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How Not To Read A Million Books

John Unsworth discusses how you can become an expert in your field without having to read a million books.


The current chapter of Unsworth's research life began in 2004, with the preparation of a 2006 report on cyberinfrastructure for humanities and social sciences, "Our Cultural Commonwealth," sponsored and published by the American Council of Learned Societies, and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Since 2006, he has helped to direct three projects focused on text-mining in humanities digital libraries. The most recent of these is ongoing, and involves faculty and librarians at the University of Illinois, Indiana University, and the University of Michigan, and at Brandeis University to develop a virtual research center that provides computational access to all of the materials in the HathiTrust, most of which was generated in the Google Books project.

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