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2017 Thesis & Dissertation Forum

2017 Fall Thesis & Dissertation Forum


The Fall 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 a thesis or dissertation proposal (or draft), conducting literature review research, or related projects. Forum sessions offer an opportunity for you to learn about resources, tools and strategies that can help move your research forward.

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

To register, please use the Registration option in the top left column.

Forum Program

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
​Corinne Bishop, UCF Social Sciences & Graduate Outreach Librarian

What strategies do you use to conduct library research? Learning recommended strategies can help you more effectively locate sources for literature reviews and prepare research proposals. This session will cover cited reference searching, database search strategies, publication alerts to stay up to date, and Google Scholar options.

9:45-10:15    SAGE Resources
Heather Dray, Senior Library Relations Manager, SAGE Publishing

This session will provide an overview of SAGE Research Methods, SAGE Knowledge, and other SAGE resources for graduate students. SAGE options include tools such as SAGE Project Planner, Which Stats Tests, and Reading Lists.

10:15-10:30    Break

10:30-11:15    Where to Publish & Author Rights at a Glance
Sarah Norris, UCF 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.

11:15-12:00    Thesis or Dissertation Formatting Using Microsoft Word
Wendy Cartier, UCF Coordinator Thesis & Dissertation, College of Graduate Studies

Learn tips and pitfalls involved with using Microsoft Word to format an electronic thesis or dissertation. Participants will be shown a demonstration of how to use the following Microsoft Word functions: styles for headings and subheadings, captions for figures and tables, page numbering, automatic generation of the Table of Contents and List of Figures/Tables, converting to PDF with bookmarks.

12:00-12:30 Forum Wrap Up, Handouts & Questions

Computers will be available, but you may wish to bring your own laptop to save/bookmark information or links during the presentations.

Questions? Please contact