The successful applicant or applicants will submit a library research-based academic paper with a complete bibliography (works cited page) that exemplifies thoughtful, reflective attention to the research process. The cited sources should be gathered from both primary and secondary literature and should reflect appropriate use of library research tools. Information from these sources should be integrated with the applicant's own thoughts in a logical manner that substantiates claims and arguments or provides context. Papers will be evaluated on the logical and intelligent presentation of topic understanding and on overall quality.
Papers should incorporate and document a minimum of five to eight information sources that are appropriate for the discipline and subject matter of the research paper. Each selected source must be cited correctly according to the rules of the documentation style selected for the paper. Each annotation should be at least two paragraphs in length. Annotations must be descriptive and evaluative, indicating a thorough understanding of the material and summarizing the way in which a particular information source informed the writing of the paper.