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Research Commons services at SFU Vancouver

Writing support

SFU Vancouver graduate students can access various types of writing support through the Research Commons. Graduate Writing Facilitators are available for one-on-one writing consultations, or you can meet with a facilitator to get feedback on the content of an upcoming presentation. Read Ahead consultations provide intensive and extended support for graduate students writing theses, projects, or other longer papers.

Please visit Writing services to find out more or to request an appointment.

Our Graduate Open Writing Lab: Write Time, Write Space provides a quiet, dedicated space for graduate students to work on their writing at SFU Vancouver. Sessions will take place in room HC 7400 on Fridays, 10:30 am to 2:00 pm, September 15 - December 1.  A Graduate Writing Facilitator is available for consultation. No registration is required.

On Thursday, 1 to 5 pm, HC 7400 hosts a Graduate Open Writing Space, without a facilitator, but with the same dedicated writing space for graduate students.

Writing workshops at SFU Vancouver are included in the list of graduate workshops below.

Thesis support

The Library's Assistant for Theses is available to meet with graduate students for formatting and thesis submission assistance.  Appointments can be made using the Research Commons' consultation booking software.  In-person appointments are available at all three campuses.

ESL/EAL support

Please use our Consultation Request form to book a consultation for help with academic reading and writing, speaking, pronunciation, presentation techniques, and more.

NVivo support

Graduate Peer NVivo Facilitators are available to assist graduate students by email (nvivo-rc@sfu.ca) or in one-on-one consultations. To schedule a meeting, please use the request form on the Consultations page. The Research Commons also offers workshops and other training on the use of NVivo software.

At SFU Vancouver, NVivo is installed on computers in the Belzberg Library. Please see NVivo: Getting Started for information on downloading NVivo to an individual computer.

Graduate workshops at SFU Vancouver

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 laptop preloaded with the latest version of Tableau Public

Upcoming Workshops

DatesLocation
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pmHarbour Centre, Rm 1520

Pronunciation for Academic & Professional Settings

This non-credit course is designed for graduate students for whom English is an additional language. The workshop provides the rules, learning strategies, and contextualized practice in the stress, rhythm, and melody of English words, phrases, and discourse.  Students will also practice giving presentations and receive on-going feedback from peers and the instructor. There is no fee for the workshop, but the required textbook costs $40.  Required textbook: Speech Craft: Discourse Pronunciation for Advanced Learners, by Laura Hahn and Wayne Dickerson. Textbooks will be distributed the first day of class.

Upcoming Workshops

DatesLocation
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:20pm
Harbour Centre, Rm 2520

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

DatesLocation
Friday, September 29, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pmHarbour Centre, Rm 1500
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pmHarbour Centre, Rm 2200

Write Conversations: Critical Research, Reading, and Writing

This workshop will begin with a discussion of strategies for critical reading and note-taking and then explore how these skills contribute to critical writing for a literature review. Following this workshop is the Graduate Open Writing Lab; you are welcome to stay and work on your writing.

Upcoming Workshops

DatesLocation
Friday, October 6, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30amHarbour Centre, Rm 7400

Write Conversations: Disseminating your Research: Graduate Student Publication

This workshop is focused on the challenges and opportunities associated with graduate student publication. We will begin with a discussion on audience, the peer review process and responding to criticism. We will then explore techniques and strategies for writing and revising papers for publication. Following this workshop is the Graduate Open Writing Lab; you are welcome to stay and work on your writing.

Upcoming Workshops

DatesLocation
Friday, December 1, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30amHarbour Centre, Rm 7400

Write Conversations: Dressing Up (or Down) Your Writing: Audience, Purpose, and Style

This workshop will begin with a discussion about the need to consider audience, purpose, and style in writing. We will then explore “style,” including word choice, sentence structure, tone, and voice, and how these aspects impact your writing. Following this workshop is the Graduate Open Writing Lab; you are welcome to stay and work on your writing.

Upcoming Workshops

DatesLocation
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30amHarbour Centre, Rm 7400

Write Conversations: Going with the Flow: Cohesion and Coherence

This workshop will begin with a discussion focused on how we can communicate the logical progression of our ideas. We will explore a number of ways to develop a clear, compelling, and logical argument from the beginning, through the middle, to the end of a piece of scholarly writing. Following this workshop is the Graduate Open Writing Lab; you are welcome to stay and work on your writing.

Upcoming Workshops

DatesLocation
Friday, November 3, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30amHarbour Centre, Rm 7400

Write Conversations: The Work We Do After the Work We Did: Editing, Revising, and Proofreading

This workshop will begin with a discussion on the differences between revising, editing, and proofreading as well as their importance in the writing process. We will explore a number of revising, editing, and proofreading techniques employed by successful writers. Following this workshop is the Graduate Open Writing Lab; you are welcome to stay and work on your writing.

Upcoming Workshops

DatesLocation
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30amHarbour Centre, Rm 7400

Other services

Other learning, general writing, and EAL services and workshops are available at SFU Vancouver through the Student Learning Commons.