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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

What Is Digital Scholarship and Why Does it Matter?

This workshop introduces the ethos and motivations that drive digital scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Together, we will examine several existing digital humanities and digital scholarship projects in order to understand their goals, their construction, and the terms on which they’re evaluated. We will also examine resources for getting started in digital scholarship, both at SFU and in the larger academic community.

Note: Please bring your fully charged laptop to this workshop.

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The Digital Humanities Café (DH Café) presents a series of short workshops and informal discussion on topics relevant to the basic theories and methods behind digital research in the humanities. The courses cover a broad range of topics, from larger issues in digital research in the academy to specific tools and research techniques.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Project Management using Basecamp

This workshop will introduce participants to Basecamp, a project management software, and will cover topics such as creating project timelines, task lists, and teams. This course is ideal for students and faculty working in collaborative environments, as well as graduate students wanting to organize and manage their own personal projects, such as dissertation writing and conferencing.

Note: Please bring your fully charged laptop to this workshop.

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The Digital Humanities Café (DH Café) presents a series of short workshops and informal discussion on topics relevant to the basic theories and methods behind digital research in the humanities. The courses cover a broad range of topics, from larger issues in digital research in the academy to specific tools and research techniques.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

Digital Tools to Communicate your Research

Your research project is brilliant, and people would love to hear about it. But how do you get the word out?  This workshop will introduce participants to digital methods of publicising research.  From WordPress and Wix to Facebook and Twitter (and more!), participants will discover various ways in which they can use digital tools to turn their research towards the public in engaging and informative ways.  This course is ideal for those looking to increase awareness of their project, looking to publicise as a means of development, or interested in publicly recording their research progress.

Note: Please bring your fully charged laptop to this workshop.

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The Digital Humanities Café (DH Café) presents a series of short workshops and informal discussion on topics relevant to the basic theories and methods behind digital research in the humanities. The courses cover a broad range of topics, from larger issues in digital research in the academy to specific tools and research techniques.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Metadata for Digital Research

This workshop will introduce participants to using and organizing metadata in a digital research project. It will cover topics such as the different metadata standards and their advantages/disadvantages as well as best practices for preparing and organizing metadata. This course is ideal anyone working on a digital research project, whether you are just starting to think about using metadata or are already working with a set of metadata.

Note: Please bring your fully charged laptop to this workshop.

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The Digital Humanities Café (DH Café) presents a series of short workshops and informal discussion on topics relevant to the basic theories and methods behind digital research in the humanities. The courses cover a broad range of topics, from larger issues in digital research in the academy to specific tools and research techniques.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

Introduction to Computer-Assisted Text Analysis

This workshop will provide an introduction to computer-assisted text analysis, and introduce participants to Voyant, an online text analysis tool. This workshop is aimed at those humanities scholars who are uncertain as to why or how they would use digital tools in their scholarly practice, or those who are interested in the possibilities of computer-assisted text analysis but are unsure where to start or what it can produce. We will cover these fundamental questions, and then participants can try their hand at using a digital tool – the online text analysis software Voyant – to produce some analyses and data visualizations.

Note: Please bring your fully charged laptop to this workshop.

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The Digital Humanities Café (DH Café) presents a series of short workshops and informal discussion on topics relevant to the basic theories and methods behind digital research in the humanities. The courses cover a broad range of topics, from larger issues in digital research in the academy to specific tools and research techniques.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Be the Master of Your Files in SFU Vault: Tips for File Management and Synchronization

As with backups, people often realize the importance of file management when it's too late. In this workshop, participants will learn principles and concrete tips to manage files like a pro. Directory structure and naming conventions, for instance, can go a long way in alleviating the frustration associated with searching for a specific file. Participants will be introduced to SFU Vault cloud storage service to synchronize files between different computers. This way, you will never forget a file at home, and the file redundancy means you are less likely to lose data in case of a computer crash. We'll be comparing SFU Vault with other similar services such as Dropbox and Google Drive in terms of speed, capacity, versioning, and file sharing. Come to this workshop and become a master of your files in SFU Vault!

Note: Please bring your fully charged laptop to this workshop.

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The Digital Humanities Café (DH Café) presents a series of short workshops and informal discussion on topics relevant to the basic theories and methods behind digital research in the humanities. The courses cover a broad range of topics, from larger issues in digital research in the academy to specific tools and research techniques.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

EAL/ESL

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Learning

2016-2017 CARMA (The Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis) Webcast Presentations

The CARMA Consortium Webcast Program is an annual program established to provide university faculty, graduate students, and other researchers with advanced training in research methods and data analysis.

