Grey literature is "Information produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing i.e. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body."
- As defined by the Grey Literature Network Service, 2004
Simply put, Grey Literature consists of materials that are unpublished or have been published outside of the typical commercial or academic publishing environment.
It is often more difficult to find and obtain than the published literature, and may include such things as conference procedings, policy studies and reports, white papers, annual reports, draft legislation, think-tank reports.