More on That Elusive Grey Literature

The New York Academy of Medicine Grey Literature Report focuses on grey (gray?) literature resources from the medical field and includes an extensive listing of government agencies and nonprofit organizations that produce health-related materials. The Grey Literature Report is a bimonthly publication of The New York Academy of Medicine Library. Go to http://www.nyam.org/library/online-resources/grey-literature-report.

The definition of grey literature? The Fourth International Conference on Grey Literature, held in Washington, DC, in October 1999, defined it 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.”

The Academy’s website says:

“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).”

 

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