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All submissions must include an essay, sources list, project files, and completed faculty support form. Each submission will be evaluated based on a rubric.
Your reflective essay (max. 1000 words) should describe the library research you performed, and explain your decisions regarding how and where to search, and what sources to use. The essay will evaluate your critical thinking skills and evidence of your understanding of library research processes.
It is vital that you not rely solely on textbooks or readings selected for you by your instructor or research mentor. You may certainly use such sources in your project, but also include materials you discover independently through your own library research.
Library research: Processes to find and access information to help make a decision, produce new knowledge, establish the rationale for pursuing course of action, or conduct a literature review.
Library research tool: Information, resources, or systems designed to help find resources on a topic of interest. Examples include databases, catalogs, reference books, bibliographies, resource guides produced by librarians, and descriptions or indexes of archival collections.
Research strategy: Plan of action for finding and using information to achieve a goal. Examples that can be included in a research strategy include conducting background reading or searching to gain a more sophisticated understanding of a topic. If you have further questions about researching methods, ask a librarian or your instructor.
Searching technique: Decisions about how to interact with specific library research tools, such as which search forms to use, what terms to type, which features to use, and which filters or limits to apply, etc.
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