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2017 Thesis & Dissertation Forum

2017 Spring Thesis & Dissertation Forum


The Spring 2017 Thesis & Dissertation Forum is a free, half-day program sponsored by the UCF Libraries, the UCF College of Graduate Studies, and SAGE Publishing. The program is designed for doctoral and master’s students who are currently working on thesis or dissertation proposals, literature review research or related projects. Forum sessions offer an opportunity for students to learn about strategies, resources, and services that can help them move their research forward.

When: Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 8:30 am -- 12:30 pm
Where:  John C. Hitt Library (main campus), Classrooms 235 A & 235 C


8:30-8:45   Sign in and Coffee & Light Breakfast

8:45-9:00   Welcome from the College of Graduate Studies

9:00-9:45    Library Research & Literature Review Strategies, Dr. Corinne Bishop, Social Sciences & Graduate Outreach Librarian

What strategies do you use to conduct library research? Using recommended strategies can help in locating sources for literature reviews and research proposals. This session will cover cited reference searching, strategies for database searching, alert options to stay up to date on publications, and Google Scholar features.

9:45-10:30   Telling Your Research Story in the Literature Review, Dr. Steffen Guenzel, Department of Writing & Rhetoric

Are you overwhelmed by the growing list of research sources for your dissertation? In this hands-on session, you will learn effective strategies on how to organize and categorize the sources for the literature review while keeping track of the many scholarly conversations in your academic field.

10:30-10:45   Break

10:45-11:30   Where to Publish & Author Rights at a Glance, Sarah Norris, Scholarly Communication Librarian

Learn to be a savvy author! This session will give you a general overview of criteria to use when considering submitting your work for publication and basic information about copyright as it pertains to publishing.

11:30-11:45   SAGE Resources, Heather Dray, Senior Library Relations Manager, SAGE Publishing

This session will provide an overview of SAGE Research Methods, SAGE Knowledge, and other useful SAGE resources for graduate students.

11:45-12:30   Forum Handouts, Wrap Up & Questions


Computers will be available, but please bring your laptop if you want to save or bookmark information during the presentations.

Questions? Please email