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FWS (First Year Writing Seminar) Portal



Starting points for First-Year Writing Seminar students

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

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 (