The University Library and the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, Inc. is sponsoring the third annual Library Research Award. The contest recognizes excellence and creativity in the use of Cal Poly Pomona University Library resources, collections, and services. The contest is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. Bronco gift cards will be awarded in the following categories:
Best Undergraduate Student Project: $200
Best Graduate Student Project: $200
Best Use of Special Collections: $200
Honorable Mention: $50 (two awards given at judges' discretion across any of the above categories)
Please note that awards maybe subject to tax.
The reflective essay should be 500-1,000 words and a clear description of how you planned and pursued your research, including how you located and chose the library resources, services, and collections you used and how those resources contributed to the development of your project. Essays longer than 1,000 words will be redacted while essays shorter than 500 words will receive a 5 point penalty.
Some of the library resources, services, and collections that might be used include: online databases, books and periodicals (electronic and print), LibGuides, the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library, Special Collections and University Archives, digital collections, Bronco Scholar, other primary sources, chat, email, or phone reference, research consultations with librarians, specialized software available in the library, and Interlibrary Loan.
Reflective essays should detail:
The committee of judges will be evaluating the project on how you used the resources you discovered to enhance the quality of your research and to learn more about your subject.
Completed projects should:
The works cited list will be judged on the variety and appropriateness of sources used. It should be formatted using a style guide appropriate to your project’s discipline. See the FAQ on citation styles for more information.
Cite all sources you used including direct quotes and those paraphrased. For long works cited lists, subdividing your sources into categories may be helpful, although an alphabetical list is also acceptable.
To help the judges understand your unique set of resources, you may include an explanatory note identifying specific characteristics of these sources that were important in your selection and use for your project.
The works cited list should:
Sawanpreet Singh Dhaliwal, The Effects of Rain on Freeway Traffic in Southern California, Graduate Student majoring in Transportation Engineering
Cristina Dypiangco, Navigating the Crisis Environment: An Analysis of Uber's Communication Strategies, Senior majoring in Communication
Lauren White and John Danho, Virginia Adair: A Lifelong Revision, Graduate Students majoring in English Literature
Ian Joyce, A Comparative Literature Survey of Psilocybin and LSD-25 Metabolism, Senior majoring in Chemistry
To view other Library Research Award submissions from past years please visit Bronco Scholar.