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Faculty Support: Setting up Helpful Alerts through the Web of Science Database

Did you know that the Web of Science database, available remotely through the UCF Libraries, has a great tool to help you save time on the tedious process of doing research? Using robust databases like the Web of Science can really cut down the time you spend researching, allowing you to work smarter not harder!

By setting up important alerts like saved search alerts, citation alerts, and journal alerts through your Web of Science user account, you can be emailed when one of your saved search queries yields new records matching your search criteria. In addition, you can get an alert when one of your own publications has been newly cited, helping you keep track of your research impact. Finally, set up an alert so you can be emailed the latest table of contents of your favorite journals without having to visit each publication separately.

For instructions on how to create a Web of Science user account and how to set up these great alert tools, check out my research guide: guides.ucf.edu/webofscience. Pay special attention to the section tabs on “How to Set Up a User Account” and “Creating Alerts” and feel free to reach out to me with any questions. I am also available for an online research consultation appointment if you would like to walk through the process.

Email: savila@ucf.edu

Join me for virtual “the librarian is in” office hours:
MWF’s 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm & TTH’s 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

To schedule an online research consultation appointment: https://ucf.libcal.com/appointments/main

From the Desk of the Science Librarian

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Faculty Support: ProQuest IGI Global Business, Computer Science, & Education eBooks

For 30 years, IGI Global has been promoting innovative, peer-reviewed research in nearly every academic discipline.  More recently, 109 eBook titles on Business and Management, Computer Science and Information, and Education have become available on the ProQuest eBook Central platform. These eBooks from IGI Global books are DRM-free and available for unlimited downloads. Samples of eBooks include

Multilevel Approach to Competitiveness in the Global Tourism Industry. Sergio Teixeira and Joao Ferreira, editors. [2020]

Technological Innovations for Sustainability and Business Growth. Geetika Jain, Shahriar Akter, Alka Munjal and Harpal S. Grewal, editors. [2020]

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Applications in Civil, Mechanical, and Industrial Engineering. Gebrail Bekdas, Sinan Melih Nigdeli, and Melda Yucel, editors. [2019]

Redefining Post-Traditional Learning: Emerging Research and Opportunities. Lorie Cook-Benjamin and Jared Cook. [2020]

Quality Management Implementation in Higher Education: Practices, Models, and Case Studies. Michael Sony, Kochu Therisa Karingada, and Neeta Baporikar, editors. [2020]

Search the library catalog for additional IGI eBooks. For the lists of many UCF Libraries’ eBook providers, including access and download information, go to https://guides.ucf.edu/ebooks.

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Faculty Support: Ask Us Virtual Reference Service

Do you wish there was a way you and your students could chat with, text, or email your research questions to a librarian? Well, look no further. Your friendly UCF Librarians and reference staff are here to help through our Ask Us service.

Ask Us staff are experienced in handling all sorts of questions, like how to start researching a topic, finding peer-reviewed articles, finding the full text of an article, and much more. If a student needs more in depth help with a research paper, then our Ask Us staff will refer them to their Subject Librarian. The current hours for our live chat, text, and email service are Monday through Thursday from 9am to 9pm, Friday from 9am to 5pm, and Saturday from 1pm to 5pm; you can text your questions to 407-378-3767.

Need help after hours? No problem. When our UCF chat is closed, you can chat with a librarian until midnight Sunday through Thursday using Florida’s Ask a Librarian Service. So be sure to take advantage of this quick and easy service and recommend it to your students!

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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 christina.wray@ucf.edu

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Breeze Into Summer Courses with Copyright Support through UCF Libraries

Summer is nearly here! As faculty work to develop online courses for the summer semester, questions may arise about copyright and fair use. Common questions about online classes and copyright include:

  • Can I scan a book chapter and post it in Canvas?
  • Am I allowed to add a PDF journal article to Canvas that I downloaded from UCF Libraries?
  • Can I link to a YouTube video?

Whether you have a question about journal articles, e-books, or streaming video, UCF Libraries is available to assist you with any copyright, fair use, or licensing questions that you have.

The Office of Scholarly Communication offers a variety of resources and services to help you navigate the complexities of copyright in your online courses. Visit the website for more information about copyright: https://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/scholarly-communication/

If you have questions about copyright and fair use for your summer courses visit UCF Libraries Guide on Academic Resources during COVID-19 Situation: https://guides.ucf.edu/covid/home. It provides excellent resources and copyright clarifications to aid you in this process.

If you have additional questions, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Sarah Norris, is available to provide general guidance to faculty and staff about copyright and transitioning their classes online. For the month of May, Sarah is providing online office hours, Tuesday & Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – Noon. You can also reach her through email or phone.

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