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June Focus: Your most productive summer yet

Working away on your thesis can sometimes feel like unraveling a never-ending ball of yarn. Let's work together to overcome this feeling!

By signing up for our workshops and one-on-one consults, you will meet and work with other Grad Students who are experts in their areas. From formatting your thesis, to wrangling data with NVivo or SPSS—we have got you covered.

Reaching out to our expert teaching and consulting staff has helped countless graduate students drastically increase their productivity and motivation. Why not join us and see if it will give you the same boost? 

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Featured Instructor

When you decide to come to attend a Research Commons Workshop or book a one-on-one consult, you are making an investment in yourself with the guidance of our in-house experts. 

Meet Magdalena

Magdalena brings numerous years of teaching experience to the Research Commons classrooms and lab. Before beginning her PhD work at UBC, Magdalena was a teacher for five years. Now, as PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education (Department of Language and Literature), Magdalena continues to teach in the Bachelors of Education program.

In September of 2017 Magdalena joined the Research Commons as part of our powerhouse NVivo teaching team. Undeterred by a busy schedule, Magdalena brings her experience and enthusiasm to the classroom and lab to help fellow graduate students get the most out of NVivo.

Magdalena and José (Magdalena's NVivo teaching partner) have so much combined expertise in NVivo. Don't wait to book your one-on-one consultation or register for a workshop



One-on-One Consults

We offer consults in: 

  • Citation Management
  • GIS
  • NVivo
  • SPSS or R
  • Stata
  • Thesis Formatting

Click to book:

Our consults are conveniently offered in Room 218A in the Koerner Library (floor below main entrance). Can't make it to campus? These consults are also available by Skype.

Not sure if you should book a consult or attend a workshop? Just email and one of our instructors will point you in the right direction.



SPSS Support 

Did you know that you don't need to write any code to use SPSS? - SPSS does this for you with just a few clicks. Learn all this and more with us this month:

Woodward Library, Computer Lab B25 (One floor below the main entrance)

SPSS Part 1: Environment, Data Entry and One Variable Analysis
Thursday, June 14th
10 AM - 12 PM

SPSS Part 2: Data Management and Bivariate Analysis
Thursday, June 21st
10 AM - 12 PM

You can also book a one-on-one SPSS consultation.



NVivo Workshops for MAC

Join us in June for NVivo on the MAC! If these dates don't work for you, book a one-on-one NVivo consultation by going here.

NVivo (Part 1) for MAC - Getting Started with NVivo
Koerner Library, Room 216 (floor below main entrance)
Tuesday, June 5th
10 AM - 12 PM

NVivo (Part 2) for PC - Classification and Datasets
Koerner Library, Room 216 (floor below main entrance)
Tuesday, June 12th
10 AM - 12 PM



Literature Reviews (Part 1 and 2) at Woodward Library

A literature review is one of the key ways of building a foundation for a research project. Collecting material for your literature review is only half the task; the other half is writing the review. Take both of these workshops to get on the right track for researching and writing. Join us to find out why these two workshops are consistently packed!

Literature Reviews (Part 1): Great Research Starts Here!
Friday, June 29th
10 AM - 12 PM
Woodward Library - Computer Lab B25 (floor below main entrance)

Topics covered in the Literature Reviews (Part 1): Great Research Starts Here workshop include:  

  • 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. 

Literature Reviews (Part 2): Great Writing Starts Here!
Friday, July 6th
10AM - 12PM
Woodward Library - Computer Lab B25 (floor below main entrance)

Join this dynamic workshop to learn about:

  • structuring the written product, including making a point, connecting ideas and themes, and providing a scaffold for the broader research project
  • examining sample reviews to identify strengths and weaknesses

If you have further questions about Literature Reviews, including research or writing, contact



Graduate Student Writing Community

Weekly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 

Writer's block? Feeling isolated in your research and writing? Bit of both? You are not alone! Come discover what a difference writing in a community can make in one of our weekly writing communities! Join us on Tuesdays from 2PM-4PM or Wednesdays from 5PM-7PM




Thesis Formatting Support

By completing our Thesis Formatting workshop (just 1.5 hours + time for questions), you will leave with a greater understanding of the UBC Thesis Template and how to use it for your thesis.

Still have further questions? Just book a one-on-one consult here.

Woodward Library | Computer Lab B5
Friday, June 15th
10AM - 12PM

Koerner Library | Room 217
Friday, June 29th
10AM - 12PM

Fridays at 10 AM don't work for you?
No problem! Book a one-on-one consult with one of our Thesis Formatting experts using the consult form. These consults are also great to cover specifics about your own thesis. 

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



Systematic Reviews Search Methods 

Need to know what the search process for systematic reviews is about? This session will cover: the stages of the systematic review process; framing your research question with tools like PICO; searching Medline and other databases, and the grey literature; and tips for using citation management software for systematic reviews.

BC Children's and Women's Hospitals (click for precise location information and to register)
Monday, June 11th
10AM - 12PM

Woodward Library
Wednesday, June 27th
Computer Lab - Room B25 (floor below main entrance)
12PM - 2 PM

Can't make this session? Contact your subject librarian or Woodward Library for additional resources and one-on-one help.



Pixelating: A Digital Humanities Mixer

Co-working Sessions

The Pixelating Mixer is an 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 Thursdays 12-2 in Koerner Library. Please note there is no Pixelating Mixer on Thursday, June 7th.


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Tuesday, June 12, 2018