Research + Documentation

Students in First-Year Seminars develop essential skills in research and documentation.

The capacity to do research—including to find relevant materials, assess the quality of sources, define problems and topics, synthesize and organize how ideas are presented—reflects some degree of mastery over a topic and turns students into producers of knowledge. Research and documentation are crucial and transferable skills that can be fine-tuned only through practice.

Each seminar has a designated First-Year Librarian, a key resource for students as they learn to use existing databases and citation forms. All first-year students should also become familiar with how plagiarism is defined and avoided.

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