Research is a major interest of most scholars and a large component of many of the jobs covered in this book. Whether they are involved in their own research or depend on the findings of others for their work, most scholars rely heavily on research in any of a variety of fields. As you have seen throughout this book, university professors, curators, archivists, and anthropologists, to name just a few, involve themselves in some way with research activity.
In this chapter you will learn about scholars whose careers are built on their skills as researchers and writers. You’ll also learn about the field of genealogy, which is an interesting example of a career that requires a combination of strong research and writing skills and that also lends itself to freelancing. In addition, you will read the accounts of a professional writer and two freelance researchers.