The Ames Library has established an award to recognize outstanding information access strategies used by students in the development of their scholarly and artistic/creative projects while at IWU. One award of $500 will be given to the winning essay at the end of the academic year. Funds for this award are made possible by the generous contributions of donors to The Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University.


In this age of electronic information, research in support and development of artistic, scientific and scholarly projects has become a more complicated process. Sources may come in a multitude of forms – print, microfilm, sound recordings, oral histories, websites, or images. Evaluating and integrating these sources into one’s research or creative process can take increasing time and effort. This award was created to acknowledge those students who take the time to develop a thoughtful, methodical, and scholarly approach to the gathering of pertinent background information needed for their work, as well as to encourage students to develop excellent research techniques.


Submissions from 2010


Research Strategies Award Essay: The Boston Molasses Disaster, Samantha Geib, '12

Submissions from 2009


Ames Library Research Award Essay: Las Bibliotecas Públicas y la Comunidad Latina, Rachel Miller, '09