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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 believe 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)

All in a Day - Research Lifecycle

This is a suite of workshops for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows taking place at SFU Surrey on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

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Digital Humanities

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EAL/ESL

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Learning

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Research data management

De-identify data

De-identification enables sharing of data for secondary purposes. Changes may be made to the data and controls can be put in place to manage risk.

This workshop will introduce a risk-based methodology for de-identification that is appropriate for various academic disciplines. Topics include: in/direct identifiers, risk thresholds and measurement, plausible attacks, techniques (generalization, suppression, and subsampling), documentation, equivalence classes, and k-anonymity.

The workshop uses content from an eBook available through SFU Library:

Emam, K. E., & Arbuckle, L. (2013). Anonymizing Health Data: Case Studies and Methods to Get You Started. Sebastopol, CA, USA: O’Reilly Media, Inc. Retrieved from http://proquest.safaribooksonline.com.proxy.lib.sfu.ca/9781449363062

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Plan Data

Collect. Describe. Store. Backup. Preserve. Share.

Draft a plan to manage your research data and ensure its openness over time. The focus of this workshop will be working with DMP Assistant, an online data management plan utility. A sample case will be provided or build a plan using your research.

Note: Please bring your own fully charged laptop to this workshop.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Share Data / Find Data

Are you interested in increasing the visibility of your research? This workshop will help you describe your data for long term access and findability.   As a bonus, we'll also show  you how to find data relevant to your research.

Some of the tools we'll be looking at are DataCite, Abacus, ICPSR and Radar.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

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Research programming

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Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Research software

Citation Management

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GIS

Introduction to ArcGIS

Designed for students new to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), this workshop will introduce basic GIS concepts using the ArcGIS software environment.

Topics will include:

  • ArcGIS software basics
  • Creating simple maps
  • Finding geospatial data and resources

The workshop assumes attendees have no previous experience with GIS.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

Searching for Geospatial Data

In this hands-on workshop participants will learn how to access a number of sources and repositories for geospatial data, at SFU and beyond. Constructing an effective search for geospatial data will also be covered, as will the array of GIS services available via SFU Library's Research Commons.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

Getting Started With QGIS for Mac Users

QGIS is Open Source GIS software for creating maps and viewing, editing, and managing spatial data in a wide variety of commonly used vector and raster formats. Free to download, QGIS can be installed on Mac, Windows, Linux, and Unix operating systems. This workshop will provide and introduction to the basic features of QGIS using geospatial data from the Lower Mainland.

Attendees will need to bring a laptop with QGIS installed. You can download QGIS here: http://www.qgis.org/en/site/. If you need access to a laptop, please email Julie Jones, GIS & Map Librarian at jsj7[at]sfu.ca.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Working with Canadian Census data and geocoding in ArcGIS

This short workshop will cover two very practical skill areas for ArcGIS users: finding Canadian Census data and using it in ArcGIS and geocoding (the process of giving addresses spatial information so they can be used as a dataset). Good for attendees who are new to these processes as well as those wanting a quick refresher.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

Advanced GIS I: Tips and Tricks for Handling Spatial and Tabular Data

This workshop will deepen your knowledge of attribute tables. You will learn to add new data in an existing table, import data from an Excel worksheet, join two tables together, convert a list of XY coordinates to a shapefile, and create simple SQL-queries.

Covered in this workshop:

  • Editing an attribute table
  • Importing Excel tables and XY coordinates into ArcMap
  • Formulating queries
  • Table join
  • Formulating queries
  • Generating statistics from an attribute table and summarizing a field
  • Use of the field calculator

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

Advanced GIS II: Vector Analysis in ArcMap

This workshop will provide an introduction to vector analysis, attribute handling, and the formulation of spatial queries.

This workshop will cover:

  • Searching by attribute
  • Making spatial queries
  • Exporting query results to shapefiles

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105

Python

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Qualitative Data Analysis

NVivo Project Time - open laptop lab for qualitative data analysis

Set aside a few hours in your schedule to devote to advancing your work in NVivo. Bring in your project and work away in the company of other NVivo users. During this unstructured time, an NVivo facilitator will be on hand to answer your questions and help you move through any sticking points.  Whether you're just getting started or are quite far along, this is your time. We’ll put on the kettle for tea and coffee, so bring your own mug.

This is a Bring Your Own Laptop session and is suitable for both Mac and Windows users. 

Please sign up so we know you're joining us.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

The Nuts and Bolts of NVivo for Mac

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. Please bring your own Mac laptop preloaded with the latest version of NVivo.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

The Nuts and Bolts of 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
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 4009

Making Literature Reviews a Breeze (almost) 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 course? At the end of this, 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 or who have taken the Nuts and Bolts of NVivo workshop. 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).

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

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

R (Software)

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Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Statistics

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Visual Analytics

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Scholarly communication

Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Grad Student Publication

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?

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

Writing

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

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

Registration not required - please drop in!

Fall Semester 2017 [September 11 to December 1]

Note: Open Writing Lab will resume in the Fall semester starting September 11

Burnaby Campus
Graduate Open Writing Lab (Facilitated) - Mondays, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, SFU Burnaby, W.A.C. Bennett Library, Research Commons, Rm 7000
(no sessions on October 9 or November  13)

Vancouver Campus

Graduate Open Writing Space - Thursdays, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400 (note: no Facilitator present)

Graduate Open Writing Lab - Fridays, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm HC 7400 (Facilitated)

Workshops

Please register for the following writing workshops:

Thesis Boot Camp

This multi-day boot camp is for SFU graduate students at both the PhD and Masters level, who are currently writing their thesis or dissertation.

Here's your opportunity to dedicate three days to making serious progress on your dissertation or master’s thesis. Along with a comfortable, quiet working environment, snacks and lunches, you will benefit from structured time, dedicated space, professional advising and peer support—all motivating factors in that final push towards completion of your dissertation or thesis.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Harbour Centre, Rm 1410-1430

Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Grad Student Publication

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?

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

Extend your reach: Writing and publishing across disciplines

In this day long workshop, you will learn more effective ways to convey and communicate your research to multiple audiences and colleagues across disciplines. The day begins with a workshop on plain-language writing, including an overview of contexts that promote or strongly encourage plain language. After lunch (included), the emphasis shifts to the publishing process, strategies for assessing potential publication venues, and reaching wider audiences. Approaches to developing your research narrative will also be discussed, with a focus on tools for privacy, social media, and auditing and building your online academic portfolio. You’ll have opportunities to write and share your work with peers, and will take away practical strategies for conveying knowledge to a variety of readerships. 

Included: morning and afternoon coffee/tea with light snacks and lunch; if you have any severe dietary restrictions, please bring your own snacks and lunch

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons

Thesis

Thesis Boot Camp

This multi-day boot camp is for SFU graduate students at both the PhD and Masters level, who are currently writing their thesis or dissertation.

Here's your opportunity to dedicate three days to making serious progress on your dissertation or master’s thesis. Along with a comfortable, quiet working environment, snacks and lunches, you will benefit from structured time, dedicated space, professional advising and peer support—all motivating factors in that final push towards completion of your dissertation or thesis.

Upcoming Workshops

Dates Location
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Harbour Centre, Rm 1410-1430