The Daily Hive highlights a number of Library spaces as ideal study spots at the University.

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.




UBC Library’s Fall Update in the BCLA Browser highlights recipients of the Aboriginal Audio Digitization and Preservation Project as well as recently acquired collections and the upcoming Woodward Library 50th anniversary events.

It also highlights the Work with Us portal, which profiles Library staff.



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