FIG Mentors & Facilitators
The Libraries and the First-year Interest Group Program: How can you involve the Libraries in your FIG?
Teaching students about recognizing and taking steps to combat plagiarism is one of most helpful things you can offer your FIG students since it will carry them through their college career. Library Instruction Services has created the Plagiarism Training Activity specifically for you and your students which explains some of the intricacies of plagiarism and how it can be avoided. If this subject matter seems overwhelming or you feel unprepared to engage in a discussion about such a serious topic, you can review short, interactive video tutorials created by the Libraries that explain plagiarism and citing sources to get more familiar with the content.
General Orientation to the Libraries
Familiarize your students with how to find books, articles, and more using library- and student-created videos. View our University of Texas Libraries FIG-specific YouTube site to see a playlist. Now go break out that popcorn!
Tours of the Libraries
If you would like your students to take a tour of one of the libraries that relates to the content of your FIG, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll forward your request to the appropriate subject librarian; just let us know which library you’d like to tour.
If over the course of the semester you notice that your students are struggling with content for a Signature Course (UGS 302/303), get in touch with us. We may already be working with the faculty member for that course and can follow up with that faculty member to see if we can help, either by providing a research session for that course or in another way. You can contact us at email@example.com.
For past FIG mentors
In the past FIGs were paired up with librarians to provide information about the libraries, doing research or conducting tours for your FIG students. However, because most first-year students enrolled in FIGs are now also required to take Signature Courses (UGS 302/303), which the libraries work closely with, we are no longer assigning librarian liaisons to FIGs
Still unsure of how the Libraries can help you and your FIG? Please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.