The Library adjudicates two annual student awards for excellence in library research:
Each awards comes with a cash prize of $360 and is officially announced at the annual Academic Awards event on April 1, 2020.
These awards are available to undergraduate students who demonstrate outstanding research skills in using information and resources located in, or accessible from, the Mount Library, when completing a research assignment for course credit at Mount Saint Vincent University.
These awards are available to undergraduate students who demonstrate outstanding research skills in using information and resources located in, or accessible from, the Mount Library when completing a research assignment for course credit during the 12-month period preceding the deadline.
MSVU Introduction to Library Research Award
The Mount Saint Vincent University Introduction to Library Research Award is awarded annually to a novice researcher, i.e. an undergraduate student at MSVU who has completed no more than 15 units or less at MSVU (or any other post-secondary institution) and demonstrates outstanding research skills in using information and resources located in, or accessible from, the MSVU Library when completing a research paper for credit at the Mount. Annotated bibliographies are also eligible for this award.
Sister Francis de Sales Endowed Award
The Sister Francis de Sales Endowed Award is awarded annually by the Mount Saint Vincent Alumnae Association in memory of Sister Francis de Sales, who served as Librarian for 25 years and was instrumental in rebuilding the Mount Library after the fire of 1951 and in the establishment of the MacDonald Rare Book Room.
The Sister Francis de Sales Endowed Award is awarded to a senior undergraduate student (has completed more than 10 units) who demonstrates outstanding research skills in using information / sources located or accessible from the MSVU Library when completing a research paper for course credit at the Mount.
The adjudication committee consists of librarians and library staff members. The committee may seek advice from a member of the teaching faculty who has a subject background related to the paper under consideration. The research assignments will be judged according to the following criteria:
The committee reserves the right to not to offer the award in any given year. The quality of research must be deemed sufficiently high by the panel of judges for applications to be considered. Should submissions in a given year fall short of these standards, or fail to meet the guidelines, no awards will be given.
The decision of the panel is final. The award will be presented by the University Librarian or her designate.
The research log documents your research process and the materials used. Please note: not all subcategories need to be completed. Include only what you used while conducting your research. The cover page of the research log must include: your name, student id number, title of the paper, course, Library Award Category (Category A or B).
List the databases and search engines you used during your research and indicate what search terms, strategies and filters used.
Provide a complete list of materials used during your research process according to the type of material. Indicate whether the resource was electronic or print.
Describe any consultations, research appointments or reference help with librarians, instructors or other specialists regarding your research.
Reflect on your research process and its impact on your work.