Research Skills and Knowledge

Develop skills to conduct high quality research and scholarship more effectively and responsibly. 

UF Research oversees compliance with the multiple requirements and guidelines that must be followed according to different funding sources to conduct research at UF. This includes the following:

Training

  • Many of the required training modules (including lab safety, FERPA guidelines, and sexual harassment prevention) are available through myTraining. The trainings you will need to complete will depend on the type of research you do. Please consult with your graduate program with any questions that you might have.

Data Management

  • The data you collect during graduate research will need to be properly stored, particularly if you are participating in a federally funded project and/or your research is published.
  • This library guide includes information about tools for:
    • data management planning
    • data and file sharing
    • metadata and data standards
    • data storage.

Authorship

  • Authorship inclusion and ordering is not a matter of preference, but of ethical implications. This library guide provides some information regarding best practices in the authorship of scholarly works. Be aware that individual research groups and disciplines may have their own best practices. It is recommended that you establish authorship with your advisor before the start of a project and revisit it as needed. 

Research Misconduct

  • Research misconduct is a very serious concern. This library guide provides information about misconduct and resources to avoid it.
  • If you suspect research misconduct has taken place, please follow these steps.

It is important to keep a record of the articles, books, and more that you read during your studies. There are several options to accomplish this:

Every discipline on campus has a designated library liaison who can help with your particular research needs. Other library resources include:

UF Information Technology (UFIT) also offers multiple training opportunities, including:

  • R programming
  • using SPSS and SamplePower3

LinkedIn Learning is also available for all UF graduate students free of charge. Courses include, but are not limited to:

  • SPSS for academic research
  • data visualization
  • R for Data Science
  • Cloud Computing

Writing effective grant proposals is an important part of graduate training, particularly if you hope to follow a career in academia. 

Here are some resources to help you gain more skills in this area:

  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also offers a helpful guide on writing winning proposals.
  • For those in the humanities, the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere provides some resources.
  • If you are in the biomedical field, you may find many resources on grant writing in the CTSI website.
  • In addition, there are many Grant Writing courses offered at UF (see below under "Revelant Courses").

Graduate certificates offer opportunities to gain valuable skills that may aid in your graduate training and/or future career.

Certificate programs currently available at UF may be found here.

SemesterWorkshop TitlePresenterRecordings, Transcripts, and Materials
Fall 2020 Excellent Scholarly Information Search: Finding the Sources You Need in the Library and on the Web Dr. David Schwieder, UF Libraries

Scholarly Information Search Workshop Recording 

Scholarly Information Search Workshop Transcript

Scholarly Information Search PDF

Fall 2020 Finding a Good Thesis or Dissertation Topic Dr. David Schwieder, UF Libraries

Thesis or Dissertation Topic Workshop Recording

Thesis or Dissertation Topic Workshop Transcript

Thesis or Dissertation Topic PDF

Fall 2021 Finding Reputable Journals: Library Tools to Identify Credible Publications Suzanne Stapleton, MS, UF Libraries

Credible Publications Workshop Recording

Credible Publications PPT

Credible Publications Workshop Transcript

Spring 2021 Literature Reviews: Know Your Options Suzanne Stapleton, UF Libraries

Lit Review Options Workshop Recording 

Lit Review Options Workshop Transcript

Lit Review Options PDF

Lit Review Options Additional Materials

Fall 2018 An Overview of Literature Review Types Ariel Pomputius & Nancy Schaefer, UF Smathers Libraries Lit Review Types Workshop Recording 
Spring 2021 Thesis and Dissertation Electronic Submission Stacy Wallace and Anna Pardo, UF Graduate School Editorial Office

