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First Year Seminar (FYS) Research & Writing Guide: Research for First Year Seminar

A Guide to Research and Writing Resources at Sacred Heart University


Research is a major component of your academic experience at Sacred Heart University. Taking advantage of research methods classes and guides to research in your major area are critical for building success in your discipline's coursework. Before you get to those courses and resources, though, you likely will have to tackle research for your First Year Seminar.  The resources below can help you plan and execute a research strategy for your FYS research project. Because research and writing are two sides of the same coin, many of these resources will also help you with aspects of the writing process, as well.

Helpful Library Resources

Helpful Online Guides and Websites

NCSU SealPicking Your Topic IS Research! (from NCSU Libraries)

This helpful video from North Carolina State University Libraries gives students a brief, yet comprehensive guide to establishing a research topic for class assignments.


  • Anne Burke: Project Lead, Scripting, Storyboards
  • Kim Duckett: Team Lead
  • Daria Dorafshar: Graphics and Animation
  • Mara Mathews: Narration
  • Jason Evans Groth: Audio Production
  • Andreas Orphanides: Writing, Editing, Technical Infrastructure
  • Sarah Craig, Jennifer Garrett, Adrienne Lai: Additional Writing and Editing

This video is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States license.

SHU SealHow to Find Books and Articles using QuickSearch

QuickSearch is a great beginning point for FYS research and beyond. It is a discovery system that searches through the vast majority of Sacred Heart University Library's print and electronic resources. The following videos guide you through the process of conducting searches for books and articles using QuickSearch.