Faculty Tips

Support Letters

Faculty supporting an applicant should submit a letter of support commenting on how the student's work meets the award criteria.

The evaluators' panel is especially interested in how the student's use of library materials, whether print, online or both, contributed to making the project comprehensive, original, or unique. The student must have a faculty letter of support to submit a complete application package.

Your support letter should address the following:

  • The relevance of the project to your assignment prompt
  • The relevance of the project to your course learning goals
  • Whether the sources used were appropriate for the scope of the argument and its method
  • Whether the methods of research and argumentation were consistent with disciplinary standards

Letters may be submitted to: libaward@uw(dot)edu as a message or an attachment.

Resource Suggestions for Faculty

The student who wins the Library Research Award for Undergraduates makes creative use of a broad and deep range of information sources. Promoting success in this effort includes developing an assignment that will provide a suitable context for successful research and its presentation in writing or other media. We recommend exploring the following links.

Designing effective research assignments
Here are some tips on developing or modifying assignments that will create a context for student success.

Contacting your librarian
Contact your subject librarian or liaison for information on how to optimize your students' chances for winning an award. Librarians will help you structure an assignment and evaluate student resources. Alert us if your assignment requires on-site help. When an assignment is over, librarians may be able to give feedback. Did any students seem confused or have trouble understanding the assignment? Were there any resource access problems?

Request a library workshop
Librarians are available to conduct sessions on how to find, select and evaluate information resources specially tailored to a subject or class assignment; provide demonstrations of electronic resources including the Internet; and create web pages and bibliographies of pertinent research sites and tools.