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Scholarly Communication Department Helps Your Research Journey from Plan to Publication and Beyond

The UCF Libraries’ Department of Scholarly Communication provides support for researchers at UCF. Along every step of the way, services are offered to facilitate your research plan, project, publication, and digital scholarship efforts.

Overwhelmed by your literature review? Meet with a librarian for in-depth assistance related to locating relevant materials and managing your citations. If you have never tried RefWorks or EndNote, let us show you their propensity for disentangling the research process.

Managing your citations is one thing, but managing your data is quite another. You may have funding or grant requirements to make your data openly accessible, or you may just want to keep your data safe and organized. Before you start accumulating data, let us help you consider options that will save you time and minimize stress throughout the research planning process.

We can show you even more resources to help expedite your plan, including a database to find funding opportunities, information regarding regulatory guidelines, and guidance to start planning grants. Learn more from our Planning Cycle page.

As you work on your project, we can help you stay in control of your data set with appropriate metadata. From choosing metadata standards to finding an appropriate repository, we can help guide the way. Not sure what metadata means in this situation? We can help with that as well.

We can also point you in the right direction for help with computing research data, meeting standards of conduct, and managing grants. See more at our Project Cycle page.

Do you know your rights as an author? You are able to reproduce your work, distribute your work, and publicly display or perform your work. You can also give away these rights, and this commonly happens in publication agreements. To retain rights, we can show you how to create an addendum to include with your publisher’s agreement.

Unsure where to publish your work? If you are in favor of retaining more rights as an author, such as being able to self-archive your work, then think about choosing a publisher with an open access option. We can show you tools for locating a reputable journal publisher.

Digital Scholarship
Once your work is published, let us help you explore ways to preserve and disseminate your publication. We offer strategies for discovery to help you promote your work. To see the impact of your research, see our guides and tools about citation metrics.

We can also help you improve your presentation skills. UCF Libraries offers consultations, workshops, practice spaces, technology to use (laptops, voice recorders, etc.), and more.

For additional information or to set up an appointment, see the Scholarly Communication page.

Dr. Alzo Reddick Exhibit Banner

Exhibit honors Alzo J. Reddick

During the month of February, Alzo J. Reddick, educator and politician, is honored with a display in the John C. Hitt Library, mounted by UCF’s Africana Studies Department. You may recognize Alzo Reddick’s name as the creator of UCF’s Soldiers to Scholars program. But take a look at the exhibit: you’ll see the important roles Alzo Reddick has played in Florida throughout his career.


Apply Now for $500 Information Fluency Award

The Burnett Honors College and the UCF Libraries are awarding $1000 to recognize two outstanding library research papers or projects by Honors students in any discipline:

– $500 for the best paper/project at the lower division level (courses 1xxx or 2xxx)
– $500 for the best paper/project at the upper division level (course 3xxx or 4xxx)

The prizes will be awarded to the individual winner or will be divided equally among the members of the winning team (for team projects or papers).

For more information, visit the Information Fluency Awards page from the Burnett Honors College.

Rosen Library

Rosen Library Study Rooms: Book Online

Rosen Library’s study rooms (120K, 120J, and 120H) can now be reserved online! Just visit and click “Reserve a Study Room.” Rooms are available for currently enrolled UCF students and can be reserved for a maximum of two hours per day. A valid UCF ID card or government issued ID is required for checkout at the Rosen Library front desk. Have questions about booking a study room at the Rosen Library? Contact us!

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