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Research Commons - Workshops for graduate students & postdoctoral fellows

The Research Commons is pleased to offer you a range of workshops. Register for upcoming workshops. Search by date in our workshops calendar.

If you do not see the topic(s) you are interested in and/or would like a specialized workshop for yourself and a group of colleagues, send a request to research-commons@sfu.ca.

SFU values diversity and is committed to inclusion. If you believe you require any disability related accommodations in order to fully access and participate in our workshops and/or events, please contact us directly at library-workshops@sfu.ca. Please contact us as soon as possible as some accommodations will require lead time to arrange (i.e. CART, ASL)

Digital Humanities

Intro to Preparing Character Data in R

In this workshop, we will focus on importing to R and preparing data for subsequent analysis. We will also learn how to organize files into a working directory and use scripts to replicate our work. Students will learn the different types of data-structures supported within R, different file extensions compatible with R, and some of the caveats of working with real-world text files. At the conclusion of the workshop students will be able to import text documents, strip metadata from texts embedded within larger data files, convert words to lower case, and separate words from full-line character strings. No R experience is necessary to participate in this workshop.

Note: Please bring your own laptop with the latest version of R and RStudio installed.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 10:00am to 1:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Data Management Planning with SSHRC in mind

Since the Tri-Agencies released their Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management, there have many questions about researcher responsibilities for data management and data sharing. This hands-on workshop will guide participants through the research data lifecycle and data management planning using DMP Assistant, an online data management tool.  We will also explore avenues for data deposit including SFU's Research Data Repository, Radar.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Tableau for Humanists

How do humanists visualize their data? In this workshop you will be introduced to a variety of visualizations of humanities' data created in Tableau, one of the world's leading software packages. After a demonstration of how researchers use Tableau, participants will be offered hands-on instruction in how to use Tableau to create a range of visualizations, including interactive displays. In the last half hour, participants will  be given free time, to experiment their own visualizations and to consult with the instructors about their own data visualizations.

Note: Please bring your own, fully charged laptop with the latest version of Tableau or Tableau Public installed.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, July 21, 2017 - 10:30am to 1:30pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1505

EAL/ESL

Introduction to Academic Writing for EAL Graduate Students

This workshop is tailored for EAL Graduate students who wish to improve their general writing skills in the academic context.  The workshop will cover various aspects of the writing process including structure, paraphrasing, paragraphs, clear sentence structure and revision.  Students are expected to bring a piece of their own writing in order to workshop the various topics within their own writing.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Learning

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Research data management

Data Management Planning with SSHRC in mind

Since the Tri-Agencies released their Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management, there have many questions about researcher responsibilities for data management and data sharing. This hands-on workshop will guide participants through the research data lifecycle and data management planning using DMP Assistant, an online data management tool.  We will also explore avenues for data deposit including SFU's Research Data Repository, Radar.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

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Research programming

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Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Research software

Citation Management

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GIS

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Python

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Qualitative Data Analysis

Making Literature Reviews a Breeze (almost) with NVivo for Mac

This interactive workshop introduces importing and coding of literature review materials and key tools that can be particularly helpful when reviewing literature in your area of research.

Topics covered include:

  • introducing NVivo and setting up a project
  • working with your information
  • identifying themes, topics and ideas and collecting data to support them
  • using tools such as text search query, matrix coding query, and Framework Matrix.

What will you achieve from this course? At the end of this, you will have the knowledge to set up a literature review in NVivo, and begin to work with your information. You will also be able to use NVivo to organize your content and begin to identify themes, topics or ideas.

It is appropriate for those who have had some experience with NVivo or who have taken the Nuts and Bolts of NVivo workshop. For more information about NVivo at SFU, please visit NVivo Software for Research Analysis.

Participants should also have some familiarity with citation management software (Zotero, Mendeley, Refworks, EndNote, etc). Zotero will be used during this workshop.

Note: You will need to bring your own fully charged Mac laptop, loaded with the latest version of NVivo.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Different Approaches to Coding in NVivo

'Coding' is a way of organizing all the references to a specific concept, theme, person, place, or other idea into one 'node'. The way you approach coding may vary, depending on methodology and data. Come find out about the tools that NVivo offers for different approaches. This workshop is suited to both PC and Mac users (although it will be held in a PC lab and not all coding functions are available in Mac).

