Inaugurated in fall 2015, Albert S. Cook Library established the Towson Seminar Information Literacy Award to recognize emerging research and scholarship in the Towson Seminar (TSEM102). Towson Seminar instructors were asked to nominate one outstanding paper from each section of their Towson Seminar per fall and spring semesters. Librarians evaluated the nominated papers based on the use of information literacy skills, as well as the quality of research, clarity of writing, and adherence to citation standards.

Recent Submissions

  • Beethoven's hair 

    Steinbacher, Will (2018-05)
    [From paper] The “Guevara” lock of Beethoven’s Hair is an immense historical discovery that yields insight into the life and death of one of the greatest composers of all time, especially the period of suffering during ...
  • Black women: the forgotten trailblazers 

    Winston, Jiana (2018-05)
    [From paper] The 1960s and 1970s were decades of large-scale upheaval and change in the United States. Several social movements brought about this change, two of the most prominent being the Civil Rights Movement and the ...
  • Black representation on campus 

    Sigur, Morgan (2017-12)
    [From paper] In 1966, civil rights leader Stokely Carmichael gave a speech at UC Berkeley where he used the phrase “Black Power” to describe an ideology of racial pride and black autonomy. The phrase “Black Power” had been ...
  • Adopting sustainable agriculture in order to recover the environment 

    Bergman, Knickole (2017-10-11)
    Agriculture practices changed drastically proceeding World War II coinciding with the eruption in birth rate that created the generation known as the “baby boomers”. According to Richard Fry, in 1946, 3.4 million babies ...
  • What can be done?: Delhi's water conservation initiatives 

    Pargamanik, Alina (2017-10-11)
    Although local bureaucracies in Delhi, India are implementing new initiatives to address their water issues concerning availability and value, the initiatives currently in place are not enough to withstand the unprecedented ...
  • Desktop computer use: physiological and psychological problems and potential solutions 

    Case, Joey (2017-10-11)
    The purpose of this paper is to explain the dangers of excessive desktop computer use along with the solutions to treat such problems. In today’s digital society, digital natives are introduced to all kinds of technology ...
  • Social media: a catalyst for Yemeni contagion 

    McIver, Andrea (2016-05-11)
    An examination of the role of social media in the Yemeni Arab Spring.
  • Health preservation over food preservation 

    Reifer, Danielle (2016-05)
    An examination of the use of synthetic preservatives, synthetic additives, and natural alternatives in food production and their impacts on health.
  • Can money buy happiness?: the influence of money on well-being 

    Noland, Gabrielle (2015-12)
    There are many factors that affect an individual’s well-being, with money being one of them. Multiple sources address the correlations between income and happiness through subjects such as prosocial spending, materialism, ...