Research Competition Guidelines

Have you completed any "A" research papers
or projects lately?

If so, you could win $200!!

Raynor Memorial Libraries* sponsor a research competition to recognize the importance of effective library research in academics. The competition, now in its 17th year, honors Maria Dittman, a librarian, who served the Marquette community for over 25 years and was responsible for teaching thousands of students library literacy and research skills. The Research Competition awards a $200.00 prize in two categories: undergraduate and graduate/professional.

photo of Maria Dittman

FAQs:

  • Eligibility: more info...

  • Entry Packet: more info...

  • Judging criteria: more info...

  • Paper length: more info...

  • Original Copy Preferred: more info...

  • Bibliography: more info...

  • Media Projects: more info...

  • Entry Form: more info...

  • Judges: more info...

  • Announcement of Winners: more info...

  • Award Ceremony: more info...

  • Entries Returnedmore info...

  • Deadline: more info...

Description of Research Process

Your entry will be judged primarily on your short essay explaining your use of library resources, the variety and appropriateness of sources used, and the quality of your research paper or project. The short essay is the most important component of your entry. In 1-2 typed pages, describe the process you used in doing the research for your project. This description must be in essay format to be considered by the committee. Please do not use Q & A or bullet points.

Please include the following information:

  • How did you find your sources? (Indexes, databases, Google, professors, friends?)
  • How did you select the ones you used?  What criteria did you use?  What was it about these sources that made them appropriate?
  • Were there sources you identified but decided not to use?  If so, why?
  • Describe the types of sources (books, periodicals, print, electronic, video, microfilm, etc.) used and why.
  • Discuss outside sources used, if any, such as interviews, other libraries, other institutions or companies, etc.
  • What bibliographic format was used (MLA, APA, etc.)?
  • What, if any, difficulties did you run into in doing your research?
  • What did you learn about research from doing the paper or project?
  • Any other information that you feel will add to your description of the research process.

*Programming and awards organized and funded by the Academic Librarians' Assembly and the Library Support Staff Association of Marquette University's Raynor Memorial Libraries, and the memorial gifts from the friends and family of Maria Dittman. Special thanks to the Library Dean's Office for additional support.

Entry Form PDF document


Submissions may be sent to:
Maria Dittman Research Competition
Main Circulation Desk, Raynor Library

or

Deliver in person to the Dean's Office (Room 309)
Raynor Memorial Libraries

Questions?


Contact Valerie Beech at (414) 288-1998 or Valerie.Beech@marquette.edu.