Participants should have some familiarity with NVivo.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm Harbour Centre, Lab 1350

Making Literature Reviews a Breeze (almost) with NVivo for Windows

This interactive workshop introduces importing and coding of literature review materials and key tools that can be particularly helpful when reviewing literature in your area of research.

Topics covered include:

  • introducing NVivo and setting up a project
  • working with your information
  • identifying themes, topics and ideas and collecting data to support them
  • using tools such as text search query, matrix coding query, and Framework Matrix.

What will you achieve from this course? At the end of this, you will have the knowledge to set up a literature review in NVivo, and begin to work with your information. You will also be able to use NVivo to organize your content and begin to identify themes, topics or ideas.

It is appropriate for those who have had some experience with NVivo or who have taken the Nuts and Bolts of NVivo workshop. For more information about NVivo at SFU, please visit NVivo Software for Research Analysis.

Participants should also have some familiarity with citation management software (Zotero, Mendeley, Refworks, EndNote, etc). Zotero will be used during this workshop.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm Harbour Centre, Lab 1350

R (Software)

Intro to Preparing Character Data in R

In this workshop, we will focus on importing to R and preparing data for subsequent analysis. We will also learn how to organize files into a working directory and use scripts to replicate our work. Students will learn the different types of data-structures supported within R, different file extensions compatible with R, and some of the caveats of working with real-world text files. At the conclusion of the workshop students will be able to import text documents, strip metadata from texts embedded within larger data files, convert words to lower case, and separate words from full-line character strings. No R experience is necessary to participate in this workshop.

Note: Please bring your own laptop with the latest version of R and RStudio installed.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 10:00am to 1:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Organizing Your R Data Analyses Using R Projects, Git and R Markdown for Better Reproducibility

Do you like the idea of reproducible science, but don't know where to start? Have you been told that you should use Git, but never got around to learning it? Join this workshop to learn about various techniques (e.g. R projects, Git and R Markdown) that will help your science be more reproducible. We will start a simple data analysis project from scratch and build it up while following best practices for reproducibility.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Statistics

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Visual Analytics

Tableau for Humanists

How do humanists visualize their data? In this workshop you will be introduced to a variety of visualizations of humanities' data created in Tableau, one of the world's leading software packages. After a demonstration of how researchers use Tableau, participants will be offered hands-on instruction in how to use Tableau to create a range of visualizations, including interactive displays. In the last half hour, participants will  be given free time, to experiment their own visualizations and to consult with the instructors about their own data visualizations.

Note: Please bring your own, fully charged laptop with the latest version of Tableau or Tableau Public installed.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, July 21, 2017 - 10:30am to 1:30pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1505

Scholarly communication

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Writing

Graduate Open Writing Lab: Write Time, Write Space (drop-in)

The Graduate Open Writing Lab is for all graduate students who want the time and a quiet, dedicated space to work on their writing. A Graduate Writing Facilitator will be available for consultations and to answer questions.

Registration not required - please drop in!

Summer Semester 2017 [May 12 to August 4]

Note: Open Writing Lab will resume in the summer semester starting May 12

Burnaby Campus
Mondays, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, SFU Burnaby, W.A.C. Bennett Library, Research Commons, Rm 7000
(no session on May 22 and July 3]

Vancouver Campus
Fridays, 10:30 am to 2:00 pm, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm HC 2105

Workshops

Please register for the following writing workshops:

Introduction to Academic Writing for EAL Graduate Students

This workshop is tailored for EAL Graduate students who wish to improve their general writing skills in the academic context.  The workshop will cover various aspects of the writing process including structure, paraphrasing, paragraphs, clear sentence structure and revision.  Students are expected to bring a piece of their own writing in order to workshop the various topics within their own writing.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Presentation Skills: Writing and Presenting the Academic Poster

Your poster speaks for you! Learn how to capture your audience's attention, communicate the key aspects of your research and persuade your intended audience to reach out to you.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, July 21, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Lay Language

Lay language is needed in order to convey technical and advanced ideas in ways that are more effective than “dumbing it down”. You may be preparing a grant or fellowship proposal, writing for online purposes or fine tuning your “job talk”— all of which require you to translate your work and research to persons outside of your core field of study.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, July 28, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Thesis

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
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm Vancouver
Friday, August 18, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons