October 26, 2021

Journal Article: “Grey Literature: Use, Creation, and Citation Habits of Faculty Researchers Across Disciplines”

Title

Grey Literature: Use, Creation, and Citation Habits of Faculty Researchers Across Disciplines

Authors

Kristen Cooper
University Of Minnesota

Wanda Marsolek
University Of Minnesota

Amy Riegelman
University Of Minnesota

Shannon Farrell
University Of Minnesota

Julie Kelly
University Of Minnesota

Source

Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication
Vol 7 No 1 (2019)
DOI: 10.7710/2162-3309.2314

Abstract

Introduction
Grey literature is ephemeral, and the level to which it is created, used, and cited by faculty, graduate students, and other researchers is not well understood.

Methods
This electronic survey was distributed to a sample (57%) of the faculty across a wide variety of disciplines with the only criteria based on tenure and tenure-track faculty at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, a large R1 institution.

Results
Faculty across disciplines both use and create grey literature for several reasons, including its far more rapid Faculty across disciplines both use and create grey literature for several reasons, including its far more rapid publication process.

Discussion
Many faculty in a wide variety of disciplines are using and creating grey literature. The survey illustrates the different types of grey literature that are being used and for what purpose. Other topics, such as how faculty are finding grey literature (via Google Scholar and professional contacts), whether they are citing it, and which types they create (e.g., conference papers, preprints, technical reports) are also discussed.

Conclusion
As a result of this survey, librarians can provide support for faculty who use and create grey literature in all disciplines and advocate for and promote grey literature to faculty. With more scholars participating in systematic reviews of grey literature, librarians will need to be more cognizant of where and how it may be discovered.

Direct to Full Text Article
25 pages; PDF.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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