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Information Literacy Award

Student talking to 2014 Information Literacy Award judges

The University Libraries Award
for Information Literacy

Exploring the wealth of information available to identify quality resources most relevant to scholarly inquiry is a critical part of research. Penn State University Libraries has created the Award for Information Literacy to recognize scholarly work based on a foundation of careful background research and literature review. The award is given to entries that demonstrate excellence in information literacy through either:

  • bibliography or literature review contributing to research in any field including the sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and arts
  • use of manuscript, archival, or other primary resources to conduct original research

All poster entries are eligible for the Information Literacy Award. Judges from the University Libraries will review posters and discuss information research strategies and resources with participants as part of the review process. Students who do not wish to be considered for the award may indicate so to the judges.

Judging is based on:

  • information research process and strategies
  • social, ethical, or economic considerations in accessing information
  • relationship of the background information gathered to the project direction
  • credit and proper citation for any quotes, tables, graphs, photographs, and other content used in the poster that are not the student's own work
  • information on critical sources used, as space allows in the poster

Entry information for current award year.