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Research, Writing, Presentations and Conferences

Getting Help with Research and Writing

A variety of resources are available to International Studies students seeking help with research and writing in all their coursework, and in particular as part of the International Studies Senior Research Seminar.


The Thomas G. Carpenter Library can assist in such areas as the following:

  • identifying and narrowing research topics,
  • developing and refining research questions,
  • finding and evaluating sources,
  • formatting citations,
  • using bibliographic management software,
  • designing research posters ,
  • locating and modifying images, and
  • addressing copyright concerns.

Librarians can provide assistance via telephone, online chat, email or through one-hour in-person research consultations. Make an appointment (at least 24 hours in advance) by clicking the "Research Consultation" button under "Students" on the menu.


The UNF Writing Center can help students at all stages of a writing project, including the following:

  • identifying and narrowing research topics,
  • developing and refining research questions,
  • taking notes,
  • using sources effectively,
  • preparing outlines and thesis statements, and
  • evaluating the strength of your arguments and your use of evidence.

Writing Center tutors are available to assist you in-person or via Skype. Make an appointment.


The professors who serve on the International Studies Advisory Committee, can also provide discipline-specific help with respect to research topics and project design. For assistance with research related to Francophone, Hispanic or Chinese cultures, contact Patricia Geesey, chair of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and professor of French; Clayton McCarl, associate professor of Spanish; or Yongan Wu, associate professor of Chinese. The Office of Undergraduate Research can also assist students to identify faculty members with research interests similar to their own.

Presenting Your Work

The Office of Undergraduate Research can help you to present the results of your research. Their services include the following:

  • assistance in designing research posters,
  • printing of research posters for students at affordable rates,
  • help for students preparing oral presentations, and
  • guidance on effective use of presentation software.


The Office of Undergraduate Research can also help to identify conferences and other opportunities for you to share your research. 


The following are some examples:

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Held every semester

Gaining More Experience

The following are opportunities on campus for those looking to gain research experience and build their resumes: