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Research Commons: Workshops for graduate students & postdoctoral fellows

 

During COVID-19, Research Commons' services continue.

SFU graduate students are encouraged to book consultations with the Research Commons staff and partners. Consultations are available by phone, via email, or through online video-conference.

Not finding what you're looking for? Please get in touch with us at research-commons@sfu.ca so we can discuss your research support needs. 

 

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.

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.

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Research Programming workshops

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RMarkdown: Learn to Create Webpages, PDF Documents, and Formal Reports in RStudio [Online]

This workshop, intended for those who have at least an introductory competence in R, will teach participants how to use RMarkdown. RMarkdown is a flexible filetype available in RStudio that integrates the ability of running R code with the features of word processing software.

Participants will learn how to create interactive webpages, beautifully and professionally formatted PDF documents, and potentially other types of professional documents that truly set them apart from typical Microsoft Word documents. A basic understanding of R coding is required to participate in this course.

The topics covered include:

  • RMarkdown documents
  • Markdown document formatting
  • LaTeX document formatting
  • Integrating customized tables and figures into documents
  • Creating various document types, such as html and PDF documents

Technical Requirements:

  • Participants must install the latest versions of R and RStudio prior to attending the workshop. See the links below, which will automatically initiate downloads of the installation files:

Prerequisite:

  • Participants should have at least an introductory competence in R
  • A basic understanding of R coding is required

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

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

Qualitative Research Showcase: An NVivo User Symposium [Online]

The Qualitative Research Showcase is an opportunity for SFU researchers, including graduate students and honours undergraduates, to share their qualitative research projects. The symposium will highlight all of the ways that the SFU NVivo user community is working with NVivo. Presentations will demonstrate how SFU research teams have used or are using NVivo and share tips or tricks for working with NVivo. 

 
Do you work with NVivo?
Share your research at the Showcase! Our call for proposals is open until March 21st, 2021. Learn more here.
 
Once the Showcase program is finalized, we will post it here. 
 

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Friday, April 16, 2021 - 10:00am to 2:30pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

R (Software)

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Due to current restrictions our consultations in R will all be done remotely (e.g., Skype, Zoom, email, etc.) until further notice. To set up a consultation appointment, please email us at data-services@sfu.ca with some details on your questions 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. 

RMarkdown: Learn to Create Webpages, PDF Documents, and Formal Reports in RStudio [Online]

This workshop, intended for those who have at least an introductory competence in R, will teach participants how to use RMarkdown. RMarkdown is a flexible filetype available in RStudio that integrates the ability of running R code with the features of word processing software.

Participants will learn how to create interactive webpages, beautifully and professionally formatted PDF documents, and potentially other types of professional documents that truly set them apart from typical Microsoft Word documents. A basic understanding of R coding is required to participate in this course.

The topics covered include:

  • RMarkdown documents
  • Markdown document formatting
  • LaTeX document formatting
  • Integrating customized tables and figures into documents
  • Creating various document types, such as html and PDF documents

Technical Requirements:

  • Participants must install the latest versions of R and RStudio prior to attending the workshop. See the links below, which will automatically initiate downloads of the installation files:

Prerequisite:

  • Participants should have at least an introductory competence in R
  • A basic understanding of R coding is required

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Visual Analytics

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Get Started with Tableau Public for Data Visualization [Online]

Tableau is a data visualization tool that is being used to help analyze data and illustrate the patterns and insights behind them. This online, interactive workshop will introduce researchers and students 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);
  • publish and share interactive charts and graphs.
Requirements:
  • No prior experience with Tableau is necessary.
  • Before the workshop, please download and install the latest version of Tableau Public to your laptop.

 

 

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Scholarly Communication workshops

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Preparing to Publish [Online]

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?

 

 

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)
Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm 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.

Thesis Word Template Q & A Session [Online]

We invite you to attend this Q & A session once you have previously attended the Thesis Word Template workshop OR reviewed the following online video tutorials on using the thesis Word template:

  1. Getting started: Download and setup (2min 13s)
  2. Organization of the Thesis (3min 54s)
  3. Styles & Organization Template Styles (8min 33s)
  4. How to Use Styles: Basics (8min 56s)

You may also want to review these additional online video tutorials prior to attending, but it is not required.

Please bring any questions you have about using the thesis Word template. We can also use the screen sharing capability to guide you, provide clarification, examples and demonstrations.

 

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

Writing workshops

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Preparing to Publish [Online]

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?

 

 

Register for upcoming workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)
Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)