FIREtalk: Tools of the Trade


The Research Commons invites graduate students from any discipline to participate in our next FIREtalk, Tools of the Trade. To be part of the discussion, submit your proposal for a 5-minute presentation by April 16th, 2014. Or, if you don’t want to present, attend as an audience member and join the discussion after the presentations!

This month’s theme is Tools of the Trade:

Our trade is producing knowledge and implementing it. What are some of the tools that are being used? Choosing the appropriate tool or method for your research is one of the most critical components for advancing academic inquiry. What approaches to research are in the academic’s toolbox? Share with an interdisciplinary audience how a tool or method is used in your field:

  • interdisciplinary perspectives
  • mixed methods designs
  • meta-analysis strategies
  • cutting edge technology
  • classic techniques proven by time

When: Wednesday, April 23, 4-6 pm

Where: Koerner Library, Room 216

For more Info:


Koerner Library Poetry Event

When: April 9, 5-6:30pm

Where: Koerner Library, 3rd floor entrance by the fireplace

Register: It’s Free!  Just register so we can get a handle on catering. 

National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern.

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Koerner Library will be hosting some of our own local poets – including Kevin McNeilly, Renee Saklikar, and Elee Kraljii Gardiner – for a night of food and verse. To read more about our lineup of poets, visit the website here:


  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. 

Thursday, April 10th, 10am-12:00pm:

Thursday,  April 17th, 10am-12:00pm: 

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 RefWorks, 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 RefWorks, Zotero, or Mendeley.  

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:  

Citation Management Using RefWorks:

Monday, April 7th, 2:00pm-4:00pm :


Citation Management Using Mendeley:

Monday, April 9th, 10am-12pm:



Workshop 1- 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. 

No previous knowledge of SPSS is required for the first workshop: Wednesday, April 9th, 1200pm-2:00pm: 

Workshop 2- 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 a 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. 

Wednesday, April 16th, 12:00pm-2:00pm: 

Have specific questions you think would be best answered in a one-on-one session? See our Consultations page to book a session: __________________________________________________________________ Graduate Lit Review Workshops

UBC Library Research Commons offers workshops to graduate students doing a literature review. The sessions are 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. 

Upcoming sessions are scheduled for:

Thursday May 8th, 10-noon in Koerner Library:

 Kelsey Blair
Student Coordinator Koerner Library Research Commons

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