Resources, tools, and software are available to support the diverse and multidisciplinary research of graduate students.


Title Description Date Provider
Relational data in R

There are many cases where it’s helpful to combine data from multiple sources or tables. This workshop will introduce how to work with multiple data frames in R. Participants are expected to already be familiar with R and RStudio. At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

1 February 2023 - 1:00pm Library Research Commons
Fundamentals of Statistics V: Intro to Mixed Effects Models

This is the last workshop in a 5-part series focused on the fundamentals of statistics.

This webinar is critical for understanding when linear regression models aren’t applicable and how to model dependent data. 

Topics that will be covered are:

2 February 2023 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
Introduction to the Unix Shell

This workshop will introduce the Unix shell, a powerful way to communicate with your computer more directly through a command line interface. There are many ways to interact with a computer. Most of the time we click on things and select options with a cursor through a graphical user interface (GUI).

2 February 2023 - 12:00pm Library Research Commons
Introduction to Voyant Tools

We will introduce Voyant, a free suite of visual tools for text analysis. Participants will get hands-on experience applying common tools within Voyant to a corpus. No prior experience with text analysis is required.

6 February 2023 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
Choosing a citation-management tool

New to citation management, don’t know where to start, or trying to get familiar with the free tools supported at UBC? This workshop compares the two citation-management tools supported at the Research Commons, Zotero and Mendeley, including a discussion of the similarities and unique features of each tool.

6 February 2023 - 4:30pm Library Research Commons
Copyright beyond the classroom: Considerations for including 3rd party materials in your academic work

In this session, we will cover the following:

8 February 2023 - 12:00pm Graduate Pathways to Success, UBC Library
Visualization with R

R is a popular, free software program. This workshop will introduce concepts and tools for visualizing data in R, with emphasis on the ggplot2 package. Participants are expected to be familiar with R and the RStudio environment. (If you are new to R, consider attending Introduction to R and RStudio first.)

9 February 2023 - 11:00am Library Research Commons
Introduction to Docker

This workshop is meant to introduce you to the set of virtualization tools referred to as Docker, which allow you to use, create, and share container images. Containers create small reproducible computing workspaces on your computer.

9 February 2023 - 12:00pm Library Research Commons
Steps, tools, & resources for promoting reproducibility

Researchers across disciplines have called for reproducible research as an attainable minimum standard for assessing the value of scholarly claims, particularly when full independent replication of a study is not feasible. Making your research more transparent and reproducible pays off and is explicitly in the self-interest of every ambitious, career-oriented researcher.

13 February 2023 - 2:00pm UBC Library
Accessing modern and historical census data

Are you interested in learning how to access modern and historic census data? Join a virtual presentation with the Statistics Canada Library as we learn about the tools, web pages, and resources that will help you with your census research. In particular, you’ll learn:

14 February 2023 - 10:00am UBC Library
Research Data Centre (RDC) Rundown

An overview of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) and Research Data Centre (RDC) program, including some little-known or misunderstood tidbits

14 February 2023 - 12:00pm UBC Library
Introduction to REST APIs with OpenRefine

This workshop will introduce participants to web APIs with a focus on using REST APIs for accessing data. Learn about common HTTP methods and responses used in REST APIs and how to understand and extract information from data in JSON format.

14 February 2023 - 1:30pm UBC Library
Literature reviews: Searching and keeping track

New to literature reviews? Looking to brush up your skills? This is the workshop for you!

15 February 2023 - 12:00pm Library Research Commons
Exploring BC’s Community Information Tool

The Community Information Tool (CIT) is a central access point for data to help planners, policy makers, economic developers, researchers, and academics thrive in the digital economy.

15 February 2023 - 1:30pm UBC Library
Community and stakeholder engagement for ethical data-driven research

Engagement with the individuals interested in, impacted by, and responsible for implementing the findings of research has been a methodological paradigm shift in the health research sector in the last decade and is gaining popularity in other disciplines.

16 February 2023 - 11:00am UBC Library
Tidy up your data: Using MS Excel & Power Query to transform and organize your data

This workshop provides participants with a framework to recognize and tidy messy data and some practical skills in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Power Query to enable data collection in a tidy format, so that analysis is possible. Hands-on participants must have MS Excel (2019+) with Power Query.

16 February 2023 - 1:00pm UBC Library
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.

22 February 2023 - 10:00am Library Research Commons
Advanced statistical modeling: Introduction to Non-linear analysis

In this webinar we will discuss the foundational concepts behind non-linear modeling, when should these models be applied and how to implement them correctly. We will show how this complex methodology can be applied in a correlated data example. While complete R code is provided for this analysis, the focus of this webinar will be on the statistical methodologies.

23 February 2023 - 10:00am Graduate Pathways to Success, Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
Version control of scientific datasets with DataLad


24 February 2023 - 1:00pm Library Research Commons
Using Zotero for citation management

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

Before the workshop

27 February 2023 - 4:30pm Library Research Commons



Title Description Provider
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.

Library Research Commons
Subject Librarian Consultation

Subject Librarians serve as the primary liaison between the Library and the academic departments on campus. They provide skilled reference assistance, manage the library's collections and provide instructional support to faculty.

UBC Library
Free Statistics Consulting

The Statistical Opportunity for Students (SOS) program provides one hour of free statistical advice, based on a submitted project description, to any UBC graduate student.  Visit the SOS program page for full details. The SOS program is made possible through funding support from the Office of the Provost and Vice President, Research and Innovation.

Applied Statistics and Data Science Group
Drop-in Advising: Research Ethics

Looking for expert answers to your questions about your research ethics application? Staff from the Office of Research Ethics are available for consultations by phone or Zoom.

Email with a brief description of your query topic (and the Ethics ID, if applicable) and she will forward your request to the appropriate person

Office of Research Ethics


Title Description Provider
Statistics Webinar Series

This 6-part statistics webinar series is annually presented by the Applied Statistics and Data Science Group.  Slides and descriptions of each session are provided.

Applied Statistics and Data Science Group, Graduate Pathways to Success
Good Clinical Research Practice Courses, Online

Available online, on-demand are courses on Good Clinical Practice, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), Biomedical Research Ethics, Social and Behavioral Research, Transportation of Dangerous Goods TDG/IATA, Health Canada Division 5 - Drugs For Clinical Trials Involving Human Subjects, and CITI Canada Privacy.  These are available through a UBC subscription and are free to UBC students, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.

N2 Network of Networks
Responsible Conduct of Research Course

Available online, on-demand the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course discusses many academic and scholarly integrity topics including:

N2 Network of Networks
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.

Library Research Commons
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.

UBC Library
GPS Workshop Materials, Recordings

Materials, handouts, and recordings from many past Graduate Pathways to Success sessions, including our career and statistics series, are posted online here (cwl login required)

Graduate Pathways to Success