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The Open Access Availability of Library and Information Science Literature

Doug Way, Grand Valley State University

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Published in College and Research Libraries, 71(4), July, 2010.


To examine the open access availability of Library and Information Science (LIS) research, a study was conducted using Google Scholar to search for articles from 20 top LIS journals. The study examined whether Google Scholar was able to find any links to full text, if open access versions of the articles were available and where these articles were being hosted. The results showed the archiving of articles is not a regular practice in the field, articles are not being deposited in institutional or subject repositories at a high rate and the overall the percentage of available open access articles in LIS was similar to the findings in previous studies. In addition, the study found that Google Scholar is an effective tool for finding known LIS articles.

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Doug Way. "The Open Access Availability of Library and Information Science Literature" College & Research Libraries 71.4 (2010): 302-309.
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