Graduate students writing theses, dissertations and major independent projects (MIPs) and undergraduates writing honors or capstone papers have the opportunity to publish their work online through the University's institutional repository, InSPIRE, administered by Armacost Library.
Publishing your work in an institutional repository helps you contribute your voice to the conversations in your academic discipline and participate in the open access movement.
Participating in publishing as a student also gives you a new perspective on the research concepts that we have discussed here: you are a producer of scholarly knowledge, not simply a consumer of it.
Consider submitting your research for an Armacost Library Undergraduate Research Award (ALURA).
Each year Armacost Library awards two $500 prizes to recognize outstanding undergraduate research in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine) and Arts/Humanities/Social Science disciplines.
You will need to get a faculty recommendation and write up a short reflection on your research process.
Follow this link to learn more about ALURA.
At the beginning of this guide, I defined research as situations where you need information from outside sources to resolve a question or problem.
In other sections of this guide, we've added to this basic concept of research as we studied:
Research is a process of finding your voice as a scholar. As you study topics that matter to you, you cultivate your intellectual life and develop habits of curiosity, learning, and agency that can last a lifetime.
Each time you do research in different disciplines, or on a new topic, you have an opportunity to strengthen your skills and learn something new.
This journey continues after you graduate from the University. You will have many opportunities to do research at work and in everyday life. Remember that you can tap into networks of other libraries and that librarians can be your partners along the way.