Category: Student Learning & Engagement

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Faculty Support: UCF Libraries’ Research Videos on Vimeo

Are you looking for videos about library research to add to your online courses? Do you wish there was a quick way to show students that there’s more to doing research than just searching Google? Well, look no further. Check out UCF Libraries on Vimeo at

Our videos cover a range of topics, from short demonstrations of how to navigate our homepage and find ebooks to recorded webinars on plagiarism, basic statistics, and presentation skills. You can also find playlists of videos organized by topic, like business research, citation, and Google Scholar, in the showcases

Not finding what you’re looking for? Let us know. We’d love to hear your ideas about videos you’d like for your classes. Reach out to your subject librarian or to with your thoughts.

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Faculty Support: Information Literacy Modules

Want to build library instruction into your online course?  The UCF Libraries have you covered! One of the easiest ways to help your students build skills related to citing sources, avoiding plagiarism, or researching topics with library resources is to integrate the library’s Obojobo Info Lit tutorials into your canvas course. 

Each tutorial takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and allows instructors to import assessment scores directly into their Canvas gradebook.  There are twelve different modules to choose from that cover everything from the mechanics of integrating secondary sources into academic writing to evaluating sources.  For information on how to integrate the modules into your course check out our Quick Start Guide.   

If you have question or there are topics you would like covered that are not currently available, email Christina Wray at

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Faculty Support: Swank Streaming Video for Your Courses

Streaming videos are a great way to add engaging content to online courses in a broad range of fields beyond film studies. Everyone from Sociology and LGTBQIA+ Studies to Environmental Studies and Mental Health Counseling can benefit. Luckily, UCF Libraries has many options for you. Today we are featuring Swank Digital Campus.

Swank Digital Campus offers many popular films and current releases as well as HBO documentaries and TV series for use in online courses. UCF currently has 143 Swank films licensed for use including recent releases like Bombshell (2019) and The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) to classics such as Cool Hand Luke (1967) and Greed (1924). Links for these films can be sent the same business day as the request.

If none of those great films fits your course, you can search the full Swank catalog for specific films or browse by discipline. New film requests generally have a 24-48 hour turn around time. Please note that some films and TV shows are listed as needing “additional fees & time.” These requests need special permissions for the extra cost and have a turn around time of 4-6 weeks.  

If you see anything you like, submit a request through the form on our guide.


Happy Earth Day!

Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  For many of us, when we think of Earth Day it involves getting together with a group of like minded individuals and celebrating not only the life giving beauty of our planet, but also the ways in which we can protect and nurture our environment for generations to come.  Don’t let COVID-19 put a damper on your celebrations, instead here are some creative ways you can celebrate Earth and nature today…and every day.

Be Inspired by Great Nature Writers

Nature writing can transport us to new place, inform us of the world around us and open our eyes to the magic and beauty right in front of us.  Here are some ebooks currently available through the UCF Libraries to get you started.

The Essential Naturalist edited by Michael H. Graham, Joan Parker and Paul K. Dayton.

“The Essential Naturalist offers … a wide-ranging, eclectic collection of writings from more than eight centuries of observations of the natural world, from Leeuwenhoek to E. O. Wilson, from von Humboldt to Rachel Carson. Featuring commentaries by practicing scientists that offer personal accounts of the importance of the long tradition of natural history writing to their current research, the volume serves simultaneously as an overview of the field’s long history and as an inspirational starting point for new explorations, for trained scientists and amateur enthusiasts alike.”


Study Tips & Self Care: Finals Edition

Study Tips & Self Care: Finals Edition

Hey Knights!

Spring 2020 finals are going to be a little different this year because of COVID-19, but as always, UCF Libraries is going to do the best we can to ensure that they go smoothly. We have a number of online resources including research tips, self-care tips, videos, the Ask A Librarian virtual reference service, and much more.

First, some self-care tips:

  1. Plan Ahead. Though this may seem more related to academics than to mental health, you should always plan ahead. Whether you’re a digital planner or an analog planner, having a good idea of what’s coming ahead will help relief a lot of the anxiety and stress that is already a major part of finals.
  2. Try Meditation. Meditation can seem intimidating at first, but even if it’s just for five minutes a day, it can help to clear your head. There are plenty of free meditation resources online Like Deepak Chopra’s 21 Days of Meditation. You can also look for free Guided Meditation videos on YouTube.
  3. Do Yoga. More than anything, yoga is about mindfulness. If you have some free time during the day, or need to get up from your workstation, doing yoga is a great way to get your blood flowing and clear your head. There are plenty of YouTube videos that offer yoga tutorials and practice. A popular one is Yoga with Adriene.
  4. Breathe. Sometimes when we’re anxious or nervous, we have a hard time grounding ourselves. Taking a deep breath can help re-center us and make us remember what’s right in front of us and what’s important. There ae plenty of breathing exercises you can try but we recommend these for releasing tension.
  5. Do something fun. Print out some free coloring pages or watch a movie. UCF Libraries offers free video streaming and we have an online library of feature films and documentaries all for your entertainment. You can access these videos here: Be sure to click the video tab when you search for things to watch.

Now for study tips:

  1. Take breaks. One way to get through prolonged periods is to take breaks after long periods of working.  If you cram for too long you can end up overworking. One great technique is the Pomodoro Method – traditionally you work for 25 minutes and take a break for 5, but you can double up and work for 50-minute and take a 10-minute break. All you need is a timer.
  2. Keep a clean and organized workspace. Even if you’re working on your bed, at your desk or on the porch, make sure your space is clean. If you’ve got a messy space it can be hard to think clearly since the mess can be overwhelming.
  3. Ask Questions! Aside from contacting your professors, you can also contact us at: If you’re trying to find an online resource whether it’s an eBook, a journal, or an academic article, we have you covered.
  4. Check out our video archive full or research tips and study related videos. Some that might be useful at this time are:
    1. Speed Studying
    2. Finding EBooks
    3. Finding Peer-Reviewed Articles
    4. Is this journal online?

We know that this time is stressful and unpredictable but know that you have options and you have friends, families, and peers that care about you. Prioritizing your health is paramount to your success as a Knight and to your wellbeing in general.

Don’t forget: You can do this!

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