UBC Research Commons – October 2016 Workshops & Events


Research Commons October Events

This month, the Research Commons is offering tons of workshops and events for grad students, including Thesis Formatting, Citation Management, NVivo and SPSS, R Study Group, the Grad Student Writing Community and more! Read on for workshop dates, descriptions and links to register. If you would like to schedule a 1-on-1 consult for Thesis Formatting, Citation Management, SPSS or NVivo, please fill out our Consultation Request Form.

1-on-1 Consultations

To request an appointment for Thesis Formatting, Citation Management, SPSS, and NVivo:

  1. Check the consultation schedule to find available time slots for your requested service.
  2. Fill out the Consultation Request Form.


Need assistance with analyzing your quantitative data? Attend one of our SPSS workshops, where our student experts will get you acquainted with using SPSS for your statistical analysis. Workshops are located in Koerner Library, room 217. Upcoming SPSS Workshops: SPSS (Part 1) – Environment, Data Entry, and One Variable Analysis Tuesday, October 4th 10am-12pm SPSS (Part 2) – Data Management & Bivariate Analysis Friday, October 21st  12pm-2pm SPSS (Part 1) – Environment, Data Entry, and One Variable Analysis Tuesday, October 25th 10am-12pm



Improve your research results and gain new insights into your data by learning to use NVivo, a powerful qualitative data analysis software. Workshops are held weekly, in Koerner Library, room 216. Upcoming NVivo Workshops: NVivo (Part 2) – Classifications & Datasets Wednesday, October 5th 11am-1pm NVivo (Part 1) – Getting Started with NVivo Wednesday, October 12th 10am-12pm NVivo (Part 2) – Classifications & Datasets Wednesday, October 19th 10am-12pm NVivo (Part 1) – Getting Started with NVivo Wednesday, October 26th 10am-12pm

Thesis Formatting Support

Thesis formatting can be tricky – we’re here to help. Register today for one of our weekly two-hour workshops that cover the basics of the thesis template, and useful resources for thesis writing and formatting. Fall sessions run Wednesdays at 10am-12pm in Koerner 217 . Upcoming Thesis Formatting Workshops: Thursday, October 6 (*Note: this session takes place on a Thursday) Wednesday, October 12 Wednesday, October 26 *Please note, there is no session on Wednesday, October 19th 

Don’t forget to also check out our Thesis Formatting resources, including templates and guides!

Citation Management Support

Need some help when it comes to managing your citations, and compiling your bibliography? Join our weekly Citation Management workshops for help with Mendeley, RefWorks and Zotero! Get tips on organizing your research, formatting bibliographies, and creating in-text citations. Workshops run every Thursday at 3-5pm in Koerner Library, Room 217. Upcoming Citation Management Workshops: Citation Management Using RefWorks Thursday, October 6th Citation Management Using Zotero Thursday, October 13th Citation Management Using Mendeley Thursday, October 20th Citation Management Using RefWorks Thursday, October 27th

Data Cafe – Data Privacy & Security

This presentation will cover best practices for data privacy and security throughout the data life cycle, including guidance and tools for researchers to safeguard their data, and ensure compliance with institutional and legislative policies and standards.  Tuesday, October 11 1pm-2pm  Sherrington Room, Woodward Library

Systematic Review Search Methodology

Learn all about the search process for systematic reviews at this upcoming workshop, which will include an introduction to locating relevant studies and recording the methodology.  Tuesday, October 11th 1pm-4pm Woodward Library Computer Lab, Room B25

Literature Reviews – Great Literature Starts Here

Do you want to know what a Lit Review is? Do you need help with finding the right search strategies and databases, or with locating scholarly articles, theses, dissertations, and books? Attend our Literature Reviews workshop to find out, and get resources to help you keep track of your research. Wednesday, October 19 10am-12pm Koerner Library, Room 217

Copyright Workshops

The Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office is offering a series of weekly copyright education workshops. Topics include copyright in the classroom, copyright in the digital environment, scholarly publishing, funding mandates, open access, and more! Workshops will take place in Koerner Library, Room 216, at 10am-11am.  Upcoming Workshops: Copyright for Authors & Creators Tuesday, October 4 Navigating Copyright in the Digital Environment Tuesday, October 11 Copyright for the Classroom Tuesday, October 18 Copyrigth & Conference Presentations Tuesday, October 25

Multi-Disciplinary Grad Student Writing Community

When writing your thesis, it is important to write regularly, and be a part of a writing community. You can do both at our weekly Monday meetings, starting September 26th. Each session will be facilitated by a Peer Writing Consultant from the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication, and will be held in Koerner Library, Room 153.

Upcoming Sessions: Monday, October 3 2:00pm-3:30pm Monday, October 17 2:00pm-3:30pm Monday, October 24 2:00pm-3:30pm Monday, October 31 2:00pm-3:30pm

Pixelating: A Digital Humanities Mixer

Thursdays | 12-2pm | Koerner Rm 153

UBC scholars are invited to attend our drop-in sessions of Pixelating: A Digital Humanities Mixeran opportunity for DH scholars across campus to meet colleagues, talk tools, brainstorm ideas and network with others who use digital tools to explore and visualize their research. Join us in Koerner 153, Thursdays at 12-2pm. Upcoming Sessions: Practical Support for Research Data Management (RDM) in Digital Humanities Thursday, October 6 Eugene Barsky, Research Data Librarian, will present on ways the UBC Library is supporting the DH community with RDM. Social Media Mining and Natural Language Processing Thursday, October 13 Get hands-on instruction on mining social data using NLP and machine learning technologies. Co-Working Session Thursday, October 20 Work collaboratively on your DH projects and skills, and gain moral and technical support. TBD Thursday, October 27 Check back on our events page for details on this session.

R Study Group

Join the UBC R Study Group and learn how to code and collaborate with others on open science projects. Graduate students, scientists and researchers are welcome to attend (almost) weekly drop-in meetings, Mondays at 3pm-4:30pm in Koerner 216. Upcoming Sessions: R Utility Belt: Data Manipulation with dplyr Monday, October 3  An intro to manipulating and rearranging data in R. R Utility Belt: Rendering code with knitr and Rmarkdown Monday, October 24 An intro to rendering your code with a combination of knitr and RMarkdown in R.


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