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Workshops and classes at Fraser Library (SFU Surrey)

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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

De-Cluttering Your Prose

"Too wordy. Redundant. Be concise." If you've ever received these kinds of comments on your papers--or if you just want to take your style to the next level--this workshop is for you! Learn techniques you can use right away to help you pare your prose and write with greater clarity, succinctness, and power. 

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

Hot Tips for Revising

Congratulations--you've drafted your paper! What's next? This workshop overviews a technique of revising higher-order concerns, then looking at the finer details of your piece. You'll also learn more about common errors that can trip up even strong writers. 

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

How to Argue Academically

Effective argumentation is a core requirement of many writing assignments across the disciplines. Yet students are often unsure how to write a clear and compelling academic argument. It isn’t the same as arguing with your partner or your parents! In this 50-minute session, learn the particular rules governing academic argument as well as tips for developing and defending a solid argument in your written assignments.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

How to Succeed on Exams

Are midterms coming up? Or are you disappointed in midterm results and want to improve on your finals? This workshop will teach you which study strategies are shown by research to be the most effective, as well as how to manage your time when writing exams and deal with common types of questions: multiple choice, problem solving, essay and short answer.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

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
Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:20pm Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

Workshops for graduates

Citation Management Drop-in Lab

Have questions about using citation management software, like Zotero or Mendeley? We can help! Our citation management experts can introduce you to citation management tools, answer questions, and demonstrate features and techniques. Bring your laptop and your questions!

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, March 2, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Surrey, Galleria 3, Rm 3260

Introduction to NVivo for Mac (in Mac Lab)

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.

Notes:
1. This workshop is for NVivo for Mac. The Windows interface is significantly different. Please check here for NVivo for Windows workshops being offered.
2. This workshop takes place in a Mac lab, so you don't need to bring your own laptop. However, if you wish to use your Mac laptop, please make sure you preload it  with the latest version of NVivo. You can download NVivo and the license key with your SFU computing ID by using the self-serve download link here. If you are unable to get past the authentication page, then please email nvivo-rc@sfu.ca.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm Surrey, Galleria 3, Lab 3050