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Research Commons: Workshops for graduate students & postdoctoral fellows

The Research Commons is pleased to offer you a range of workshops. 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

@Us Critical Digital Humanities Discussion Series: Disorienting Democracy

The Digital Humanities Innovation Lab is pleased to host our second series of @Us, a Critical Digital Humanities discussion group. This term our theme is Disorienting Democracy: Feminist Patterns of Difference, and our discussion group seeks to explore more closely what democracy means when it comes to our digital humanities practices. We’ll be thinking about questions of equality, openness, and freedom in relation to the technologies that structure our data, our research, and our methodologies, and how by engaging an intersectional feminist approach we might also engage the cultural and political work of marginalized, unaligned, dis-enabled or otherwise non-normative orientations, identities, or experiences.

Thus, we will be asking how the idea of disorientation can help us to re-orient ourselves towards others, and how the underpinnings of intersectional feminist practice might support accountable, ethical, and democratic digital and data practices.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Tools for Humanities Data Analysis

This workshop will explore some of the tools available for analyzing and presenting different kinds of data once it has been collected. It will provide an introduction to some of the free and easy-to-learn online tools available and ideas for how to integrate them into both research projects and the classroom. In this workshop, we will explore:

  • How to use Story Maps to integrate geographical data with text, images, and multimedia content to create beautiful and intuitive interactive maps;
  • How to curate digital exhibits using Omeka; and
  • How to use Voyant for text analysis and visualization

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Academic Writing for Graduate Students (EAL)

Academic Writing for Graduate Students is a non-credit, 12-week co-curricular course designed for graduate students for whom English is an additional language (EAL).  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. 

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, May 15, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:20pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:20pm
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 9:30am to 12:20pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Learning

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Publishing Symposium

Are you interested in publishing your academic work, extending the reach of your research, and developing your online presence? Join us for a one day Publishing Symposium. Register for one, two, or three workshops below and get everything you need to prepare to publish and share the word about your research.

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Research data management

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Research programming

Shell Scripting Part II: Using shell scripting to automate pipelines

This workshop is a continuation of the workshop Shell Scripting Part I: Structure and basic commands. In this workshop participants will explore more advanced shell scripting methods involving scripts, command line tools, downloading data from a database, setting up parallel jobs, among others. 

Requirements

  • Bring your own laptop.
  • A text editor on your laptop (Notepad++ is highly encouraged, but your preferred text editor will work).

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Note: This workshop is organized and facilitated by SciProg. SciProg—short for Scientific Programming Study Group—is dedicated to building a community of SFU researchers who perform computational data analysis as part of their academic work. SciProg promotes skill sharing and collaboration by (1) organizing 60 to 90-minute interactive workshops covering a wide range of software tools, (2) providing Q&A sessions for peer-to-peer assistance and collaboration, and (3) bringing researchers together at social events like Hacky Hours.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, July 5, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Introduction to Bash shell, Python programming, and Git version control

We start this 2-day hands-on workshop with an introduction to bash shell, a popular Linux command-line environment. By the end of this hands-on session you will know how to navigate the file system from the command line, how to run basic commands, and how to do more complex things with just a few keystrokes.

Then we move to Python, a popular language for scientific computing and great for general-purpose programming as well.  This workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. This workshop is offered by The Carpentries, whose mission is to help scientists and engineers get more research done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing. 

Finally the workshop will end with a 3-hour session on Git, the world’s most popular version control system. You will learn how to track your project history in a Git repository, how to work with remote repositories on GitHub, how to collaborate with others using Git, and how to build a free static website with a Git repository on GitHub.

Participants will need to bring their own computer/laptop. Please see note above for instructions for installing Python and other necessary files.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
Friday, July 12, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)

Python scripting and visualization using JupyterLab

In this workshop participants will have an opportunity to explore the recently launched JupyterLab. The workshop will be focused primarily on Python commands, however the JupyterLab can be used with R.

Requirements

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Note: This workshop is organized and facilitated by SciProg. SciProg—short for Scientific Programming Study Group—is dedicated to building a community of SFU researchers who perform computational data analysis as part of their academic work. SciProg promotes skill sharing and collaboration by (1) organizing 60 to 90-minute interactive workshops covering a wide range of software tools, (2) providing Q&A sessions for peer-to-peer assistance and collaboration, and (3) bringing researchers together at social events like Hacky Hours.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, July 19, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Linear regression and analysis of variance using R

In this workshop participants will have an opportunity to perform linear regression and analysis of variance on various datasets and explore the model that best fits the data. Participants will learn about linear, multi linear and polynomial models and determine what model fits best the data they are exploring. Participants will also have an opportunity to learn about one-way and two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) on datasets and problems provided during the workshop. 

