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Grey Literature or Fugitive Report Project

Author(s): Jon Harrison

Journal: MLA Forum
ISSN 1539-4123

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2005;
Original page

Keywords: Grey Literature | Fugitive Report Project | Acquisitions | Government Documents

Subject selectors or bibliographers frequently run across fugitive reports on hot topics that they may wish to add to their library’s collections. Unfortunately, some of these same reports are not available for acquisition through normal approval plans or by purchase or request from issuing bodies. Some people call these materials grey literature, although I am not sure how appropriate that term is, since many of them are finding their way into OCLC’s WorldCat or various other databases. However, since they tend to be available only on the World Wide Web, there is a question of how long they will last and how to make them accessible to library users.
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