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n. ~ Reports and other materials printed for distribution outside commercial publishing channels.

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'Grey literature' connotes publications with limited distribution and with subject matter of a professional, often academic, nature. The phrase is not generally used to describe fanzines, underground publications, family newsletters, or similar materials.

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(NY Acad of Medicine Library 2002) 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) [citing Alberani, 1990].