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. You can register for upcoming workshops and search by workshop 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, please 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. All communication will be kept confidential. Please contact us as early as possible as some accommodations will require lead time to arrange (i.e. CART, ASL)

Unaffiliated with SFU but interested in attending a workshop? See Who can register for SFU Library Research Commons workshops.

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Digital Humanities workshops

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English as an Additional Language (EAL) workshops

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Summer 2024: Academic Writing for Graduate Students (Workshop Series)

Note: July 4, 2024 session will be in Room HC 1500 

 About the workshop

This seminar series provides EAL graduate students with communication strategies for effective academic speaking and writing. Participants learn the basics of academic presentation and develop techniques for speaking clearly. Additional topics include strategies for writing cohesively, vocabulary development, and pronunciation.

 Goals

The goals for this class are for you to be able to

  •  increase your confidence communicating in social and academic situations
  • introduce yourself and your professional contributions clearly and confidently
  • improve clarity in academic presentations, conversations, and discussion
  • give an academic presentation in your field with accompanying visual
  • boost vocabulary, including academic idioms, in oral and written English
  • improve cohesion in academic writing
  • write a problem-solution text in your field

 

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DatesLocation
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Thursday, May 30, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Thursday, June 13, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Thursday, June 20, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Thursday, June 27, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Thursday, July 4, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Thursday, July 11, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Thursday, July 18, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Thursday, July 25, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm

Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Research Commons (RC), Room 7050.2

Knowledge Mobilization workshops

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Learning workshops

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Research Data Management workshops

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 For assistance with research data management, please contact data-services@sfu.ca.

 Check out our recorded workshops on topics in research data management.

Organize your research project: an introduction to the Open Science Framework (OSF)

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DatesLocation
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

Research Programming workshops

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Introduction to R (2-day workshop)

  About the workshop

This two-day workshop introduces the programming language R.  R is an open-source, widely used, and increasingly popular tool for statistical and data analyses, text mining, geospatial analysis, modelling, and a growing number of other applications. No prior knowledge is required. Students will learn the skills needed to start analyzing their own data.

The topics covered include:

  • the R environment (directories, workspace, scripts, and packages),
  • simple commands to get you started,
  • data structures (vector, matrix, data frames, lists),
  • basic data analysis tools (built-in statistical packages, plotting, etc.)

 As time permits, an introduction to functions may also be covered.

Note: This is an in-person 2-day workshop.

 Requirements

  • Participants need to bring a laptop with the latest versions of R and RStudio installed.

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Saturday, June 8, 2024 - 10:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday, June 9, 2024 - 10:30am to 5:30pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Introduction to R [Online]

 About the workshop

This series of lessons will introduce you to the programming language R.  R is an open-source, widely used, and increasingly popular tool for statistical and data analyses, text mining, geospatial analysis, modelling, and a growing number of other applications.

The topics covered include:

  • the R environment (directories, workspace, scripts, and packages),
  • simple commands to get you started,
  • data structures (vector, matrix, data frames, lists),
  • basic data analysis tools (built-in statistical packages, plotting, etc.)

 As time permits, an introduction to functions may also be covered.

 Requirements:

  • No prior knowledge is required. Students will learn the skills needed to start analyzing their own data.
  • Prior to attending the workshop, warticipants need to install the latest versions of both:

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Saturday, June 22, 2024 - 10:30am to 4:30pm
Sunday, June 23, 2024 - 10:30am to 4:30pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Data Wrangling and Preprocessing With R [Online]

About the workshop

This workshop for intermediate R users will show you how to leverage dplyr (a package in tidyverse) to more effectively filter, transform, and aggregate your data. If you've used R before, then you know that getting base R to transform data into a form needed for your analysis is usually a challenge, with complex blocks of code to perform what should be simple operations. Luckily for us, dplyr is designed to help easily express these operations so that what is essentially a simple data transformation only requires simple code.
 