Requirements

  • Bring your own laptop.
  • Install R and RStudio onto your laptop prior to attending workshop.

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Note: This workshop is organized and facilitated by SciProg. SciProg—short for Scientific Programming Study Group—is dedicated to building a community of SFU researchers who perform computational data analysis as part of their academic work. SciProg promotes skill sharing and collaboration by (1) organizing 60 to 90-minute interactive workshops covering a wide range of software tools, (2) providing Q&A sessions for peer-to-peer assistance and collaboration, and (3) bringing researchers together at social events like Hacky Hours.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, August 2, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Research software

Citation Management

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

GIS

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Python

Introduction to Bash shell, Python programming, and Git version control

We start this 2-day hands-on workshop with an introduction to bash shell, a popular Linux command-line environment. By the end of this hands-on session you will know how to navigate the file system from the command line, how to run basic commands, and how to do more complex things with just a few keystrokes.

Then we move to Python, a popular language for scientific computing and great for general-purpose programming as well.  This workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. This workshop is offered by The Carpentries, whose mission is to help scientists and engineers get more research done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing. 

Finally the workshop will end with a 3-hour session on Git, the world’s most popular version control system. You will learn how to track your project history in a Git repository, how to work with remote repositories on GitHub, how to collaborate with others using Git, and how to build a free static website with a Git repository on GitHub.

Participants will need to bring their own computer/laptop. Please see note above for instructions for installing Python and other necessary files.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
Friday, July 12, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
Burnaby, SFU's Big Data Hub (Applied Science Building - Flexible Meeting Room ASB 10908)

Python scripting and visualization using JupyterLab

In this workshop participants will have an opportunity to explore the recently launched JupyterLab. The workshop will be focused primarily on Python commands, however the JupyterLab can be used with R.

Requirements

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Note: This workshop is organized and facilitated by SciProg. SciProg—short for Scientific Programming Study Group—is dedicated to building a community of SFU researchers who perform computational data analysis as part of their academic work. SciProg promotes skill sharing and collaboration by (1) organizing 60 to 90-minute interactive workshops covering a wide range of software tools, (2) providing Q&A sessions for peer-to-peer assistance and collaboration, and (3) bringing researchers together at social events like Hacky Hours.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, July 19, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Qualitative Data Analysis

Making Literature Reviews Easier with NVivo for Mac

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 session? 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. 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.

Note: You will need to bring your own Mac laptop, installed with the latest version of NVivo for Mac.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Introduction to NVivo for Mac (in Mac Lab)

NVivo is a qualitative data analysis software program, but what does that mean -- and what does it mean for your research? Find out what NVivo is, when to use it, and how to get started.

In this hands-on introductory workshop, you'll take a tour of the NVivo software environment, using sample data. You’ll be introduced to NVivo’s functions and you’ll leave equipped with the basic info you need to begin working with NVivo. Topics introduced may include importing files and beginning coding.

This workshop is suitable for those with little or no experience using NVivo or other qualitative data analysis software.

Notes:
1. This workshop is for NVivo for Mac. The Windows interface is significantly different. Please check here for NVivo for Windows workshops being offered.
2. This workshop takes place in a Mac lab, so you don't need to bring your own laptop. However, if you wish to use your Mac laptop, please make sure you preload it  with the latest version of NVivo. You can download NVivo and the license key with your SFU computing ID by using the self-serve download link here. If you are unable to get past the authentication page, then please email nvivo-rc@sfu.ca.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Surrey, Galleria 3, Lab 3050

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

Dates Location
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

Introduction to NVivo for Windows

NVivo is a qualitative data analysis software program, but what does that mean -- and what does it mean for your research? Find out what NVivo is, when to use it, and how to get started.

In this hands-on introductory workshop, you'll take a tour of the NVivo software environment, using sample data. You’ll be introduced to NVivo’s functions and you’ll leave equipped with the basic info you need to begin working with NVivo. Topics introduced may include importing files and beginning coding.

