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Research Process & Scholarly Growth Essay

This essay is an important component of your application, and will be given close attention by the Award Committee. 

In an essay of 750 – 1000 words, reflect on your research process and sources.  Describe the strategies you used to find the scholarly research for your paper/project.  Identify how library resources and services facilitated your research.  Also address how this paper/project contributed to your scholarly growth and to your subject area.  Submit the essay as an attachment to your online application.

Below are some questions that may guide you:

  • How did you refine your topic in light of the information you discovered? 

  • How did specific library services and resources contribute to your research?  Were certain sources particularly important?

  • What decisions did you make in the course of your research regarding avenues of inquiry to pursue or not to pursue?

  • How does your research project show evidence of independent inquiry or creativity in your use of information?

  • How did you grow as a scholar as a result of your involvement this project?



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