This workshop assumes that you are already comfortable in base R. For example, you should be able to: 
  • Import data from a CSV or text file 
  • Extract and create columns in a data frame, and filter rows according to different conditions 
  • Write an R script that can run on its own without manual user intervention.

By the end of the workshop you will be able to: 

  • Use the primary dplyr functions for selecting, mutating, filtering, summarizing, and re-ordering data 
  • Recognize existing complicated base R code blocks and simplify them down using dplyr 
  • Use tidyr (a tidyverse package) to easily reshape data both to and from long and wide formats. 

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Saturday, July 6, 2024 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Web Scraping in R

Note: This is an in-person workshop.

Growing amount of data is available over the web. However, this data is usually presented in an unstructured HTML format which poses a challenge to researchers who want to automatically capture the data and convert it into a form appropriate for analysis. Web scraping is a computational method that offers means to meet such challenges. In this workshop you will learn how to scrape unstructured web pages using rvest R package and prepare the captured data for analysis. You will gain some hands-on experience working on a few small projects that underlie common scraping strategies/issues. The last project will include scraping of multiple web pages.

Requirements 

  • Functional knowledge of commonly used base R commands (for an overview see https://www.rstudio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/base-r.pdf)
  • Participants will need to bring their own laptops, with R and RStudio installed prior to attending the workshop

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Saturday, July 20, 2024 - 10:30am to 4:30pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Research Software workshops

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Citations Made Easy: Introduction to Zotero

 About the workshop 

Want to make your research and writing more efficient? Hate the last minute rush of trying to create a correctly formatted bibliography? This introductory 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.

This interactive workshop will cover everything that you need to know to get up and running with Zotero.

Note: This is an in-person workshop.

  Requirements

Bring a fully charged laptop (power outlets are limited). In advance of the workshop, please: register for a Zotero account and download and install Zotero 6 and the Zotero Connector. If you encounter any difficulties doing this, please send an email to citation-managers@sfu.ca. Please note that the Zotero Connector works best with Firefox and Chrome. If you choose to use the Zotero Connector with Safari, please be aware that there are a few known compatibility issues at this time which may prove frustrating. Read more about Safari's compatibility with Zotero.

Resources

Workshop slides and handout are available here

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DatesLocation
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm
Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Research Commons (RC), Room 7050.2

Citations Made Easy: Introduction to Zotero [Online]

About the workshop

Want to make your research and writing more efficient? Hate the last minute rush of trying to create a correctly formatted bibliography? This introductory 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.

Requirements

In advance of the workshop, please: register for a Zotero account and download and install Zotero 6 and the Zotero Connector. If you have any difficulties doing this, please send an email to citation-managers@sfu.ca. Please note that the Zotero Connector works best with Firefox and Chrome. If you choose to use the Zotero Connector with Safari, please be aware that there are a few known compatibility issues at this time which may prove frustrating. Read more about Safari's compatibility with Zotero.

Resources

Workshop materials are available here

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DatesLocation
Thursday, July 11, 2024 - 10:00am to 11:15am
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)
Tuesday, July 23, 2024 - 2:30pm to 3:45pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

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A friendly introduction to map-making with QGIS

About the workshop

  • Do you know that a very large amount of data from many resources (the web, government, research, etc.) contains coordinates or other geographic information that can be mapped? If you are not taking advantage of the spatial characteristics of your data, you are missing key insights spatial analysis and maps can offer.
  • Do you hope to make a decent map for your publications?
  • Do you want to tell which maps are telling blatant lies (believe us, there are plenty of such examples floating on the web) or avoid making misleading maps yourself?  

Come to this in-person workshop to learn some fundamental concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and how to use QGIS- a free, open-source GIS platform with powerful tools and a wide variety of plugins- to import, analyze, and visualize your data spatially. We will also introduce some basic concepts of cartography (this is a fancy word, but basically, it means how to make meaningful, trustworthy, and aesthetic maps!).  

You are welcome to talk about your project ideas or how you would like to visualize or analyze your data.  

