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First-Year Writing Resources: Welcome

A guide for instructors and first year students to library resources

Northeastern First-Year Writing Program and Snell Library

Welcoming staff at help and information desk, Snell LibraryWelcome to the Northeastern Library. 

The First-Year Writing Program is an integral part of Northeastern's Writing Program. The courses emphasize active learning; they are process-orientated and workshop based. You will develop your critical thinking and writing skills by engaging with a variety of readings, exploring different genres of writing, drafting your own writing projects giving and receiving feedback and revising. 

For students: the library can help you develop research strategies, find sources for your projects, help you access print, online, and interlibrary materials, and manage your citations. 

Snell Library is here to support you as you become a part of Northeastern's writing community.

Key Resources

These resources may be helpful during the writing process.  Explore other pages on this guide for library research links and recommendations.

Contact us!

Library workshops

Instructors who would like a library workshop for your students, please make a request here.

Questions? Contact Christine Oka.

One-on-one support

Librarians can:

  • Help you find and evaluate sources for your project
  • Help you brainstorm research strategies
  • Help you set up a citation manager
  • Help you access print and online materials

You can Ask a Librarian now by email or chat.  You can also contact your subject librarian for support by email or appointment.

English and the Writing Center

The library's liaison to the English department is Brooke Williams.

Research Assignments


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Tamara Uhaze
(617) 373-4646
Subjects: History

First-Year Writing Program

Undergraduate students go through a process of Guided Self-Placement to choose the setting that best suits their goals and learning style. Learn more about our course offerings and Guided Self-Placement.


First-Year Writing (FYW) courses are process-oriented and workshop-based. This means you can expect to write several drafts of your projects, to reflect on your writing as it develops, and to receive feedback both from peers and your instructors.

Learn more about the courses by reading:

All students enrolled in a FYW course will need to complete the Guided Self-Placement process which involves a brief writing assignment due on the first day of class.

Transfer and AP credits are permitted for first year writing.

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