The project must be based on research conducted using Pepperdine University Libraries’ resources, collections, tools, and/or services, both online and in print. This can mean use of electronic databases, InfoGuides, or consulting with a librarian.
Projects must be submitted by midnight (PST) on April 3, 2016. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Projects will be judged using a rubric in three categories for 50 total possible points:
To understand how you will be judged, refer to the evaluation criteria detailed in the section on Judging Criteria.
Be sure to review the evaluation criteria in the Judging Criteria section to understand what is expected in the essay, bibliography, and project.
Your completed application packet will consist of the application form (see below) along with the completed project, bibliography, and the reflective essay to Kimberly Chan, coordinator for submissions, at firstname.lastname@example.org in .pdf format. If the project is in a format that cannot be submitted electronically, please contact Kim to arrange for delivery. Large attachments can be sent via attachments.pepperdine.edu.
Applications will be scored on:
The reflective essay should be 750-1,000 words and be 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.
Some of the library resources, services, and collections that might be used include: online databases, books and periodicals (electronic and print), InfoGuides, the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE), Special Collections and University Archives, digital collections, other primary sources, the iPoint, chat, email, or phone reference, research consultations with librarians, specialized software available in the library, and Interlibrary Loan.
The most accomplished reflective essays are ones that detail:
the formulation and path taken to articulate the research question
adjustments made to search strategies and any advanced search strategies used
specific search terms that show creativity, complexity, and/or flexibility to strengthen the search strategies (additional points may be awarded at grader’s discretion for explanation of how the search terms were selected)
potential finding aids and tools appropriate to the inquiry
types of sources consulted (books, periodicals, videos, primary sources, data, etc.) and explains the criteria for why they were included and used
specific Pepperdine Libraries’ resources including print, digital, special collections, University archives, and/or online resources, InfoGuides, librarian consultations, ACE tutoring consultations, and ILL
what was learned about the research process and how this new understanding will affect future research (additional points may be awarded at grader’s discretion for discussion of research challenges and how they were overcome)
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.
The criteria for determining the most accomplished completed projects:
Project addresses and articulates significant questions within the discipline (additional points may be awarded at grader’s discretion for a project that poses new questions related to cited research)
Clearly communicates, organizes, and synthesizes information from sources in support of the argument or thesis and/or in a manner that support project purposes
Additional points may be awarded at grader’s discretion for a project that involves original research data such as conducting interviews, administering surveys, using archives, conducting lab experiments)
The bibliography 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 InfoGuide on citation styles for more information.
Cite all sources you used, even if you did not directly quote them. For long bibliographies, 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 most accomplished applicants will have a bibliography that meets the following criteria:
Sources demonstrate breadth and depth, representing a balanced mix and wide range of multiple authors and resources appropriate to the discipline and information need
Citations are in a standard format, accurate and complete with minimal errors, and all sources that are cited in the project appear in the bibliography