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US 101: First Year Seminar

This guide will help you complete your research assignment for US 101.

How To Use this Guide

Tips on how to use this guide:

This guide is a quick reference guide for the research component of US 101. Each of the tabs along the left side of the page will give you more detailed information on the different parts of the research assignment.

Each tutorial will guide you through a step in the research process from deciding on a topic to reading scholarly research articles.

  • Finding & Evaluating Articles:

Use this to help you find scholarly articles for your annotated bibliography. Information on how to use CatSearch and also links to some of our most popular databases and how to use them. It will also help you evaluate sources. What makes a source valid and reliable? Check out our quick test to evaluate sources. How can you tell if an article is peer reviewed or not?

  • Annotated Bibliography:

Information on Annotated Bibliographies, what they are and links with information on how to create them.

  • Citing Sources with MLA Style:

List of some of them most commonly cited items in MLA style.

  • Librarians:

Look here to find the librarians assigned to US 101. Contact any of the librarians for help with research, the annotated bibliography, citations or any other questions.

Research Project

Research Project

Throughout the semester, you have read and discussed texts that have presented complicated issues where right and wrong are not always easily defined. For this group project, you will work in teams to examine the ethical and moral issues related to justice that is embedded in the work of the course.

Expectations and Requirements:

There are four different phases of work that you will complete for this project. Some of these phases will be team oriented and others will be individual. Specifics for each phase follow, and each phase is designed to set you up for success in later portions more difficult to complete. You will be evaluated individually (topic exploration workshop attendance and engaged participation, annotated bibliography based on your research and lens, and presentation storyboard for your portion of the group presentation)as well as being a contributing member of the team presentation.

  • Phase I: Topic Exploration Workshop - This guide will help you complete this section of the research project.
  • Phase II: Annotated Bibliography 
  • Phase III: Presentation Storyboard 
  • Phase IV: Team Presentation 

The full details of this assignment are in your US 101 course packet.