Congratulations to the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award winners for October 2015!

The Open Scholar Award rewards non-thesis work from UBC Vancouver graduate students twice per year. The most recent winners include Paul Liu, an MSc graduate student from the UBC Department of Computer Science, and Monica L. P. Lytwyn, who completed her MEd in Early Childhood Education at UBC earlier this year.

Liu’s entry, “An exploration of matrix equilibration,” is an article submitted to cIRcle in September. Lytwyn’s entry, “Co-creating a pedagogical support document to support meaningful curriculum and enhanced quality,” is a paper completed for her degree requirements. Both of their items are now publicly available in cIRcle, meaning researchers from around the globe can access it.

Graduate students are encouraged to submit their non-thesis work to cIRcle – this can include essays, papers, presentations (including posters), and video and audio based projects.

The award is a lottery based system, randomly selecting items submitted to cIRcle during the previous 6 month period. Four awards are given per annum, two in April and two in October. cIRcle, launched by the Library in 2007 to showcase and preserve UBC’s research and teaching materials, is ranked as the top repository in Canada. It also is ranked 14th in North America and 44th globally.

The next award submission deadline is March 26, 2016.

For more information about the award, visit the cIRcle website

UBC Library’s Research Commons services re-opened on May 11 for the Spring/Summer term.

Their services include workshops and one-on-one consultations for Thesis Formatting, Citation Management (RefWorks, Mendeley, Zotero, Proquest Flow), Statistical Software (SPSS and R) and Nvivo. Located in Koerner Library, the Research Commons provides services by graduate students, for graduate students. Upcoming workshops are listed in the Library’s event calendar.

Students who would like a one-on-one consultation can book appointments via an online form, or by emailing

For questions about their services, or to see their consultation hours, visit the Research Commons website.

cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository, hit a big milestone last month when it archived its 50,000th full-text, openly accessible item. 

UBC Library launched cIRcle in 2007; it serves as UBC’s digital repository for research and teaching materials created by the UBC community and its partners. Materials in cIRcle are openly accessible to anyone on the web, meaning the 50,000th item is available for researchers around the world.

Mapping the Garden of Truth is an MA thesis in Asian Studies, contributed by graduate student Casey Collins. This thesis belongs to the Electronic Theses and Dissertations 2008+ collection, which features master’s level and PhD level work from UBC graduate students.

cIRcle was recently ranked as the top repository in Canada. For more information on contributing research, projects, presentations or other materials, visit their website.


Meet Saule Chikeyeva and Catherine Haney – the latest winners of the 2014 GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award!

Saule Chikeyeva comes from the UBC Department of Educational Studies and won this Award for the work, “Policy Analysis of the Per Capita Funding of Public Schools in Kazakhstan” at: Chikeyeva sets out “to better understand the per capita financing pilot project” in the context of the ‘chosen funding model and its educational aims through the lenses of efficiency, equity, equality, adequacy and accountability’.

Catherine Haney (pictured above) is a PhD student from the UBC School of Nursing. Haney won this Award for her work, “Considering oral history: Methodological questions and reflections” at: If her name sounds familiar, it could be due to the fact that she has published two other works in cIRcle – a 2011 MSc thesis at: and a journal article at: Along with other UBC Nursing colleagues, staff and faculty, Haney helped organize a successful graduate student research symposium held at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre on May 2, 2014. It showcased innovative nursing research plus ideas and drew presenters from Canada, Washington State and as far away as Brazil.

Congratulations to Saule Chikeyeva and Catherine Haney on winning the Award – valuing $500 each!

The GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award aims to feature UBC as a leader in the open dissemination of graduate non-thesis coursework projects or manuscripts subject to instructor approval. Award details at:

Above image is courtesy of UBC Graduate Student Society

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.

Monday, January 12th at 9:30am – 11:30am

Tuesday January 20th at 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Monday, January 12th at 9:30am – 11:30am

Have specific questions you think would be best answered in a one-on-one session? See our Consultations page to book a session:


Citation Management Using ProQuest Flow, 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 Zotero, ProQuest Flow, or Mendeley.

Citation Management Using Mendeley
Friday, January 16th at 11:00am – 1:00pm

Citation Management Using ProQuest Flow
Friday, January 23rd at 11:00am – 1:00pm

Citation Management Using Zotero
Friday, January 16th at 11:00am – 1:00pm.

