Freshman Research

Freshman Research

The aim of Research Skills is to teach students to teach themselves. We hope to prepare students to do meaningful research for their classes at Cate, as well as to give them a sense of the research expectations of college students.

In the course, students will work on a year-long research project with a topic of their choosing. Over the year, students will learn how to use valuable print resources in the library; how to correctly cite sources using MLA, APA, and Turabian guidelines and how to create lists of works cited; students will discuss issues of academic honesty and plagiarism, as well as the ethical use of the Internet; students will become familiar with the online resources available at Cate, and will become more effective searchers using appropriate keywords and other strategies; students will effectively use the Internet to find more authoritative Web sites for their research projects; and they will try out the Interlibrary Loan process, which makes available to them an entire world of information.