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First Year Instruction Initiative


As the level of difficulty of research projects increases, so must students’ abilities. The goal of the first year initiative is to have all students master a few basic library competencies to aid them in their first year of college-level research.

Your Librarians

Librarians are matched to every section of the participating courses; the librarians will contact the instructor within the first week of the semester.

Participating Courses

  • DS 095: Developmental Support Lab
  • DS 097: Intermediate Reading
  • DS 098: Intermediate English
  • EDHE 101: Academic Skills for College
  • EDHE 105: The First Year Experience
  • WRIT 100: Introduction to College Writing
  • WRIT 101: First-Year Writing I
  • WRIT 102: First-Year Writing II
  • SPCH 102: Fundamentals of Public Speaking
  • SPCH 105: Business and Professional Speech
  • LIBA 102: First Year Seminar
  • HON 101: First Year Seminar
  • HON 102: First Year Seminar


1. Recognize where to seek library research help online using Ask-A-Librarian; 
2. Focus and articulate an information need by identifying keywords, synonyms and related terms for a specific research query; 
3. Differentiate between an article and book in citation format;
4. Identify the title of a book, the title of an article and the title of a journal; 
5. Evaluate information retrieved to assess for relevance based on a specific topic.


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