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Hispanic Heritage Featured Bookshelf

Featured Bookshelf: Hispanic Heritage

Hispanic Heritage Month, established in 1988, runs from September 15 through October 15. It recognizes and celebrates the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans have made to the United States. Florida in particular has a strong Hispanic legacy including the oldest inhabited city in the U.S., St. Augustine, which was founded in 1565 by the Spanish. UCF will also celebrate our new status as a Hispanic-serving institution which means more than 25% of our enrolled students identify as Hispanic.

Join the UCF Libraries as we celebrate our favorite Hispanic authors and books. Click on the link below to see the full list, descriptions, and catalog links for the featured Hispanic Heritage titles suggested by UCF Library employees.

Featured Bookshelf: Hispanic Heritage

These 16 books plus many more are also on display on the 2nd (main) floor of the John C. Hitt Library next to the bank of two elevators.

Research Tips Tuesdays

Research Tips Tuesdays

Want to get the most out of the library resources in your field? Looking to brush up on your search skills? Join us online from 10:30-11:30, Tuesday, September 10, 2019 for the first Research Tips Tuesday of the semester! This month we will be exploring how to identify and locate the best resources for your major.

In this workshop, we will explore:

  • How to identify and contact your subject librarian
  • Using the library research guides to get your started
  • Tips for identifying important resources in your field of study
  • Using the advanced search features of subject databases to find what you need

RSVP for this, and other sessions this semester at: http://guides.ucf.edu/rtt

Hurricane Update

Hurricane Dorian

**UPDATE 09/02/19**

Hurricane Dorian has passed and all UCF campuses are now re-opened.

**UPDATE 09/02/19**

In anticipation of Hurricane Dorian’s expected impact on Central Florida, UCF is now closed. Due to the current path and timeline and the likelihood of severe weather into Wednesday, UCF will remain closed on Thursday, Sept. 5.

**UPDATE 09/01/19**

In anticipation of Hurricane Dorian’s expected impact on Central Florida, UCF is now closed. Due to the current path and timeline and the likelihood of severe weather into Wednesday, UCF will remain closed on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

UCF will assess conditions on campus and throughout the region following the storm’s expected impact. UCF will only reopen when it is safe to do so, and decisions also will consider other factors, such as damage and power loss throughout the region.

The university will share updated information regularly through its website and social media feeds.

This closure affects all UCF campuses and locations, including UCF Downtown, the Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona, the Rosen College and all UCF Connect regional campuses.

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New Databases!

This summer the UCF Libraries purchased a large bundle of primary source databases as a result of deeply discounted pricing and negotiations with the vendor. The databases cover an extensive variety of fields, from advertising to American Indian newspapers to World War I. This was a one-time purchase to which the Libraries have perpetual access.

The vendor, Adam Matthew Digital, is an academic publisher based in the United Kingdom The company publishes collections of digitized primary source materials from different historical eras and has collaborated with various source archives and institutions including the Amistad Research Center, British National Archives, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Hoover Institution, Newberry Library, and the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, among others.

Here are the 28 databases that have been purchased:

Each database is available on the Libraries’ A-Z listing at https://guides.ucf.edu/databases.

Graduate Workshops

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 fall 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

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