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FYS Discipline: Liberal Arts: Social Sciences and Humanities

Objectives of the Assignment:

Introduce students to the Library’s catalog and some of the more useful subscription databases in a practical, hands-on exercise. Included are an introduction to translating database articles, instructions on accessing The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times free of charge, and how to access the databases from home.

Amount of Time to Complete the Assignment:

The assignment is most effective when it follows several previous Library assignments:

  • An introduction to the Library’s website in a computer classroom that guides students in exploring the Library’s resources
  • A Library Orientation conducted by a librarian
  • An oral introduction to the catalog, subscription databases, translating articles, and access to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times

Once these preliminary steps have been taken, the Library Treasure Hunt itself can be done in an hour. Have students work together so they can share, collaborate, and learn from each other.

Percentage of the Final Grade:

This low-stakes assignment is one of about fifteen in-class assignments all of equal worth.


This resource is part of the First Year Seminar Curricular Resources.

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