Library Research Award

AULA Library Research Award

The AULA Library Research Award recognizes excellence in library research. Library research is defined as research employing existing information, from peer-reviewed scholarship to archival material, articles to books to ephemera. If you meet the following criteria, please consider submitting your paper for consideration:

  • Did you or your group use materials from the AULA Library collections, materials available in either electronic or paper format?
  • Did you complete and submit a research paper for a class, workshop, or independent study from April 2013 through April 2014?
  • Did your use of library collections and services make a difference in your research paper? Did you choose resources that enhanced your understanding of a topic and were you able to successfully synthesize those materials into your paper?
  • Did your skills as a researcher grow because of your use of library collections?
  • Did using library resources inform and strengthen your understanding of the collection as a whole and the avenues available as you pursue your studies?

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the 2014 prize is Friday, May 2.

Award Categories

There will be three awards distributed, two for students in a graduate program, and one for a student in the undergraduate program.

Award Ceremony

The award ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 10 am in the AULA Library.


To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled AULA students.
  • Have completed and submitted a research paper for a class, workshop, or independent study between April 1, 2013 and April 30, 2014.
  • Have used AULA Library resources, print or digital (although not exclusively) for their research.
  • Agree to allow the AULA Library to showcase the research paper and reflective essay in-house or online.

Application Procedure

Please submit your application electronically to with “Library Research Award” typed in the subject line.

  • Application cover sheet.
  • A 600-800 word reflective essay describing in detail your research process: How were you able to locate, analyze, and synthesize information? Where did you find the resources? Discuss the steps and methods used to find your resources and make connections. A guide to writing the essay is available below.
  • A final version of the paper. It is permissible to improve upon a paper you turned in for a class before submitting it for consideration.
  • A bibliography in a recognized style. The bibliography does not need to be a separate document from the paper.  Tips on the bibliography’s format and contents are available online at the Purdue OWL website.
  • Optional: A statement of support from the AULA faculty member for whose class the research paper or project was completed. See below for details.

Applicants must email the cover sheet, reflective essay, research paper, and bibliography as attachments to

Instructions for the Statement of Support from Faculty

Applicants may ask the instructor of the AULA course for whose class the research paper or project was completed to download and fill out the faculty/instructor statement of support. Instructors must either email the completed form to or deliver to Lisa Lepore at the library.


Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of a completed application packet within two or three business days after receipt of all the materials.

If you have questions about the application procedure, email Type “Library Research Award” in the subject line.

Tips for Writing the Essay

The reflective essay is a core part of the application for the award. It is your opportunity to describe and explain the motivation and process of your research. Consider: What drew you to the subject of your research? How did you formulate a research idea? How did you find the resources? Was it a deliberate and planned search or serendipity? Both? How were the resources significant to your paper? If you worked with a librarian, how did that inform and affect your research process? What did you learn and how did you apply those tools and ideas to your research? Remember that research materials include everything used—articles, books, interviews, films, and archive material of all kinds. We recommend that you do a thorough revisiting of your bibliography before writing the essay; it gives you an opportunity to reflect and analyze, for yourself and your readers, your research process and the ensuing work.


Amy Smith and Robert Simon generously funded this award. Amy Smith, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, librarian by training and at heart, believes that a vital library is essential to the intellectual life and welfare of a university.

A great deal of gratitude to the UCLA College Library for much of the content, text, and outline of this document.

You will find necessary documents here.
AULA Library Research Award
AULA Library Research Award Application Form 2014

Faculty Statement of Support