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Book Cover: Strategies for Conducting Literary Research by Barry Mauer and John VenecekFrom Barry Mauer and John Venecek comes an exceptionally written resource on the process of conducting literary research.

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According to one (student) user, “The material in Strategies for Conducting Literary Research was fairly new to me. I have taken literature classes before, but none were as in-depth on the topic. This course has built just about everything I know about this. I have been able to better articulate myself in essays for other classes thanks to this class. I refer back to the material covered in this course often when writing an essay and I’ve found it extremely helpful when it comes to methodologies, picking a clear thesis, etc.”

Barry and John have developed a Faculty Guide and Quick Reference to accompany their ‘book’ and shared a robust slideshow to provide context and rationale for their resource. Access the publicly-available 2nd edition by selecting the cover image (on the left).


Author Biographies
Barry Jason Mauer
Barry Mauer

Barry Jason Mauer is associate professor, English, at the University of Central Florida. He is the author of Deadly Delusions: Right-Wing Death Cult (2020) and co-editor (with Anastasia Salter) of the forthcoming volume, Re-imagining the Humanities (Parlor Press). He has published numerous articles and book chapters about citizen curating, which brings ordinary people into the production of exhibits, both online and in public spaces.

John Venecek

John Venecek is a Humanities Librarian at the University of Central Florida. His primary areas of interest include open education resources, textbook affordability, and digital humanities. Prior to his arrival at UCF, John taught English at the College of DuPage and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ekaterinburg, Russia where he taught English and founded a foreign language library/resource center.

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Strategies for Conducting Literary Research, 2e book cover

Strategies for Conducting Literary Research, 2e

CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike)  44 H5P Activities    English

Author(s): Barry Mauer, John Venecek

Subject(s): Literary studies: general, Research methods: general

Last updated: 01/06/2023

This book, built in PressBooks with financial support from the UCF Digital Learning Course Redesign Initiative, contains 14 chapters, each of which contains two to six pages about the process of literary research. Pages contain learning objectives, infographics, videos, examples, key takeaways, and exercises. The course contains numerous discussion areas and quizzes. It also contains a “foundational materials” assignment that provides a platform for student success with whatever research project their instructor assigns. The book is highly flexible and instructors may use all or any part of the book within their own webcourse.

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American Government (2e - Second Edition)

CC BY (Attribution)  154 H5P Activities    English

Author(s): OpenStax, Lumen Learning

Subject(s): Politics and government

Last updated: 09/05/2023

This work is based on Lumen Learning’s adaptation of OpenStax American Government 2e with interactive visual and navigational enhancements made by James R. Paradiso at the University of Central Florida’s Center for Distributed Learning (CDL). Cover design by Mireya Ramirez at CDL Graphics.

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Chemistry Fundamentals

CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike)  326 H5P Activities    English

Author(s): A Collective Work

Editor(s): Dr. Julie Donnelly, Dr. Nicole Lapeyrouse, Dr. Matthew Rex, James R. Paradiso

Subject(s): Chemistry, Educational: Chemistry

Institution(s): University of Central Florida

Publisher: UCF Pressbooks

Last updated: 25/04/2023

This open educational resource was adapted by Dr. Julie Donnelly, Dr. Nicole Lapeyrouse, and Dr. Matthew Rex at the University of Central Florida from Lumen's "Chemistry for Majors"—which is primarily based on OpenStax Chemistry—and LibreTexts General Chemistry Textmap (Tro).
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Anthology of Medieval Literature

CC BY (Attribution)   English

Author(s): A Collective Work

Editor(s): Christian Beck

Subject(s): Ancient, classical and medieval texts, , Literary studies: ancient, classical and medieval

Publisher: UCF Pressbooks

Last updated: 21/12/2022

This e-text of Medieval literature provides a variety of readings that can be used for English literature courses and contains public domain, Creative Commons licensed images, and works for which permissions have been obtained to include in this anthology.
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College Physics

CC BY (Attribution)  18 H5P Activities    English (Canada)

Author(s): Paul Peter Urone, Roger Hinrichs

Subject(s): Physics, Educational: Physics

Institution(s): Rice University, SUNY Oswego, University of Sydney

Publisher: OpenStax and UCF Pressbooks

Last updated: 26/10/2022

College Physics is organized such that topics are introduced conceptually with a steady progression to precise definitions and analytical applications. The analytical aspect (problem solving) is tied back to the conceptual before moving on to another topic. Each introductory chapter, for example, opens with an engaging photograph relevant to the subject of the chapter and interesting applications that are easy for most students to visualize.

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Affordable Instructional Materials – ID Handbook

CC BY-SA (Attribution ShareAlike)  2 H5P Activities    English

Author(s): James Paradiso, Aimee deNoyelles, John Raible, Denise Lowe, Debra Luken

Subject(s): Educational strategies and policy, Higher education, tertiary education, Open learning, distance education

Institution(s): University of Central Florida

Publisher: UCF Pressbooks

Last updated: 28/09/2022

This handbook is designed to facilitate a dialogue between an instructional designer and the contents of AIM. You will likely begin with a topic of interest and be led through the resource in a (primitively) intuitive fashion until you arrive at your solution. Seeing this resource was designed from a workflow, the chapter structure is fluid, meaning there are multiple trajectories you might take through the materials, depending on the way you answer the embedded questions. 
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General Psychology

CC BY (Attribution)  603 H5P Activities    English

Author(s): OpenStax, Lumen Learning

Subject(s): Psychology

Last updated: 14/06/2022

Provides an important opportunity for students to learn the core concepts of psychology and understand how those concepts apply to their lives. A comprehensive coverage of core concepts is grounded in both classic studies and current and emerging research, including coverage of the DSM-5 in discussions of psychological disorders. Incorporates discussions that reflect the diversity within the discipline, as well as the diversity of cultures and communities across the globe.

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The Grand Siècle in Movement: Negotiations, Circulations, Dynamics

CC BY-NC-ND (Attribution NonCommercial NoDerivatives)   English

Author(s): Charlotte Trinquet du Lys, Anne Duprat

Editor(s): James R. Paradiso

Subject(s): Literature: history and criticism, French, New France: French Louisiana, French Colonial Empire, 1534–1763 (period of New France / Nouvelle-France), New France

Publisher: UCF Pressbooks

Last updated: 29/11/2021

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Introduction to Philosophy

CC BY (Attribution)   English

Author(s): Matthew Van Cleave, Paul Jurczak, Christopher Schneck, Douglas Sjoquist

Subject(s): Philosophy

Last updated: 02/10/2021

This eText was converted from the original [PDF] file to Pressbooks at the University of Central Florida by James Paradiso and Kylee Woodland so that content consumers would have an easier / more flexible way to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute according to the Creative Commons license (CC BY) assigned to this work. Cover design: Mireya Ramirez / CDL Graphics.

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University Physics Volume 2

CC BY (Attribution)   English

Author(s): Samuel J. Ling, William Moebs, Jeff Sanny

Publisher: OpenStax

Last updated: 02/10/2021

University Physics is a three-volume collection that meets the scope and sequence requirements for two- and three-semester calculus-based physics courses. Volume 1 covers mechanics, sound, oscillations, and waves. Volume 2 covers thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and Volume 3 covers optics and modern physics. This textbook emphasizes connections between theory and application, making physics concepts interesting and accessible to students while maintaining the mathematical rigor inherent in the subject. Frequent, strong examples focus on how to approach a problem, how to work with the equations, and how to check and generalize the result.