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Library Research Award: Library Research Award

2020 Award Canceled

The 2020 LPC Library Research Award has been canceled.

We look forward to announcing the application process again in Spring 2021. 

Library Research Award

What is the Award?

  • The LPC Library Research Award recognizes excellence in student research and information competency skills and the process of inquiry in using the library, its resources, and collections.
  • One to three winner(s) will be selected to receive a $100.00 award(s).
    • For group projects, each individual member should explain their contribution to the work.
  • Award winner(s) will be announced at the Science Symposium on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 11 am - 1:30 pm, Library
  • Supported by the Linda Lucas Memorial Fund

Who is Eligible to Win?

  • Applicants must be a currently registered LPC student with a minimum enrollment of 6 credit hours AND
  • Have completed a research paper/project for a credit course at LPC during the current academic year of application (paper/project would be completed during the Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 semester)
  • Have an LPC Library record in good standing (i.e. no outstanding library fines or fees, etc.)

Application Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the LPC Library Reference Desk

Application package must include ALL of the following:

  • Application cover sheet
  • A 200-300 word essay describing your research process and how you used library’s information resources and services
  • For group projects, each individual member should explain their contribution to the work.
  • Faculty Support Form
  • A hardcopy AND an electronic copy of the final draft of the research paper or project. Written papers: the paper or other written product should be 5 pages or longer, not including the required “Works Cited” or bibliography.
  • A “Works Cited” or bibliography of sources consulted in a standard citation format such as MLA or APA, which is usually part of the paper/project.

What are the Selection Criteria?

Submissions will be judged based on how well they demonstrate these elements:

  • Originality and/or unusual depth or breadth in the use of library collections, including, but not limited to, printed resources, online databases and Web resources, primary resources, and media.
  • Excellent ability to find, evaluate, select, and synthesize information resources and to use them in the creation of a research paper/project.
  • Evidence of significant personal learning about information competency/research skills as summarized in the application essay.   Include a statement of how the research skills gained apply to your academic or personal life.
  • Evidence of correct and consistently applied MLA, APA, or other appropriate citation format.

Essay Tips

(Note: One of the requirements for submitting a research paper to the Library Research Award is to write an accompanying 200-300 word essay that describes your research process and how you used library and other research tools and information resources.)

In addition to reviewing the selection criteria, please address the following questions as you reflect on your library research experience:

  • In what way did the library’s print and online collections and as well as reference and instructional services serve as a resource for the development of your ideas for the paper or project?
  • How would you describe the process you used in finding the information sources you used for your paper or project? Which research tools and search techniques were useful, and which were not?
  • What lessons about the research experience did you take away from the experience?
  • How might you apply the research skills you learned to your academic or personal life?