The FYS / AES library component provides an opportunity for first-year students to engage with the academic library for the first time, and for advanced entry students to become familiar with the resources available at Smith Library Center. Our FYS / AES instruction lays a foundation for students’ understanding of the types of sources appropriate for college level research and strategies for managing the research process. This introduction will form the basis for developing more advanced information literacy skills in the disciplines, and to engage critically and effectively with information in their personal and professional lives.
This library basics session can be scheduled in the first couple of weeks -- or at any time -- during FYS.
During a second session a librarian can identify best databases to use, lead your students through hands on database searches, and discuss strategies to compose and refine effective searches in greater depth.
Topics covered can include:
A second session in direct support of your specific assignment should be scheduled later in the semester when students have the assignment in hand.