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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, September 13 to 2:30pm, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Room HC 7400.

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 Fall 2019 semester, data and GIS consultations are available by appointment or drop-in on alternate Tuesdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm in room HC 7027 (Sept 24; Oct 8, 22; Nov 5, 19; Dec 3, 17).  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. During the Fall 2019 semester, R consultations are available by appointment or drop-in on Wednesdays, September 11 to December 11 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm in room HC 7027 (on Sept 25, it will be in Rm 1040, inside Belzberg Library).  Contact for more information or to book a consultation outside of the drop-in hours.

Please contact for more information.

Graduate workshops at SFU Vancouver

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

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pmVancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

Composition Clinic: Creating Flow and Cohesion in Your Writing

Have you ever received feedback that your writing seems “choppy”? Are you having concerns about how to order your ideas or how to transition from one section to the next? This workshop is focused on developing some strategies for producing cohesive academic writing that “flows.”

Upcoming Workshops

Friday, November 29, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30amVancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

Composition Clinic: Everything in 250 Words or Less – Writing Abstracts

Wondering how you can put all of that crucial information about your research into just one paragraph? Join today’s workshop for some tips to master this pesky task that follows so much of our hard work. Even 250 words can make a difference in selling your potential audience on the value of your research!

Upcoming Workshops

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30amVancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

NVivo Drop-in Lab

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.

Upcoming Workshops

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pmVancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7027 (Consultation Room)

Other services

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