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FYS (First Year Seminar) - Previous Version of Guide

This is a general guide to finding, citing and getting access to books, journal articles and factual sources for Pacific University's First Year Seminar (FYS) courses.

Getting Started

Note: This guide is an archived version of the FYS Guide. Please see the newest guide for updates!

Most First Year Seminar classes at Pacific have assignments that require finding and citing reliable sources such as academic books and journal articles. You may need to include assigned readings from your class, external factual sources, and/or external sources of scholarly arguments. This guide suggests ways to find and cite sources:

  • Scholarly Sources : journal articles and books - use this to find texts that make scholarly arguments
  • Factual Sources : news articles, statistics and other background information - use this to find other facts 
  • Citation How-To & Examples : easy ways to get citations, plus links to examples, etc. 
  • How to Get Access to things that are not available freely online: Summit and Interlibrary Loan


Want help writing a paper or studying for a test? Please visit CLASS (the Center for Learning and Student Success)! They offer free tutoring and open study space on the second floor of the Library. You can also contact our subject librarians for one-on-one research help

Also useful: A guide to the summer reading book, Between the World and Me