BOONE—The first Information Literacy Skills Prize awards were presented at the Celebration of Student Writing held April 17 at Appalachian State University. Belk Library and Information Commons sponsored the contest, with support from the University Writing Center, the Composition Program and Writing Across the Curriculum Program.
The prize recognizes an outstanding research paper written by a first-year Appalachian student for a First Year Seminar or English 1000 class.
The first place award, a $300 gift certificate to University Bookstore, was presented to freshman Zachary Mennona for his paper “Motivation of Soldiers, Slaves, and Statesmen in the American Civil War.”
Mennona wrote, “Being a complete newcomer to the field of research, I am grateful to my English professor and the staff of the Belk Library for their assistance in teaching me the strategies involved in crafting a research paper….Skills like critical thinking, book analysis, information collecting, and interpretation of data developed out of necessity and allowed me to answer the rhetorical question when the time finally came to writing the research down.”
Mennona added that the skills he developed throughout the project will serve him for the remainder of life as a researcher and writer.
The second place award, a $200 gift certificate to the bookstore, was presented to freshman Stephanie Filotei for her paper “Borderline Personality Disorder.” Filotei noted in her reflection that, “At first, I dreaded finding twenty sources because that seemed like too many. In the end, I learned that it only helped me to find an abundant amount of information that would help me recognize useful sources from the useless ones.”
Filotei said assistance from the University Writing Center helped her improve the grammar and flow of her paper.
Information literacy is the ability to find, evaluate and use information effectively and it is an educational goal for every Appalachian graduate.
This award promotes students’ active engagement in the processes of library research and encourages them to synthesize library research skills with the reading, writing and critical thinking skills developed in their first year at Appalachian.