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FYS: The (Meta) First Year Experience (Abrahams)

This is a course guide for the First Year Seminar "The (Meta) First Year Experience" taught by Professor Abrahams.


Welcome to the LibGuide for the First Year Seminar:

"The (Meta) First Year Experience"

This guide is meant to help you develop the skills and tools to accomplish your course objectives:

  • To reflect on significant questions about yourself, your community, and your world.
  • To develop the capacity to read and think critically.
  • To develop the capacity to write clear and persuasive expository and argumentative essays with an emphasis on thesis formation and development.
  • To gain an understanding of basic principles of oral communication as they apply to classroom discussion.
  • To understand the liberal arts as a vital and evolving tradition and to see yourself as agents within that tradition.
  • To develop capacities for careful and open reflection on questions of values and norms.
  • To develop the ability to carry out research for the purpose of inquiry and to support claims.

The library (and your librarian) are here to help you! Use us early and often!

Resources to Consider

Looking for more?

Don't limit yourself to the databases listed above! Do you know what general subject area you need to explore for your research? Try finding a database through the Databases Grouped by Subject page. Pick a subject and you'll be taken to a page where the liaison librarian for that subject has compiled a list of appropriate databases for you to use.

Know which journal you'd like to browse or search through?

You can search for specific journals in Journals A-Z and you can browse issues using Browzine (links below)


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