With SFU Library's membership, all SFU faculty and students are eligible to view, as a group, a series of ten live webcast lectures presented by nationally recognized methodologists. These lectures are developed at an introductory and advanced doctoral student level and will typically include an introduction to the topic as well as a consideration of current technical issues. Emphasis is placed on the application of the research method technique.

Upcoming Webcast Presenters and Topics include:

  • Friday February 24: Dr. Nathan Podakoff, The University of Arizona, "Method Variance"
  • Friday February 24: Dr. Dan Newman, The University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, "Measurement Problems"
  • Friday April 7: Dr. Keith Markus, The City University of New York, "Testing Casual Hypotheses"
  • Friday April 7: Dr. Louis Tay, Purdue University, "Construct Validation"

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 10:15am to 11:15am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Transcription: tools, strategies, support

If you work with audio or video recordings, you may find yourself immersed in the world of transcription. Bring your experiences or your curiosity to this session.Facilitators will demonstrate transcription hardware (foot pedals)  and software (Dragon Naturally Speaking) available in the Research Commons and will discuss what has worked for them.  Experiences with for-fee transcription services, coding your transcriptions, and managing your data may also be discussed.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Research data management

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Research software

Citation Management

Migrating from RefWorks to Mendeley

Ready to migrate from RefWorks to Mendeley? This 90 minute interactive workshop is for you! Bring your laptop: we will walk you through every step of the migration, from exporting your RefWorks references to operationalizing Mendeley.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, March 10, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm Harbour Centre, Rm 2065
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Migrating from RefWorks to Zotero

Ready to migrate from RefWorks to Zotero? This 90 minute interactive workshop is for you! Bring your laptop: we will walk you through every step of the migration, from exporting your RefWorks references to operationalizing Zotero.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, March 10, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Harbour Centre, Rm 2065
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Up and Running with Mendeley

Want to make your research and writing more efficient? Hate the last minute rush of trying to create a correctly formatted bibliography? This workshop is for you! We will introduce Mendeley, a citation management tool that can help you import, organize, share, and manage your citations and documents, as well as create correctly formatted in-text citations and bibliographies in almost any style -- in seconds. Bring your laptop: this interactive workshop will cover registration, installation, and everything that you need to know to get up and running with Mendeley.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm Surrey, Galleria 3, Rm 3290

Up and Running with Zotero

Want to make your research and writing more efficient? Hate the last minute rush of trying to create a correctly formatted bibliography? This workshop is for you! We will introduce Zotero, a citation management tool that can help you import, organize, share, and manage your citations and documents, as well as create correctly formatted in-text citations and bibliographies in almost any style -- in seconds. Bring your laptop: this interactive workshop will cover registration, installation, and everything that you need to know to get up and running with Zotero.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm Surrey, Galleria 3, Rm 3290

GIS

Georeferencing with ArcMap: Bringing Images and Historical Maps into GIS

Georeferencing is the process of connecting images (e.g. aerial photographs, scanned historical maps, satellite images) with their geographic locations in a coordinate system so that the images can be used as spatial layers in GIS software. This workshop will teach you the skills needed to georeference images in ArcGIS so that you can view, make queries, and analyze your image-based data with other geographic data.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

Python

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Qualitative Data Analysis

The Nuts and Bolts of NVivo for Windows

NVivo is a qualitative data analysis software program, but what does that mean -- and what does it mean for your research? Find out what NVivo is, when to use it, and how to get started.

In this hands-on introductory workshop, you'll take a tour of the NVivo software environment, using sample data. You’ll be introduced to NVivo’s functions and you’ll leave equipped with the basic info you need to begin working with NVivo. Topics introduced may include importing files and beginning coding.

This workshop is suitable for those with little or no experience using NVivo or other qualitative data analysis software.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, March 6, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm Harbour Centre, Lab 1350

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, March 29, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

R (Software)

Programming with R

This 2-day workshop is designed for people interested in the statistical computing program R.  No prior knowledge of R is required. Students will learn the basic skills needed to start analyzing their own data.

Specific topics covered include:

  • the R environment (directories, workspace, scripts, and packages),
  • simple commands to get you started,
  • data structures (vector, matrix, data frames, lists),
  • and the beginnings of simple data analysis (built-in statistical packages, plotting, etc.).

As time permits, an introduction to loops and functions may also be covered.

Requirements:

  • Participants will need to bring their own laptop preloaded with the latest version of R and RStudio.

Facilitator: Michelle Jones

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 10:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 10:30am to 5:30pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

Statistics

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Visual Analytics

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

Dates Location
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

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!

