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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This month’s LibFOCUS focuses on changes at UBC Library to kick-off the beginning of the school year – a website facelift, a new research commons, multi-service desks and inspired collections.


Student at Library research desk

Photo credit Martin Dee

UBC Library, in collaboration with the University’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) and the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FOGS), is pleased to announce the opening of the Koerner Library Research Commons on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. 

With the support of a Teaching and Learning Enhancement (TLEF) Fund Grant, UBC Library was able to hire a team of eleven graduate students with a diverse range of disciplinary research backgrounds to help develop and deliver the services for the Research Commons.

The Research Commons, located on the second floor of Koerner Library, will provide one-on-one consultations and workshops on thesis formatting to graduate students. Weekly instructional workshops will also be provided for RefWorks, Medeley and Zotero, three popular citation management tools. Although targeted to students in the humanities and social sciences, these services are open to all graduate students.

In addition, the Research Commons will facilitate peer-led interdisciplinary research discussions for graduate students. The discussions will invite students to share their challenges and experiences, and encourage theme-based discussions on their research.

The rollout of these services is part of a three-year development plan for a broader constellation of services and spaces designed to meet the scholarly research needs of graduate students and faculty. 

For further information on the Koerner Library Research Commons, contact Interim Head, Humanities & Social Sciences Division, at trish.rosseel(at)ubc.ca, or email research-commons(at)interchange.ubc.ca.

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