gray literature


: written material (such as a report) that is not published commercially or is not generally accessible

Examples of gray literature in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Until recently, information from rescue excavations was sequestered in a vast gray literature of reports published in Greek by the state archeological service. Nick Romeo, The New Yorker, 22 Aug. 2023 There is no gray literature now: Everything is a magnet for immediate attention and misunderstanding. James Heathers, The Atlantic, 23 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gray literature was in 1975

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“Gray literature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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