Students are encouraged to take advantage of the many resources at their disposal. Throughout the University, the College, and the Department, there are faculty and staff that are ready to help you get the most out of your time here at UWF. The following facilities, centers, and reference materials have been created with one goal in mind: to help you succeed!
Writing and Research Resources
The ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing is essential to any technology job and is a requisite skill for all of our courses, at all levels. The University offers several resources to help students with their writing and research:
The John C. Pace Library, located in Bldg. 32, houses more than 752,000 volumes, 1.2 million microforms, and 5,100 serial subscriptions and provides access to thousands of full-text electronic journals. The library is also designated as a regional depository for publications of the United States government and the state of Florida. The UWF Library Web site provides information about the library as well as controlled access to many library services, including databases and online journals. To log on, you will need your student Nautilus card number.
The Mathematics and Statistics Tutoring Lab is located in Building 38, Room 147. The MathStat Lab is provided by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for the purpose of providing tutoring to UWF students in the areas of Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Pre-calculus Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus I, II, and III, Elements of Statistics, Mathematics for Liberal Arts I and II, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, and Discrete Mathematics. Please visit the MathStat Lab web site to find out more information.
UWF Writing Lab
The University Writing Lab, located in Bldg. 51, Room 157, is available to assist students with proper procedures for writing papers and documenting sources. The Writing Lab offers extensive online resources, and you may also e-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic Center for Excellence
The Academic Center for Excellence is an academic facility that provides free academic support services to all students enrolled at the University of West Florida. The Academic Center for Excellence is the only tutor lab on campus to provide tutoring in most general subjects offered at UWF. The Academic Center for Excellence is committed to providing the highest quality of services possible to the UWF student body in a one-stop academic learning facility. ACE provides individual and group tutoring sessions, as well as quiet studying spaces. For more information, please visit the Academic Center for Excellence web site.
The Student Access Information Lab, or SAIL Lab, is located in Building 79. The SAIL Lab is a general purpose 24 hour access lab for use by students. Accessibility stations are available for disabled students. Please visit the SAIL Lab web site for more information.
UWF Plagiarism Policy
The Student Handbook, Code of Student Conduct, Academic Misconduct, states: “Plagiarism. The act of representing the ideas, words, creations or work of another as one’s own.” Plagiarism combines theft with fraud, and the penalty is correspondingly severe: failure for the assignment and, in some cases, for the entire course. At the instructor’s discretion, she/he may recommend that the student be suspended from the university. Ignorance of the rules about plagiarism is no excuse for it, and carelessness is just as bad as purposeful violation. Students who have plagiarized have cheated themselves out of the experience of being responsible members of the academic community and have cheated their classmates by pretending to contribute original ideas.
The Pickens Suite
The College of Education and Professional Studies Pickens Suite is located in Building 86, encompassing Rooms 108, 110 and 111. Established in 1997, the College of Education and Professional Studies Pickens Instructional Classroom was made possible with appropriated funds from Dr. and Mrs. William Pickens in support of the College’s technology initiative. The purpose of the Pickens Suite is to provide our College students and faculty the opportunity to utilize technology to boost learning potential.
The Pickens Instructional Classroom has 30 computers, and the instructor podium includes a SMART Sympodium™ presentation environment. Specialized software available in the Pickens Instructional Classroom includes SPSS, MatLab, Primevera, and Sage. Hours of operation are Monday thru Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM, except when otherwise posted.
The Pickens Suite also houses the Emerge Office, and the Lime Lounge which features a Smart board and collaborative workstations for group work and class meetings.
For more information, please contact the CEPS Dean's Office at 850-474-2769
Professional Studies Library
The Professional Studies Library (PSL) was created to assist and support the professional growth of Criminal Justice, Education, and Social Work students. The PSL also provides pre-K through grade twelve resources to support the teacher education programs of the University.
The PSL has materials available for criminal justice, education, and social work students. The PSL has a curriculum collection in addition to the professional studies collection. The curriculum collection includes educational materials such as Florida authorized textbooks, DVDs, video-cassettes, CDs, math and science manipulatives, models, games, and other types of teaching aids appropriate for pre-K through grade twelve.
The PSL staff will be happy to assist students with questions concerning the use of the Library Catalog, access to journals (both print and electronic full-text), and Internet research. For in-depth research assignments, students may schedule an appointment with the librarian Donna Fluharty. To schedule a research consultation call in advance for an appointment at 850-474-2439.
Writing Lab Assistants are available at the PSL during special hours to assist students with paper reading and critiquing, APA style help, and tutoring in grammar and usage, mechanics, and sentence structure.
For more information, please visit libguides.uwf.edu/psl