Library Research Commons

The UBC Library Research Commons  is an interdisciplinary, research-driven learning environment for graduate students that provides research support services by graduate students, for graduate students. It offers workshops and one-to-one assistance with citation management tools; two data analysis tools, for both quantitative and qualitative data; digital scholarship, GIS, and data services.  The space includes a Digital Scholarship Lab for research, experimentation, and collaboration as well as a welcoming space, including bookable rooms, for projects and presentations. It is located in the Walter C. Koerner Library on Levels 2, 4, and 5.  For an updated list of events, please visit the Research Commons.

 

 Events

Title Description Date Theme
Using Zotero for citation management

Everyone who is using Zotero, or thinks they might like to use Zotero, is welcome at this workshop.

30 May 2022 - 4:00pm Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Choosing a citation-management tool and migrating from RefWorks

Whether you are a former RefWorks user in need of a new citation management tool, or completely new to citation management, this workshop is for you. This workshop will cover citation management basics and how to transition from RefWorks to another tool.

13 June 2022 - 4:00pm Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Introduction to Git and GitHub

Learn the basics of using Git and GitHub for version control and collaboration. Git is widely used version control software that tracks changes to a group of files, referred to as a repository. GitHub is a popular website for hosting and sharing Git repositories, making it easier to collaborate and share your work.

20 June 2022 - 10:00am Research Skills
Using Mendeley for citation management

Mendeley is a reference management tool that helps you build libraries of references and then add citations and bibliographies to word-processed documents. This workshop is meant for those using or considering Mendeley as a Citation Management tool.

20 June 2022 - 4:00pm Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
Using Zotero for citation management

Everyone who is using Zotero or thinks they might like to use Zotero is welcome at this workshop.

4 July 2022 - 4:00pm Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication
NVivo part 1: getting started with NVivo

NVivo is a computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software. In this introductory workshop you will learn about the benefits of working with NVivo, how to set it up, the types of sources you can use, and how to import them into NVivo. You will also learn how to do queries, nodes, and coding.

Workshop requirements:

5 July 2022 - 4:00pm Research Skills
NVivo part 2: classification and datasets

NVivo’s classification capabilities will help you add demographic data to your nodes, and bibliographic data to your sources. Datasets allow you to import and work with tabular material from spreadsheets, database tables, surveys, and social media.

7 July 2022 - 4:00pm Research Skills
Choosing a citation-management tool and migrating from RefWorks

Whether you are a former RefWorks user in need of a new citation management tool, or completely new to citation management, this workshop is for you. This workshop will cover citation management basics and how to transition from RefWorks to another tool.

18 July 2022 - 4:00pm Academic Support and Success, Writing and Communication

 Services

Title Description Theme
One-to-One Assistance

Consultations are available for Citation Management, NVivo, SPSS, R, Digital Scholarship, and GIS. Appointments are available in 30-minute or 1-hour increments. To request an appointment, please complete form.

Academic Support and Success, Research Skills

 Resources

Title Description Theme
Thesis Formatting Guides

Templates and How-to-Guides for Formatting your thesis in PC and MAC

Academic Support and Success
Bookable Project Rooms: Koerner Library Research Commons

The Research Commons’ in Koerner Library (1958 Main Mall) has several project rooms, bookable through the Library Room Booking System.   Groups of two or more UBC graduate students, faculty, or librarians can book these Project Rooms (Rm 454, 456, 496, 499, 553, and 555) in Koerner Library for research-related work.  Each Project Room includes whiteboards, touchscreen control an

Academic Support and Success
Open Education Resources, Workshop Materials

Check out this page for handouts and materials from sessions on citation management, Data Analysis and Management, Literature Reviews, NVivo, R, GitHub, GIS, Dissertation/Thesis Formatting, Copyright, and more.

Academic Support and Success, Research Skills, Writing and Communication
Library Orientation for Graduate Students in 30 minutes_Links, Materials

This library GitHub page , called "Graduate Student Orientation to the Library in 30 minutes" , includes information on library resources and services such as the reseach commons, guides and events as well as links to electronic resources such as databases and open access resources.

Academic Support and Success, Research Skills