Collins Memorial Library

Research Practices Award 2011

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Meet Nika Evans and Lukas Perry, winners of the Collins Memorial Library Research Practices Award! The award recognizes undergraduate students who demonstrate exemplary skill and creativity in the application of library and information resources to original research and scholarship.

2011 Winners

Science: Nika Evans  [formsubmission.Nika.pdf]
Project Title
: “Relationship between dynamic balance and isokinetic ankle strength in female college athletes”
Faculty Advisor: Barbara Warren

According to the judges:
Nika Evans impressed us with her in-depth knowledge of the information tools available in her discipline, and the thorough integration of her literature research with her experimental research. She based her research on the relationship between balance, hip and ankle strength on previous research she’d done, and while her topic remained rooted in her prior experience she changed course to focus on an aspect of the topic she was particularly passionate about for her summer research. She thoroughly researched the topic using the databases pertinent to her discipline and displayed an awareness of key journals and other resources that are important within the field of exercise science. Nika recognized the importance of currency and used forward citation tools to find the most current research in her area of study. She was also able to interpret the information she found on Google Scholar, which is not always an easy task, and use it to navigate to the content through library tools. In addition, Nika has a clear vision of how her research contributes to the scholarly understanding of her topic and how it can be applied to the practice of sports medicine and rehabilitation.

 

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: Lukas Perry [formsubmission.Perry.pdf]
Title:
“From Modality to Tonality: The Reformulation of Harmony and Structure in Seventeenth-Century Music.
Faculty Advisor:
Geoffrey Block

According to the judges:

In his submission statement, Lukas Perry demonstrated his grasp of key information literacy concepts. He determined the nature and extent of information he needed for his topic by conferring with his faculty advisor and liaison librarian at different phases of the research process. He accessed information efficiently and effectively, using Puget Sound WorldCat as a discovery tool for uncovering resources in the collections of Collins Library and beyond with Summit and interlibrary loan. In addition, he was thorough in searching a variety of databases and mining bibliographies. Lukas consulted both primary and secondary sources, including texts from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Although the texts were in foreign languages, Lukas was undeterred and found some English translations. The results of his research efforts are evidenced in a diverse bibliography in which he clearly takes pride. Most importantly, Lukas was reflective in his research. He synthesized the knowledge and ideas about music analysis to deepen his understanding of the subject. He then wove them together in a unique way to develop his own voice, thus contributing new insights to the scholarly conversation about the origins of tonality.

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