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FYS 1010

First Year Seminar

CSM Library Resources

Welcome to the library guide for FYS 1010!

In this guide, you will find:

  • Tips for evaluating information sources
  • How to conduct college-level research using library databases and credible sources
  • Information about different types of sources and how to utilize them, including scholarly journal articles and textbooks
  • An introduction to citation styles and plagiarism
  • Suggestions and examples for FYS 1010 assignments such as creating a resume and designing a poster presentation
  • Other resources to help you with researching, citing, reading, and writing

About the Library

Library Hours and Locations

Monday – Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • La Plata (LR Building)
  • Leonardtown (Building C, Room 102)
  • Prince Frederick (Building A, Room 112)
Virtual Services
  • Resources available off-campus (via myCSMD) 24/7
  • Email sent to will be answered by a librarian within 24 hours (Monday - Friday)

Library Services

CSM Libraries provide:

Librarians also teach information literacy skills to help you:

  • Understand different types of information sources, and appropriate contexts for different sources
  • Critically analyze and evaluate information in multiple formats
  • Build your research skills in order to find, evaluate, use, and create information

Library Guides

Library guides (also called LibGuides or research guides) are resources created by your friendly librarians to help you with research.

Our library guides all follow a similar format, with a menu on the left side of the page linking to pages on different topics.

Subject Guides

Subject guides provide an overview for getting started in researching specific subjects. They include subject-specific tips, ideas for keywords, and suggested databases.

Course Guides

Course guides provide resources for specific courses at CSM, often including tips directly related to your assignments. They also include many of the same related information found in subject guides.

Other Guides

  • Citation Styles including APA Style, MLA Style, Chicago Style, CSE Style, NoodleTools, and plagiarism
  • Specific types of sources including Empirical Research, Book (& Film) Reviews, Literary & Film Criticism, Peer-Reviewed & Scholarly Publications, eBooks, Primary Sources
  • Specific types of assignments, such as annotated bibliographies
  • Other topics including Research Help, Databases & Resources, Library Overview (this guide!), Open Educational Resources, Faculty & Staff Resources, and Accessibility Resources

Suggested Guides for FYS Students