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Library Awards

The Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library is pleased to announce library awards to recognize students who demonstrate excellent library research skills and academic work.

Eligibility for the competition

  • Students must currently be enrolled full or part-time at UNO.
  • Projects must have been completed as part of a 2014 or 2015 UNO credit course.
  • Individual and group projects are eligible.
  • Projects may be in any format including a paper, film, work of art, web-based, or other project.
  • Winners agree to contribute their project to the DigitalCommons@UNO digital repository. Creators retain copyright to their works.
  • Awards to teams will be divided between all members.
  • Students may submit only one entry.

Submission requirements

  • Application form.
  • A 500-700 word essay describing the research process including research strategies, library tools, and library resources used in completion of the project. This essay is highly important in the selection of award winners. As you write your essay, consider:
    • How did the library’s resources and librarians help you develop your ideas for the project?
    • What did you learn about conducting research, including finding and evaluating sources?
    • What discoveries did you make about library tools, services, collections, or research techniques?
    • Was there a particular library service or resource you found most useful?
    • What did you learn about undertaking research from this project?
  • A final version of the research project including citations and bibliography.
    • Papers or similar projects should be submitted as PDF documents.
    • Film projects should be submitted as mpeg-4 files.
    • Audio projects should be submitted as mp3 files.
    • Art projects should be submitted as jpeg files when not one of the above.
    • Consult Amy Schindler ( for file formats to use for other digital projects. 
  • Recommendation from teaching faculty member (via web form).

Submit application form online; email essay and final version of the research project to Amy Schindler (


Evaluation criteria

Successful projects will:

  • Demonstrative extensive and effective use of library services and resources including printed resources, databases, primary sources, and material in all media.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in subject area and analysis of resources.
  • Demonstrate creativity.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate information resources and tools necessary for successful research.
  • Demonstrate original thought and mastery of content appropriate to class level in the creation of the final product.