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Digital Scholars Essay Contest

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Gale Cengage Learning is sponsoring an essay contest for SUNY students.

Objective:   To encourage students to think critically about the past using 21st –century digital tools.

Awards: Three total prizes will be awarded: Two $250 awards for undergraduates and one $500 graduate award.  Awards will be given for the best essay using all or any of the following database resources:  Eighteenth-Century Collections Online (ECCO), 17th & 18th Century Burney Collection of Newspapers, and Nineteenth-Century Collections Online (NCCO).

Eligibility:   The graduate essays must be no longer than 3000 words or roughly 12 pages of typescript. The undergraduate essays must be no longer than 2500 words or roughly 10 pages of typescript. Participating students must be enrolled at a SUNY college during the fall 2013 semester. Shorter essays are welcome. Essays must demonstrate familiarity with and scholarly use of ECCO, Burney, or NCCO or all three. Essays will be judged by an independent panel of scholars. Download full submission guidelines here:

Submission Deadline: December 15th, 2013.

For submission guidelines and access to the digital databases, go to

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