Koerner Library has new software available! The computer labs in Koerner Library – rooms 217 & 218A – have been upgraded with new GIS and statistical analysis software. The existing software has been updated to the latest versions and new tools are now available.

Highlights include, but are not limited to:

  • Expanded tools for qualitative and quantitative data analysis (NVivo, SAS)
  • Enhanced urban planning capability (Esri CityEngine)
  • New GIS capabilities (ArcGIS Pro)
  • Engineering, planning and design software (Matlab, AutoCAD and Sketchup Pro)

For a full list, see the UBC Library Research Commons: Rooms & Software page.

The last day for 1-on-1 consultations at the Research Commons is Friday, December 16, 2016. Consultations may be booked via our Consultation Request Form.

Consultations will resume again in the new year, on Monday, January 16, 2017.

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.


Are you a graduate student? Would you like to learn about citation management, thesis formatting, data management and more? Then make sure to check out our extensive listing of summer workshops below, care of Koerner Library’s Research Commons

The Research Commons is a collaborative initiative of UBC Library, the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. It is supported by a UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund grant.




Citation Management Using Mendeley

If you 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 format in-text citations and bibliographies in your work.

This hands-on workshop introduces the main concepts of citation management and gives detailed instruction for installing and using Mendeley, one of the most popular citation management tools.

 July 8 | August 6


Citation Management Using RefWorks

This hands-on workshop introduces the main concepts of citation management and gives detailed instruction for using RefWorks, a popular citation management tool licensed by UBC Library.

July 2 | July 23


Citation Management Using Zotero

This hands-on workshop introduces the main concepts of citation management and gives detailed instruction for installing and using Zotero, one of the most popular citation management tools. 

June 25 | July 15 | August 13


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 and Postdoctoral 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: 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. 

June 26 | July 7 | August 7


Basic SPSS

Do you wonder what SPSS is and how it can be useful to manage and analyze your data? Would you like to learn how to work with SPSS just by clicking a few keys? Let us help you learn the basics.

August 11


SPSS Data Management

Do you know how to edit your data using effective data management software? Do you want to work with user-friendly software without going through the hassle of writing code? SPSS can do this for you with a few clicks. Attend this workshop and learn how to manage your data fast.

June 16 | July 16 | August 11


Descriptive/Graphing Analysis with SPSS

Do you have trouble summarizing your data? Do you want to analyze it with t-test, ANOVA, Pearson-test, etc. using SPSS? Do you have trouble graphing and presenting your data with SPSS? We can help. Enroll in this workshop and learn how to analyze your data hassle-free!

June 17 | July 17 | August 12


Regression Analysis

Regression analysis is a statistical process for estimating relationships among variables. We can use regression to make quantitative predictions of one variable from the values of another. Do you wonder how to conduct 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! 

June 17 | July 17August 12

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