"In the literature" is a phrase used by researchers and other scholars to describe things that are discussed in Journals and other periodicals relevant to their field of study.


"I'm thinking of doing an experiment on lamarckian learning in flatworms."
"Have you seen if there's anything on it in the literature yet?"

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the literature n.

Computer-science journals and other publications, vaguely gestured at to answer a question that the speaker believes is trivial. Thus, one might answer an annoying question by saying "It's in the literature." Oppose Knuth, which has no connotation of triviality.

--Jargon File, autonoded by rescdsk

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