On November 16, librarians Samantha Walsh and Celine Soudant presented "Grey Literature: What it is & how to find it." This class introduced the concept of "Grey Literature," materials and research that are produced outside the realm of traditional (or commercial) publishing and distribution means. Types of grey literature include market research reports, statistical reports, presentations, bibliographies, lecture notes, newsletters and blogs...to name a few.
One significant challenge that can accompany grey literature is the lack of quality control. Data within grey literature is not always easily fact-checked. Since grey literature is not published through a permanent, commercial channel, the longevity of its internet existence cannot be guaranteed.
On the other hand, grey literature is of great value in the fact that it can be produced quickly and reflect the most accurate and up-to-date research data. This type of literature supports free and instantaneous access to research information.