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Overview : rethinking the grey literature's definition(<Special feature>Grey literature)

  • IKEDA Kiyoshi
    INIS and Nuclear Information Management Section, Intellectual Resources Department, Japan Atomic Energy Agency

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  • 問題提起 : 灰色文献定義の再考(<特集>灰色文献)
  • 問題提起; 灰色文献定義の再考
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Abstract

Grey literature said to do difficult to obtain through commercial publishers. Recently, according to the spread of institutional repositories, grey literature is published on the Web and its full text is open to the public, then it has become easily accessible. Yet, the accessibility of grey literature has not been fully resolved. In this paper, the author introduces the definition of grey literature based on the discussion of the International Conference on Grey Literature (International Conference on Grey literature) and tries to reorganize and discuss on issues concerning the problems of grey literature accessibility. The author indicates that there are still many challenges in this field, also indicates that stable access to the sources on the Web is not always guaranteed. It is concluded that expertises and experiences of a librarian should be leveraged to get solutions regarding the accessibility of grey literature.

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