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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. 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.

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.

Data/GIS support

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 for more information or to book a consultation.

NVivo support

Graduate Peer NVivo Facilitators are available to assist graduate students by email ( 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 for more information.

Graduate workshops at SFU Vancouver

Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Writing Up Research

This non-credit, 10-week course is designed for graduate students for whom English is an additional language (EAL).  The course will consolidate many of the tasks from Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Positioning Yourself as a Junior Scholar, and will cover primarily Units Five to Eight of the textbook. The focus of the course is to help prepare you for writing up your own research.

Required textbook:

Swales, John M., & Feak, Christine B. (2011). Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills (3rd Edition). Ann Arbor: U of Michigan Press (ISBN: 978-0472-03475-8).

Upcoming Workshops

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 1510

Other services

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