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First-Year Experience Librarian

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Michelle Halla

Activity 1: Welcome to the UA Libraries!

Complete this library orientation to get familiar with the Main Library and the services that are available to you

Activity 2: Select and focus your topic

Watch the video below and complete the Joining the Research Conversation exercise. By completing these activities, you will have your topic selected and have located a few resources to use by the end of the third week of the assignment.

To get started on the exercise:

  • Complete the Academic Search Ultimate Tutorial to get familiar with at least one database to start searching. Students struggle with these interfaces at times, but once you get the hang of it, many databases have similar features and you’ll be able to move more seamlessly between them.
  • Open the resources tab on the course guide so that you will have all the tools you need.
  • Review the questions you answered in activity 2 about entering into a research conversation. Keep these questions in mind as you start to think about your topic.

Activity 3: Look for additional resources

Activity 4: Think about how citations fit into the research conversation

Look over this refresher on using citations. You will be using MLA or APA style in this course.

Read this article: Hundreds Fail to Spot Plagiarism.

Directions for your own citations in this course:

  • Ask your instructor which citation style you will be using.
  • You can also consult the OWL at Purdue for guidance on formatting.
  • Along with following a format for this course, you should understand that there are different citation styles to follow in different disciplines. You will need to learn a style and use it in your projects as you progress through your education. Keep these ideas in mind when using citations:
    • Think about how citations allow you to make bigger connections between what you have learned through research and your own ideas as you write.
    • Complete the Accidental plagiarism tutorial to learn when, why, and how to cite your sources in your papers.