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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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.

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Research Programming workshops

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Research Software workshops

  Citation Management

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  GIS

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  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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  Python

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  Qualitative Data Analysis

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  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. 

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  Visual Analytics

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Scholarly Communication workshops

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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.

 

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Writing workshops

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Crafting a literature review: Bi-weekly discussion & feedback [Online]

About the workshop

Undertaking a literature review can feel overwhelming and leave students feeling unmoored. These sessions are intended to offer some structure and guidance along with creating a sense of community among students who may otherwise be doing this work alone. 

Each session will offer a short think piece (e.g., examples, frameworks, project planners) but spend the majority of the time hearing from and giving feedback to participants who are actively working on developing a literature review. Students will be invited to briefly talk through their working research question and current reading strategies and findings, and the facilitators and peers will provide feedback and suggestions. 

This series is aimed especially at MURB students who are preparing for the required research prospectus seminar. However, it is open to any graduate student who would like to be in conversation with others as they develop their literature review.

Registration is required for the series, but we welcome new participants throughout the term as well as those who may not be able to attend all sessions. If you would like to join a session after registration has closed, please email robyn_long@sfu.ca to register.

Facilitators:

  • Dr. Tiffany Muller Myrdahl
  • Kate Elliott
  • Dr. Robyn Long
  • Nina Smart

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Monday, May 16, 2022 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, May 30, 2022 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, June 13, 2022 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, June 27, 2022 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, July 11, 2022 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, July 25, 2022 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, August 8, 2022 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Monday, August 22, 2022 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)