Attention TSEM Faculty: Nominate Your Best Paper for Cook Library’s Award!

Are you a faculty member who is teaching one or more sections of the Towson Seminar this semester? Are your TSEM 102 or TSEM 190 students writing a research paper as part of that class?

If you answered yes to both of these questions, you should nominate one top paper from each of your sections for Cook Library’s Towson Seminar Information Literacy Award.

What is the award?

Albert S. Cook Library wishes to recognize emerging research and scholarship with an award for Towson Seminar students.

Instructors may nominate one outstanding paper from each section of their Towson Seminar per fall and spring semester. If an instructor has multiple TSEM 102 or TSEM 190 sections, only one top paper from each section may be nominated. Please note that research papers produced by groups will be evaluated as a composite work rather than individually authored sections.

One student winner will be chosen each fall and spring semester. Instructors and students will receive recognition at an annual award ceremony, an individual award plaque, a $50 prize, and a nameplate on the commemorative plaque kept at Albert S. Cook Library. The winning entries will be placed in an institutional repository to be shared with students, faculty, and staff at Towson University.

What are the award criteria?

Winning papers will be evaluated based on the use of information literacy skills, as well as the quality of research, clarity of writing, and adherence to citation standards.

80% of the evaluation will be based on Information Literacy skills and award-winning papers will demonstrate many of the following qualities:

  • Paper is accurate and sources are well-documented.
  • Shows analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of sources.
  • Incorporates a variety of research sources, including authoritative works from many different areas.
  • Places topic in wider disciplinary context.
  • Research is balanced, including varying opinions, source types, authors, and levels of scholarship.

20% of the evaluation will be based on the clarity and formatting of the student’s paper and award-winning papers will demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Paper is original, transitions are logical, narrative is clear, appropriate, organized, and well-presented.
  • Text is clear, grammatical, and spelling is correct; entry is neatly prepared.
  • Uses citations in the text and as a bibliography; follows correct citation style.

To see past award winners, visit the Towson Seminar Information Literacy Award Collection in our Institutional Repository, ScholarWorks@Towson.

How does the nomination process work?

Faculty members can nominate a paper by doing the following:

  1. Completing this form
  2. E-mailing a pdf of the student’s paper to tsemilaward@towson.edu.

We ask that faculty please submit their nominations no later than January 1, 2018.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Please e-mail tsemilaward@towson.edu with any questions you may have.

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October 31, 2017 at 6:03 am Leave a comment

International Games Week at TUNE!

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International Games Week at TUNE
Thursday, November 2nd
10:00am-4:00pm
Towson University in Northeastern Maryland, Learning Commons

Join us for a day of games at TU in Northeastern Maryland! Enjoy a selection of puzzles, board games, video games, and card games.

 

Albert S. Cook Library at Towson University, the Learning Commons at TU in Northeastern Maryland, and hundreds of libraries across the country will join the American Library Association (ALA) and its international partners in celebrating the popularity and educational, recreational, and social value of video and board games for International Games Week @ your library between October 29 and November 4, 2017. For more information on International Games Week, visit the site for the Games and Gaming Round Table of ALA.

October 27, 2017 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

International Games Week at Cook!

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Join us as we celebrate International Games Week! Enjoy a selection of tabletop games in the lobby and a Rubik’s Cube speed challenge at the Research Help Desk. The winner of the Rubik’s challenge will be announced at the Game Week Celebration on Friday, November 3rd.

Monday, October 30th

  • Lobby Games will be available 10:00am and 4:00pm, 3rd Floor
  • Rubik’s Challenge will be available between 8:00am and 10:00pm, 3rd Floor

Tuesday, October 31st

  • Lobby Games will be available 10:00am and 4:00pm, 3rd Floor
  • Rubik’s Challenge will be available between 8:00am and 10:00pm, 3rd Floor

Wednesday, November 1st

  • Lobby Games will be available 10:00am and 4:00pm, 3rd Floor
  • Rubik’s Challenge will be available between 8:00am and 10:00pm, 3rd Floor

Thursday, November 2nd

  • Lobby Games will be available 10:00am and 4:00pm, 3rd Floor
  • Rubik’s Challenge will be available between 8:00am and 10:00pm, 3rd Floor

Friday November 3rd

  • Rubik’s Challenge Winner Announced, RM512
  • Game Week Celebration 2:00pm-7:30pm

Albert S. Cook Library at Towson University, the Learning Commons at TU in Northeastern Maryland, and hundreds of libraries across the country will join the American Library Association (ALA) and its international partners in celebrating the popularity and educational, recreational, and social value of video and board games for International Games Week @ your library between October 29 and November 4, 2017. For more information on International Games Week, visit the site for the Games and Gaming Round Table of ALA.

October 25, 2017 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

Chasing the Unexplained: Halloween with the Baltimore Paranormal Investigators!

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Chasing the Unexplained: Halloween with the Baltimore Paranormal Investigators
Tuesday, October 31st
5:00pm-6:00pm
Cook Library, RM507

 

Curious about the paranormal and local hauntings? The Baltimore Paranormal Investigators will lead a discussion on their experiences with the paranormal, demonstrate the tools of the trade, and provide general information about local hauntings.

October 24, 2017 at 3:38 pm Leave a comment

Purple Hibiscus Book Discussion

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Purple Hibiscus Book Discussion
Wednesday, October 25th
12:00pm-1:00pm
Cook Library, RM507

 

 

Please join us as Dr. Donn Worgs, Director, African and African American Studies and Professor of Political Science at Towson University, co-facilitates a discussion of Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Adichie’s work was selected as this year’s One Maryland, One Book. Light refreshments will be served.

October 20, 2017 at 11:28 am Leave a comment

Pop-Up Research Help at Freedom Square!

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Pop-Up Research Help at Freedom Square!
Tuesday, October 17th and October 24th
2:00pm-4:00pm
Freedom Square

 

Have questions about research but not enough time to stop by Cook Library? Stop by our table under the Lecture Hall to get answers and refuel with a snack!

 

October 13, 2017 at 10:46 am Leave a comment

Noontime Jazz

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Tuesday, October 17th
12:00pm-1:00pm
Cook Library, 3rd Floor Lobby

Bring your lunch and listen to Towson student musicians play wonderful jazz music.

October 11, 2017 at 10:16 am Leave a comment

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