Libertad for Scholars: The AHA Survey on Historical Databases and Resources

It goes without saying that in today’s world, many talented historians are underemployed, between jobs, working independently of universities, or working at smaller institutions incapable of paying for top level resources and databases required of scholarship.  Whether one has a PhD, an MA, a BA, or as Matt Damon in “Good Will Hunting” opined, a Harvard level education “for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library,” historians come from all backgrounds and walks of life and deserve to have access to the tools necessary to really engage the subject. With that in mind, the American Historical Association is conducting a survey to gauge how broadly accessible such resources are for scholars, particularly those at smaller, financially strapped schools, and independent and unaffiliated historians. More details are provided below, but take a few moments to fill out the survey and perhaps help broaden access to resources for all your fellow historians.
Survey text:

The AHA is investigating access to research databases and other resources used by historians. Independent and unaffiliated scholars, as well as historians at smaller institutions often do not have access to subscription materials necessary for their work. We would like you to answer a few questions that will help us determine what we can do to help scholars with this problem. We are looking for responses from anyone who considers themselves a historian, regardless of AHA membership status, so please pass this survey on to your colleagues. Your responses will be extremely helpful to the AHA’s efforts to promote historical education and research, and we thank you for taking the time to help us gather this important information.

This survey is brief and should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete. Please respond by October 4, 2017 and do not hesitate to contact zjackson@historians.org if you have any further questions or comments.

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