The three winners of the first annual Library Research Award went far beyond library basics to utilize many of the unique resources, collections, and services that the Pepperdine University Libraries provide. From archival boxes and obscure conference proceedings, to newspaper databases and InfoGuides, these students used the library to its fullest extent. The students drafted exhaustive literature reviews based on the sources most relevant to their research questions, and all three also conducted original analysis of information found within the library’s collections. Their winning essays and projects demonstrate the value of effective library research in academics.
Wil Fisher was the winner of the Best Undergraduate Student Project award for his project, Public Opinion Toward Bike Lanes: The Case of New York City. During the course of his research, Wil found sources in every nook and cranny of the library, both physical and virtual. He utilized at least 125 different sources, an open access dataset, Interlibrary Loan and Camino Resource Sharing, databases, online journals, e-books, and the Payson Library book stacks. Wil used his library research as a foundation for statistical analysis and personal interviews. Throughout this process, Wil followed an effective research strategy that resulted in a well-documented paper and poster.
Sarah Dannemiller won the award for the Best Use of Special Collections and University Archives for her project, Associated Women for Pepperdine: Enriching a Legacy. Her research involved detailed hands-on analysis of unique primary sources in four collections in the University Archives. Sarah contextualized and enriched her archival research with a variety of primary and secondary sources identified through interviews, databases, indexes, and bibliographies.
Alex Booker, winner in the Honorable Mention category, combined effective library research with his own original qualitative and quantitative research to write a paper entitled Finding a Frame that Fits: Analyzing Rival Framing of American Gun Control Policy in 2013. He searched multiple databases to identify journal articles for a literature review, crafted complex search terms to find newspaper articles for content analysis, and even utilized an e-book to learn how to use data calculation software.
We will honor Wil, Sarah, and Alex at a reception in the Great Books Room in Payson Library on Tuesday, April 15th, from 4-5pm. We hope you will join us to hear more about the students’ library research.