, but not controlled by commercial publishers; i.e. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body."

Examples of Grey Literature

Traditionally, the term gray literature has included:

  • Reports
  • Conference proceedings
  • Doctoral theses/dissertations

There are also many other forms of grey literature, including: Newsletters, technical notes, working papers, white papers, patents, and more.