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FYW 100 - First Year Writing / Polansky, Ellen

Subjects: First Year Writing


For this assignment sequence, you have been asked to come up with a research question inspired by the current state of work and employment in this fast- changing world. In order to learn as much as you can about the ongoing conversation around these topics, you must identify and engage with outside sources to bring depth and breadth to your exploratory paper.


This guide will help you to:

  • Access recommended articles about current topics in work and employment
  • Identify and search for popular secondary sources of information, such as news articles, magazine articles, and reports
  • Identify and search for scholarly secondary sources, such as academic journal articles
  • Set-up Google Scholar
  • Document your sources in MLA style


image of people in conversation

Image source: University of Kansas

In-class Handouts for October 28

Students completed two worksheets during the library research workshop on Thursday, October 28. Copies of the handouts are available for download.

Off Campus Access to Library Resources

To use the Adams Library databases listed in this guide from off campus, you will be asked to log in with your RIC User ID (e.g. jsmith or jsmith_1234) and password. 

Research Help

Please don't hesitate to contact your FYW research librarian if you have questions or wish to schedule a research consultation.