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World IP Day

World Intellectual Property Day 2016

The UCF Libraries in partnership with the Office of Technology Transfer is celebrating World Intellectual Property Day this year.

On April 26 from 1:00-3:00pm, stop by the John C. Hitt Library to learn more about intellectual property. We will have a table set up near the entrance, and we will be ready for your questions and curiosity.

Bring questions for the experts at our table. Experts will include:

  • Patent Attorney Sandra Sovinski (1:00-2:00pm)
  • Licensing Associate John Miner (1:00-2:45pm)
  • Scholarly Communication Librarian Sarah Norris (2:30-3:00pm)
  • Patent and Trademark Librarian Missy Murphey (1:00-3:00pm)


Wonder Women, The Untold Story of American Superheroines

Film Screening: Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

The UCF Libraries and Women’s and Gender Studies Department are celebrating Women’s History Month with a screening of the film “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines” followed by a panel discussion. The event will take place in John C. Hitt Library room 223 on Tuesday, March 15th at 3:30PM.

This 55 minute, award-winning film traces the fascinating birth, evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman and introduces audiences to a dynamic group of fictional and real-life superheroines fighting for positive role models for girls, both on screen and off.

Watch the trailer here:

RSVP on Facebook, or just show up!

Furniture Sit Test

Furniture Testing, Open House

Take a look at the furniture samples on the 5th floor of the John C. Hitt Library, and stop on by Room 511 from noon to 2.00 p.m. on Thursday, January 27, or from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2. Come on in and tell us exactly what you think of the furniture!
You can rate the furniture at your convenience at\sit so we know exactly which pieces are your favorites!

Dissertation Forum

Dissertation Forum

Hosted by the UCF Libraries and the UCF College of Graduate Studies

  • Friday, February 5, 2016
  • 9A.M. – 4P.M.
  • John C. Hitt Library
  • Room 223

Join us for the UCF Dissertation Forum on Friday, February 5, 2016!

The Dissertation Forum is a one-day event offered by the UCF Libraries and the UCF College of Graduate Studies. The Forum is designed to foster knowledge sharing and provide information about resources and services for doctoral students related to their research.

Forum programming includes brief presentations, concurrent sessions that attendees can choose from, a presentation on time and stress management, and a lunch and learn panel discussion presented by recently hired UCF professors to provide doctoral students with insights about planning, project management, and expectations.

Registration is free and open to doctoral students who have not yet enrolled in the candidacy phase of their UCF programs. Space is limited to 35 attendees. A light continental breakfast will be provided by the College of Graduate Studies and boxed lunches, sponsored by ProQuest, also will be available.

To register, please use the link below.

Registration must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

You will receive an email confirmation of your registration using the email you provide.
If you have questions about registration, please email

Register for the Dissertation Forum

Dissertation Forum Schedule

The Dissertation Forum is organized conference style; some sessions run concurrently. Please don’t hesitate to speak with a Forum organizer if you have questions about which session might be most useful for your needs.

Time Presentation Room
9:00-9:15 Light Continental Breakfast
Provided by College of Graduate Studies
9:15-9:30 Welcoming Remarks
Barry Baker, Director, UCF Libraries
9:30-9:45 Introduction
Dr. Jana Jasinski, Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies

This overview will briefly highlight the Graduate College’s resources, services, workshops, and other information.


Concurrent Sessions

Researcher Networks & Profiles
Andy Todd, UCF Nursing Librarian

This session discusses ideas for managing researcher profiles, why it’s important to develop an online profile as a researcher, and how to promote your work and connect to other researchers. The discussion will include a look at several sites to see what ORCID, LinkedIn, Research Gate,, PIVOT, Plum Analytics, and Google Scholar can do for you.

Library Research & Literature Review Strategies
Dr. Corinne Bishop, UCF Social Sciences Librarian

Library research strategies can help you differentiate sources and tools for academic projects and for conducting literature reviews. This session includes discussions, demonstrations, and Q&A that focus on identifying subject databases, making use of review articles, tracking citations, creating alerts to stay updated on publications, and using Google Scholar to identify and link to UCFs databases.

10:30-11:00 ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Demo
Sean Keough, ProQuest Academic

This session provides an overview of ProQuest’s Dissertations and Theses database and tips on locating dissertations and theses by topic, institution, etc.

11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-11:30 Pick up boxed lunch & drink
Lunch provided by ProQuest
11:30-1:00 Lunch & Learn: New Faculty Panel
Dr. Linda Walters, UCF Biological Sciences, Moderator

This moderated panel discussion includes Q&A and offers insights from presenters about their experiences and advice related to dissertation project management, timelines, working with advisors and committees, flexibility with topic changes and research challenges, and planning post-doctoral goals.

1:00-1:15 Break

Concurrent Sessions

Publishing & Author Rights
Sarah Norris, UCF Scholarly Communication Librarian

This two-part session covers criteria to consider when planning to submit your work for publication and basic information about copyright as it pertains to publishing. We will look at factors such as acceptance rates, audience, indexing, cost to publish, and open access. There also will be discussion about how author rights are a bundle of rights that may be negotiated by the author.


Dissertation Formatting Overview
Nathalia Bauer, Assistant Director Thesis & Dissertation, Pathways to Success,
College of Graduate Studies

This session will teach students the formatting requirements for a UCF thesis or dissertation as well as information about completing the thesis/dissertation process.

2:30-3:15 Time & Stress Management
Dr. Shari Ann James, UCF Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

Learn about resources and strategies for healthfully managing and coping with the stress of a dissertation project.

3:15-4:00 Closing Activity, Take-A-Ways, & Resources
Dr. Penny Beile, Associate Director for Information Services & Scholarly Communication, UCF Libraries

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about the Forum:

Dr. Corinne Bishop, Social Sciences & Graduate Outreach Librarian  (

Richard Harrison, UCF Humanities & Undergraduate Outreach Librarian  (

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