Learning Outcomes:  

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

  • Understand a few basic GIS concepts
  • Import data to QGIS
  • Edit data within QGIS
  • Understand a few basic types of thematic maps and the connections between thematic maps and data
  • Manipulate map symbology  
  • Understand a few basic cartographic concepts  
  • Create and export a map using the layout manager

    Target audience

    This workshop has been designed for those with little or no prior experience with GIS. It may also be of interest to those already familiar with GIS, but would like to have some hands-on experience using QGIS.

    Requirements

    • Please bring your own laptop.  
    • You need to install QGIS on your device prior to attending the workshop. QGIS runs on Linux, Windows and Mac operating systems. 
    • To download QGIS, please visit https://qgis.org/en/site/forusers/download.html. 

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    DatesLocation
    Thursday, June 13, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
    Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

    Intro to ArcGIS Online [Online]

    About the workshop

    AGOL is a web-based mapping platform that allows you to build maps and apps, conduct spatial analysis, and explore spatial data online. In this workshop, you will learn how to construct a simple web map, explore spatial data (Living Atlas), perform basic spatial analysis and queries, and publish the map to the web. You will also be introduced to the core concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geospatial data.

    The workshop is ideal for those:

    • Curious about GIS and its applications.
    • Interested in visualizing data with a spatial dimension.
    • Interested in creating interactive web maps or apps for their audience.
    • Looking to explore the diverse features and resources offered by ArcGIS Online.

    Learning objectives

    By the end of the workshop, you will be able to: 

    • Use ArcGIS Online to import data, change basemaps, change symbology, query data, and make a web map and app. 
    • Understand some features in the ArcGIS Online ecosystem.

    Target audience

    No previous knowledge of GIS is required.  

    Requirements

    Software

    An ArcGIS Online account. SFU students, staff and faculty are eligible for ArcGIS Online accounts for free of charge. If you don’t already have an existing ArcGIS Online account, you can log into ArcGIS Online with your SFU computing ID. For instructions on how to get access to it, refer to this page: https://www.lib.sfu.ca/find/other-materials/data-gis/gis/software-arc-gis

     

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    DatesLocation
    Tuesday, June 18, 2024 - 10:00am to 11:30am
    via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

    Introduction to Spatial Thinking and ArcGIS Pro

    Note: This is an in-person workshop. Software (ArcGIS Pro) is already installed on the computers in the lab, so there is no need to bring your own laptop.

    About the workshop

    Spatial thinking allows us to ask questions about the spatial patterns and organization of people, places, and environments on Earth:

    • What is the travel route of the Anna's hummingbird (Calypte anna)? Does it pass close to areas where predators are present, specifically those which prey on eggs?
    • Are neighbourhoods with low socioeconomic status spatially correlated to high morbidity rates?
    • Or, a more pressing question, what neighbourhoods are COVID-19 hot spots?

    Many of these questions ask about the spatial relationship between two or more phenomena. This workshop is an introduction to spatial thinking and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This workshop assumes attendees have no previous experience with GIS. ArcGIS Pro is Esri's newest desktop software, which will eventually replace ArcGIS Desktop (aka ArcMap).

    Target Audience

    This workshop is designed for those with little or no prior experience with GIS but are interested in getting started with it or learning ArcGIS Pro.  It may also be of interest to those who are already familiar with ArcMap, but are interested in migrating from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro. 

    Learning outcomes

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

    • think spatially about their research;
    • understand the basic elements of GIS, geospatial data, and spatial analysis;
    • use a GIS environment (ArcGIS Pro);
    • create simple maps using geospatial data;
    • look for and find geospatial data and resources

    Core competencies
    finding and using spatial data, projections, spatial thinking, map essentials

    Resources

     

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    DatesLocation
    Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
    Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

    Web GIS Workshop Series

    In the past decade, revolutionary internet technologies have driven Geographic Information System (GIS) to expand far beyond the professional GIS community. Many individuals who lack traditional GIS trainings- engineers, entrepreneurs, journalists, researchers- have been involved in web cartography work. The empowerment is fueled by geospatially enabled technologies such as Global Positional Systems (GPS), the Internet, and user-friendly cartography tools. This workshop series will give you a taste of this new ecosystem, introducing you to a range of concepts, tools, and skills which include how web map is structured, how to create one, how to collaboratively collect field data and populate to a shared web map, and how to combine maps and digital storytelling to communicate your research.

