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

A Guide to Research and Writing Resources at Sacred Heart University


Writing is a major component of your academic experience at Sacred Heart University. Taking advantage of courses and readings in your major are critical for exposing you to the writing style in your chosen discipline, which will assist you in crafting effective research projects for coursework in your major. Before you get to those courses and readings, though, you likely will have to tackle writing a research paper for your First Year Seminar.  The resources below can help you create a quality written product 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 research process, as well.

Helpful Library Resources

Helpful Online Guides and Websites

UMUC Logo The University of Maryland University College offers an expansive Online Guide to Writing and Research that leads students through every aspect of the writing process. Though an information-heavy set of modules, the comprehensive nature of the guide makes it a valuable resource.

UChicago logoWriting in College: A Short Guide to College Writing by Joseph M. Williams and Lawrence McEnerney from the University of Chicago offers a concise and user-friendly guide to writing at the college level. Users wanting to focus on particular areas, like creating coherent sections for your paper or planning your first draft, can select individual sections from the contents page. Additionally, whole chapters can be downloaded individually as PDFs.    

UIUC logoFor grammar-specific assistance, the Writer's Workshop: Writer Resources page hosts a helpful "Grammar Handbook" produced by The Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Tabbed sections for "Citation Styles," "ESL Resources," and "Writing Tips" are also valuable resources available from the center.

Purdue U logoThe Online Writing Lab from Purdue University offers a one-stop shopping approach to writing assistance. The site includes pages on writing styles, writing mechanics, research and citation, as well as materials for instructors.