There’s a Research Guide for every discipline and research area at UBC.

Each Guide includes links to background information, discipline-specific databases and journals, key reference books, primary sources, etc.: a great place to start your research or learn about new resources.



Association of Canadian University Presses (ACUP)
A new initiative from the Association of Canadian University Presses (ACUP) will make their content more accessible. UBC Library has purchased ebooks for 2014 to 2016 (an estimated 2100 titles) from the following publishers: University of British Columbia Press, University of Alberta Press, Athabasca University Press, University of Calgary Press, ISER Books / Memorial University of Newfoundland Press, Presse de l’Université Laval, University of Manitoba Press, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Canadian Mennonite University Press, Les Presse de L’Université de Montreal, University of Ottawa Press, Les Presses de l’Université d’Ottawa, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Presses de l’Université du Quebéc, University of Regina Press, University of Toronto Press and Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Since 2011, UBC Library has purchased more than 20,000 ebooks from Springer in the areas of behavioural science, biomedical & life sciences, business & economics, chemistry & materials science, computer science, earth & environmental science, energy, engineering, humanities, social sciences & law, mathematics & statistics, medicine, physics & astronomy, and professional & applied computing. The Library has entered into another agreement with Springer to purchase ebooks for 2015 to 2017. Springer content is heavily used by the UBC community and is a favoured platform because there are no digital restrictions and content is purchased outright.

University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO)
University Press Scholarly Online (UPSO) hosts content from university presses in the United Kingdom and United States. UBC Library has purchased ebook packages for 2015 from four publishers: Oxford University Press (1310 titles), University of Chicago Press (94 titles), Stanford University Press (58 titles) and Yale University Press (51 titles).

We are looking for charismatic hardworking graduate students with strong teaching and technical skills to join us in delivering workshops and one-on-one consultation support for:

Thesis Formatting
(Quantitative Data Software)
(Qualitative Data Software)

plus a facilitator for FIREtalks.

The Research Commons (RC) is located within Koerner Library and provides a welcoming, interdisciplinary research-driven learning environment for graduate students from all departments. The Research Commons uses a peer-to-peer model where graduate students offer peer support via workshops and one on one consultations for a variety of useful and necessary services including: Thesis Formatting, SPSS (Quantitative Data Software),  NVivo (Qualitative Data Software), Citation Management Tools (Mendeley, Zotero, and ProQuest Flow) and FIREtalks (Facilitated Interdisciplinary Research Exchange). 

For more information, including qualifications, salary, and application procedures for these 4 positions, please see the job postings on the Research Commons website and apply now!

April 27 to May 2 is Preservation Week at UBC Library. This year’s event will focus on UBC Library’s recent acquisition of a Papal Bull, an extraordinary document written in 1245. The bull features the signatures of the Pope and 13 cardinals, including future Pope Nicholas III, and is among the oldest of its kind in Canada. Currently, the bull is housed in Rare Books and Special Collections and has also been digitized. Preservation Week will offer the university community a rare glimpse at the restoration, cataloguing and digitization of the bull.

A Papal Bull at UBC Library
Speaker: Dr. Richard Pollard, UBC History Professor
Mon, Apr. 27 | 11 am – 12 pm | Parliamentary Classroom (Level 1, Rm 155)
With every document created having an intention, the historical circumstances surrounding the Papal Bull sheds light on the importance of such an artifact as a valuable teaching and research tool at UBC.

Restoration of a Papal Bull

Speaker: Anne Lama, UBC Library Conservator
Mon, Apr. 27 | 12 pm – 12:30 pm | Parliamentary Classroom (Level 1, Rm 155)
In order to understand how to properly preserve this medieval text for future generations, the goals of the Papal Bull restoration will be presented by the Library conservator.

Cataloguing a Papal Bull
Speaker: Susan Andrews, UBC Library Cataloguer
Wed, Apr. 29 | 11 am – 11:30 am | Lillooet Room (Level 3, Rm 301)
The conservation work on the Papal Bull has been completed, but how do we go about describing this document in the Library’s online catalogue, so that researchers may find it? Sue Andrews will give a cataloguer’s perspective on approaching a manuscript that is hundreds of years old.

Digitizing a Papal Bull
Speaker: Robert Stibravy, UBC Digital Projects Librarian
Fri, May 1 | 11 am – 12 pm | Parliamentary Classroom (155)
A look at how a Papal Bull issued by Pope Innocent IV in 1245, and acquired by UBC Library’s Rare Books & Special Collections division in 2014, was digitized and made available online by UBC Library’s Digitization Centre.

Papal Parchments and Blackletter Books, 1245 AD to UBC: How the Middle Ages Shaped the Way we Read

May 1 – 31 | Mon-Fri 10 am – 4 pm | Rare Books and Special Collections (Level 1, Rm 110)
The Middle Ages were not a time of illiteracy or ignorance, but a time when the written word was used extensively. The very shapes of the letters we know today, in fact, were created in the Middle Ages. Using some recent acquisitions by UBC’s Rare Books (including the 13th-century Papal Bull), this exhibition will follow the development of Western writing, offering visitors a new appreciation of the words they read and write every day.
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to April 24

Drop in hours to April 24 are listed here (click on the Consultations tab)

April 25- May 10

No workshops or drop-in hours. A limited number of one-on-one Thesis Formatting consultations will be available.  Fill in the request form: Research Commons Consultation Form

May 11-

Book a one-on-one Thesis Formatting, Citation Management, SPSS, or NVivo consultation appointment by filling in the request form: Research Commons Consultation Form.

Drop-in consultation hours and Research Commons Workshop Series (Thesis Formatting, Citation Management, SPSS, NVivo, Research Data Management),  tba.


Hours to April 28

7:30am – 10pm
7:30am – 6pm
10am – 6pm
10am – 10pm

April 29, April 30

7:30am – 5pm

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