    All workshops in this series are designed for beginners- no previous GIS knowledge is required. Attend as many or as few sessions as you like.

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     Qualitative Data Analysis

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     Please email nvivo-rc@sfu.ca for NVivo support or visit the NVivo: Software for Research Analysis webpage.

    In-person NVivo Skillshare

    About the NVivo Skillshare

    Come learn and share tips and skills with other SFU NVivo users!

    SFU NVivo users, come join us for an in-person meet up and skill sharing session on the first Thursday of each month, rotating between the Burnaby and Vancouver Research Commons locations. No experience necessary. Learn from other NVivo users and let them learn from you. 

    Bring your questions, your tips, and your lunch—we'll provide the coffee! 

    No registration required—just drop in.

    Register for upcoming workshops

    DatesLocation
    Thursday, May 2, 2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
    Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
    Thursday, July 4, 2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
    Thursday, August 1, 2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
    *See location details below.

    Making Literature Reviews Easier with NVivo for Mac [Online]

    About the workshop

    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 skills will you acquire in this workshop? You will acquire the ability 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, and ideas. It is appropriate for those who have had some experience with NVivo. For more information about NVivo at SFU, please visit NVivo Software for Research Analysis.

    Requirements

    • Before the workshop, please download and install NVivo 14 for Mac. You can download NVivo 14 and access the license key with your SFU computing ID by using the self-serve download link here. If you have any questions, please email us at nvivo-rc@sfu.ca.
    • Participants should also have some familiarity with citation management software (Zotero, Mendeley, Refworks, EndNote, etc). Zotero will be used during this workshop.

     

    Register for upcoming workshops

    DatesLocation
    Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
    via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

    Making Literature Reviews Easier with NVivo for Windows [Online]

    About the workshop

    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 skills will you acquire in this workshop? You will acquire the ability 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, and ideas. It is appropriate for those who have had some experience with NVivo. For more information about NVivo at SFU, please visit NVivo Software for Research Analysis.

    Requirements

    • Before the workshop, please download and install NVivo 14 for Windows. You can download NVivo 14 and access the license key with your SFU computing ID by using the self-serve download link here. If you have any questions, please email us at nvivo-rc@sfu.ca.
    • Participants should also have some familiarity with citation management software (Zotero, Mendeley, Refworks, EndNote, etc). Zotero will be used during this workshop.

    Register for upcoming workshops

    DatesLocation
    Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
    via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

    NVivo Office Hours [Online]

    About help sessions

    Questions about working with NVivo? Get answers.

    Join us for online office hours hosted by NVivo Graduate Peer Facilitators on Zoom. Drop in with your questions. No experience with NVivo is necessary.

    Register for upcoming workshops

    DatesLocation
    Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
    Thursday, May 16, 2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
    Thursday, May 23, 2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
    Thursday, May 30, 2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
    Thursday, June 13, 2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
    Thursday, June 20, 2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
    Thursday, June 27, 2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
    Thursday, July 11, 2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
    Thursday, July 18, 2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
    Thursday, July 25, 2024 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
    via Zoom

    Visualization with NVivo for Mac [Online]

     About the workshop

    Are you interested in learning how to use NVivo visualization tools in your projects? In this workshop, participants will learn how to use four different visualization tools offered in NVivo for Mac:

    • Charts
    • Comparison diagrams
    • Mind maps
    • Concept maps

     Requirements

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    DatesLocation
    Tuesday, June 4, 2024 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

     R (Software)

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     Consultation appointments in R are available, please email us at data-services@sfu.ca with some details on your specific question about using R. Data anonymization: note that any data needs to be suitably anonymized if working with sensitive subjects before meeting with the Research Programming Peer. 

