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Simpson Library | Special Collections

Research Skills for First-Year Seminars (FSEMs)

Talk with a librarian

Clip art of a large yellow question mark in front of two booksThe UMW librarians are ready and waiting to help you!

Call us at 540-654-1148
Text us at 855-266-4542
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Here are some examples of the kinds of questions you can ask:

  • "What words should I type in the search box to find sources on my topic?"
  • "Where can I find statistics about developing nations?"
  • "How do I cite a government report in MLA style?"
  • "Is this webpage a credible source?"

Online guides

UMW offers online guides to research in various subjects, such as English or History or Political Science & International Affairs.

Click here to view a complete list of subjects.