Koerner Library Monthly Workshops February 2015


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, February 6th from 11:00am – 1:00pm

Friday, February 27th from 11:00am – 1:00pm

Citation Management Using ProQuest Flow
Friday, February 13th from 11:00am – 1:00pm

Citation Management Using Zotero
Friday, February 17th from 2:30pm – 4:30pm

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: http://koerner.library.ubc.ca/services/research-commons/.



NOTE: You will need to bring your own laptop if you want to try using NVivo in this workshop, as the software is not available on library computers. You can download a trial version at:

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.

Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 at 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Thursday, February 19th, 2015 at 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 4:00pm – 6:00pm

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, February 2nd 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, February 2nd from 2:30pm – 4:30pm

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, February 16th 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, February 16th 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, February 23rd 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, February 23rd from 3:00pm – 5:00pm


Cinema Salon
Thursday, February 26th @ 12PM
Koerner RM 216
Join us for Cinema Salon at UBC Library, where we screen a movie from the Videomatica collection during lunch hour and then share insights about the featured film with a faculty member from the Department of Theatre and Film.

Admission is free but seating is limited.

Copyright Workshops and Events

Navigating Copyright in a Digital Environment
February 3rd, 2015
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Curious about what you can post on a UBC departmental website, personal blog, shared wiki space, or social media platform? This workshop will cover what to keep in mind when using other people’s copyrighted work on publicly available websites.

Register Here

Copyright and Conference Presentations
February 10th, 2015
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Curious about using other people’s figures in your conference presentations? Wondering if presenting a paper at a conference counts as prior publication? Looking for an overview of copyright considerations for conference organizers? Come to this workshop to learn about these topics and more!

Register Here

Graduate Student Orientation to the Library
February 5th, 2015
Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 11:00am – 12:00pm

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
Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Location: Woodward Library Computer Lab – Room B25

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
Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 11:00AM – 12:30PM

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
Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at 2:00PM – 3:30PM

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)



Data Cafe
February 6th, 2015
Friday, February 6th, 2015 at 10:00AM – 11:00AM

Location: RM216

The Data Cafe is a place for socialising data. We get together and discuss topics of interests related to research data. The February 2015 session will focus on data governance and data copyright
Best Practices for Research Data Management:
February 10th, 2015
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at 10:00AM – 11:30AM

Woodward Library Computer Lab – Room B25

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.
Thank you,
Mark Christensen
Student Coordinator
Koerner Library Research Commons

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.

Tuesday February 3rd from 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Tuesday February 10th from 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Tuesday February 17th from 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Tuesday February 23rd from 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: http://koerner.library.ubc.ca/services/research-commons/.

Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Student Conference


Graduate students from all disciplines are invited to participate in the 20th annual UBC Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Student Conference. The Conference will be held at Allard Hall, University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, BC, Canada, on May 7-8, 2015. This conference offers an academic forum for graduate students to consider and exchange innovative ideas that bridge law and other disciplines. It is a conference designed specifically for graduate students, and creates a safe and dynamic environment to stretch intellectual boundaries and build academic networks.

Conference Theme: Milestones provide an opportunity for reflection: 2015 marks the Centennial of the University of British Columbia, as well as the 20th anniversary of the UBC Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Conference, making it the longest running graduate student conference of its kind in Canada. In addition, 2015 marks the 30thanniversary of the protection of equality rights under section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Hence, the theme for this year’s conference is Law: Past, Present, and Future. We invite you to join us in reflecting on where we have come from, where we are now, and where we are going. As numerous social, political, economic, and environmental factors continue to shape and change our world, law is called upon to help make sense of the complexity of modern life. We are seeking a diverse range of papers and research projects which consider the origins or histories of different areas, systems, and conceptions of law; which synthesize or cast a critical eye on recent developments and trends; and which predict or illuminate future paths and directions. Can, or should, an understanding of law’s historical, jurisprudential, or philosophical origins influence our understanding of its meaning today? Can our present laws and institutions adapt to the challenges posed by a rapidly changing world, in which science and technology may not only redefine every form of human endeavour, but perhaps also reshape our very notions of what it is to be “human”? How can domestic laws respond to the inter-, trans-, or supra-national challenges in governance posed by the increasing mobility of human and financial capital? How will the decline of the political, economic, and cultural hegemony of the West change the relations between nation states and their citizens? We encourage scholars to view the theme as an open opportunity to explore diverse ideas and consider trends in their areas of interest, as part of a larger discussion about the proper role and place of law in our world: past, present, and future.

Submission guidelines: Proposals should include the title of the paper or project, a 250 word abstract, the student’s full institutional affiliation, email address and phone number. Presenters should be current graduate students or have recently completed graduate studies. (Exceptional proposals from final year LL.B./J.D./B.A. students may be accepted.) Abstracts must be submitted via email to submissions.lawgradcon@gmail.com. The (extended) deadline for submissions is February 9, 2015 (PST; GMT – 8:00). For additional details, including other important dates, please visit the Conference website at: www.law.ubc.ca/interdisciplinary-legal-studies-conference.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at submissions.lawgradcon@gmail.com if you have any questions. We look forward to receiving your submission.


Magdalena Wojda, BA, LLB
Chair, 2015 UBC Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Student Conference

Think Global, Link Local 2015 Invitation


Are you interested in working, volunteering, or interning in the social change sector? Then check out the 2nd Annual Think Global, Link Local networking breakfast for students and recent graduates hosted by the United Nations Association – Vancouver Branch. This event is designed to connect you with the people who make a difference every day. Whether your passion is the environment, poverty alleviation, international development, human rights, or health we have local professionals ready to answer your questions. We do our best to seat participants with an organization that matches their interests and we have two organized rotations – because sharing is caring! There will also be a raffle with some cool prizes and new for this year – a selfie booth (a good place make some new friends)!

Register early because we seat people on a FIRST REGISTER, FIRST SEATED basis. To see the full list of organizations participating this year check out the event web page here: https://unavancouver.wordpress.com/think-global-link-local/ Questions can be sent to unacvancouver@gmail.com or via Twitter @UNACVancouver. Tickets are $25 per person and the registration deadline is March 17th, 2015 @ 6pm.


Courtney Szto, Co-President

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Call for Volunteers: LFS Grad Student Conference


Volunteers are needed for the Second Annual Land and Food Systems Graduate Student Conference! This one-day conference on Thursday, March 5, 2015 needs lots of helping hands to be a success.

*COME AND ATTEND THE CONFERENCE FOR FREE! Volunteers will receive free registration*

Several volunteer positions are available for the conference, including:

  • Conference program design and compilation
  • Reviewing abstracts for oral and poster presentations
  • Checking in registrants on the day of the conference
  • Chairing oral presentation sessions
  • General set up and tear down of the conference
  • Helping prepare conference packages
    …and much more!

To learn more and sign up to volunteer, please register online at http://gsc.landfood.ubc.ca/volunteers/

Please note that all volunteers are required to attend a mandatory volunteer meeting (lunch provided!) on February 12, 2015 in FNH 220 at 12PM.

For further information, visit our website. If you have any questions, please, email to lfs.gsc@ubc.ca.