This workshop is suitable for those with little or no experience using NVivo or other qualitative data analysis software.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Lab 1350

R (Software)

Drop-in R support office hours are available this summer semester at the Burnaby campus. Our Graduate Research Programming Peers will be available in person every week in Room 7037 at the Research Commons (Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby) on

Tuesdays 1:30pm--4:30pm (not on June 4, June 18, and July 16)
Thursdays 9:30am--12:30pm (not on June 20, June 27, and August 8)

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. 

Text Mining in R

Text mining techniques can be applied to various data sources (e.g., newspaper articles, emails, online discussion posts, etc.) to efficiently extract useful data for different research purposes. For example, health science researchers may be interested in investigating a frequency of a particular disease name mentioned in a large set of newspaper articles. Educational researchers, on the other side, may wish to extract and categorize students' opinions from discussion forum in a high enrollment course. R offers a comprehensive set of functionalities for text mining. In this workshop, you will learn how to implement basic methods for preprocessing textual data, metadata management, a creation of term-document matrices over the collection of textual documents, sentiment analysis, text tokenization, word relationship extraction and text visualization.

Note: Workshop participants will need to bring their own laptops, with R and RStudio installed prior to attending the workshop.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Linear regression and analysis of variance using R

In this workshop participants will have an opportunity to perform linear regression and analysis of variance on various datasets and explore the model that best fits the data. Participants will learn about linear, multi linear and polynomial models and determine what model fits best the data they are exploring. Participants will also have an opportunity to learn about one-way and two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) on datasets and problems provided during the workshop. 

Requirements

  • Bring your own laptop.
  • Install R and RStudio onto your laptop prior to attending workshop.

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Note: This workshop is organized and facilitated by SciProg. SciProg—short for Scientific Programming Study Group—is dedicated to building a community of SFU researchers who perform computational data analysis as part of their academic work. SciProg promotes skill sharing and collaboration by (1) organizing 60 to 90-minute interactive workshops covering a wide range of software tools, (2) providing Q&A sessions for peer-to-peer assistance and collaboration, and (3) bringing researchers together at social events like Hacky Hours.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, August 2, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Statistics

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Visual Analytics

Data visualization with Tableau: The painless, programming-free way to build charts and graphs

Tableau is a data visualization tool that can help you analyze your data and illustrate the patterns and insights behind them. This interactive workshop will introduce researchers to Tableau Public, a free access version of Tableau.

You will leave this workshop with an understanding of how to:
  • connect datasets to your Tableau workbook;
  • create a variety of basic chart types (including bar charts, line graphs, and maps);
  • use Tableau's built-in analysis features, like reference lines, trend lines and calculated fields; and
  • publish and share publication-quality interactive charts and graphs.
Requirements: Participants will need to bring their own laptop and charger. Before the workshop, please download and install the latest version of Tableau Public to your laptop.
 
Notes: 

 

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

An Introduction to Using Tableau for Data Visualization

Tableau is a data visualization tool that is being used to help analyze data and illustrate the patterns and insights behind them. This interactive workshop will introduce researchers or students to Tableau Public, a free access version of Tableau.

Requirements:

  • No prior experience with Tableau is necessary.
  • Participants will need to bring their own laptop preloaded with the latest version of Tableau Public

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Scholarly communication

Make Waves: Raise Your Research Profile

Are you looking to raise the profile and impact of your research? If you have a thoughtful, curated, and professional academic profile, your research is more likely to be found, read, discussed, and shared online. Building your online research profile can connect your research with relevant communities and increase uptake and application of your work. Bring your laptop to this facilitated drop-in session. Librarians will be available to support you with any of the following:

  • Depositing your work to Summit, SFU's Research Repository
  • Creating, updating or refining your online profiles in ORCID, Google Scholar, or ImpactStory
  • Leveraging #AcademicTwitter
  • Discussing options for going public with your work
  • Developing strategies for building or enhancing your personal website to host your online bio and CV

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

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!

Summer Semester 2019 [May 6 to August 19]

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 May 20, July 1 and August 5)

Vancouver Campus
Graduate Open Writing Lab - Fridays, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre - Room HC 7400*
*May 10, it will take place in Room HC 1425, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm as part of Summer Writing and Research Spectacular

Writing Workshops

Please register for the following writing workshops:

Write Conversations: "Your reader is a little bit drunk": Writing Clearly for an Audience of Sleep-Deprived Academics

Today’s informal workshop borrows its name from a 2018 University Affairs article with the same title, written by Letitia Henville. Writing for an audience of academics has unique benefits and challenges: these individuals are intelligent, willing to read, and might even have high interest in your topic, but they are also indescribably busy, likely sleep-deprived, and are juggling a multitude of priorities. Join us today for some tips on how to get your message across to readers whose demanding schedules might leave them feeling a bit intoxicated by the time they open your file!

