Grey Literature?

messy stack of papersAre you incorporating interdisciplinary research with your legal research? You may end up looking for “grey literature.” What is grey literature? According to the Grey Literature Report, this is a category of materials produced by government, academic sources, industry, non-governmental organizations, and professional organizations, and is generally not controlled by traditional commercial publishers. Grey literature can include a variety of types of reports, white papers, working papers, conference materials, theses, and other documents. Formerly difficult to locate, grey literature has become increasingly available via the Internet and a growing amount of born-digital content. While grey literature may be useful to include in your research, you may want to exercise caution since these materials do not all undergo the review and editing processes of commercially published materials. A few guides to grey literature exist, from academic libraries and associations.


Reference Librarian at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library