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USC Upstate Library Undergraduate and Faculty Information Literacy Awards: Advanced Undergraduate Information Literacy Award


The Advanced Undergraduate Information Literacy Award is open to all juniors and seniors. Projects must have been completed from Spring Semester of the previous academic year up to the deadline in Spring Semester of the current year. Projects need not have been completed as a course assignment, but should have involved supervision by a member of the USC Upstate faculty. Digital presentations as well as traditional papers are welcome, but only completed projects will be accepted. Collaborative projects are welcome; in the event a collaborative project is selected for the award, the cash award will be divided among the students collaborating on the project.


The successful project will demonstrate a superior grasp of the effective use of information as reflected in these information literacy skills:

  • Determining the information need
  • Accessing sources pertinent to the information need
  • Evaluating and analyzing sources
  • Selecting, organizing, and synthesizing information effectively in the final product
  • Using information ethically

In addition, these specific criteria will apply:

  • Making use of library resources in any format
  • Making appropriate use of library services (i.e., research consultations with librarians, PASCAL Delivers, Interlibrary Loan, Special Collections)
  • Citing sources appropriately and correctly
  • Demonstrating originality of thought
  • Using language effectively within the mode of presentation
  • Overall quality of project

Application Process

Students may be nominated by a faculty or staff member, or make a self-nomination. A complete application consists of:

  1. A letter of nomination and/or support by a member of the Upstate faculty or staff.
  2. A cover page with the title of the project and complete contact information (name, Upstate email, mailing address and phone number) for all nominees.
  3. A reflective essay on the research process and the project by the student (in cases of self-nomination, this may be made clear at the beginning of the essay).
  4. A copy of the project with complete bibliography (must make clear where sources were found).

Finalists may be interviewed by the Information Literacy Awards Committee.

Application materials should be submitted electronically to the Chair of the Information Literacy Awards Committee.