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Workshops and classes at Fraser Library (SFU Surrey)

Library classes

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Library instruction information for Surrey faculty

General classes

Encourage your students to take advantage of the free drop-in general information literacy and library research skills workshops offered for researchers of all levels at the beginning of each semester.

Tailored instruction

Contact your Librarian if you would like your students to benefit from an in-person or online library research class, web guide or online tutorial. In these course and assignment oriented presentations, librarians teach students to analyze their topics, develop effective search strategies and identify the best information resources. Each year, SFU faculty invite librarians to more than 400 classes reaching over 10,000 students. Liaison librarians also welcome the opportunity to work with faculty to help design assignments with a library research focus or component.

Workshops for undergraduates

Analyze This! From Summary to Critical Writing

In many courses, you must not only summarize readings but analyze their content or structure: an often challenging combination! This workshop begins with general strategies for effectively reading and summarizing sources, then offers critical thinking and writing techniques that help you transition from summary to analysis.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695

Critical Reading & Thinking

Professors and TAs often talk about the need to think critically, but few actually explain what critical thinking is or how to do it. We will go through what critical thinking is, and what questions to ask to promote critical thinking, right from the first time you read a piece.  Through activities and resources, you will gain insight and skills that will help you on exams and assignments.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695

Crunch Time: Survival 101

Panicky about deadlines and upcoming exams? Or are you in avoidance mode now and the stress will hit you later? Either way, come learn how to deal with exams ... and with your own worst "crunch time" habits!

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695

How to Succeed on Exams

Have your midterms so far been...disappointing?  It's not too late to pull up your grades by adopting study strategies proven effective by research, as well as techniques for managing your time during exams and for tackling the most common types of exam questions.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695

Managing Procrastination

Do you put off doing schoolwork because it stresses you out, only to find that putting it off has made it even more stressful? Or do you just have trouble tearing yourself away from activities you enjoy more than schoolwork? Either way, come learn some strategies to help you get down to work.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695

Successful Exam Writing

Focusing on the period immediately before and during exams, this workshop will touch on preparation and then discuss time management during exams, as well as common types of questions:  multiple choice, problem solving, essay and short answer.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SLC, Rm 3695

Workshops for graduates

Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Grad Student Publication

Graduate students are always encouraged to publish but often without really knowing what that means or how to start. This workshop will focus on navigating the peer review process and will also touch on the topics of open access, working with an editor, and co-authorship.  It will include a discussion of copyright transfer agreements and licenses and provide insight into publishing venues for assuring your research has the best possible visibility, accessibility, and impact.

A few questions this session will help to answer:

  • How does the publishing cycle work?
  • How can you assess potential publishing venues?
  • What is peer review and how can you respond to reviewer comments?
  • What rights can you retain to your published research?
  • What are predatory publishers and how can you avoid them?

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Surrey, Podium 2, Rm 2750

An Introduction to Using Tableau for Data Visualization

Tableau is a data visualization tool that is being used to help analyze data and illustrate the patterns and insights behind them. This interactive workshop will introduce researchers or students to Tableau Public, a free access version of Tableau.

Requirements:

  • No prior experience with Tableau is necessary.
  • Participants will need to bring their own fully charged laptop preloaded with the latest version of Tableau Public

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 9:30am to 1:15pm Surrey, Podium 2, Rm 2710

Research Data Management with DMP Assistant

Draft a plan to manage your research data and ensure its openness over time. The focus of this workshop will be working with DMP Assistant, an online data management plan utility. A sample case will be provided or build a plan using your research.
 
Please bring your own fully charged laptop.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm Surrey, Podium 2, Rm 2710

Research Ethics: Ethics Principles and Institutional Requirements

The purpose of this session is to engage students in considering and discussing the ethical conduct of research involving humans. A number of topics will be covered, including a brief overview of the ethics review process.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 9:30am to 11:00am Surrey, Podium 2, Rm 2750

Thesis Template and Resources

This demonstration introduces you to the Thesis Submission process and the Thesis Template. It will begin with an introduction to required copyright permissions from the Copyright Office at SFU, followed by a review of the overall submission process (including deadlines and supporting documentation). Additionally, SFU Library's research data specialists will give instruction on how to preserve and, if appropriate, share research data for future uses.

The technical part of the workshop will follow, where you will be walked through the resources on the website and the functionality of the thesis template.

Students are encouraged to bring their own computer and thesis document(s) to work along with the facilitator during the workshop.

Learn how to:

  • request copyright permissions
  • write in the MS Word template-based file
  • format your text using styles
  • bring text in from other documents
  • insert figures, images, and auto-numbered captions
  • generate the Table of Contents, List of Tables, List of Figures, etc.

If you’ve begun writing, send your document to theses@sfu.ca in advance of the workshop; one might be used in demonstrating the Library’s thesis template. After the session, the formatted document will be returned in which the student can continue his/her work.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm Surrey, Galleria 3, Rm 3260

Writing and Researching Your Literature Review

This interactive workshop focuses on the literature review and literature search. At this session you will learn:

  • conventions of literature reviews,
  • search strategies,
  • advanced features of research databases,
  • and tips to further develop effective and efficient research skills.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:15pm Surrey, Podium 2, Rm 2750