Spring Semester 2017 [January 9 to April 7]

Burnaby Campus
Mondays, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, SFU Burnaby, W.A.C. Bennett Library, Research Commons, Rm 7000
(no session on February 13)

Vancouver Campus

Thursdays, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400
 Fridays, 10:30 am to 2:00 pm, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

Workshops

Please register for the following writing workshops:

Write Conversations: Outlining and Reverse Outlining

Done with your reading and ready to write? Learn strategies for planning your first draft and for tightening the organization and flow of your final draft.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Presentation Skills for Graduate Students

Presenting in graduate school, often in front of an academic audience, can be a very rewarding, but a somewhat anxiety-provoking experience. This interactive workshop will provide practical strategies to plan, organize, and structure a professional presentation that will increase your confidence and have you delivering an engaging presentation. You’ll learn the elements that contribute to an effective presentation and how to facilitate and field questions from your audience.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

Extended Write Right 5: The Work We Do After the Work We Did: Editing, Revising, and Proofreading

This workshop is part five of an extended graduate workshop series aimed at offering proactive and comprehensive support to help you improve your relationship with the writing process. This workshop is focused on revising, editing, and proofreading as important steps in the writing process. We will begin with an information session that outlines each step and will then explore a number of revising, editing, and proofreading techniques employed by successful writers. (approx 1-2 hours)

The remainder of the time will be an opportunity for participants to apply these skills to their own writing. A Graduate Writing Facilitator will be present throughout this practice time to address any follow-up questions that may arise.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Write Conversations: Don't Plagiarize

This workshop is a focused discussion on the 'ins and outs' of plagiarism.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, March 13, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Using Visual Aids for Effective Presentations (APEX)

Visual aids are used to reinforce or emphasize components of your message, clarify points, and create excitement. Clear pictures, slides and props will help deepen the audience's level of understanding and engage excitement of the material presented. Join this workshop to learn strategies, tips and new ideas about using visual aids beyond slides.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Extended Write Right 6: Disseminating your Research: Graduate Student Publication

This workshop is part six of an extended graduate workshop series aimed at offering proactive and comprehensive support to help you improve your relationship with the writing process. This workshop is focused on the challenges and opportunities associated with graduate student publication. We will begin with an information session outlining several crucial considerations for successful publication including determining your audience, navigating the peer review process, and responding (productively) to criticism. We will then explore a number of proactive techniques that graduate students can use in order to write and revise papers for publication.  (approx 1-2 hours)

The remainder of the time will be an opportunity for participants to apply these skills to their own writing. A Graduate Writing Facilitator will be present throughout this practice time to address any follow-up questions that may arise.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Write Conversations: Revising and Proofreading

There is a difference! Knowing when to revise and what to look for, and when it's time to proofread, will help you edit your own writing more effectively.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm Harbour Centre, Rm 3100

Extended Write Right 7: Academic Presentation as Celebration: Sharing Your Passion

This workshop is the 7th and final installment of an extended graduate workshop series aimed at offering proactive and comprehensive support to help you improve your relationship with the writing process. This workshop is focused on the skills required to enjoy presenting your scholarly research for a variety of audiences. What differentiates this workshop from a number of others focused on presentation skills is the emphasis on presentation as an opportunity to celebrate and share your passion about your work. Maintaining a connection to your passion is a crucial component of healthy graduate student life! We will begin with an information session (approx 1-2 hours) focused on scholarly presentation as a unique genre of performance and will then explore a number of techniques that graduate students can use to infuse their writing-for-presentation with a sense of celebration.

The remainder of the time will be an opportunity for participants to apply these skills in planning and writing their own presentations. A Graduate Writing Facilitator will be present throughout this practice time to address any follow-up questions that may arise.

As the culminating session for the extended workshop series, this event will also be an opportunity for us to celebrate the community of practice that we have developed over the course of the semester.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Thesis Boot Camp

This multi-day boot camp is for SFU graduate students at both the PhD and Masters level, who are currently writing their thesis or dissertation.

Here's your opportunity to dedicate three days to making serious progress on your dissertation or master’s thesis. Along with a comfortable, quiet working environment, snacks and lunches, you will benefit from structured time, dedicated space, professional advising and peer support—all motivating factors in that final push towards completion of your dissertation or thesis.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7000, Research Commons

Thesis

Thesis Boot Camp

This multi-day boot camp is for SFU graduate students at both the PhD and Masters level, who are currently writing their thesis or dissertation.

Here's your opportunity to dedicate three days to making serious progress on your dissertation or master’s thesis. Along with a comfortable, quiet working environment, snacks and lunches, you will benefit from structured time, dedicated space, professional advising and peer support—all motivating factors in that final push towards completion of your dissertation or thesis.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7000, Research Commons

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, March 17, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm Surrey, Galleria 3, Rm 3010
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm Harbour Centre, Rm 1500
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons