FODL Library Research Awards

FODL Library Research Awards

 

The purpose of this competition is to encourage student research and engagement with Drake Memorial Library staff and the rich array of resources and information Drake Library makes available. Friends of Drake Library (FODL) are awarding prizes of $500 for First , $300 for Second, and $150 for Third place finishes.

Entry guidelines are as follows:

  • The contest is open to The College at Brockport matriculated undergraduate students enrolled during the Spring 2018 or Fall 2018 semesters who completed papers during that time frame.
  • Entries may be works submitted for a class or a paper written for a group, club, community organization, etc.
  • Papers must be a minimum of 9 and a maximum of 20 pages and be formatted in a standard citation style including a clearly documented bibliography or works cited list.
  • There must be a minimum of 10 references.
  • Entries are limited to one per person. Submit the entry through Digital Commons at Brockport. Clearly and concisely describe your use of extensive scholarly and creative resources appropriate for your paper.
  • Contest submissions, written in Spring 2018 or Fall 2018, will be collected from Wednesday, January 2, 2019 through midnight on Sunday, February 10, 2019.
  • The contest is limited to the first 20 completed applications received.
  • Entries will be reviewed from February 11 through March 31, 2019.
  • Winners will be notified in April 2019.

Selection criteria

  • Entries will be judged by a panel composed of volunteers from FODL and current faculty and staff.
  • Winning papers will be those that demonstrate extensive scholarly and creative use of resources appropriate to the paper submitted. Explain how your paper demonstrates rigorous, innovative, and/or unique approaches to engaging with library collections, resources, and staff.

Library resources statement:

All applications for the research writing competition must include a research statement describing your research process. Please include this statement as a separate, first page of your research paper submission. Here are some questions to help you get started with your statement.

  • Describe how you started your research and how you chose your topic. Did you use any specific library or information resources? Did you consult with any librarians, faculty, or other staff?
  • Describe how you found the information for this project. While information sources are not limited to library resources, it is essential to describe how the library was important to this process.
  • Did you consult with any librarians or library staff?
  • What databases did you use to locate articles? Try to be as specific as you can, going beyond Ebsco to databases like America: history and Life or ScienceDirect.
  • What type of search strategies did you use to locate the information? This can include websites and other information resources.
  • Did you use any specific sources in the library?
  • What library services did you use?
  • Describe how you evaluated the resources you found. How did you narrow your sources from ones you consulted to the ones that are included in your research paper?
  • Questions? Email: Charles Cowling, ccowling@brockport.edu

    Congratulations to the 2018 award winners

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    Submissions from 2017

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    The association between owning domestic dogs as pets and the productivity amongst college students, Emily Gerace

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    Perceiving Emotion Through Music, Cheryl Limer

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    Great Lakes Water Levels Trends, Joshua Marchner

    Submissions from 2016

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    The Assistance of Counsel a Defendant’s Right, Joseph DiManno

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    Harbingers of Change: Casement and Morel in the Congo, Kiri Ramsey

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    Watergate: An Anatomy of a Constitutional Crisis, Teresa Rodriguez