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University Libraries Undergraduate Research Contest: Rules

Rules for the MU Libraries Undergraduate Research Contest

The project must:

  1. be created by an individual or group of undergraduate MU students enrolled for Spring semester 2018;
  2. be an original research project completed for an MU course;
  3. be created within the 2017 calendar year;
  4. be 2,000 to 7,000 words in length (if a paper);
  5. include a bibliography or works cited list;
  6. be distributable to contest judges electronically (e.g., Word document, PowerPoint, PDF file with images, or live web page/site with URL).

Only one entry is allowed per person or group per year.

University Libraries Resource Requirements:

  1. Most of the resources and services used to research the project must be from the University Libraries or be obtained through the University Libraries. Research services may include interlibrary loan services, reference assistance, etc.
  2. Resources used may include, but are not limited to, primary resources from Special Collections, newspaper or journal articles, audiovisual materials, government documents, books, statistical resources from data archives, documents from MOspace, University Archives, etc.

Required supplemental materials:

  1. A one to two page research process statement explaining how the library resources and services helped in the research process.
  2. A short letter of support written by the instructor for whom the project was originally created explaining the quality of research. The letter should include the course name and number, and verify that the student was enrolled in the course and created the project in fulfillment of course requirements, indicating the semester the course was taken.

The decision of the review panel is final.

Please refer to the scoring rubric below for further information.