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FYWS Instructor Toolkit: Library Session Basics

Information & Resources for faculty teaching FYWS sessions.

Schedule a Session

If you are ready to schedule your FYWS Library Session you can use the online form below or contact Melinda Brown.

Why is a library session included in the First Year Writing Seminar (FYWS)?

One requirement of the First Year Writing Program is that all seminars shall:

"introduce first year students to literature research, including library and database orientation, experience with critical evaluation of the validity, relevance, and significance of source material obtained through literature searches, and instruction regarding the proper citation of source materials."

Librarians work with FYWS instructors to develop a session that addresses some components of this requirement.

For more information, please see:

Syllabus Requirements for Writing Courses under AXLE (complete document - PDF)

What are my options for the library session?

Here are examples of the types of things a librarian may cover for a FYWS library session. Though the librarian can only guarantee 2-3 of these items per session, they can work with you to ensure other topics are covered throughout the semester.

  • Provide a basic hands-on introduction to the library website to help them find resources for any of their courses.
  • Lead students through activities that help them construct useful search stategies.
  • Help students learn to find and evaluate sources appropriate to the assignment(s). - popular vs. scholarly, primary vs. secondary, etc. 
  • Introduce disciplinary research resources (i.e. a subject database, a specific reference source used in the discipline).

Faculty are welcome to suggest databases, journals, websites, etc. they feel their students might find useful. These will be incorporated into the course Research Guide. 

You may also request a consultation with a subject librarian to review the assignment's learning objectives and how to best incorporate them into the library session.