Having acquired basic information fluency skills in their FYW, students will...
An effective research assignment for First Year Writing Seminars…
Library faculty members would love to partner with you to help your students master research skills in the academic environment. Our goal is to help them move beyond their standard reliance on Wikipedia and Google into fluency in the research process, including an understanding of the nuances of database searches and resource types as well as an ability to evaluate and select the most relevant, reliable information for their coursework.
We do not offer "library tours" or general orientation sessions. Instead, our research instruction is course-integrated and assignment-specific. In addition to research instruction sessions for students, we are happy to assist you with designing effective research assignments. We also love meeting with individual students or small groups from your class to discuss their research.
To arrange research instruction for your classes, please contact your library liaison. The library faculty members who offer research instruction are
The information fluency component in Furman's First Year Writing Seminars begins the process of teaching students the research skills they'll need for their time at Furman and beyond. Each FYW has a library faculty member paired with it. The Curriculum Review Committee included the following passage in its explanation of the first year seminar requirement in its final report, Invigorating Intellectual Life: A Proposal for Furman University's Academic Program and Calendar:
"A critical part of the writing process, in addition to expressing one’s own ideas clearly and effectively, is locating, evaluating and incorporating information from scholarly sources, as well as giving proper credit to these external sources. With this in mind, each W seminar will include a basic research project and a standard information fluency component. The research component need not be a complicated or long project—just enough for students to get a sense of how the academic literature is structured and to understand the basic types of sources and their uses. A librarian will be paired with each W seminar as an integral part of the course. Librarians will understand the objectives of the course and will assist the classroom professor as she or he plans the research project(s) for the class. The students in each seminar will attend several information fluency instruction sessions during class time. The course librarian will serve as a resource for the students in the course throughout the term. Overall, information fluency instruction will provide students with the foundation of information-seeking skills essential for research work in other courses."
This research instruction takes a combination of forms, including in-class sessions, online tutorials, and individual and group meetings with students.
We look forward to working with you in your FYWs!