There can be real joy in diving into topics far beyond one’s own domain, but also concern about getting too caught up in the process. But fear not, getting sidetracked does not have to be a bad thing!
If you are accustomed to bouncing around digital resources to learn as much as you can about a particular subject, you have probably had some contact with “research rapture.” This age-old phenomenon – experienced by just about anyone who cannot “get enough” about a specific subject or idea – is common for those whose work involves the world of libraries, academic writing, and research. Since digitization enables links to more and more information, you might find you have a real time-management issue on your hands. Can you afford the time you might spend (waste?) on these efforts? Is it a legitimate part of your research, or is it self-indulgence? Should you be worried?
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