Works in this collection are all winners of the Library Research Prize and include a paper/project and companion essay about their research process using library resources. Research by the student should show evidence of substantial use of library resources and indicate academic excellence, including employing effective library research and information literacy skills, constructing arguments supported with evidence, and citing sources appropriately.

Beginning in 2020, the prize is given specifically to First Year students in either the Inquiry Seminar or Humanities III programs who are nominated by their professors for the quality of their work.

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Submissions from 2021

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His Soul Is Marching On: The Abolitionist Spirit of John Brown, Sam Carlson
In the time of Bleeding Kansas, a period of some of the most intense internal strife in US history, abolitionist John Brown was at the center of attention. His capture of Harpers Ferry and his public execution made him a symbol of the confl...

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John Brown: The Hanged Hero, Sam Derfus
On Sunday October 16th, 1859, John Brown and 21 men besieged Harpers Ferry in an attempt to sow chaos and upheave the institution of slavery. Brown held the area for a few days before being captured, taken to court, and killed. Seen as an i...

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Fur Trade in Minnesota: the Rise and Fall of Ojibwe Power, Soraya Keiser
Before any Europeans came to the shores of North America, Native Americans inhabited these lands. They fished the waters, harvested the earth, and hunted the game. Within the large continent, the Great Lakes region was especially abundant, ...

Submissions from 2020

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All Students Are Worthy: A Comparison of Special Education Within Countries, Makenna Brown
Dating back to the 1800’s, people with a disability have been thrown into mental institutions, beaten, abused, and underestimated. For those with a disability, having an opportunity to be educated was not thought possible. They have been de...

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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: How the Law has Disregarded Violence against Indigenous Women, Tavniah Dyer
This paper explores the concerns encompassed in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women issue and the recently begun movement. The MMIW movement is bringing recognition to the problems of unequal consideration given to Native American wom...

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Life-Long Benefits of Studying Abroad, Ellora Olsen
9 AM in Tokyo, Japan is when instead of being a commuter, you get to be a sardine. Physically crammed into the train with hundreds of other people, you better be prepared to get comfortable (or uncomfortable, if we’re being honest) for your...

Submissions from 2019

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Gender in Bethel University’s Political Science Department: A Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Female Political Science Students, Sarah E. Bylsma
In one political science class I took recently, I noticed some interesting behaviors among myself and my classmates...This situation got me thinking about the role that gender plays in politics, and this course gave me the opportunity to cl...

Submissions from 2018

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Wise Women: The Female Junzi in Confucian Ethics, Berit Turnquist
In the context of Confucian ethics, there are few concepts as indefinable yet centrally important to the system of thought as a whole as the ideal of the sage. The sage is a key topic of discussion in The Analects of Confucius, and has been...

Submissions from 2017

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A Narrative Approach to Forgiveness Amidst Disagreement, Christopher Bengtson
While not always the case, there are instances where parties involved disagree on the nature of a particular offense. Personal conflict can lead to rifts in personal relationships or moral trust of the larger community; disagreement over th...

Submissions from 2016

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Hannah More's Moral Imagination: Fiction that Reformed a Nation, Emma Beecken
She has been described as the most influential woman of her era and Britain's greatest propagandist. Her works were far more popular than Jane Austen's and were personally requested by royalty. She ran in the highest circles, dear friends w...

Submissions from 2015

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The Role of Memory in Forgiveness: A Post-Forgiveness Investigation, Zachariah Berry
There is a fundamental importance and value in maintaining a memory of wrongs done in the past. What do we do, however, when we think that we have forgiven someone, but aspects from the past wrong continue to manifest in our conscious aware...

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The Paneled Lives of Extraordinary Women: Comic Books, Superheroines, and American Women in the 1940s, Kelly Van Wyk
When scholars examine a society in search of the principles that it holds most dear, popular culture promises an attractive and engaging medium where one can search for answers. Intellectual disciplines such as art history, film studies, an...

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A Long Way from Minneapolis: Minnesotans in the Spanish Civil War, Fletcher Warren
In 1996, eighty-one-year-old Minnesotan Clarence Forester and sixty-seven fellow Americans traveled to Barcelona at the behest of the Spanish government. There, they feasted at state banquets, received honorary Spanish citizenship, and para...

Submissions from 2014

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Cochlear Implants, Language Acquisition, and Speech Intelligibility: The Effect of Age at Implantation, Danielle Becker
A review of the current literature on outcomes of individuals using cochlear implants, especially in the relationship between age at implantation and speech intelligibility was conducted. Literature describing norms for language acquisition...

Submissions from 2013

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Trees Nestled Among Skyscrapers: Frederick Law Olmsted and the Creation of Central Park, Matisse Murray
In the remarkable degree of scholarship that has been written on Frederick Law Olmsted since a resurgence of interest in his life during the early 1970s, there have been a number of varying interpretations regarding the social attitudes wit...

Submissions from 2012

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Utopia or an Iron Cage? Marx, Weber, Nietzsche, and the Future of Modernity, Ryan Steel
Student Library Research Prize winner Ryan Steel discusses modernity and some of its core characteristics and the way they manifest in modern social reality using the perspectives of Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Friedrich Nietzsche as general ...

Submissions from 2011

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Innovation and Harmonization in Raphael's Stanza della Segnatura, Nathan Cornelius
Raphael's paintings for the Stanza della Segnatura, Pope Julius II's personal library in the Vatican, are one of the great masterpieces of Renaissance art. My research project explored the rich meaning behind this innovative series of image...

Submissions from 2010

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Alcuin and Vikings: A Theology of Carolingian Election, Chastisement, and Exaltation, Taylor Ferda
Throughout the long history of the Church's struggle to take seriously the biblical precepts for peacemaking, the changing context has always brought with it a difficulty in being a witness to peace in a world gripped by violence. The Vikin...