UBC Library is a globally influential academic research library, committed to promoting knowledge creation, exploration and discovery to UBC faculty, students and broader communities.

This March, UBC Library celebrates all things research-related. Visit the Library website for help throughout every stage of your research and attend one of these upcoming workshops:

Thur, March 10
12 p.m – 3 p.m.
Koerner Library, 153

Pixelating: A Digital Humanities Mixer (Text Analysis / Open Collections API)
Join us to learn the basics of full text analysis using the UBC Library Open Collections API.

In this session, UBC Programmer/Analyst Sean McNamara will provide an introduction into performing full text analysis on Open Collections using AntConc and Python’s Natural Language Toolkit. Search and explore the full text, find word frequency distributions, word dispersions, collocations, common contexts for words etc.


Thur, March 10
12 p.m – 3 p.m.
Woodward Library, B25 Computer Lab

Search Methods for Systematic Reviews
Need to know what the search process for systematic reviews is about? This session will provide an introduction to the process of locating relevant studies and recording the methodology, with a focus on health sciences disciplines. Topics include: stages of the systematic review process; framing the search question with tools like PICO; searching Medline, other databases and grey literature sources; and tips for using citation management software for systematic reviews. 


Wed, March 16
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Koerner Library, 217 

Stay Alert! Keeping Current with Research
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 Twitter and ResearchGate to hear the buzz around new research. This hands-on session will be held in a computer lab but you are welcome to bring your own laptop.


Fri, March 18
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Koerner Library, 217 

Best Practices in Research Data Management
How do you manage your research data? Join us for a research data management planning workshop designed to help you incorporate best practices for data management into your own work. We will address such questions as: What file naming standard should I use? What is metadata, and how will it help me manage my data? What’s a data repository, and which one should I use? Do I need permission to share my data? In addition, we will discuss critical components of data management planning, provide hands-on practice with methods to name and organize files, review data management resources, and give you a framework to develop your own data management plan. We welcome all researchers; faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and others.


Thur, March 24
9 a.m – 2 p.m.
Woodward Library, B25 Computer Lab 

Statistical Methodology for Systematic Reviews
Hands-on workshop on statistical methodology used in systematic reviews, and an introduction to RevMan software. Taught by Shayesteh Jahanfar, PhD, International Cochrane Trainer. Content covered will include: double screening process; data extraction process; providing examples of data extraction form; introducing Distiller software to ease the process of screening; effect measures such as odds ratio and relative risk; heterogeneity; meta-regression; using RevMan to create forest plots, tables of included and excluded studies, and risk of bias graphs.


Wed, March 30
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Koerner Library, 216 

FIREtalk: Language Arts and Sciences
There are innumerable ways to study language, and a good many of those ways are being pursued at UBC: from investigating children’s development of language, to examining dyslexia and recovery from stroke, to studying how meaning is made in endangered languages, to exploring differences in language use between literary and non-literary texts, to modelling the human vocal tract. Share your way of studying language with graduate researchers from other disciplines.




Research Impact Challenge

Are you a UBC researcher who wants to broaden the impact of your work? During Reading Week from February 15 – 19, the Research Commons at UBC Library will run the Research Impact Challenge, which offers three daily challenges to help you:

  • build your academic profile
  • share and connect with other researchers
  • stay on the cutting edge of your discipline
  • increase the discoverability and access of your research
  • track your scholarly metrics and impacts

From using tools such as Google Scholar, Twitter, and LinkedIn, you will learn how to boost the exposure of your research in your field and make a difference with a series of steps. Librarians are available during Open Clinic times to help you share, promote, and discuss your research further. Sign up for one or all of the Challenges.


This fall, UBC Library celebrates the legacy of the Harry Potter series and Vancouver’s special relationship with “the boy who lived” with a special exhibition at three library branches, featuring first editions of the books, stories and memorabilia from local businesses and people affected by the series. Share your Harry Potter memories with the Library via #harrypotterUBC.

Curated by Rare Books and Special Collections, the Harry Potter and the rain city exhibition is on display from October 6 to December 11, 2015 at three different Library branches:

You can use a special Marauder’s Map to visit each of the exhibition locations.

In addition to the exhibition, the Library is pleased to host two additional events:

Harry Potter, Brands of Magic

Colloquium hosted by David Lam Library

When: October 29 | 12:30-2:00pm
Where: Henry Angus Building, 2053 Main Mall, 9th floor

Five panelists discuss the impact and influence of the Harry Potter series on the city and people of Vancouver.

  • Gisele M. Baxter (UBC English)
  • Jamie Broadhurst (Raincoast Books, SFU Publishing Program)
  • Kevin McNeilly (UBC English)
  • Judith Saltman (UBC iSchool)
  • Phyllis Simon (Vancouver Kidsbooks)

Moderated by Darren Dahl from UBC’s Sauder School of Business.

RSVP by October 26 to hp.colloquium@ubc.ca.

Hallowe’en at Hogwarts West

Party hosted by Rare Books and Special Collections

When: October 30 | 1:00-3:00pm
Where: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, Rm 302 (Dodson Room)

Dress up as your favourite HP character for the Library’s Hallowe’en party! Join us for a costume contest, games, crafts, and light refreshments.

The party is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Limited tickets will be available beginning October 15 at Rare Books and Special Collections (Level One, IKBLC). Tickets may be picked up at RBSC Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Please note that the exhibitions and events are in no way affiliated with the Harry Potter copyright owners, including J.K. Rowling, Warner Brothers Entertainment, Universal Studios, and Scholastic.


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 research.commons@ubc.ca

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

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