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, June 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Write Conversations: Getting the feedback you need and applying it

Our professors’ feedback can be one of the most valuable tools we receive as graduate students, leading to deeply meaningful change in our thinking and writing – if we can figure out what to do with it! Don’t let those teachable moments go to waste. Let’s talk about how we can improve incorporating (and accepting) others’ feedback into our writing process.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, June 28, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400
Monday, July 15, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Write Conversations: Don't Plagiarize: Understanding how to Paraphrase

Learning how to accurately and skillfully use our own words to describe other scholar’s ideas remains a challenging process for many graduate students, and understandably so. While practicing and improving paraphrasing is guaranteed to level-up your writing, doing so without plagiarizing can and should be an ongoing concern. Come to this discussion to learn more about that foreboding beast "plagiarism," and its lesser known version "patch writing," so that you are better able to both spot it in students' writing and avoid it in your own.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, July 5, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

Write Conversations: Open topic (free for all)

Have some burning writing questions? Need to get something off your chest? These open topic Write Conversations discussions are an opportunity to have a free flowing conversation about writing with your peers and a Graduate Writing Facilitator.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Monday, July 8, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
Friday, August 2, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

Write Conversations: What is a Literature Review?

Believe it or not, it’s not just a long summary of relevant literature. Your literature review serves many purposes including improving your research, focusing your thesis or project, and perhaps most importantly, aptly demonstrating your new-found expertise to your reader while providing a strong first impression for your final written product.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, July 12, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

Write Conversations: Lay Language

Lay language is needed in order to convey technical and advanced ideas in ways that are more effective than “dumbing it down”. You may be preparing a grant or fellowship proposal, writing for online purposes or fine tuning your “job talk”— all of which require you to translate your work and research to persons outside of your core field of study.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, July 19, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400
Monday, July 22, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Write Conversations: The Home Stretch: Revising and Proofreading

Knowing when to revise, what to look for, and when it's time to proofread will help you edit your own writing more effectively.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Friday, July 26, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:30am Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400
Monday, July 29, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Thesis

Hands-On with the Library’s Thesis Word Template: Open Lab

Bring your laptop (either PC or Mac), your document(s), and your questions to this open lab session to get some hands-on, practical help and suggestions with the Library’s thesis template. Join the Library’s support staff anytime during the open lab to learn how to:

  • populate the Table of Contents so that chapter headings and subheadings automatically show up with the correct pagination
  • insert table or figure/image captions so that they are auto-numbered and automatically populated into the List of Tables & List of Figures sections of your document
  • fine-tune the formatting of your tables
  • create very large tables to fit onto a landscape or tabloid (11x17) page
  • apply appropriate styles to make your thesis look consistent, professional and acceptable for Library submission and publication
  • other formatting tips & tricks

Please register so that we know you’re coming.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400

Thesis template and resources: How to use it and where to find help

This demonstration introduces you to the Thesis Assistance wepageThesis Submission process and the Thesis Template. This workshop will be broken down into four parts:

  1. It will begin with an introduction to required copyright permissions from the Copyright Office at SFU. (about 30 minutes)
  2. SFU Library's research data specialists will give instruction on how to preserve and, if appropriate, share research data for future uses. (about 15 minutes)
  3. The Theses Office will provide an overview of the Thesis Assistant website and go over the overall submission process (including deadlines and supporting documentation). (about 30 to 40 minutes)
  4. The technical part of the workshop will follow, where you will be walked through the overall structure of your thesis and the functionality of the thesis template. (about 30 to 40 minutes)

Students are encouraged to bring their own computer and thesis document(s) to work along with the facilitator during the workshop.

Learn how to:

  • request copyright permissions (if your thesis includes reproductions of copyright protected images, including  figures, drawings, paintings, photographs, logos, maps, diagrams, tables or charts, and even screen captures on the web, then you might need to request copyright permission)
  • write in the MS Word template-based file
  • format your text using styles
  • bring text in from other documents
  • insert figures, images, and auto-numbered captions
  • generate the Table of Contents, List of Tables, List of Figures, etc.

If you’ve begun writing, send your document to theses@sfu.ca in advance of the workshop; one might be used in demonstrating the Library’s thesis template. After the session, the formatted document will be returned in which the student can continue his/her work.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons