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Fall 2019 Graduate Workshops

UCF Libraries, in partnership with the College of Graduate Studies Pathways to Success, is offering a full slate of graduate workshops during the summer 2019 semester including Library Research & Literature Review Strategies, Planning Poster Sessions, EndNote & RefWorks: Citing Made Easy, Apps to Help Optimize Your Research Life, Optimizing Your Online Presence, Where to Publish & Author Rights, Presentation Skills, and Introduction to Data Documentation. Online sessions have been added to several of the workshops.

Registration for these workshops is required and is done through myUCF (Student Center → Graduate Students → Pathways to Success)

Library Research & Literature Review Strategies
What strategies are you using to conduct literature searches for your research or projects? This session highlights effective strategies to locate related sources using citation tracking and search strategies, tips to customize Google Scholar, and options to organize sources and stay updated on publications.

Please bring a laptop to follow along with the presentation. Consider also attending the related topic, Where to Publish: Finding the Right Venue to Publish Your Research that follows this session.

Graduate Student Center, Trevor Colbourn Hall, TCH 213
⋅ Thursday, 9/19/19 4:30pm-5:30pm
⋅ Wednesday, 10/16/19 12:00pm-1:00pm


Library Research & Literature Review Strategies – Online
After registering in myUCF, you will receive an email with a link to participate in the online session.
⋅ Tues., 11/5/19 5:00pm-6:00pm


Where to Publish: Finding the Right Venue to Publish Your Research
How do you decide which journals are the best fit for your manuscript? Are there other potential publishing venues that might be a good fit for your research? This workshop covers criteria to consider when planning where to submit your work for publication. We will look at factors like acceptance rates, audience, indexing, cost to publish, and open access, among others. This session is part one of a two-part workshop that explores where to publish and author rights.

Graduate Student Center, Trevor Colbourn Hall, TCH 213
⋅ Thursday, 9/19/19 5:30pm-6:30pm
⋅ Wednesday, 10/16/19 1:00pm-2:00pm


Author Rights: Understanding & Protecting Your Rights
Learn to be a savvy author! Do you know that all rights to a work are often assigned to publishers when a manuscript is accepted? Are there other options that allow you to retain the copyright of your work? This workshop will provide an overview of general copyright and what author rights mean to you, as a researcher. We will also explore how these rights may be negotiated when publishing and how you can use your works post-publication. This session is part two of a two-part workshop that explores where to publish and author rights.

Graduate Student Center, Trevor Colbourn Hall, TCH 213
⋅ Thursday, 9/26/19 5:30pm-6:30pm
⋅ Wednesday,10/23/19 1:00pm-2:00pm


Planning Poster Presentations
Planning a research poster session? Learn the basics of poster design and tips for editing free PowerPoint poster templates. This session reviews poster elements for layout, graphics, printing, and includes examples of well-designed posters.

Please bring your laptop if you would like to follow along with the presentation.

Graduate Student Center, Trevor Colbourn Hall, TCH 213
⋅ Thurs., 10/10/19 4:30pm-5:30pm


Optimizing Your Online Presence
Learn more about evaluating research impacts and managing your online research profile. This session will cover citation metrics & measuring your publishing Impact. Citation metrics provide quantitative data used to evaluate the impact of a scholar’s research. Learn about methods and tools to obtain citation counts and impact data (ISI Web of Science, Google Scholar, and others), and metrics to assist scholars in identifying key journals and notable researchers in your field. The session will also discuss why it’s important to develop an online profile as a researcher, how to promote your work and connect to other researchers, using sites such as ORCID, Research Gate, Academia.edu, PIVOT, Plum Analytics, and Google Scholar.

Please bring your laptop to follow along with the presentation. Consider also attending the related topic, Author Rights: Understanding & Protecting Your Rights that follows this session.

Graduate Student Center, Trevor Colbourn Hall, TCH 213
⋅ Thursday, 9/26/19 4:30pm-5:30pm
⋅ Wednesday,10/23/19 12:00pm-1:00pm


Presentation Skills
Does the idea of giving a presentation freak you out? I have good news and bad news. Bad news – presentations are unavoidable in your courses and in your future career path. Good news – presentation skills are something you can easily improve! This session provides tips, tricks, and ideas for how to become a better presenter. There will also be time at the end of the session for Q&A (and practice speaking to a crowd!).

Graduate Student Center, Trevor Colbourn Hall, TCH 213
⋅ Thurs., 9/5/19 2:00pm-3:00pm
⋅ Tues., 10/10/19 10:00pm-11:00am
⋅ Tues., 10/22/19 10:00-am11:00am
⋅ Thurs., 11/7/19 3:00pm-4:00pm


Presentation Skills – Online Session
After registering in myUCF, you will receive an email with a link to participate in the online session.
⋅ Tues., 9/24/19 10:00am-11:00am


Apps to Help Organize Your Research Life
Do you ever wonder if there is a great app out there that you are missing out on? Need help staying organized, taking notes, or need a better way to communicate with classmates over shared projects? Well look no further as this session will introduce helpful and important apps that all grad students should love and use! We will cover organization, project management, reference, and science apps that will keep you at your best while you are in grad school and beyond.

