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A study of grey literature in National Digital Library of India: analyses and trends

Abdul Moid (Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India)
M. Masoom Raza (Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India)
Keshwar Jahan (Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India)

Collection and Curation

ISSN: 2514-9326

Article publication date: 27 February 2020

Issue publication date: 16 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine the grey literature (GL) in National Digital Library of India (NDLI) with particular reference to synopsis, thesis, report and patent.

Design/methodology/approach

The National Digital Library of India (NDLI) was used to collect data from types of text content. After filtering text content, learning resource type was refined and four kinds of GL were randomly selected for further analysis in MS Excel.

Findings

As a primary source of information, a huge number of GL available in text form, in which the availability of reports are maximum, are selected. In NDLI, the majority of the selected grey resources, e.g. report, thesis, synopsis and patent, are open for access. It also discloses the significance of Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), from where majority of GL resources were extracted and the maximum number of resources is available in the English language.

Originality/value

GL is regarded as a valuable primary source of locally generated information. No such study was carried out specifically regarding NDLI. Besides, this study aids to understand the archiving method of GL. These findings also help the users to filtering or sorting out to access accurate information sources.

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Citation

Moid, A., Raza, M.M. and Jahan, K. (2021), "A study of grey literature in National Digital Library of India: analyses and trends", Collection and Curation, Vol. 40 No. 3, pp. 122-127. https://doi.org/10.1108/CC-12-2019-0041

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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