    Data Wrangling and Preprocessing With R [Online]

    About the workshop

    This workshop for intermediate R users will show you how to leverage dplyr (a package in tidyverse) to more effectively filter, transform, and aggregate your data. If you've used R before, then you know that getting base R to transform data into a form needed for your analysis is usually a challenge, with complex blocks of code to perform what should be simple operations. Luckily for us, dplyr is designed to help easily express these operations so that what is essentially a simple data transformation only requires simple code.
     
    This workshop assumes that you are already comfortable in base R. For example, you should be able to: 
    • Import data from a CSV or text file 
    • Extract and create columns in a data frame, and filter rows according to different conditions 
    • Write an R script that can run on its own without manual user intervention.

    By the end of the workshop you will be able to: 

    • Use the primary dplyr functions for selecting, mutating, filtering, summarizing, and re-ordering data 
    • Recognize existing complicated base R code blocks and simplify them down using dplyr 
    • Use tidyr (a tidyverse package) to easily reshape data both to and from long and wide formats. 

    Register for upcoming workshops

    DatesLocation
    Saturday, July 6, 2024 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

    Introduction to R (2-day workshop)

      About the workshop

    This two-day workshop introduces the programming language R.  R is an open-source, widely used, and increasingly popular tool for statistical and data analyses, text mining, geospatial analysis, modelling, and a growing number of other applications. No prior knowledge is required. Students will learn the skills needed to start analyzing their own data.

    The topics covered include:

    • the R environment (directories, workspace, scripts, and packages),
    • simple commands to get you started,
    • data structures (vector, matrix, data frames, lists),
    • basic data analysis tools (built-in statistical packages, plotting, etc.)

     As time permits, an introduction to functions may also be covered.

    Note: This is an in-person 2-day workshop.

     Requirements

    • Participants need to bring a laptop with the latest versions of R and RStudio installed.

    Register for upcoming workshops

    DatesLocation
    Saturday, June 8, 2024 - 10:30am to 5:30pm
    Sunday, June 9, 2024 - 10:30am to 5:30pm
    Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

    Introduction to R [Online]

     About the workshop

    This series of lessons will introduce you to the programming language R.  R is an open-source, widely used, and increasingly popular tool for statistical and data analyses, text mining, geospatial analysis, modelling, and a growing number of other applications.

    The topics covered include:

    • the R environment (directories, workspace, scripts, and packages),
    • simple commands to get you started,
    • data structures (vector, matrix, data frames, lists),
    • basic data analysis tools (built-in statistical packages, plotting, etc.)

     As time permits, an introduction to functions may also be covered.

     Requirements:

    • No prior knowledge is required. Students will learn the skills needed to start analyzing their own data.
    • Prior to attending the workshop, warticipants need to install the latest versions of both:

    Register for upcoming workshops

    DatesLocation
    Saturday, June 22, 2024 - 10:30am to 4:30pm
    Sunday, June 23, 2024 - 10:30am to 4:30pm
    via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

    Web Scraping in R

    Note: This is an in-person workshop.

    Growing amount of data is available over the web. However, this data is usually presented in an unstructured HTML format which poses a challenge to researchers who want to automatically capture the data and convert it into a form appropriate for analysis. Web scraping is a computational method that offers means to meet such challenges. In this workshop you will learn how to scrape unstructured web pages using rvest R package and prepare the captured data for analysis. You will gain some hands-on experience working on a few small projects that underlie common scraping strategies/issues. The last project will include scraping of multiple web pages.

