critical reading for the rude

gray lit gold

You’ll be wanting to search the GrayLIT Network site, a construct of OSTI‘s.

I was thinking of “gray” mainly in terms of business / bureau policy, notices, signage even — but there’s a lot more. GrayLIT makes it available for free, often in full text. Government and military conference proceedings… many other goodies.

What is Gray Literature?

The U.S. Interagency Gray Literature Working Group, “Gray Information Functional Plan,” 18 January 1995, defines gray literature as “foreign or domestic open source material that usually is available through specialized channels and may not enter normal channels or systems of publication, distribution, bibliographic control, or acquisition by booksellers or subscription agents.”

Boolean operators work. Truncate with *. ((Can’t seem to sort results by date!)) Aha, here’s the word direct:

While the target Web sites may employ different search options, the following search tips are generally true:

  • The search engine is not case sensitive
  • Single word or word phrases may be entered in the query box to submit
  • If a phrase is entered, the “And” operator is assumed
  • The “Or” operator is recognized and will work regardless of “case”
  • The wildcard character * (asterisk) may be used to match the word stem.
  • Search Examples:

    photons and colliders
    photons or electrons
    linear colliders

And “target websites” refers to one of the 5 databases it searches:

Database Descriptions

Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Technical Reports Collection This full-text collection provides access to unclassified, unlimited documents. It is a growing subset of over 127,552 reports referenced and available in STINET, which dates back to 1974. Subject areas consist of those associated with defense research and basic sciences including biological and medical sciences; environmental pollution and control; behavioral and social sciences; and patents and patent applications.

DOE Information Bridge Report Collection This site performs full-text searching across over 85,000 reports and over 4.3 million pages. Bibliographic citations are also available. Subject areas include physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics. Full text is available for reports from 1995 forward.

EPA – National Environmental Publications Internet Site (NEPIS) This site offers an increasing number of archival and current EPA documents online. Subject areas include water quality, wastewater, pesticides, ecological issues, wetlands, and many more environmental-related areas. With over 10,000 documents, NEPIS is EPA’s largest electronic documents site.

NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) Technical Reports JPL’s Technical Report Server is a database of searchable citations and abstracts and downloadable full-text technical reports covering propulsion, deep space developments, and robotic missions. Currently, there over 18,172 technical reports online which are available in Portable Document Format (PDF).

NASA Langley Technical Reports This database provides access to publicly available online NASA documents covering aeronautical and space science. Technical reports on this system are in PDF, HTML, or compressed PostScript format. There are over 4,424 full-text reports that are downloadable with searchable citations and abstracts.


June 27, 2007 - Posted by | biz, geo/pol, info sci, search

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