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Thursday, May 25 • 10:30am - 11:30am
“What should I do first?”: The Sequencing of Writing and Library Research in First-Year Undergraduate Term Paper Preparation

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From selecting a topic to preparing a thesis statement, from identifying peerreviewed
sources to stitching concepts and thoughts into paragraphs, writing a term
paper can be a daunting task for students. In transitioning to the campus
environment, first-year undergraduates in particular are sometimes puzzled by how
to start, wondering whether first they should write or do library research. For
advice and inspiration, they may visit a Writing Centre teacher or contact a librarian,
but generally these interactions are separate events. Now imagine a post-secondary
campus where librarians and writing centre faculty work in partnership to help
students who are preparing term papers. Would such a model be beneficial to
students? In a recent initiative between the Dalhousie University Libraries and
Writing Centre, an academic librarian and writing centre teachers collaborated to
study the sequencing of writing and library research in first-year undergraduate
students assigned to write research papers. The study’s results will help researchers
to understand how students approach this process, and how librarians and writing
centre teachers can collaborate to enhance the effectiveness of their support to firstyear

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Cathy Chisholm

Cape Breton University


Dr. Margie Clow Bohan

Manager, Dalhousie University Writing Centre

Janice MacDonald Eddington

Writing Advisor, Dalhousie University Writing Centre

Michelle Paon

Dalhousie University Libraries

Thursday May 25, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Georgian Room Rodd Charlottetown