    Requirements 

    • Functional knowledge of commonly used base R commands (for an overview see https://www.rstudio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/base-r.pdf)
    • Participants will need to bring their own laptops, with R and RStudio installed prior to attending the workshop

    Register for upcoming workshops

    DatesLocation
    Saturday, July 20, 2024 - 10:30am to 4:30pm
    Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

     Visual Analytics

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    Scholarly Communication workshops

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    Get published: Choosing a journal [Online]

    About the workshop

    This online workshop will help you choose a suitable journal for publishing your research. This workshop will appeal to graduate students with all levels of publishing experience. We invite you to join us whether you have published in academic journals before or are considering this for the first time. We will discuss:

    • Where to look for journals in your discipline
    • How to tell if a journal is right for your work
    • When and how to consider journal rankings such as the Journal Impact Factor 
    • How to make your work open access
    • How to identify and avoid predatory publishers

    Register for upcoming workshops

    DatesLocation
    Tuesday, July 9, 2024 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

    Preparing to Publish [Online]

    About the workshop

    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, choosing a journal, 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?

    Resources

    Coming soon.

     

    Register for upcoming workshops

    DatesLocation
    Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
    via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)
    Monday, June 10, 2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
    via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

    What's Your Impact?: An Introduction to Measuring the Impact of Your Research Within and Beyond the Academy [Online]

    Who is looking at your research and how can you measure it? Find out more about research impact – what it is, how to measure it and how to leverage it. This session will help you:

    • understand what is meant by research impact,
    • become familiar with the different types of research impact metrics,
    • know the tools available to calculate research impact.
    • and devise a strategy to increase the impact of your own research activities.

    Register for upcoming workshops

    DatesLocation
    Friday, May 31, 2024 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
    via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

    Thesis workshops 

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     If you are unable to attend one of our thesis template workshops, check out our online tutorials on using the Thesis Word Template.
      For more information, please email the Thesis Office or book an appointment using the online booking system for a one-on-one consultation.

    The Thesis Submission Process [Online]

    About the workshop

    After you have defended, the final step for graduation eligibility is submitting your thesis, project, or extended essay(s) to the Library. This workshop will walk you through the thesis submission process.

    You will learn:

    1. How to log into the Thesis Registration System (TRS)
    2. What documents are required to upload to the TRS
    3. What “if applicable” documents you need to upload to the TRS
    4. What happens after you have submitted

    Note: A good time to take this workshop is sometime during the semester that you’ll be defending or sometime after you know when your defence date is.

    Register for upcoming workshops

    DatesLocation
    Thursday, July 25, 2024 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
    via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

    Thesis Word Template: The Basics

    About the workshop

    The SFU Library thesis template is a Microsoft Word file designed to assist students in preparing theses, projects, and extended essay(s) in accordance with formatting standards and requirements for submission to the Library.

    There are 3 parts to this workshop:

    1. SFU Library's research data specialists will give instruction on how to store, preserve (archive) and, if appropriate, share research data for future uses. (15 to 20 minutes)

    2. SFU Copyright Office will briefly explain copyright law as it relates to reproducing copyright protected material in your thesis and other published works, and explain how to request permission from copyright holders when required. (20 to 30 minutes)

    3. For the remainder of the time, the Theses Office will walk through the overall structure of your thesis and demonstrate the functionality of the thesis template. You will learn how to:

    • download the thesis template (a Microsoft Word file) and set up some defaults
    • format your text using styles (ie. block quotes, lists, references, etc.)
    • update the Table of Contents, List of Tables and List of Figures
    • bring in text from other documents

    If we have time, we will show you how to:

    • insert figures/images and tables and generate auto-numbered captions
    • update the List of Figures and Tables
    • other tips and tricks

    Note: This is an in-person workshop.

    Register for upcoming workshops

    DatesLocation
    Thursday, July 18, 2024 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
    Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

    Thesis Writing Group [Online]

     About Thesis Writing Group

    Join Thesis Writing Group to make some serious progress on your thesis (or other academic writing projects) and to develop a sustainable writing practice. Thesis Writing Group is modelled after other successful online writing groups that use scheduled time to work on writing with the (quiet) presence and support of other writers. Thesis Writing Group also makes many aspects of our in-person Thesis Writing Retreats available online and throughout each term. 