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:


Wenesday, January 28th, 2015 at 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Koerner Library RM216


NVivo is one of the leading computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS) packages, and is now available for both PC and Mac operating systems. The Research Commons can help grad students to get started successfully using NVivo in qualitative research, including:

*Installing the software *Creating new projects *Importing a variety of sources, including documents, PDFs, spreadsheets, audio and video files, and data from online sources *Becoming familiar with the technical aspects of coding in NVivo *Using NVivo’s tools to explore and present relationships and trends in qualitative data

Note: NVivo is not free software; a student subscription can be purchased from QSR International, and a 30-day trial subscription is also available. (UBC faculty or staff members can get an NVivo license through UBC IT.) NVivo is not currently available on UBC Library computers.

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

Monday, January 12th from 12:00pm – 2:00pm

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

Monday, January 12th from 2:30pm – 5:00pm

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!

Monday, January 19th from 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Workshop 4- Regression Analysis
Regression analysis is a statistical process for estimating the relationships among variables. We can use regression to make quantitative predictions of one variable from the values of another. Do you wonder how to do linear and logistic regression analysis with SPSS? Do you want to learn about simple and multivariate regression modeling? Register for the SPSS Regression workshop to get a sense of it all!

Monday, January 19th from 2:30pm – 5:00pm

Workshop 5- Logistic Regression – NEW OFFERING
Have you been to our linear regression workshop? If you have, it is time to learn about logistic regression. Logistic regression measures the relationship between a categorical dependent variable and one or more independent variables.  These variables, which can either be continuous or dichotomous variables, use probability scores as predicted values of the dependent variable. If you have not had a chance to go through the linear regression workshop, don’t worry, we will start with a review and then jump into logistic regression. You will learn when and how to use the logistic regression modeling in SPSS and how to interpret the output.

Monday, January 26th from 12:00pm – 2:30pm

Workshop 6- Survival Analysis – NEW OFFERING
Survival analysis is for everyone in the field of Medicine, Engineering, Economics, and even Sociology. Survival analysis deals with the analysis of time duration to until one or more events happen, such as the death of organisms, failure in mechanical systems, etc. This topic is called reliability analysis in engineering, duration analysis in economics, or event history analysis in sociology.  We offer support for survival analysis using SPSS.

Survival analysis in medicine, deals with how long a patient has to survive under certain conditions or show an event such as death. You are able to answer questions like: what is the proportion of a population which will survive past a certain time? Of those that survive, at what rate will they die or fail? Can multiple causes of death or failure be taken into account? How do particular independent variables or characteristics increase or decrease the probability of survival?

Monday, January 26th from 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Cinema Salon
Thursday, January 29th
Koerner RM 216

Cigarette Burns
Directed by John Carpenter
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Run time: 59 minutes

Host: Ernest Mathijs, Professor of Film Studies

With a torrid past that haunts him, a movie-theater director is hired to hunt for the only known print of a film so notorious that its single screening caused the viewers to become homicidally insane. Part of the “Masters of Horror” series, Season One.

Copyright Workshops and Events

Copyright for Authors and Creators
December 16th, 2014

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
You’ve finally finished your research and now you’re looking to publish. Just what do you need to know about copyright to make sure your work has the protections you need? This workshop will cover what authors and creators need to know about copyright, giving you a solid knowledge base to build from.

Register Here

Graduate Student Orientation to the Library
January 14th, 2015

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 at 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Are you a graduate student and new to UBC? Would you like to know more about what the library has to offer? This basic workshop will provide you with an overview of some of the key services and resources available to you from the library.

Literature Reviews -Great Research Starts Here
Thursday, January 15th, 2015 at 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: Koerner RM217

This session is appropriate for students conducting literature reviews in any discipline.
Topics include
… what is a literature review?
… finding the right databases
… search strategies for databases
… finding scholarly articles, theses and dissertations, books, and more
… resources to help you keep track of your research.

There will be plenty of hands-on time for searching, and assistance from the two presenting librarians.

**Health Science Researchers: this workshop does NOT cover how to do a Systematic Review.**

Stay Alert! Keeping Current with Research
Tuesday January 20th, 2015 at 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Keeping current with new research in your field can be a challenge. In this workshop, you’ll learn strategies and tools to help you stay up-to-date with the published literature. We’ll cover: How to create saved search alerts for new articles and dissertations on your topic How to set up Table of Contents alerts for your favourite journals How to find out when a key article has been cited by someone else How to use social media tools such as blogs and Twitter to hear the buzz around new research Please bring your own laptop.

Building Your Academic Profile
Tuesday January 27th, 2015 at 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Thinking about publishing your research? There are more ways to communicate your scholarly ideas than ever before. Learn about skills and tools for discussing, interacting, presenting, writing, commenting, and finally publishing your research. In this workshop you will: develop a scholarly/publication profile using both traditional and social tools, build knowledge of formal and informal modes of publication, identify ways to broadly participate in your field (e.g. webinars, blogs, open education resources)

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