Guide to University Libraries' First Year Success Series Sessions

Welcome to the guide to University Libraries' First Year Success Series Sessions! Explore the tabs on the left to learn more about the different sessions or read a quick description of each below.

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University Libraries FYSS Sessions

Accessing Your Library Online: Getting Started with University Libraries

In this self-paced online Carmen session, you will explore the libraries website, learn a few tips and tricks for the best ways to access articles and other online materials for free via the libraries, as well as learn where to go when you need a little help. You will also become more aware of the wide variety of resources available to you and be more comfortable coming back to the library website to find what you need to do your best academic work. 

Be Information Savvy: Catch and Stop Misinformation

In this self-paced online Carmen session, you will learn the different types of misinformation that you will encounter. You will also learn tips and tricks that will help you verify the information you see on the internet and hear in the world, including: recognize confirmation bias, reverse image searching and lateral reading. It will take about an hour to complete. 

Droppin' Science: Introduction to Hip Hop Research

Taught by African American and African Studies Librarian, Leta Hendricks, Droppin’ Science is an innovative and interactive session that introduces participants to basic research methods and resources. This 75-minute session uses the theme of Hip Hop Culture to explore the subject matter through group discussions and develop research skills for lifelong learning.

First Year Focus: A Self-Awareness Approach to Navigating Your First Year

Working through different kinds of challenges—whether academic, personal, social, or otherwise—is one of reasons college can be such a transformational time. Navigating these challenges often depends on an awareness of your own thoughts, feelings, and mindset as well as finding and using campus information and resources. Hear from prior first year students and learn about the resources to help in this session. This is a self-paced online Carmen session.

More than Books: Key Library Resources for Your First Year

With so much to learn in your first year at OSU, you'll want some help. Join us in Thompson Library for this 60-minute session to learn about key library resources to get you off to a stronger academic start. Learn how to get in-person, peer-to-peer help from student staff from Ask Us. Find your new favorite study spot by getting to know our many campus library locations and learning about reserving a library group study room. Explore Thompson Library and share discoveries with peers. Take the first steps in making better use of the extensive resources University Libraries offers to help you boost your academic potential.

Take on Thompson: A Library Orientation Game

Thompson Library is full of resources to help Ohio State students at any level, but it's also enormous and can seem intimidating at first. Where do you start? Don't go it alone. Join a team of peers to explore Thompson Library and connect with helpful library personnel as you complete tasks that highlight key library resources. This 75-minute session begins with a brief meeting to learn the rules for the game and form teams; then you’re off to complete tasks around Thompson Library.

Where's Brutus?: A Library Orientation Game

Join a team of peers to uncover the location of Brutus Buckeye in Thompson Library in this interactive library orientation game. Complete tasks that highlight library resources, services, and special collections. This session will get you started using the library and connect you with helpful library personnel. This 75-minute session begins with a brief meeting to learn the rules for the game and form teams; then you’re off to complete tasks and solve the mystery.

A+ Research: Where Do You Start?

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could begin each research project already having a good understanding of the entire process and even having the skills needed for the first few steps? Here’s where you’ll get that important head start.

A+ Research: Help Making Your Argument

Imagine starting a research project with a template that shows you what information you need to find and how to structure an argument to present that information persuasively. This session provides that template. Less stress and more success!

A+ Research: Making Citing Easy

Nobody much likes the work of citing their sources, but we specialize in taking away the mystery of it--all to make it as easy as possible for you to do in your writing assignments.

First Year Experience Specialist