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Information, or information-based, research. Distinguished from lab, field, survey, or other research methodologies employed for creating new information. May be used interchangeably with literature review.
Any deliberate, structured attempt, either individually or collaboratively, to develop a plan for a research project or to search a finding aid. This may include identifying and accessing background or reference sources, identifying appropriate databases for specific purposes, consulting librarians, instructors, writing consultants, or other experts to gather leads for further discovery, developing a list of terms and concepts related to the line of inquiry, etc.
About the Award
As one of the many laboratories for student learning and exploration, Pelletier Library is offering research awards to celebrate excellence in the research process. The research process is core to a liberal arts education and brings together many of the skills and processes that make up the curriculum of Allegheny College.
Students wishing to participate in the competition should submit an essay reflecting on a research assignment that they completed during the 2016-17 academic year. This essay should:
- describe the student's research approach for the assignment
- discuss the critical choices that were made in their research process
- reflect upon how the sources that were reviewed influenced both their research strategy and their overall thinking on the topic
Please see 'Tips for Writing the Reflective Essay' for additional information on the essay.
(Please note, even thogh the word "Essay" is used, we encourage submissions of other forms of reflection, such as multimedia projects.)
In addition to the reflective essay, students will also need to submit a short annotated bibliography that lists selected sources that were used in this project. Sources should be listed in order of importance to the project, and annotations should include a short statement indicating how each source contributed to their final project.
Please see 'Tips for Writing the Annotated Bibliography' for additional information on the bibliography.
Email your application materials (reflective essay and annotated bibliography) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application materials must be received no later than April 14, 2017. (Early submissions are welcome!)
Students must be currently enrolled at Allegheny College and have completed the work during the Summer or Fall 2016 or Spring 2017.
Students must agree to have their essay published on the library website, and archived with previous prize winners.
Students must agree to attend the award presentation that will take place during the 2017 Senior Project Celebration.
● Essay about work completed for FS201 (500 - 700 words): $200
● Essay about work completed for a Junior Seminar or Senior Comp (750 - 1000 words): $300
● Essay about work completed as part of a Faculty/Student collaborative project (750 - 1000 words): $200
● Honorable Mentions