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Graduate Students' Visualize Your Bibliography Competition

Competition Rules and Guidelines

Participants must be currently enrolled as graduate students at Oregon State University. 

Submissions must include at least 20 sources used in a bibliography that contributes in a substantial way to a thesis, dissertation, or other scholarly work. Sources may alternatively come from bibliographies for coursework (e.g., annotated bibliographies or literature reviews), early drafts of literature reviews (not written as part of a class), or from students' published articles (as applicable). There is no upper limit for the number of sources that may be used.

Participants should observe best practices in terms of requesting permissions for use of materials, images, or audiovisual components as applicable. 

Participants must also submit a brief description of the rationale behind the arrangement and display of their sources, as well as a short description of their overall research project to help provide context for the sources used. This description should be no more than 1 page, single-spaced. Participants should also submit the original bibliography from which the sources are drawn. 

Submissions deadline extended to 11:59 p.m. Sunday April 11th, 2021. 

See the sample submissions page for examples of possible submissions. 


Submissions will be evaluated based on the originality of the representations used for the sources, the unique surfacing of the relationships between sources, the connections participants are able to draw between their current work and past research, as well as on the visualization's ability to convey interesting insights about the research process or the specific field of research. 

1st prize: $750**

2nd prize: $500

3rd prize: $250


**Awards will be given as scholarships for the 2021 Spring Term. If you have an assistantship or some other form of funding, your OSU account will be credited, and you will receive a check for the prize amount.

Submission Guidelines

Digital entries may be submitted at this google doc. (Please note - the entry form is a Google Form set to allow access to students logged in with their OSU Google accounts.)

Competition entries may be submitted in a variety of formats. We do not want to limit your creativity by limiting the types of files you can submit. Google Forms will allow you to upload file types including documents, spreadsheets, PDFs, videos, presentations, drawings, images, and audio. You can also submit a link to an external website that hosts your submission, as is the case with the digital timeline (made on a website called TimeToast) that you can see among the sample submissions.

Physical entries may be submitted digitally (such as by taking a photo of your submission and uploading that to the Google Form, if that works for your submission). Due to COVID-19 we are not accepting physical entries in person this year.

All participants (not just winners) are invited to have their work displayed in the competition gallery after the awards are announced. Therefore, please be sure to submit the highest quality files possible in any digital submissions to ensure good image quality in the gallery display.

Remember to submit your 1-page rationale and written bibliography along with your visualization. 

If you have any questions, contact Colleen Johnson at