Please bring your mobile device or laptop as we test drive the apps during the presentation.

Graduate Student Center, Trevor Colbourn Hall, TCH 213
⋅ Tues., 9/24/19 1:00pm-2:00pm
⋅ Wed., 10/22/19 2:00pm-3:00pm
⋅ Thurs., 11/13/19 12:00pm-1:00pm


Endnote & RefWorks: Citing Made Easy!
Citation Management Tools allow you to dedicate more time to research! Join us to learn how to export citations from library databases, organize citations, generate bibliographies, and format citations in a Word document. Endnote & RefWorks can help make managing your references and formatting citations easy! Sessions will cover BOTH products.

Please bring your own laptop if you would like to follow along with the presentation.

Graduate Student Center, Trevor Colbourn Hall, TCH 213
⋅ Thurs., 9/12/19 5:30pm-6:30pm
⋅ Tues., 9/17/19 12:00pm-1:00pm


Endnote & RefWorks: Citing Made Easy! – Online Sessions
After registering in myUCF, you will receive an email with a link to participate in the online session.
⋅ Mon., 9/23/19 10:00am-11:00am
⋅ Tues., 10/22/19 6:00pm-7:00pm
⋅ Wed., 10/30/19 12:00pm-1:00pm


Introduction to Data Documentation
Join us for an introduction to data documentation and metadata. Learn basics about research data, datasets and data documentation for data sharing, re-use and long-term preservation. This session introduces best practices and recommendations for documenting research data, including types of documentation needed, appropriate data formats, kinds of materials to be collected in the research lifecycle, and especially data documentation at study level and data level. The session also includes real-world examples and a discussion of data tools for data documentation, such as NVivo for qualitative data and SPSS for quantitative data.

Graduate Student Center, Trevor Colbourn Hall, TCH 213
⋅ Wed., 10/9/19 12:00pm-1:00pm

Hidden Artists Exhibit

Hidden Artists: UCF Faculty and Staff Art Exhibit

Hidden Artists is a group of UCF employees from across departments and campuses who create art outside of their daily jobs. Founded by Judy Bragg Pardo, Hidden Artists have exhibited together since 2008. From painting, drawing, photography, jewelry, and mixed media, the works of these artistic employees are on display at the exhibit wall of the John C. Hitt Library. The exhibit features works from UCF Libraries’ staff Jacqui Johnson, Jess Langone, and Chris Saclolo.

The exhibit runs from August to the end of September:

Hidden Artists Reception
Thursday September 12, 2019 @ 4 – 6 p.m.
UCF John C. Hitt Library. Room 223
Refreshments | Live Music by Zachary Harriott, Carlos Perez, and Jacob Moquin
Open to the public

In Memory of Toni Morrison

Remembering Toni Morrison

“Something that is loved is never lost.” 
-Toni Morrison, Beloved

Toni Morrison passed on August 5 at the age of 88. She was an accomplished author, editor and professor as well as the first Black woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993. She wrote 11 novels, many essays, and several children’s books.

Morrison illuminated a path for black writers across the nation and her works were important to those of us looking for writing about our histories and ourselves.  Much of her stories, though tragic and brutal, were honest, grounded, and filled with love from beginning to end. Her commitment to craft and vision is what made her a force in the American literary tradition and she opened the door for a generation of Black American writers that were at the fringes of American literature. Her rhythms and many layered plots are what made her voice so incredibly distinct and powerful. She never failed to remind readers that history still has a tight grip on lives of Black Americans. Her characters like Pecola Breedlove in The Bluest Eye and Sethe in Beloved were narrative tools that helped bridged the understanding of the intersections of racism, sexism and classism. All of which she handled with grace contended with through her warm, rhythmic prose. Morrison seemed to always be trying something new and refining her rare talents and it goes without saying that without her work, there would be fewer portals to understanding black life as it stands in America.

If you would like to read Toni Morrison’s works or learn about her life and writing, please visit our guide: guides.ucf.edu/reading-lists/tonimorrison

Summer Knights Reading Challenge

Summer Knights Reading Challenge – The Winners Are!

The Summer Knights Reading Challenge ended on August 1, 2019.

247 UCF students, faculty, and staff participated in the challenge.

A total of 550,948 pages were read.

1st Place: Assortment of UCF goods (courtesy of Barnes & Noble @UCF) was awarded to Brandon T

2nd Place: Assortment of Starbucks goods, including a gift card (courtesy of Starbucks located at 895 N. Alafaya Trail)  was awarded to Maya Santiago

3rd Place: Fuzzy’s gift card (courtesy of UCF Libraries) was awarded to Melanie

4th Place: Lazy Moon gift card (courtesy of Lazy Moon at 11551 University Boulevard) was awarded to TheShenanigator

Thanks to all of the participants in the Summer Knights Reading Challenge!

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1st Floor Closed August 5 – August 26

The 1st Floor will be closed Monday, August 5 to Sunday, August 26.  The 1st floor (lowest level) of the John C. Hitt Library will be closed for work related to construction of the 21st Century Library project.  2nd (main), 3rd, 4th and 5th floors will remain open.  Assistance with Government Documents can be requested at the Research and Information Desk on 2nd (main) floor.

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