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. A Graduate Writing Facilitator will be available for consultations and to answer questions. Registration not required - please drop in!
Graduate Open Writing Lab - Fridays, May 10 to August 16, 2019, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Room HC 7400. Note: on May 10, the session will take place in Room HC 1425, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.
Writing workshops at SFU Vancouver are included in the list of graduate workshops below.
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.
Please use our Consultation Request form to book a consultation for help with academic reading and writing, speaking, pronunciation, presentation techniques, and more.
The Research Commons provides Research Data support for faculty and graduate students downtown. During the spring 2019 semester, data and GIS consultations are available by appointment or drop-in on Tuesdays, 1 - 4:30 pm in room HC 7027 (no consultations February 5 or 26). Contact email@example.com for more information or to book a consultation.
Graduate Peer NVivo Facilitators are available to assist graduate students by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
R software support
Our Research Programming Peers can help researchers who have questions about using R for analyzing their data and creating visualizations. Peers provide support related to code writing -- they do not offer advice on methodological approaches.
Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Graduate workshops at SFU Vancouver
Tableau is a data visualization tool that can help you analyze your data and illustrate the patterns and insights behind them. This interactive workshop will introduce researchers to Tableau Public, a free access version of Tableau.
- connect datasets to your Tableau workbook;
- create a variety of basic chart types (including bar charts, line graphs, and maps);
- use Tableau's built-in analysis features, like reference lines, trend lines and calculated fields; and
- publish and share publication-quality interactive charts and graphs.
- This workshop is not catered. You will get a 60-minute break at approximately 2:00pm to 3:00pm.
- This workshop was previously split into two Research Commons workshops: "An Introduction to Using Tableau for Data Visualization" and "Doing More with Tableau for Data Visualization". If you have taken both of these Research Commons workshops, then you will find the material redundant.
|Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm||Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400|
Bring your laptop (either PC or Mac), your document(s), and your questions to this open lab session to get some hands-on, practical help and suggestions with the Library’s thesis template. Join the Library’s support staff anytime during the open lab to learn how to:
- populate the Table of Contents so that chapter headings and subheadings automatically show up with the correct pagination
- insert table or figure/image captions so that they are auto-numbered and automatically populated into the List of Tables & List of Figures sections of your document
- fine-tune the formatting of your tables
- create very large tables to fit onto a landscape or tabloid (11x17) page
- apply appropriate styles to make your thesis look consistent, professional and acceptable for Library submission and publication
- other formatting tips & tricks
Please register so that we know you’re coming.
|Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm||Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400|
|Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm||Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400|
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.
|Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm||Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Lab 1350|
Are you looking to raise the profile and impact of your research? If you have a thoughtful, curated, and professional academic profile, your research is more likely to be found, read, discussed, and shared online. Building your online research profile can connect your research with relevant communities and increase uptake and application of your work. Bring your laptop to this facilitated drop-in session. Librarians will be available to support you with any of the following:
- Depositing your work to Summit, SFU's Research Repository
- Creating, updating or refining your online profiles in ORCID, Google Scholar, or ImpactStory
- Leveraging #AcademicTwitter
- Discussing options for going public with your work
- Developing strategies for building or enhancing your personal website to host your online bio and CV
|Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm||Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400|
Bring your laptop and your NVivo questions to this drop-in lab session! Our facilitators are experienced NVivo users, and can help orient researchers to using NVivo software for organizing, coding, and analyzing textual, audiovisual, social media, and other data. They can also support other uses of NVivo, such as organizing literature reviews and handling survey data.
|Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm||Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400|
Learning how to accurately and skillfully use our own words to describe other scholar’s ideas remains a challenging process for many graduate students, and understandably so. While practicing and improving paraphrasing is guaranteed to level-up your writing, doing so without plagiarizing can and should be an ongoing concern. Come to this discussion to learn more about that foreboding beast "plagiarism," and its lesser known version "patch writing," so that you are better able to both spot it in students' writing and avoid it in your own.
|Friday, July 5, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am||Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400|
Our professors’ feedback can be one of the most valuable tools we receive as graduate students, leading to deeply meaningful change in our thinking and writing – if we can figure out what to do with it! Don’t let those teachable moments go to waste. Let’s talk about how we can improve incorporating (and accepting) others’ feedback into our writing process.
|Friday, June 28, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am||Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400|
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.
|Friday, July 19, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am||Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400|
Have some burning writing questions? Need to get something off your chest? These open topic Write Conversations discussions are an opportunity to have a free flowing conversation about writing with your peers and a Graduate Writing Facilitator.
|Friday, August 2, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am||Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400|
Knowing when to revise, what to look for, and when it's time to proofread will help you edit your own writing more effectively.
|Friday, July 26, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am||Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400|
Believe it or not, it’s not just a long summary of relevant literature. Your literature review serves many purposes including improving your research, focusing your thesis or project, and perhaps most importantly, aptly demonstrating your new-found expertise to your reader while providing a strong first impression for your final written product.
|Friday, July 12, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am||Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400|
Other learning, general writing, and EAL services and workshops are available at SFU Vancouver through the Student Learning Commons.