16.655 studies of grey/gray literature?

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Fri May 02 2003 - 02:20:14 EDT

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 655.
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             Date: Fri, 02 May 2003 07:17:30 +0100
             From: Gerry Mckiernan <gerrymck@IASTATE.EDU>
             Subject: Percentage of Grey/Gray Literature By Field/Discipline

            Percentage of Grey/Gray Literature By Field/Discipline

       I am greatly interested in studies that have calculated the relative
    percentage of a discipline's literature that is considered grey/gray

    A fabricated example:
    Overall the literature of agronomy is 40% gray/grey literature

    [ http://www.moyak.com/researcher/resume/papers/var7mkmkw.html ]

    "M. C. Debachere has written that it is easier to describe, rather than
    define grey literature. Collectively the term covers an extensive range of
    materials that cannot be found easily through conventional channels such as
    publishers, "but which is frequently original and usually recent"
    (Debachere 1995,94). Peter Hirtle in Broadsides vs. Grey Literature defines
    it as:

    The quasi-printed reports, unpublished but circulated papers, unpublished
    proceedings of conferences, printed programs from conferences, and the
    other non-unique material which seems to constitute the bulk of our modern
    manuscript collections (Hirtle 1991)."

    [ http://www.moyak.com/researcher/resume/papers/var7mkmkw.html ]

        To such an amorphous list, one may also wish to add Web/Internet
    resources, most notably e-prints (of course).

    NOTE: I am *particularly* interested in the Gray/Grey Literature of

       [I've just begun a literature review but thought I'd also tap The Wisdom
    of the Web as well]

        As Always, Any and All contributions, suggestions, comments, queries,
    questions, basketball coaches, or Cosmic Insights are Most Welcome.


    Gerry McKiernan
    Gray/Grey Librarian
    Iowa State University
    Ames IA 50011


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