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What is the UBC Library Research Commons?

The UBC Research Commons makes completing your thesis a whole lot easier. Of course the research part is your territory, but the Research Commons can help you greatly increase the efficiency and the quality of your research in ways you may not yet have even imagined. They also can help you manage your citations automatically and format your thesis properly using the only UBC Graduate Studies approved template. 

You could do your whole thesis without them, but the Research Commons are here to make your life so much easier. Keep up-to-date on all of their latest offerings, by subscribing to the UBC Library Research Commons newsletter at http://bit.ly/UBCRCnewssubscribe or click the button below.

As usual, I will continue to forward you the newsletter and also the link to the current newsletter. The link to the current newsletter can be found here:


If you have any questions or suggestions at all, I would very much welcome them. Thank you for your assistance with this change for the better! 

Sarah Blay
Program and Administrative Assistant

Research Commons | Koerner Library

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
219 – 1958 Main Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z2 Canada
sarah.blay@ubc.ca | 604-822-6363



We are hiring! | Finish up your thesis | Book a one-on-one consult

We want you on our team!

If you want to be part of an awesome team of Graduate Students, look no further. We are particularly looking for individuals with experience and enthusiasm with NVivo, SPSS, Advanced Word Template Use, RefWorks, Zotero, and Mendeley. We also have a unique experience for a iSchool student.

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Featured Instructor

Meet Susan Atkey

Susan Atkey has guided the UBC Research Commons from its inception, 6 years ago. With her expertise in a wide selection of research softwares, she has been able to lead the development of curriculum for learning NVivo, SPSS, R, RefWorks, Mendeley, and Zotero, to name but a few. Under her leadership, in just the last calendar year, the UBC Research Commons team of Graduate Academic Assistants helped over 1000 students, through a combination of workshops and one-on-one consultations.

Recently, we had the chance to catch up with Susan to ask her a few Research Commons questions. Read the full-interview here.


Simplify your race towards your thesis finish line.

The UBC Research Commons knows August. It’s the time of year when you are making last minute thesis revisions to graduate (without paying Winter term tuition). We are here to help.

Join us for our last Thesis Formatting workshop of the summer on August 10 at 10 AM. Register here.

For specific questions to your thesis, book a one-on-one consultation. At this time of year consultations book up very quickly. Book yours today before we close for the term (last day for consults is Friday, August 24). Book a consult.


Upcoming workshops

Last chance for Thesis Formatting, NVivo, SPSS, RefWorks, and Systematic Reviews for the summer.

Thesis Formatting Workshop

Want to stop fighting with your UBC Word Thesis Template, this workshop is for you—last half hour reserved for specific questions so bring your in progress thesis along if you wish.
Formatting Your Thesis: Tips and Tricks
Date and time: Friday, August 10th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Koerner Library, Room 217

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SPSS Support Workshops

Learn this user-friendly statistical analysis software. You don’t need to write any code—SPSS does this for you with just a few clicks.

SPSS Part 1: Environment, Data Entry and One Variable Analysis

Date and time: Thursday, August 2nd from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Koerner Library, Room 217

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SPSS Part 2: Data Management and Bivariate Analysis

Date and time: Thursday, August 9th from 10 to 12 p.m.

Location: Koerner Library, Room 217

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               NVivo Workshops (for Mac)

Working with text-based or multi-media data such as interviews, focus groups, or videos? NVivo is a powerful, user-friendly tool that can help you with data analysis.

Our PC workshops have ended for this term (back again in September!) but you can still book a consult for help with NVivo on PC or MAC (last day for consults this summer is August 17).


NVivo (Part 1) for Mac – Getting Started with NVivo

Date and time: Tuesday, August 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Koerner Library, Room 216

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NVivo Part 2 for Mac: Classification and Datasets

Date and time: Tuesday, August 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Koerner Library, Room 216

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Systematic Review Search Methods Workshop

Need to know what the search process for systematic reviews is about?

Systematic Review Search Methods

Date and time: Wednesday, August 22 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Woodward Library Computer Lab – Room B25

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Citation Management Workshop

This last citation management workshop of the summer is offered at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and covers RefWorks.

Book a consult at the UBC Research Commons in Koerner Library if you need help with Zotero, Mendeley, or cannot make the RefWorks workshop.

Introduction to Citation Management Using RefWorks

Date and time: Wednesday, August 8th, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Location: BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Room 3113

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Rise and shine for our R Study Group

Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m.

This community run meet-up welcomes you to come and work and solve problems related to R (#rstat). No registration is required and all skill levels are welcome.

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Join the Graduate Student Writing Community

Tuesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. or Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m.

Writer’s block? Feeling isolated in your research and writing? Discover what a difference writing in a community can make in one of our weekly writing communities!

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Intersession Closure

Closed from August 17 – September 17

We close for the term on August 17. Note that we will remain open for thesis formatting consults only, until August 24. We re-open on Monday, September 17.

Book a one-on-one consult this semester

We offer consults in citation management, GIS, NVivo, SPSS or R, Stata and thesis formatting. Consults are offered in Room 218A in the Koerner Library or via Skype.

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