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FWS (First Year Writing Seminar) Portal



Welcome to the FWS Portal

Photo of students studying in Gargan Hall

Below are guides to

  • helpful research guides & tools designed by BC Libraries' reference staff.
  • key resources and databases for a variety of source materials.

Click on the "FWS Guides" tab to find a guide adapted to your course. If there is no guide listed for your course, use the "Step by Step" guide listed on this page, or feel free to browse other course-specific guides.

Research Guides & Tools

Key Resources

Fresh Ink: Essays from Boston College's First-Year Writing Seminar

Your instructor has likely informed you that there is an avenue for publishing your writing in FWS: Fresh Ink. It is an annual publication, in print from 1998 to 2010, and electronic since then.

Check out the remarkable range of subjects in the most recent edition, for inspiration in in your own writing - from an analysis of stereotyping of women in advertisements, to a researched report on Singapore's rise to power, to a narrative about growing up Hispanic without Spanish.

Upcoming Workshops

For Instructors

Library Instruction Sessions can be scheduled online. Please note, there are different links for FWS instruction sessions and all other instruction sessions.

Though we prefer 2 weeks’ advance notice, we will do our best to accommodate shorter notice when possible. We encourage you to be present during the instruction session so that the students can also benefit from your perspective and input. If this session will be tied to an assignment - something that has proven to be very effective for student learning in this setting - please share it with the Librarian who will be teaching the class. We look forward to working with you!

For more information about the FWS Library Instruction program contact Kwasi Sarkodie-Mensah ( or Syed Khan (



Use this forms questions or comments about the BC Libraries or the website. If you have a research question you can also email or chat with a librarian.

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