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First-Year Seminar / Experience: Home

Class guide for FYS / FYE classes (University of Colorado Denver).


Welcome to the class guide for First Year Experience Classes!

This guide will help you become acquainted with Auraria Library and will provide information about resources that are important for various types of class assignments.

Library Services

About the Library

Auraria Library serves the faculty, staff, and students of the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the Community College of Denver. The Library houses approximately 650,000 items and provides access to almost 400,000 ebooks, 60,000 ejournals, and over 300 databases. The Library maintains approx. 580 journal and newspaper subscriptions. The media collection has over 22,000 titles. 

Types of Resources

Reference Sources: Such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, directories, etc. can be online or in print and provide great background information about a topic. Subject specific reference sources are written by researchers in that field. 

Article Databases: Often, databases are online collections of journal article citations and full-text. Find articles about a specific topic by using keywords, subject headings, authors, and more.

Journals: Journals are one of the primary means of communicating research ideas. They are an important component of academic research and give you some insight into ongoing debates and scholarly conversations about your topic. You can find articles by searching journals individually or through database searches.

Peer-Reviewed Journals: Peer-reviewed material are publications reviewed by experts/referees prior to the publication of the material. After reading and evaluating the material, the referee informs the publisher if the document should be published or if changes should be made prior to publication. Peer-reviewed materials are also referred to as refereed. Peer-reviewed materials are significant to most academic fields because they assure readers that the information is reliable and timely. Many article databases now allow you to limit your search to display only peer-reviewed results. Note: beware the "scholarly" we've seen, a source can be "scholarly," but not necessarily peer-reviewed. Look for "peer-reviewed" or "refereed" to be sure.