“Free Screening of the award winning documentary “Terms and Conditions May Apply”.

Come join Katie Kalk and the Digital Tattoo project team for a fascinating documentary that exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage, and what can be done about it.

Facilitators: Katie Kalk, Marga Heras, Rie Namba

Lillooet Room (Rm 301), Chapman Learning Commons, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Webcasts sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


Map of the Lightning Creek, Cariboo, 1875. Courtesy of UBC Library.

UBC Library, in partnership with the Legislative Library of British Columbia, has digitized the first 10 years (1876-1886) of the British Columbia Sessional Papers

The Sessional Papers are important provincial legislative documents that capture the political and cultural atmosphere of British Columbian history. The collection includes proclamations, annual reports, records of land sales, maps and more.

“The papers are an important record of B.C.’s history,” says Mimi Lam, Digital Projects Librarian. The collection offers insight into a dark period in history as well. A simple search reveals debates over the use of Chinese labour, and the “immense influx of Chinese” immigrants (see media below).

The digitization was made possible due to the BC History Digitization Program in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. “We hope to be able to continue the digitization to the next 15 years,” says Susan Paterson, a UBC Librarian and project sponsor.

“The BC Sessional Papers are a treasure trove of information about government, and other materials indispensable for our understanding of British Columbia’s past,” says UBC History Professor Robert McDonald. “Digitizing the Sessional Papers is a terrific project that I hope to see expanded to completion.” 

The British Columbia Research Libraries Group (BCRLG) includes the University of Victoria, University of Northern British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Legislative Library of British Columbia and University of British Columbia. The partnership libraries have worked together to provide access to these significant documents. The Legislative Library of B.C. provided the physical volumes that were digitized.

To explore the digital collection, visit UBC Library’s Digital Collections portal.




Order relating to Chinese immigration, 1883. 


Map of the Lightning Creek, Cariboo.” Pg 597. 1875


Photo Credit: Stephen Wu (stephenccwu Flickr)

Koerner Library
Photo Credit: Stephen Wu (stephenccwu Flickr)

Changes to the Research Commons One-on-one Consultation Model
The RC is excited to announce a new consultation model for the Winter 2014 Term! We will be holding consistent weekly consultation hours on Tuesdays from 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Wednesdays from 2:30pm-5:30pm, and Fridays from 10:00am-1:00pm in Koerner Library, Room 218A. One-on-one Thesis Formatting, Citation Management and SPSS consultations will all be available at these times. 

Key Changes:

  • All services (Thesis Formatting, Citation Management, and SPSS) are now available for one-on-one consultations during these times.
  • No more setting up an account to book a consultation.  Request a consultation online by filling out our web form.

Tips and Tricks for Formatting Your Thesis: Little Things Mean A Lot!
Are you worried about getting your thesis/dissertation into the format required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies? Would you like to know more about how to use the formatting features in Microsoft Word? Research Commons staff will help you with your questions about the nuts and bolts of formatting: tables of contents, page layout, numbering, headings, front matter, and more! As well, find out more about the resources that are available to help you in writing your thesis/dissertation. Graduate students at any stage of the writing process are welcome; some prior knowledge of Microsoft Word will be helpful.

You can register for an upcoming thesis formatting workshop here.

Have specific questions you think would be best answered in a one-on-one session? See our Consultations page to book a session: http://koerner.library.ubc.ca/services/research-commons/ 


Citation Management Using RefWorks, Zotero, or Mendeley
Need to manage large numbers of references and citations as part of your research, teaching or administrative work? Citation management tools are for you. These tools provide a simple way to store, organize and retrieve your citations in an effective manner, and can also help you in formatting in-text citations and bibliographies in your work. 

Sign up for a tool specific hands-on workshop about the core concepts of citation management and detailed instruction for use of either RefWorks, Zotero, or Mendeley here.

Are you new to citation management tools entirely, or do you have advanced-user questions? See our Consultations page to book a one-on-one session: http://koerner.library.ubc.ca/services/research-commons/.



Workshop 1- Basic SPSS
Do you wonder what SPSS is and how it can be useful to manage and analyze your data? Would you like to learn how to work with SPSS just by clicking a few keys? Let us help you learn the basics.

No previous knowledge of SPSS is required for the first workshop.

Workshop 2- SPSS Data Management
Do you know how to edit your data using effective data management software? Do you want to work with user-friendly software without going through a hassle of writing code? SPSS can do this for you with a few clicks. Attend this workshop and learn how to manage your data fast.

Workshop 3- Descriptive/Graphing Analysis with SPSS
Do you have trouble summarizing your data? Do you want to analyze your data with t-test, ANOVA, Pearson-test, etc. using SPSS? Do you have trouble graphing and presenting your data with SPSS? Well, we can help you with all of these questions. Enroll in this workshop and learn how to analyze your data hassle-free!

You can register for an upcoming SPSS workshop here.

Have specific questions you think would be best answered in a one-on-one session? See our Consultations page to book a session: http://koerner.library.ubc.ca/services/research-commons/.


Graduate Student Workshop Series
We will be hosting our ongoing series of Graduate Student Workshops in the Research Commons. The topics for January include conducting literature reviews, building your academic profile through the use of social media, digging into digital book collection, and author rights. We are also excited to have the Office of Research Services come in to present on research ethics and the RISe application process for behavioural science research projects at UBC. You can explore upcoming workshops and register online at http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/series/7

FIREtalk: Creativity and Innovation, Wednesday January 29th 4-6 pm.
Where do creative and novel ideas come from? Can tools or techniques stimulate creativity and innovation? Are creative processes the same across disciplines? Submit to present and share your approach towards creativity and innovation.

To sign up as an attendee click on the following link:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at research.commons@ubc.ca

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