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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Join us November 27 for a screening of Baz Luhrmann’s modern take on Romeo + Juliet

Starring Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio, this 1996 version of Shakespeare’s play features visually stunning and colourful sets as the Montagues and Capulets wage war and star-cross lovers meet their tragic destiny. 

Hosted by Sarah Grant, a PhD student from Simon Fraser University, this Cinema Salon noon screening is free. 

Location: Koerner Library, room 216

Genre: Drama, Romance
Run time: 120 minutes


For more information on the Videomatica Collection or the Cinema Salon series, please visit

Don’t miss our new monthly series of screenings from the UBC Library’s feature film collection in Koerner Library. On the last Thursday of every month, join lovers of cinema to view and discuss titles from the Videomatica Collection

The inaugural screening this term will be hosted by Stephen Heatley, Professor of Theatre, on Thursday September 25, at noon, in Koerner 216 with a screening of Trevor Nunn’s film version of Twelfth Night (1996).

Twelfth Night, starring Helena Bonham Carter, Richard E. Grant, and Ben Kingsley, is Shakespeare’s classic comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves. This film screening coincides with the opening of the Dept of Theatre and Film’s stage version. 

Directed by Trevor Nunn 
Genre: Comedy, Drama 
Run time: 134 minutes


This film screening coincides with the Department of Theatre and Film’s stage version of Twelfth Night, which opens September 25.

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In this month’s issue of LibFOCUS, we celebrate the start of the fall semester with new resources for students, faculty and staff; highlights from recently digitized collections; a historical textbooks exhibit; Videomatica film screenings and more.


UBC Library’s Spring Update in the BCLA Browser features updates on the launch of the much-loved Videomatica film collection; the donation of the exceptional Uno Langmann Family Collection of B.C. Photographs;  the latest winner of the Innovative Dissemination of Research Award; and more.

The BCLA Browser is the online, open access publication of the British Columbia Library Association.

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