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Research Commons: Workshops for graduate students & postdoctoral fellows

The Research Commons is pleased to offer you a range of workshops, developed in the context of SFU Library's Instruction Strategy. Register for upcoming workshops. Search by date in our workshops calendar.

If you do not see the topic(s) you are interested in and/or would like a specialized workshop for yourself and a group of colleagues, send a request to research-commons@sfu.ca.

SFU values diversity and is committed to inclusion. If you require any disability related accommodations in order to fully access and participate in our workshops and/or events, please contact us directly at library-workshops@sfu.ca. Please contact us as soon as possible as some accommodations will require lead time to arrange (i.e. CART, ASL)

Digital Humanities

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English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Academic Writing for Graduate Students Positioning Yourself as a Junior Scholar

This seminar-style workshop series is designed for graduate students for whom English is an additional language (EAL). The workshop focuses on writing tasks that may be required in the earlier stages of a graduate program, and covers Units One to Four in the textbook.  You will learn how to apply your analytical skills to the discourses of your chosen disciplines and to explore how effective academic writing in Western scholarly tradition is achieved in order to position yourself as junior scholars in your chosen academic communities. Students will complete several reading, writing, and grammar tasks, all of which will be used to provide personalized feedback.

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

Dates Location
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 10:30am to 12:20pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Learning

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Research data management

For assistance with research data management, including help with SFU's Research Data Repository Radar, please contact data-services@sfu.ca.

Drop-in data support office hours are available this Fall semester at the downtown Vancouver campus. Alternate Tuesdays, from September 24th to December 17th, consultations will be available in person from 1:00pm-4:00pm in Room 7027 on the 7th floor at the Harbour Centre campus. Dates include: Sept 24; October 8, 22; Nov 5, 19; Dec 3, 17.

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Research programming

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Research software

Citation Management

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GIS

Drop-in GIS support office hours are available this Fall semester at the downtown Vancouver campus. Alternate Tuesdays, from September 24th to December 17th, consultations will be available in person from 1:00pm-4:00pm in Room 7027 on the 7th floor at the Harbour Centre campus. Dates include: Sept 24; October 8, 29 (Oct 22 has been canceled and moved to 29th); Nov 5, 19; Dec 3, 17.

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Python

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Qualitative Data Analysis

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R (Software)

Drop-in R support office hours are available this Fall semester at the Burnaby campus. Until December 12th, our Graduate Peers for Research Programming will be available in person Thursdays 1:30pm--4:30pm every week in Room 7037 in the Research Commons on the 7th floor of Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby campus. Note there will be no office hours on December 5th. 

Registration not required! Please drop in with your R questions including using R for visualizations, and bring your own laptop with R and RStudio installed. Questions about using R? Email us at data-services@sfu.ca    

Data anonymization: Please note that any data needs to be suitably anonymized if working with sensitive subjects before meeting with the Research Programming Peer. 

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Statistics

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Visual Analytics

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Scholarly communication

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Writing

Graduate Open Writing Lab: Write Time, Write Space (drop-in)

The Graduate Open Writing Lab is for all graduate students who want the time and a quiet, dedicated space to work on their writing. A Graduate Writing Facilitator will be available for consultations and to answer questions.

Registration not required - please drop in!

Fall Semester 2019 [September 9 to December 2]

Burnaby Campus
Graduate Open Writing Lab  - Mondays, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, SFU Burnaby, W.A.C. Bennett Library, Research Commons, Rm 7010
(no sessions on October 14 and November 11)

Vancouver Campus
Graduate Open Writing Lab - Fridays, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre - Room HC 7400

Writing Workshops

Please register for the following writing workshops:

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Thesis

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