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The Excellence in Library Research Award 

The Library Research Awards program recognizes UNE students who demonstrate exceptional skill in the pursuit of library and information resources for academic research. Submissions will be reviewed according to set contest evaluation criteria.

The participant with the top marks will win a gift card for $75 and the runner up will win a gift card for $50.  

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be enrolled in HWOS 310 Research Methods course in the Spring 2024 semester.
  2. Must have attended a library research instruction session OR an individual research consultation with a University of New England Research and Teaching Librarian. Request an appointment.  
  3. Research must make use of UNE library collections or subscription resources, or those obtained from other libraries through UNE Interlibrary Loan. Sources can be of any type.
  4. Submissions must be your own original work and submitted in the semester in which they are produced.

To Apply

Applications for the award should consist of:

  • A 250-word essay, or an equivalent course assignment, reflecting on the search process which informed the development of your research project. Be specific.
  • A critical appraisal of the research utilized. Explain why the resource or study impacts the quality of your assignment and why you chose to include it.  Offer a clear demonstration that you understand the resource’s strengths and weaknesses in relation to your own research and assess the source’s reliability, validity, bias, conclusions, and methodology.  We recommend you consult the CRAAP evaluation criteria, our Evidence Based Practice webpages, or whichever assessment tool is presented to you by your course instructor.  Include a properly formatted citation for each resource using the citation style for your assignment.

Applications must be received by April 19, 2024. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of librarians.

Many of the award elements align with the UNE Information Literacy Badge, for which you may also apply. Learn more about UNE’s badging program.

Excellence in Library Research Award Application

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    Questions & Help

    Contact research and teaching librarian Shannon Yarbrough with questions about the UNE Excellence in Library Research Award, eligibility requirements, or for help completing your application.