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Hi, there. I’m Sung, and I’m currently pursuing my doctorate in British History with an emphasis on the eighteenth century class system. These days, my focus isn’t so much on coursework or teaching—I’ve already fulfilled those requirements for my degree. Instead, I spend most of my time conducting research for my dissertation or for submissions to high-impact journals in order to secure my position as a leader in my field and, hopefully, a professorship once I finish my studies.
I wish I could afford to travel to the United Kingdom to get my hands on hard copies of the primary source documents I use in my research, but until—and unless—my grant funding comes through, I have to do all my work remotely. It seems I spend so much time at the library researching that I have little time for anything else. Any time I can preserve is precious. After all, I like going out occasionally and spending time with my friends, and if I can manage an entire day off, I make the long drive out to go and see my family. I don’t want to waste time navigating messy interfaces or searching out-of-date databases.
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Hello. My name is Vanessa. I’m the Subject Selector in European Studies. My duties include selecting print and electronic resources in my designated discipline as well as serving as a liaison between faculty and the library. My main priority is creating holistic collections that support both research and the classroom. Another responsibility involves providing research consultations and teaching library instruction sections to students who are eager to learn how to better use our resources. I also need to keep the library competitive in order to retain quality faculty and attract new faculty.
Sometimes it’s a struggle to keep everyone happy within my allocated budget, so I need digital resources that serve many different topics, regions, and time periods within European Studies. Balancing general sources that support curriculum while also adding specialized sources that support deeper, more intensive research is also of the utmost importance.
I’m Nas. Pleased to meet you. I’m just starting my second term as a Master’s student in American History, with a particular interest in social history. Not only do I need to attend classes, do a bunch of reading, and work as a research and teaching assistant for my department chair, but I still need to come up with a topic for my thesis too. These days, “time management” is my middle name—or at least I wish it was!
American History is my passion, and it’s a lot of other people’s passion too. So I need to find a way to distinguish myself in order to set myself up for a successful career once I complete my studies. Content is king. I need relevant search results that allow me to not only find what I need quickly, but to analyze my results.
I’m Elizabeth, a professor of English Literature. While I technically only fill one post, it often feels as if I have a triad of distinct roles within the university. I must meet the needs of both undergraduate and graduate students, which vary significantly, find the time to publish and present my own research, and serve on the department’s curriculum committee- crucial steps toward earning tenure. I need to be accessible to my students, so I don’t have time to waste wading through unsubstantiated research or irrelevant articles.
Although I sometimes teach introductory literature courses, my passion lies with the Victorian period and working with upper level and graduate students. These specialty courses require students to become intimately familiar with complex and historical sources, ones that less seasoned researchers may find difficult to decipher. The process is made immeasurably simpler when I can also provide historical context to aid their interpretations.
Hi, my name is Sung. I’m a British History PhD student.
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Hi, my name is Vanessa. I’m a Subject Selector in European Studies.
Hi, my name is Nas. I’m an American History Master’s student.
Hi, my name is Elizabeth. I’m a Professor of English Literature.