The information fluency component in Furman's First Year Writing Seminars begins the process of teaching students the research skills and understandings they'll need for their time at Furman and beyond.
It should allow them to master the skills as the building blocks of research and begin to guide them into theoretical constructs and deep understandings of
To that end, 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!
An effective research assignment for First Year Writing Seminars…