    What you can expect

    Thesis Writing Group is held via Zoom. It is facilitated by members of the Graduate Writing Services team and the Research Commons Librarian, who are available for writing and research support during the weekly sessions. An Assistant for Theses will also be available for some of the sessions for any questions about using the thesis template, formatting, and the thesis submission process. Optional mini workshops on topics such as library research techniques, copyright, and academic publishing will be offered some weeks. For Summer 2024, sessions will be held on Fridays, 9:30 am – 12:30pm for 10 weeks, starting Friday, May 24, 2024 and concluding Friday, July 26, 2024.

    The online writing group format

    Some of you may already be familiar with or have participated in online writing groups. For both those with and without experience, we encourage you to join us for this unique experience! The group will begin each session by briefly checking in and setting goals before turning to dedicated writing time. Participants can request support from our team through the chat feature, and consultations/discussions will take place in breakout rooms. The 3-hour sessions conclude with the group coming together and discussing any reflections or areas of interest/concern.

    Writers will be asked to keep their microphones muted while writing, and the use of webcams is welcome but entirely optional for each participant. 

     Registration is for ten weeks

    Registration is available for all 10 weeks of sessions combined. We ask that registered participants commit to attending each session to the extent that their schedules allow.

    Please register by Thursday, May 23, 2024 before 6:00am in order to receive the Zoom link to join.

    If you have any questions about Thesis Writing Group, please contact Julie Jones, Research Commons Librarian, at jsj7@sfu.ca

    Register for upcoming workshops

    DatesLocation
    Friday, May 24, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
    Friday, May 31, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
    Friday, June 7, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
    Friday, June 14, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
    Friday, June 21, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
    Friday, June 28, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
    Friday, July 5, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
    Friday, July 12, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
    Friday, July 19, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
    Friday, July 26, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
    via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

    Thesis Writing Retreat

      About the workshop

    Join us for three days of dedicated writing time and make genuine progress on your thesis, project, or capstone.
     
    We’ll have a beautiful space to work, facilitated sessions that animate the writing experience, and optional programming around writing, research, the thesis template, and thesis-adjacent topics such as graduate student well-being and the grad student–supervisor relationship. Also, healthy meals and snacks will be provided for all three days.
     

    Register for upcoming workshops

    DatesLocation
    Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
    Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
    Thursday, June 13, 2024 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
    Surrey, Room TBA

    Using the thesis Word template

    About the workshop

    The SFU Library thesis template is a Microsoft Word file designed to assist students in preparing theses, projects, and extended essay(s) in accordance with formatting standards and requirements for submission to the Library.

    In this in-person workshop, we will walk you through the overall structure of your thesis and demonstrate the functionality of the thesis template. You will learn how to:

    • download the thesis template (a Microsoft Word file) and set up some defaults
    • format your text using styles (ie. block quotes, lists, references, etc.)
    • update the Table of Contents, List of Tables and List of Figures
    • bring in text from other documents

    If we have time, we will show you how to:

    • insert figures/images and tables and generate auto-numbered captions
    • update the List of Figures and Tables
    • other tips and tricks

    Note: This is part of the Thesis Writing Retreat, but non-Thesis Writing Retreat participants are welcome to register and join.

    Register for upcoming workshops

    DatesLocation
    Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 10:00am to 11:15am
    Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

    Writing workshops

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    Preparing to Publish [Online]

    About the workshop

    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, choosing a journal, 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?

    Resources

    Coming soon.

     

    Register for upcoming workshops

    DatesLocation
    Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
    via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)
    Monday, June 10, 2024 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
    via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

    Revising without procrastinating

     About the workshop 

    Does your writing frequently fall to the bottom of your “to do” list? Do you find it hard to generate new pages until the old ones are “perfect”? This session is intended to help you break your writing and revision practices up into steps. It starts from a recognition of procrastination as a habituated self-management strategy, and not a personal character flaw! Through free-writing, interactive exercises, and discussions, participants learn more about balancing the complementary requirements of creation and revision and take away practical strategies for their writing practices. 

