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Argument & Inquiry Seminars

All first-year students are required to take an Argument and Inquiry ("A&I") seminar during their fall term.  These seminars are intended to provide students with an understanding of the meaning and value of a liberal arts eduction during their first months at Carleton.  A&I courses explicitly introduce the ways that scholars ask questions, and find, use, and evaluate information effectively and ethically in constructing arguments. They give students opportunities for critical reading, thinking, discussion and college-level writing on a variety of topics, and are designed to enhance students' abilities to collaborate effectively with their peers and professors.

Instruction librarians and professors teaching A&I seminars work closely together to integrate experiences into the coursework that will give students explicit practice asking scholarly questions, finding, finding and evaluating information, and using that information ethically and effectively to advance both their own arguments and their grasp of the course material. These experiences may include course assignments, in-class instruction by a librarian, and group or individual consultations with students at the Research/IT Desk or during appointments with the course's librarian.