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Can you design a book cover?

UCF Libraries wants to see your design skills! Will you accept our design challenge?

Select one of the titles below and illustrate the cover for that book. The submission deadline is Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 11:59PM.

  • Knightro and the Strange, Scary Pandemic Semester
  • Knugget Takes a Vacation
  • The Golden Vulture Strikes Again

For full contest rules and to submit your illustration, check out the contest page.

  • Contests for UCF students only.
  • One entry per student.
  • If more than one entry is submitted by a student, all the entries by that person will be disqualified from the contest.
  • Judges reserve the right to not select a winner due to limited submissions, or lack of exceptional submissions.
  • Entries with explicit sexual content will not be considered for this contest.

The winner will be announced on Monday, August 3, 2020. Prizes include a #UCFLibraries water bottle and a limited edition Quiet Space Rubber Duckie.

Summer Knight Reading Challenge

The 2020 Summer Knights Reading Challenge kicks off on June 1st and ends on August 1st. This year’s challenge will be a book bingo, with each square consisting of a different genre or category. Participants will receive brand new UCF themed coloring pages and bingo winners will receive a limited edition sticker. 

The challenge is open to all UCF students, faculty, and staff as well as those from the Downtown Valencia Campus. For more information and to sign up to participate, visit our 2020 Summer Knights Reading Challenge libguide. A link to the bingo card and coloring pages will be emailed to those who sign up.

Take Your Research to the Next Level

Calling all graduate students! Are you ready to take your research to the next level?

Jumpstart your summer research & publishing projects by attending our online workshop series! Learn what you need to know to plan & research sources for literature reviews, use tools to manage and format sources, and identify factors to consider when submitting your work for publication.

May/June Series Dates:
Library & Literature Review Research
Wednesday, May 27 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Citation Management
Tuesday, June 2 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Selecting Journals to Publish Your Research
Wednesday, June 10 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm

June/July Series Dates:
Library & Literature Review Research
Thursday, June 25 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Citation Management
Friday, July 10 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Selecting Journals to Publish Your Research
Thursday, July 16 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm

For details about sessions and registration, see



All WomanFest 2020 events for March 19 will be rescheduled for the Fall 2020 semester. Date to be announced in a few weeks.

UCF Libraries and the Women’s & Gender Studies Program are proud to announce the 4th annual WomanFest! Join us for four events featuring amazing women from around campus and in history.

Thursday, March 19, 2020
John C. Hitt Library 223

Women in Academia panel
10:00 – 11:00 am

UCF faculty members Dr. Linda Walters (Biology, Center for Success of Women Faculty), Dr. Amelia Lyons (History), Dr. Nessette Falu (Anthropology), and Dr. RoSusan Bartee (Educational Leadership and Higher Education) discuss their career paths, how to find a work/life balance, and their struggles faced and battles won as women in higher education. Panel moderated by Dr. Leandra Preston-Sidler (Women & Gender Studies).

Women and Body Image
12:00 – 1:30 pm

The Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders will provide lunch and a presentation on body image, health, and wellness. Event is limited to 50 participants. Please RSVP at: Eventbrite: Women and Body Image

Women’s History Trivia Contest
2:00 – 3:30 pm

How much do you know about women’s history? UCF Libraries and the Women & Gender Studies Program are hosting a rousing pub-style trivia game featuring questions about interesting women in history, female firsts at UCF, and songs by well-known female musicians. Make new friends as we play in teams. Will you come out on top?

Women & Leadership with Rep. Anna Eskamani
6:00 – 7:00 pm

Florida Representative and UCF alumnae Anna Eskamani discusses women, politics, activism and leadership.

STEAM Workshops: Research, Data & Tools

*These workshop have been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Data Visualization Tools, Data Sources & Data Clean-Up

Monday, March 16, 2020
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
John C. Hitt Library, Room 223

Data visualization tools can be useful when considering sharing data and data analysis in visually compelling ways. Yet, understanding how to use these tools and determining which are useful for your research can be a challenge. Equally challenging is locating existing data sets and how to assess such data for clean-up when utilizing data visualization tools. This session will explore both of these aspects. The first part of this session will highlight several data visualization tools being used by UCF researchers, including ArcGIS, Leaflet, and Tableau. The second part of the session will explore data sources and discuss data clean-up considerations.


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