[Mla-cds] Grants to support writing literature reviews
lczech at pitt.edu
Tue Jan 18 07:18:20 CST 2011
All/:/ If you find this sort of activity appealing, please consider
applying for one of these projects. And getting some funding to assist
in the work makes it even more appealing! / Leslie Czechowski
/Library Resources & Technical Services/ (/LRTS/) announces the
availability of grants of up to $1,000 (funded by an ALA
Carnegie-Whitney Grant) to assist authors with preparing literature
reviews. The purpose of the grants is to provide funds that will be used
for clerical and research support, thereby allowing the author/s to
concentrate on analyzing the resources and writing the literature
review. Possible tasks might be collecting citations, sorting and
organizing citations by themes and categories, locating and gathering
resources to be reviewed, verifying citations, funding purchases of
articles not owned by the home institution of the author, and so forth.
Funding also could provide a mentoring opportunity by funding assistance
by a library school or information science student.
Highly cited, literature reviews provide an essential professional
service to practitioners, scholars, and students by identifying the key
themes and the most important publications appearing in successive two
year periods. Books and articles by accredited scholars and researchers,
i.e., primarily peer-reviewed publications provide the basis for a
literature review. A good literature review is evaluative, selective,
and critical, and goes beyond summarizing and quoting from the selected
sources. Literature reviews explain why the sources cited are important
and valuable, may compare them to prior works, and create a structure
that organizes the two-year body of content to make it comprehensible
and to identify themes, not only for those who have followed the
developments it describes, but to future researchers. All sources
referenced appear in the endnotes; a separate bibliography is not
published. Although commissioned,/ LRTS/ literature reviews go through
the same double-blind peer review process as unsolicited manuscripts.
/LRTS/ seeks authors for the following topical areas and coverage periods:
à Acquisitions literature published 2010-2011
à Serials literature published 2010-2011
Papers should be submitted not later than June 30, 2012. Grant
recipients will be required to submit progress reports to the /LRTS/
Editor twice a year.
The grant proposal must include:
1. Requester name, title, and contact information
2. The literature to be reviewed (see list above)
3. The requester's credentials to write the literature review
4. Amount requested
5. Budget plan and rationale for how the funds will be expended
Proposals are due by January 31, 2011.
Applications and inquiries should be submitted to Peggy Johnson, LRTS
Editor, lrtseditor at ala.org <mailto:lrtseditor at ala.org>.
Leslie Czechowski, Assistant Director
Collections& Technical Services
University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System
200 Scaife Hall, 3550 Terrace St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
email: lczech at pitt.edu
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