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Research Tips Tuesdays

Brush up on your research skills!

Are you looking to save time and become a better researcher? Join us online for Research Tips Tuesdays! This semester we will be offering workshops on breaking down your research topics, using articles to find other sources for your research, understanding basic stats in journal articles and apps that can help you study.

Our first session, Breaking Down Your Research Topic, will take place on January 21, 2020 10:30-11:30 AM. We will explore ways to:

  • identify the core concepts related to your research topic
  • use those core concepts to find supporting research
  • use your topic breakdown to organize your writing

RSVP online at http://guides.ucf.edu/rtt

Finals Stress Relief @ John C. Hitt Library

Finals are almost here, Knights! If you’re stressing and need a chance to relax, join the John C. Hitt Library for one of our stress relief events!

Coloring and Puzzle Tables
Wednesday, December 4 – Wednesday, December 11

Main floor

Try your hand at a large puzzle or chill while coloring Knugget and friends (or on the table itself).

CrafTea
Friday, December 6
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
LIB-223

Taste test different teas while crafting your own teacup cozy.

Read and Relax
Tuesday, December 10
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
LIB-223

Read and relax in the quiet with soft lighting.

Take a Book, Leave a Book

Take a Book, Leave a Book

Need some holiday break reading?

UCF Libraries will be hosting a Take a Book, Leave a Book event on Monday, November 25 (the week of Thanksgiving break) from 11 am to 1 pm. The UCF community is welcome to browse the selection and take a book that they find interesting. If you would like to leave a book, you can do so but it is not required.

 Early drop off location for leaving a book is the Research & Information Desk located on the 2nd floor of the John C. Hitt Library.

Dia de los muertos at ucf libraries

El Día de los Muertos

Join the UCF Libraries and the UCF Department of Anthropology in celebrating Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.  This is a traditional Mexican holiday when families and friends gather to honor and remember those that have died.  Typically on Day of the Dead, elaborate altars are created and offerings are made to aid loved ones on their spiritual journey.

Friday, November 1

11:00 am- 1:00pm, main floor
Dia de los Muertos Craft Table – color calaveras (skulls), and make marigolds and papel picado, which are often used to decorate altars honoring the deceased

1:30pm – 3:00pm, Library 223
Documentary film screening with introduction and discussion by Anthropology professor Dr. Beatriz Reyes-Foster

Days of the Dead: living tradition
With the arrival of the conquistadors, many ancient Mesoamerican rituals were absorbed into Christian holidays. This program examines a collection of sacred, social, and artistic traditions that survived European assimilation and now compose one of Mexico’s most important annual festivals. The film follows the travels and experiences of a young Purepecha artisan, her grandmother, and their family during the weeks leading up to the Days of the Dead. As these struggling craftspeople market their wares, study new techniques, and prepare for their deceased patriarch’s spiritual return, viewers will see a wide variety of folk art practices-from pottery painting to flower decoration to papier-mache skeleton sculpture-coalesce into a momentous cultural event.

For more information about Día de los Muertos events in the library and related UCF resources visit: guides.ucf.edu/dayofthedead  

Diversity Week 2019

One of the fantastic things about UCF is the wide range of cultures and ethnicities of our students, staff, and faculty. We come from all over. We’re just as proud of where we are from as we are of where we are now and where we will be heading in future. Diversity Week, an Office of Diversity and Inclusion initiative, is the way we celebrate this.

Between October 14 – 19, UCF will celebrate our diverse community and provide opportunities to explore topics across the broad range of human identity, experience, and interaction. Diversity Week activities are intended to stimulate our campus and move us to a more inclusive culture. The theme for 2019 is Empowering Equity.

As part of the UCF Libraries’ very enthusiastic support of maintaining an inclusive space in the UCF community, we are offering many workshops and activities through the week. The workshops include a

The first of our additional activities is just inside the entrance to the library where students can add a sticky note saying what we all can do to Empower Equity for All. The second activity is a map on the 3rd floor where faculty, staff, and students can place a pin in the area where they and their families have lived. The UCF community can also stop by the Curriculum Materials Center library in the Education Complex to view a display on the Diverse Families Bibliography.

For more detailed information about the UCF Libraries Diversity Week events visit: guides.ucf.edu/diversityweek

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