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The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference: How Can the Library Improve My Chances of Winning?

In 1990, the Gender and Women’s Studies program held its first Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference. Every spring since, the Conference has showcased academic papers that engage gender theories, written by Villanova University students. From first-year to graduate-level, all Villanova students are eligible and encouraged to submit papers—to receive recognition for their work and possibly a cash award.

To be eligible, a paper must meet the following criteria:

1—It must have been written for a Villanova course in the previous calendar year

(spring or fall semesters).

OR—It must have been written specifically for the Conference.

2—It must engage gender theories.

One paper from each of the following three categories will win a cash award:

1—first-year students (minimum of 4 pages of text)

2—undergraduate students (minimum of 5 pages of text)

3—graduate students (12-30 pages of text)

How can Falvey Memorial Library improve your chances of winning a prize?

Alexander Edwards, winner of last year’s graduate-student category, responded, “I found the most helpful library resources to be the “Articles & more” search function  combined with the “Find It” button.

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I did a lot of work on that essay from home, but because I had easy access to so many articles, I never hit that frustrating moment where I had to stop working until I could physically get to the library. By plugging in a variety of search terms, I found a huge range of articles that related to my topic.  I ended up quoting one article about vernacular dictionaries and women’s education—not what I expected when I set out to research Shakespeare, but it turned out to be perfect for my argument!”

You can also consult an expert even when you can’t “physically get to the library”: the subject librarians for gender and women’s studies are Kimberley Bugg and Kristyna Carroll. Contact either of them if you have a question or would like to make an appointment. They can quickly connect you with the most effective resources for your research.

Gerald Dierkes is an information services specialist for the Information and Research Assistance team,  senior copyeditor for the Communication and Publications team, and a liaison to the Department of Theater.



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Last Modified: April 8, 2013

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