November 16, 2020

Outstanding Research Paper Competition

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Attention OCC Students!

Have you written an outstanding research paper for an OCC class?

The OCC Libraries are once again rewarding outstanding student work and this year, thanks to our co-sponsor, the OCC Foundation, the award amounts are even higher!

1st place = $ 250
2nd place = $ 150
5 Honorable mentions = $50 (one per campus)

Make your hard work pay off and submit your paper!

Here are the award details:

  • Research papers will have been written for an OCC course during the Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 semesters.
  • Students may submit only one paper 
  • First day to submit a paper: November 30, 2020 
  • Last day to submit a paper: February 14, 2021 

What makes a research paper outstanding? Review the evaluation criteria that will be used to judge research papers. 

Submission Information:

Please ensure that all parts of the submission form are filled out. In addition to the submission form, a waiver form must also be signed and uploaded in order to be considered for this award. Listed below are the items necessary for submission completion, which include the submission form, a link to the waiver that must be signed, and the submission portal for the signed waiver. 

Starting November 30th, papers may be submitted via the OCC Library Research Paper Competition online form.

Questions? Contact Beth Garnsey at or the faculty librarian at your campus.

September 9, 2020

Zoom Reference Appointments With An OCC Librarian Now Available

Need research help for an assignment? You can now schedule a Zoom reference session to meet with an OCC librarian. 

Sessions may be scheduled at Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Evenings and weekends may be arranged by request.  

Please note: This service will not be available during Thanksgiving recess November 22-29. 

Schedule your appointment now!

For immediate help with a research question, you might try the Ask A Librarian chat reference service, available anytime.

Library Success Seminars Offered Online for Fall 2020

Sign up for Library Success Seminars to learn more about library research topics like searching electronic databases, finding good web sites, and completing research papers. Ask your instructor about extra credit for these seminars.

All Library Success Seminars will be offered virtually though Zoom from 12-12:30pm

See the schedule and reserve your spot today!

OCC Libraries Offering One Credit Hour Course

Looking for one more class to complete your Fall 2020 schedule? Check out:

LIB 1000- Introduction to the College Library and Information Resources (LIB-1000-O7201)
  • Taught by library faculty,  this course will introduce students to library resources and basic research skills necessary for college readiness. 
  • Open to ALL students; no textbooks! 
  • English/ESL Placement: Placement into ENG 1055 or higher (or placement into ESL 1011 or higher for students taking the ESL sequence of courses.)
LIB 1000 will be offered online as a late-starting class meeting Tuesdays at 1:00pm-2:55pm beginning October 27.
For more details, see the schedule of classes.

June 10, 2020

Outstanding Research Paper Award Winners Announced

The winners are in! Forty- Seven students entered the First Annual Outstanding Research Paper Award Competition sponsored by the OCC Libraries and Student Life.  OCC Library Faculty were pleased with the response, as many of the details of submitting papers had to be revised due to the coronavirus closure of the campuses. Papers were judged on information and reasoning, the quality and variety of references, citation usage, readability, and of course, grammar and spelling! Each of the 5 physical campus library locations, AH, HL, OR, RO and SF, awarded a 1st prize of $75.00 and a 2nd prize of $25.00.  All of the award winners were excited and very appreciative to learn their papers were selected! 

And the winners are:

Auburn Hills:  
1st place ($75)     Tyler McDaniel      
Title of Paper: Liberal Arts Education and Employment

2nd place ($25) = Sarah Motsinger  
Title of Paper: America’s Crimes Against the Japanese

Highland Lakes:
1st place ($75) =  Cole Hudalla          
Title of Paper: Socialism Supports American Values

2nd place ($25) = Victoria Polk           
Title of Paper: Why We Should Vaccinate 

Orchard Ridge:
1st place ($75) =Martin Hristov             
Title of Paper: International Responsibility

2nd place ($25) = Jaime Honoway        
Title of Paper: Commercial Design 

Royal Oak:
1st place ($75) = Camille Dixson             
Title of Paper: Crime, Media and Society: An Argument  for Societal and Media Change on Criminal Cases

2nd place ($25) = Delaney Molander    
Title of Paper: Cyberstalking and Physical Stalking Alike   

1st place ($75) = Jessica Feigley             
Title of Paper: Radiation Experiments in the United States

2nd place ($25) = Erin P. 
Title of Paper: Precautions Regarding Fetal Exposure