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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. 
Graduate Open Writing Lab (Facilitated) - Fridays, May 11 - August 3, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Room HC 7356, 7th Floor Boardroom.

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.

NVivo support

Graduate Peer NVivo Facilitators are available to assist graduate students by email (nvivo-rc@sfu.ca) 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.

Graduate workshops at SFU Vancouver

Cite your sources easier and faster 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

DatesLocation
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00amHarbour Centre, Rm 1600

Find Data / Share Data

Are you interested in increasing the visibility of your research? This workshop will help you describe your data for long term access and findability.   As a bonus, we'll also show  you how to find data relevant to your research.

Some of the tools we'll be looking at are DataCite, Abacus, ICPSR and Radar.

Upcoming Workshops

DatesLocation
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:15pmHarbour Centre, Rm 1520

Intro to Geospatial Data with R

The lessons in this workshop will cover how to open, work with, and plot vector and raster-format spatial data in R.

Additional topics include:

  • working with spatial metadata (extent and coordinate reference systems),
  • reprojecting spatial data,
  • and working with raster time series data.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • import and export raster and vector data from R;
  • analyze and edit raster and vector data;
  • explore spatio-temporal data in R.

This full-day workshop will follow the Data Carpentries' syllabus.

Prerequisites:

Software requirements:

  • Participants will need to bring their own laptops with the most recent version of R and Rstudio installed. For installation instructions and to download the data used in this lesson, see the workshop homepage.

Upcoming Workshops

DatesLocation
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pmHarbour Centre, Rm 1415

Making Literature Reviews a Breeze (almost) with NVivo for Windows

This interactive workshop introduces importing and coding of literature review materials and key tools that can be particularly helpful when reviewing literature in your area of research.

Topics covered include:

  • introducing NVivo and setting up a project
  • working with your information
  • identifying themes, topics and ideas and collecting data to support them
  • using tools such as text search query, matrix coding query, and Framework Matrix. 

What will you achieve from this course? At the end of this, you will have the knowledge to set up a literature review in NVivo, and begin to work with your information. You will also be able to use NVivo to organize your content and begin to identify themes, topics or ideas.

It is appropriate for those who have had some experience with NVivo or who have taken the Nuts and Bolts of NVivo workshop. For more information about NVivo at SFU, please visit NVivo Software for Research Analysis.

Participants should also have some familiarity with citation management software (Zotero, Mendeley, Refworks, EndNote, etc). Zotero will be used during this workshop.

Software requirements:

Participants will need to bring their own Windows (PC) laptop, pre-loaded with the latest version of NVivo for Windows. The SFU site license for NVivo allows SFU students, faculty, staff and SFU-based members of research teams to download NVivo to their individual home computers and laptops. Go to the NVivo: Getting started page  and use the "self-serve download" link on this page to install NVivo for Windows. It is advisable that you download NVivo for Windows well in advanced of the workshop. If you encounter any problems, please email our NVivo support team at nvivo-rc@sfu.ca

Upcoming Workshops

DatesLocation
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:30pmHarbour Centre, Rm 1600

Preparing to Publish

Graduate students are always encouraged to publish but often without really knowing what that means or how to start. This workshop will focus on navigating the peer review process and will also touch on the topics of open access, working with an editor, and co-authorship.  It will include a discussion of copyright transfer agreements and licenses and provide insight into publishing venues for assuring your research has the best possible visibility, accessibility, and impact.

A few questions this session will help to answer:

  • How does the publishing cycle work?
  • How can you assess potential publishing venues?
  • What is peer review and how can you respond to reviewer comments?
  • What rights can you retain to your published research?
  • What are predatory publishers and how can you avoid them?

Upcoming Workshops

DatesLocation
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pmHarbour Centre, Rm 1520

Pronunciation for Social, Academic, & Professional Settings

This co-curricular short-term course provides the rules, learning strategies, and contextualized practice in the stress, rhythm, and melody of English words, phrases, and discourse. Students will also learn how a Canadian accent differs from American, British, and Australian varieties of English by analyzing popular TV shows.

Upcoming Workshops

DatesLocation
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:20pm
Harbour Centre, Rm 2280

Research Ethics: Ethics Principles and Institutional Requirements

The purpose of this session is to engage students in considering and discussing the ethical conduct of research involving humans. A number of topics will be covered, including a brief overview of the ethics review process.

Upcoming Workshops

DatesLocation
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00amHarbour Centre, Rm 1520

Write Conversations: Critical Research, Reading, and Writing

This workshop will begin with a discussion of strategies for critical reading and note-taking and then explore how these skills contribute to critical writing for a literature review. Following this workshop is the Graduate Open Writing Lab; you are welcome to stay and work on your writing.

Upcoming Workshops

DatesLocation
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30amHarbour Centre, Rm 7400

Write Conversations: Dressing Up (or Down) Your Writing: Audience, Purpose, and Style

This workshop will begin with a discussion about the need to consider audience, purpose, and style in writing. We will then explore “style,” including word choice, sentence structure, tone, and voice, and how these aspects impact your writing. Following this workshop is the Graduate Open Writing Lab; you are welcome to stay and work on your writing.

Upcoming Workshops

DatesLocation
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30amHarbour Centre, Rm 7400

Write Conversations: Finding Your Voice

Academic writing can be more than boring readers and emulating stuffy styles. In fact, expressing complex ideas in your own voice can be one of the best ways to make your work stand out. Join us for a conversation on conformity, creativity, and originality and begin your journey toward discovering your academic voice.

Upcoming Workshops

DatesLocation
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30amHarbour Centre, Rm 7400

Write Conversations: Going with the Flow: Cohesion and Coherence

This workshop will begin with a discussion focused on how we can communicate the logical progression of our ideas. We will explore a number of ways to develop a clear, compelling, and logical argument from the beginning, through the middle, to the end of a piece of scholarly writing. Following this workshop is the Graduate Open Writing Lab; you are welcome to stay and work on your writing.

Upcoming Workshops

DatesLocation
Friday, October 26, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30amHarbour Centre, Rm 7400

Write Conversations: The Work We Do After the Work We Did: Editing, Revising, and Proofreading

This workshop will begin with a discussion on the differences between revising, editing, and proofreading as well as their importance in the writing process. We will explore a number of revising, editing, and proofreading techniques employed by successful writers. Following this workshop is the Graduate Open Writing Lab; you are welcome to stay and work on your writing.

Upcoming Workshops

DatesLocation
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30amHarbour Centre, Rm 7400

Write Conversations: Writing as Practice and Process

This workshop will begin with a discussion on writing as process and then explore goal setting and outlining. Following this this workshop is the Graduate Open Writing Lab; you are welcome to stay and work on your writing.

Upcoming Workshops

DatesLocation
Friday, September 14, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30amHarbour Centre, Rm 7400

Writing and Researching Your Literature Review

This interactive workshop focuses on the literature review and literature search. At this session you will learn:

  • conventions of literature reviews,
  • search strategies,
  • advanced features of research databases,
  • and tips to further develop effective and efficient research skills.

Upcoming Workshops

DatesLocation
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:15pmHarbour Centre, Rm 1600

Other services

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