    Register for upcoming workshops

    DatesLocation
    Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 10:15am to 11:15am
    Surrey, Fraser Library, SUR 3695 (Student Learning Commons, inside Fraser Library)

    Summer 2024: Academic Writing for Graduate Students (Workshop Series)

    Note: July 4, 2024 session will be in Room HC 1500 

     About the workshop

    This seminar series provides EAL graduate students with communication strategies for effective academic speaking and writing. Participants learn the basics of academic presentation and develop techniques for speaking clearly. Additional topics include strategies for writing cohesively, vocabulary development, and pronunciation.

     Goals

    The goals for this class are for you to be able to

    •  increase your confidence communicating in social and academic situations
    • introduce yourself and your professional contributions clearly and confidently
    • improve clarity in academic presentations, conversations, and discussion
    • give an academic presentation in your field with accompanying visual
    • boost vocabulary, including academic idioms, in oral and written English
    • improve cohesion in academic writing
    • write a problem-solution text in your field

     

    Register for upcoming workshops

    DatesLocation
    * cancelled *
    Thursday, May 30, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
    Thursday, June 6, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
    Thursday, June 13, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
    Thursday, June 20, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
    Thursday, June 27, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
    Thursday, July 4, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
    Thursday, July 11, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
    Thursday, July 18, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
    Thursday, July 25, 2024 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm

    Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Research Commons (RC), Room 7050.2

    Thesis Writing Group [Online]

     About Thesis Writing Group

    Join Thesis Writing Group to make some serious progress on your thesis (or other academic writing projects) and to develop a sustainable writing practice. Thesis Writing Group is modelled after other successful online writing groups that use scheduled time to work on writing with the (quiet) presence and support of other writers. Thesis Writing Group also makes many aspects of our in-person Thesis Writing Retreats available online and throughout each term. 

    What you can expect

    Thesis Writing Group is held via Zoom. It is facilitated by members of the Graduate Writing Services team and the Research Commons Librarian, who are available for writing and research support during the weekly sessions. An Assistant for Theses will also be available for some of the sessions for any questions about using the thesis template, formatting, and the thesis submission process. Optional mini workshops on topics such as library research techniques, copyright, and academic publishing will be offered some weeks. For Summer 2024, sessions will be held on Fridays, 9:30 am – 12:30pm for 10 weeks, starting Friday, May 24, 2024 and concluding Friday, July 26, 2024.

    The online writing group format

    Some of you may already be familiar with or have participated in online writing groups. For both those with and without experience, we encourage you to join us for this unique experience! The group will begin each session by briefly checking in and setting goals before turning to dedicated writing time. Participants can request support from our team through the chat feature, and consultations/discussions will take place in breakout rooms. The 3-hour sessions conclude with the group coming together and discussing any reflections or areas of interest/concern.

    Writers will be asked to keep their microphones muted while writing, and the use of webcams is welcome but entirely optional for each participant. 

     Registration is for ten weeks

    Registration is available for all 10 weeks of sessions combined. We ask that registered participants commit to attending each session to the extent that their schedules allow.

    Please register by Thursday, May 23, 2024 before 6:00am in order to receive the Zoom link to join.

    If you have any questions about Thesis Writing Group, please contact Julie Jones, Research Commons Librarian, at jsj7@sfu.ca

    Register for upcoming workshops

    DatesLocation
    Friday, May 24, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
    Friday, May 31, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
    Friday, June 7, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
    Friday, June 14, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
    Friday, June 21, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
    Friday, June 28, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
    Friday, July 5, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
    Friday, July 12, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
    Friday, July 19, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
    Friday, July 26, 2024 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
    via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

    Thesis Writing Retreat

      About the workshop

    Join us for three days of dedicated writing time and make genuine progress on your thesis, project, or capstone.
     
    We’ll have a beautiful space to work, facilitated sessions that animate the writing experience, and optional programming around writing, research, the thesis template, and thesis-adjacent topics such as graduate student well-being and the grad student–supervisor relationship. Also, healthy meals and snacks will be provided for all three days.
     

    Register for upcoming workshops

    DatesLocation
    Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
    Wednesday, June 12, 2024 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
    Thursday, June 13, 2024 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
    Surrey, Room TBA