The Koerner Library Research Commons provides workshops and one-on-one consultations to graduate students in three service areas.


Thesis Formatting


Citation Management


Statistical Software Support

  • Get help analyzing your data with SPSS
  • Learn how to graph and present your data in SPSS
  • Find out about other campus resources available to assist you with your your research data


  • Register for an upcoming Research Commons workshop.
  • Sign up for a consultation with a grad student peer.  Visit the Research Commons web site and click on Consultations.
  • Email us with your questions at


In Spring 2013 the President’s Office will be joining us here in Koerner Library on the 6th and 7th floor.

In preparation for this move, Koerner Library staff spent much of the month of August reviewing collections on the 6th floor with an eye towards weeding them, identifying older materials more appropriate for storage in IKBLC, and confirming what should be kept for our active humanities and social sciences collection here in Koerner.   

After a lot of hard work involving a significant number of people, collections previously located on Floor 6 have been moved to Floor 1.  If you are looking for Koerner collections related to language and literature [English and other literatures], science, medicine, agriculture, technology, military and naval science, or library science, please make your way down to their new location in compact shelving on the northeast corner of Floor 1. 

There were over 76,000 items on floor 6 at the beginning of our review.  Since that time, over 22,000 items were weeded from our active collection and moved to the ASRS in IKBLC.   Almost half of items moved to the ASRS related to library science.  We also moved a lot of journals for which we have a stable online alternative to the ASRS, as well as imprints in most disciplines on the floor that were published prior to 1996 and that hadn’t been borrowed since 2004.

If you have any questions about this recent collection move, please contact Darrell Bailie at

UBC Library has recently licensed a new electronic resource that will no doubt be of interest to many humanities and social science scholars. 

 Nineteenth Century Collections Online is a multi-year, international digitization and publishing program focusing on primary source collections of the nineteenth century. Content is full-text searchable.   Archives published in the program include works in Western as well as non-Western languages and are sourced from rare collections at libraries and other venerable institutions from around the globe.

 UBC has licensed access to four collections:

  • Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange:  This archive will enable students and scholars to examine a selection of records that constitute a political and social history of Western interaction with a number of Asian countries during the nineteenth century.  Most of the manuscript collections in this archive consist of the British Foreign Office and United States consular and diplomatic records. In addition, a selection of missionary correspondence and journals has been included, as missionaries usually provided some of the earliest contact in various Asian locales with Western ideals.
  • British Politics and Society:  This archive is packed with primary source documentation that enhances a greater understanding and analysis of the development of urban centers and of the major restructuring of society that took place during the Industrial Revolution. The archive is composed of a number of individual collections, drawn together from a variety of sources.
  • British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture:  This archive features a wide range of primary sources related to the arts in the Victorian era, from playbills and scripts to operas and complete scores. These rare documents, many of them never before available, were sourced from the British Library and other renowned institutions, and curated by experts in British arts history.
  • European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection:  This archive includes a considerable number of exceedingly rare publications—and even numerous previously unknown works—by British writers (and women writers in particular, whose works comprise over 1,000 of the titles) who were active during the Romantic period. In addition to this remarkable trove of English-language literary texts, it also includes 3,658 works in French (including more than 500 by women) and 2,653 works in German, all of them dating primarily from the period 1790–1840.

Looking to delve into some tasty literature? Then curl up with our Great Reads Collection, located on the third floor of Koerner Library right next to the fireplace.

In Fall 2011, UBC Library launched the Great Reads program at Koerner Library to provide campus residents, community members, faculty, staff and students easy access to leisure-reading materials ranging from Canadiana to popular fiction.

The program has been a hit – so much so that it’s now also featured in the 2nd floor of Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and the main floor of Woodward Library.  This leisure reading collection includes more than 400 great books – literary classics, fiction and non-fiction bestsellers and more!

In addition, the Great Reads website – found at – has been updated. Take a visit and discover available books by location, scan the carousel for new titles and Google book reviews, and check out recommendations.

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