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Research Skills for First-Year Seminars (FSEMs)


Welcome to the library guide for First-Year Seminars (FSEMs). Every first-year student takes an FSEM, and every FSEM has at least one research assignment. Use this guide to learn how to find the best sources for your research assignment.

Your professor may require you to complete some or all of the sections of this guide. At minimum, every FSEM student is required to complete these sections:

⭐ Understanding Information

⭐ Evaluating Sources

Check with your professor to see if they want you to complete any additional sections beyond these two.