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First year students arrive with a wide range of experiences with libraries. Library orientations and information literacy sessions offer the opportunity to "level the playing field" and reduce library anxiety among first year students. When connecting students with the library in their first year, we work toward helping students:
First year students often have little exposure to...:
1. Scholarly research and writing. In general, they...
lack familiarity with navigating scholarly sources, including using tables of contents, indexes, and abstracts.
2. Academic libraries and specialized research tools. They...
tend to start searches via Google or Google Scholar, bypassing library databases altogether.
Deep thanks to librarians at Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library for creating content under Creative Commons licenses. Content on this page is adapted from Gustavus Adolphus College, Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library, “Resources for Teaching Research - First Years: Student Perspectives" and "Resources for Teaching Research - First Years: Three Modes of Information Literacy". Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.