Electronic Submission Workshop Recording

Electronic Submission Workshop Transcript

Electronic Submission PPT

Fall 2019 What You Need Before You Proceed: Finding and Filling the Gaps in Your Academic Training Dr. Scott Thourson, UF Biomedical Engineering Your Academic Training Workshop Recording 
Course TitleCourse NumberDepartmentCourse DescriptionInstructor
Scientific Reasoning and Research Design FYCS 6800 Family, Youth, and Community Sciences Research tools and techniques appropriate for an ecological model, emphasizing a multi-method approach.  
Advanced Research Method FYCS 6802 Family, Youth, and Community Sciences Advanced students select and study problem related to family, youth, and community sciences.  
Data Mining with Social Data HMG 6583C Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management Introduces the students to issues related to data-intensive problems. Newly available massive amounts of data produced with the networks of traditional sensors, social networks, and novel data acquisition systems require new approaches to data storage and analysis. The course focuses on building the initial Big Data analysis skills.  
Survey Research POS 6757 Political Science Methods of survey research in context of field investigation: formulating research hypotheses, constructing measurement instruments, and collecting and analyzing data.  
Quantitative Methods in Earth Science GLY 6862 Geological Sciences Providing graduate students with a solid introduction to the quantitative methods that are increasingly utilized in the Earth sciences.  
How to Craft Effective Broader Impacts GLY 6932 Geological Sciences Lectures, conferences, or laboratory sessions covering selected topics of current interest in modern geology.  
Ethics in Population Science PHC 7427 College of Public Health and Health Professions Covering federally mandated topics in the Responsible Conduct of Research: Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing, Ownership; Conflict of Interest/Commitment; Human Subjects; Animal Welfare; Research Misconduct; Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship; Mentor/ Trainee Responsibilities; Peer Review; and Collaborative Science. This ethics course is for those enrolled in research intensive graduate programs.  
Epidemiology Literature Review and Critique (Journal Club) PHC 7901 College of Public Health and Health Professions Preparing students to perform peer-review and to think critically.  In weekly class discussion sessions, students will review peer-reviewed, published research studies that demonstrate innovative or faculty epidemiologic content or methods.  Feedback will be given by student peers and faculty.  
The Art of Scientific Dissemination RSD 6930 Rehabilitation Science Special Topics in Rehabilitation Science Krista Vandenborne
Matlab Basic for Rehabilitation Science   RSD 6XXX  Rehabilitation Science    Zheng Wang 
Writing for Professional Publications  HSC 5956  Health Education and Behavior  Procedures and practices in scholarly writing for health-related professional publications including topic selection, literature searches, internet applications, documentation, manuscript preparation, reasons for rejection, and legal and ethical considerations.   
Research Methods in Health Education HSC 6735 Health Education and Behavior Introduction to methods of health education research.  
Rotating Topics: Multiple Regression; Structural Equation Modeling; Mediation & Moderation Analysis HSC 7937 Health Education and Behavior Advanced Seminar in Health Education  
Public Health Computing PHC 6089 Biostatistics This course covers using SAS and R to manage and analyze public health data. Students will learn how to import, modify, visualize and perform common analyses of public health data using SAS and R.  
Data Visualization PHC 6937 Biostatistics The world is growing increasingly reliant on collecting and analyzing information to help people make decisions. Because of this, the ability to communicate effectively about data is an important component of future job prospects across nearly all disciplines. In this course, students will learn the foundations of information visualization and sharpen their skills in communicating using health science data. Throughout the semester, we will use R and other software to explore concepts in graphic design, storytelling, data wrangling and plotting, and biostatistics as they apply to data-driven communication. Whether you’re an aspiring data scientist or you just want to learn new ways of presenting health science information, this course will help you build a strong foundation in how to talk to people about data.  
Introduction to Biostatistical Methods  PHC 6052 Biostatistics Introduction to the concepts and methods of biostatistical data analysis. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, standard probability distributions, sampling distributions, point and confidence interval estimation, hypothesis testing, power and sample size estimation, one- and two-sample parametric and non-parametric methods for analyzing continuous or discrete data, and simple linear regression. SAS statistical software for data management, statistical analysis and power calculations. Required core course for students in biostatistics, environmental health, and epidemiology concentrations.  
Regression Methods for Health and Life Sciences PHC 6053 Biostatistics Introduction to a wide range of regression methods. Primary topics are multiple linear regression, logistic regression, and Poisson regression.  
R for Functional Genomics  BSC 6438  Microbiology and Cell Science Introductory course to the basics of the R language and to state of the art methods for functional genomics data analysis. Students will learn how to write R scripts, choose appropriate statistical tools and how to use linux environments to analyse high-throughput genomics data.  
Critical Analysis of Research in Materials Science & Engineering EMA 5095 Materials Science and Engineering Critical methods for reviewing technical papers, for writing effective technical papers, and for developing meaningful research projects, in the field of materials science and engineering.  
Error Analysis and Optimization Methodologies in Materials Research EMA 6808 Materials Science and Engineering Statistical approach to materials research, basic and relevant statistical concepts, error analysis, factorial matrices, reducing variance, nested designs and sampling plans, mixture designs, optimization techniques, response surface method, and Taguchi method.  
Learning Analytics Concepts & Techniques  EDG 6931  School of Teaching and Learning Special Topics  
Entering Research GMS 6905 College of Journalism and Communications  Independent Studies in Medical Sciences  
Let's Experiment: A Guide for Scientists Working at the Bench (Self-Paced) Not affiliated with UF. Offered online by iBiology Not affiliated with UF. Offered online by iBiology  Scientists from a variety of backgrounds give concrete steps and advice to help you build a framework for how to design experiments in biological research. We use case studies to make the abstract more tangible.