Published on February 14, 2014
WELCOME TO “FINDING SCITECH GREY LITERATURE: RESOURCES FOR NEW AND INTERMEDIATE LEVEL RESEARCHERS” ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAPTER SLA VIRTUAL LUNCH FEBRUARY 13, 2014 Speaker: Matthew Von Hendy, Green Heron Information Services
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Today’s Presenter Matthew Von Hendy, Green Heron Information Services
FINDING SCITECH GREY LITERATURE: RESOURCES FOR NEW AND INTERMEDIATE LEVEL RESEARCHERS Matthew Von Hendy MA/MLS Green Heron Information Services
WELCOME! Owner—Green Heron Information Services Professional Librarian—National Academies of Science, EPA, NASA Birder, cyclist, runner— recent Alaskan adventurer
VIRTUAL LUNCH GOALS Briefly discuss what defines grey literature, what type of resources are covered/what are not, trends and issues in this area Cover key search tools for scitech grey literature and touch on strengths/weakness of each Look at the role of repositories in this area and take a peek at some leading examples Discuss subject specific databases that contain extensive scitech grey literature Questions and answers
A FEW NOTES Scientific and technology grey literature resources will our major topic We will not be covering health sciences grey literature resources We will be focused primarily on major/well known resources—there are many more specialized sources Also, we will concentrate primarily on open access, low cost resources although we will touch on some subscription databases/resources
WHAT IS GREY LITERATURE? Pull up a chair and have some coffee/tea…
WHAT IS GREY LITERATURE (CONT.) That which is produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in print and electronic formats, but which is not controlled by commercial publishers."PloS description– The Fourth International Conference on Grey Literature 1999 Peer-reviewed journal articles, academic/commercially published books
WHAT DOES THAT LEAVE?
MANY FORMATS Technical reports Pre-Prints Fact Sheets Standards Patents Working papers Committee reports Business documents Newsletters Government documents Technical documentation Conference proceedings White papers Symposia Bulletins Conference Papers
BENEFITS OF SCITECH GREYLIT Provide high level overviews Recent bibliographies Source of cutting edge information– grey literature can frequently appear before conventional academic literature Source of statistics and datasets
LIMITATIONS OF SCITECH GREY LIT Reliability of information—is there any peer-review or evidence base Who is publishing it—have you heard of the organization and/or do they have a particular point of view Searchability—even if it’s a great or useful piece of work can it be found?
STATUS OF SCITECH GREYLIT SEARCH The Mediocre, the Bad and the Ugly (apologies to Clint Eastwood)
SEARCH TOOLS– THE MEDIOCRE DOE Information Systems Science Accelerator-http://www.scienceaccelerator.gov/dsa/search.html Federated search covering DOE related research, articles and conference proceedings Science Gov http://www.science.gov/scigov/ Searches over 50 U.S. Government science-related databases and websites WorldWideScience.Org -http://worldwidescience.org/wws/ Federated search that covers national and international government science resources
SEARCH TOOLS- THE MEDIOCRE (CONT.) SciTech Connect http://www.osti.gov/scitech/ Consolidates OSTI’s Information Bridge and Energy Citations database.
SEARCH TOOLS – THE BAD OAIster http://oaister.worldcat.org/advancedsearch Open access project started by University of Michigan—picked up by OCLC-designed to pick up hard to find grey literature Tip: Corporate/Conference Name can be very useful Open DOAR Content Search http://www.opendoar.org/search.php Maintained by the University of Nottingham—very good quality control. A directory of open access directories—many scitech organizations included
SEARCH TOOLS – THE UGLY Google Scholar – scholar.google.com Use Advanced Search features Tip: Use ‘thesis dissertation’ in the ‘with at least one of the words’ field if you are looking for these Google – www.google.com Tip: Limit your search to a specific domain or site and use the filtertype search filter since a lot of gray literature appears as PDFs
SUBSCRIPTION DATABASES Scopus, Web of Science—conference papers Proquest Dissertations Abstracts--- maybe dissertations and theses? Biosis, Compendex, GeoRef, IEEE Xplore, Inspec, Environment Sciences and Pollution Management– conference papers, meeting publications, some technical reports
INSTITUTIONAL REPOSITORIES See Ranking Web of Repositories for a decent listing of US university repositories http://repositories.webometrics.info/en/Americas/USA Just some examples: Virginia Tech Digital Library and Archives http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ MIT Institutional Repository http://dspace.mit.edu/
DON’T FORGET ABOUT DATA AS A SCITECH GREYLIT RESOURCE Explosive growth, development of many resources Databib— http://databib.org/ Major directory of data repositories--searchable Brian Westra’s (University of Oregon library) excellent guide to data research management resources-http://library.uoregon.edu/datamanagement/reposito ries.html
SCITECH GREYLIT DATABASES Agricola-- http://agricola.nal.usda.gov/ Agriculture and agriculture-related database from the USDA arXiv-- http://arxiv.org/ Provides open access to nearly 800,000 e-prints in the area of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics.
SCITECH GREYLIT DATABASES II CiteSeer http://citeseer.ist.psu.edu/ Digital library and search engine focused on computer and information science. Defense Technical Information Center http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/ A searchable repository for all publicly accessible DOD science and technical research
SCITECH GREYLIT DATABASES III ENTEWEB World Energy Base https://www.etde.org/etdeweb/basicsearch.jsp?pg= 2 International database covering all aspects of energy research. Now publicly available. IAEA’s INIS Database http://www.iaea.org/inis/ International Nuclear Information System database on nuclear science and technology
SCITECH GREYLIT DATABASES IV INSPIRE-HEP http://inspirehep.net/ A database of high energy, particle physics and astrophysics . NASA Technical Reports Server http://nix.nasa.gov/search.jsp?N=125 NASA funded aerospace and related research.
SCITECH GREYLIT DATABASES V Astrophysics Data System (NASA) 1975+ Funded by NASA, ADS maintains 3 bibliographic databases - Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics and Geophysics, and ArXiv Preprints - containing more than 8.5 million records, and digital scans of archival materials. PubMed-- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and on-line books.
SCITECH GREYLIT DATABASES VI National Technical Information Servicehttp://www.ntis.gov Source for unclassified reports from U.S. government and international government agencies. 2 million plus records. Vendor interfaces much more user friendly. Most documents don’t wind up here. United States Geological Service Publications Warehouse http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/ Database of USGS funded research reports and publications.
DATABASES EXTRA-Dozens of open access technical scientific databases with primarily grey information are also available An excellent example—listing of open access databases in geology and marine sciences from the University of New Orleans library http://libguides.uno.edu/content.php?pid=161121&sid =1400581
FUTURE TRENDS SCITECH GREYLIT Increasing quantity—perhaps decreasing quality More collaborative—people will be able to manipulate documents in real time Problems with finding resources will start to be addressed—metadata should be able to provide a solution—financial incentive for government agencies/vendors to tackle this issue
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