an ethnographic exploration of the research habits of PhD students
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"I use Google for everything. I even use it as a portal into stuff the library has."
"I use WorldCat more just because I feel like it shows me more of what the BC Library has than the "Holmes" search. ... And then, if we don't have it, I can quickly see how long it would take to get it."
"When I want to download something through BC's databases it takes like 6-7 steps. One click should be enough."
"It's not user friendly at all."
"When I go into ProQuest, it fails somewhere along the way and leads to a generic ProQuest page. ...that one I eventually found at BU."
"I could find the articles but then I couldn't actually read them."
"I see it on Google, get the link and copy and paste into SciHub and there's the article - that's it."
"so far there is nothing that I couldn't find there [on SciHub]"
Q. What could the Library improve?
A. "Just do what SciHub does."
"ILL is just fantastic - everyone thinks that."
"I was really impressed that ILL was able to find two primary sources from Germany"
"Even that microfilm, which I thought was unfindable, they were able to come up with."
"Totally blew my mind - I would not have guessed that it was in Utah, but here it is!"
"There's like a stigma against recalling books among grad students."
"I've been having a lot of books recalled. That's a very logistical problem in organizing my research."
"I've been getting a lot of books recalled. How am I going to keep these books? Am I just going to be a delinquent? Or do I recall them again, and we get into a recall war?"
"I have a book now I was trying to scan because the library wants it back and I couldn't find it online."
"They kept recalling my books back .. I'm tired of dealing with this, so I'm just scanning them."
"I stopped re-ordering them because I don't have time and I started scanning."
"I'm spending two hours [scanning] today."
"I even ordered it in Amazon, because I checked the Library and they don't have it."
"If I know I'm going to need it for like ever ... I'll just buy it on Amazon."
"There was one really obscure journal that I couldn't get through BC, but I paid like five bucks and I could see the article for like a week so I just crammed it."
"I cannot wait a week, there's no way. .. so I just ordered it right away in Amazon - very expensive!"