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First Year Seminar (FYS) Research & Writing Guide: Help!

A Guide to Research and Writing Resources at Sacred Heart University

If you should need an assist...

First of all, remember that Sacred Heart University wants you to succeed! To help you achieve your educational goals, the university provides a number of resources to assist you in your academic activities. Your first point of contact should always be your course instructor. Questions about the specifics of assignments can oftentimes be most easily handled by simply sitting down and conversing with your professor about issues you are having. However, for more specialized assistance, there is research and writing-specific support for students.

Research Assistance

If you need research assistance, please, contact a librarian. Librarians at Sacred Heart University Library are there to help you with your research needs. They are here to help you succeed. Feel free to ask for assistance using any of the following methods.

1. You can get assistance from a librarian at the Reference Desk at the Ryan Matura Library during regular hours on the following days:

  • Monday through Thursday: 8:30 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

This assistance can be conducted in person, by submitting a question online at Ask a Question (LibAnswers), or via email at Additionally, you can call the Reference Desk at 203-371-7726, or text a Reference Librarian at 203-490-4500.

2. For assistance with research and resources in areas and disciplines across campus, take a look at Sacred Heart University Library's collection of research guides. You can also contact the appropriate liaison librarian.

3. Also, feel free to contact Zachariah (Zach) Claybaugh directly for assistance with your First Year Seminar research assignments. He can be reached by email at, by telephone at 203-365-4854, or you can stop by the reference desk at the Ryan Matura Library and ask for him from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

For further information on contacting a librarian for assistance, see the video below:

Writing Assistance

The Jandrisevits Learning Center (JLC), located in the Student Success Center at the corner of St. Nicholas Road and Park Avenue, provides academic support for all SHU students. Professional tutors and trained Peer tutors and CLAs offer students academic support in multiple subject and skill areas, such as writing, in a friendly learning environment. To schedule time with a writing tutor, call 371-2820 or stop by the JLC to make an appointment.

The JLC also hosts the Online Writing Lab (OWL), which allows students to have their papers reviewed online as an alternative to a 1-on1 tutorial. A professional tutor will return the student’s paper with advice on argumentation, content development, organization, grammar, and punctuation. Assignments are returned in 24 to 48 hours.

Submission is easy! Simply fill out the OWL Submission Form each time you submit a paper.

Submissions need to include your instructor’s assignment guidelines, instructions, rubric, or other information that will help the tutor give you valuable feedback on the form. Also, provide the course name and number, the instructor’s name, and your name.

Attach your paper to the submission form; please, use your last name and the submission date as the name of the file (e.g., smith_02_06_13).

For step-by-step instructions on submitting a written assignment through the JLC's OWL, see the video below: