Research: The Good, the Bad, and the Anxious

College and Research Libraries News, Vol 78, No 9, pg. 514 (2017)

2 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2017

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Emma Wood

University of Massachusetts School of Law at Dartmouth

Date Written: October 12, 2017

Abstract

In research and in life, human beings are prone to uncertainty and susceptible to the circular thinking of worry. According to the DSM-5, anxiety is anticipation of future threat. Sometimes that threat comes in the form of an overlooked article or a feeble bibliography, darkening the sky of a promising idea for a scholarly endeavor. Anxiety is characterized by excessive concern and distress which can manifest itself in symptoms such as checking and obsessing. The obstacles that are met along the research trail can send up red flags in the brain that lead researchers to check and recheck the same sources and obsess over the unknown. The processes of finding answers are, of course, tied to unknowing, and in that unknowing is a hotbed for apprehension. Some of the remedies for anxiety may be applied to research, probably not Xanax, but certainly a heavy dose of acceptance.

Keywords: Library Anxiety, Library Research, Acceptance

JEL Classification: Z39

Suggested Citation

Wood, Emma, Research: The Good, the Bad, and the Anxious (October 12, 2017). College and Research Libraries News, Vol 78, No 9, pg. 514 (2017) , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3051741

Emma Wood (Contact Author)

University of Massachusetts School of Law at Dartmouth ( email )

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