Information demand is a problem for all those involved in research but seems especially threatening to interdisciplinary research. Teamwork supplies the remedy, but most research in the social sciences and humanities is done by scholars working alone. That fact limits the scope for interdisciplinary work. In this article, we examine several ways in which actual and potential overload affects research choices for the solo researcher, paying special attention to the creation of ad hoc interdisciplinary specialties. As a matter of policy, should solo interdisciplinary work be encouraged? A strong social preference for interdisciplinary might discourage solo practice as just another example of the huge disparity between individual and collective capacities.
Resource Author: Patrick WilsonResource Date: 9/1/1996Resource Name: Library TrendsURL: Link to Source Article or Site