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Connecticut College Prize for Undergraduate Library Research: Application Form

The official site for the Connecticut College Prize for Undergraduate Library Research.

Library Prize 2024

The 2024

Connecticut College


Prize for





$500 Award | Applications due 3/08/2024 | Winners published in Digital Commons

Tips for Writing the Research Statement

In order to be considered for the Connecticut College Prize for Undergraduate Library Research, all applications must include an application form to be completed inside the Moodle course site (see 
How to Apply)

Please note, the first part of the application form asks for basic factual information about your research project and the course in which it was undertaken.

The second part of the application form consists of three (3) targeted questions about your research process. This is arguably the most important part of the application, as your answers to these questions will be weighed heavily (see Evaluation Criteria).

Please use up to 250 words per question, with no more than 750 words total.

What follows are the three questions you MUST answer on the application form in Moodle:


  1. Describe how you came to choose your topic, specifically noting any pre-research that you did. What sources did you use in this pre-research? To what extent did you consult with librarians, faculty, or others? How did this pre-research lead you to your topic?
  2. Describe your process of finding information for your project. Note specifically the tools you used to undertake your research, as well as the specific search strategies you used within these tools. (Note: “Ebsco,” being an umbrella vendor, is not a specific enough response when identifying tools; listing the “library database” is also an unacceptably vague answer. Specific tools include Academic Search Premier, Data Planet, Historical Newspapers database, JSTOR, Science Direct, WorldCat, etc., along with OneSearch, the library catalog.)
  3. Describe your process of evaluating the resources you found. How did you make decisions about which resources you would use, and which you wouldn’t? What kinds of questions did you ask yourself about resources in order to determine whether they were worthy of inclusion? 



If you have questions, please email the Library Prize Committee at