in the literature or in literature?


Do you heard the expression "in literature" and "in the literature" (see as example the sentence below). What is the difference between them? 

"Information on the properties of brazed joints is normally 
provided by technical data sheets of the brazing fillers 
manufacturers and in the literature / in literature."


To me, in the literature talks about the specific collection of writings on a particular topic, while in literature references all written material in general. 

I don't think that in literature is correct here; brazed joints don't make a common theme throughout the world's writings. If we use in the literature, then the reference is to written work that deals with the topic of brazed joints, which is what I think the author wanted to say.

Generally, if you say "in literature" you are talking about writings of artistic merit. 

But, if you say "in the literature" it generally means the body of written material concerning a certain subject.
I would not consider technical information on brazed joints to be of a literary nature.

literature/ˈlɪtrətʃə(r)/ from Google Dictionary

Noun /ˈlit(ə)rəCHər/,/-ˌCHo͝or/,/-ˌt(y)o͝or/,

literatures, plural;
  1. Written works, esp. those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit
    • - a great work of literature
  2. Books and writings published on a particular subject
    • - the literature on environmental epidemiology
  3. The writings of a country or period
    • - early French literature
  4. Leaflets and other printed matter used to advertise products or give advice

    • The production or profession of writing


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