With your New Year’s resolutions for 2014 fresh in mind, does your list include how to find the right tools and tips that can help you spruce up your scholarly research skills?

Start your New Year on the right track by registering for these free Library workshops offered in the Koerner Library Research Commons Series, Undergraduate Student Workshop Series and Graduate Student Workshop Series:

Author rights, funding mandates, open access publishing – Jan. 24th

Building Your Academic Profile – Jan. 20th

Digging into Digital Book Collections for Humanities and Social Sciences – Jan. 22nd

Introduction to Medline via OvidSP for Health Sciences – Jan. 29th

FIREtalk: Creativity and Innovation – Jan. 29th

Literature Reviews – Great Research Starts Here – Jan. 30th

Did You Know?

After uploading your scholarly work to cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository, you will receive a permanent URL. No need to update the URL every time there’s a website redesign–the links to your materials will stay the same over time. cIRcle also records view and download statistics of your archived item(s) and keeps track of the interest in your work from around the world! Visit circle.ubc.ca to learn more.

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Do you need an orientation or refresher session on managing your citations or tips for your literature reviews? Do you need some assistance with formatting your thesis? Or do you want to learn more about the Library’s current and historical newspaper collections from BC, Canada, US and beyond?

See the latest Library workshops being offered through the Koerner Library Research Commons Series, Undergraduate Student Workshop Series and Graduate Student Workshop Series listed below:

All the news that’s fit to print – http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/3766

Tips and Tricks for Formatting Your Thesis: Little Things Mean a Lot! – http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/3733

Citation Management Using Mendeley – http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/3869

Citation Management Using Zotero – http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/dashboard/view/3700

Did You Know?

You can cite an unpublished work, such as a thesis or dissertation in cIRcle by using the format provided in this example below:

Blackman, M. J. (2008). Achieving economic and social sustainability in the inner city: The role of business improvements districts. cIRcle: UBC’s Digital Repository: Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) 2008+. Available at: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/2445.

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If you have visited the Walter C. Koerner Library recently, you probably saw the new Research Commons Desk (on Level 2); not to mention, the graduate student staff in action. How so?

The Research Commons offers a variety of services but two key services stand out, especially for graduate students in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Note: These services are also open to all graduate students and are being provided by graduate students.

Yes, there is a definite buzz of excitement and here’s why:

Thesis/Citation Formatting Support

This service provides ‘workshops and one-on-one consultations to students who need assistance with Master’s and PhD theses formatting using advanced features of Microsoft Word’.

FIRE (Facilitated Interdisciplinary Research Exchange) talks 

This service ‘invites graduate students from across campus to come to Koerner Library for monthly theme-based discussions of their research and to connect around common research interests and perspectives’.

Want to learn more about the Research Commons at Koerner Library? Here are a few easy ways:

Did You Know?

cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository, allows a more comprehensive collection of scholarly works to be submitted than may be possible in the traditional publishing world. There are 5500+ Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) and 32,000+Retrospective Theses and Dissertations (RTDs). Explore cIRcle at: https://circle.ubc.ca/.

Above text in partial italics and image is courtesy of the Koerner Library Research Commons website at: http://koerner.library.ubc.ca/services/research-commons/.

The UBC Library, in collaboration with UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) and the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FOGS), will be offering some new services in the Koerner Library Research Commons.

One service will include an Interdisciplinary Research Exchange (a service designed to connect graduate students across campus and facilitate discussion of shared research interests).

Another service will be the Thesis/Citation Formatting Support service.  This service will provide workshops and specialized assistance to students who need assistance with Master’s and PhD theses formatting.

These two new services were provided through the UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) grant for 2012/13. Look for these services at the Koerner Library Research Commons Help Desk on level 2 beginning in September 2012.

To learn more about this initiative, please contact Trish Rosseel, Interim Head, Humanities & Social Sciences Division, at trish.rosseel(at)ubc.ca

To arrange an appointment, send an email to research-commons@interchange.ubc.ca.

Did You Know?

The Library also provides various undergraduate and graduate workshops which extend from Humanities & Social Sciences to the Applied Sciences and much more throughout the year. To find out which upcoming workshops would be most helpful to you and your research, visit the Library’s instructional event site at: http://elred.library.ubc.ca/libs/. You will also find cIRcle event workshops on how to get your research published or disseminated in an open access repository.

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