Upcoming Events at the UBC Library Research Commons

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Research Commons February Events

We’re making the most of the extra leap year day with some exciting new events lined up for February. Join us for the Reading Week Research Impact Challenge, dig into Digital Humanities at the launch of Pixelating: A Digital Humanities Mixer, and come learn about survey data in the first of a new series “Looking for Data in all the Wrong Places”.

We’re back with workshops & consultations on Data Analysis Tools, Thesis Formatting and more. To book a consultation, fill out our Consultation Request Form. Interested in our workshops? Read on for workshop dates, descriptions and links to register.



Research Impact Challenge

This Reading Week (Feb 15-19), the Research Commons invites you to join us in a Research Impact Challenge.  Over the course of the week, we’ll work together to supercharge your research impact. You’ll:

– build your academic profile online to help demonstrate your authority, expertise and research interests
– connect with your academic community
– discover ways to increase the visibility of your research
– set alerts to stay on the cutting edge of your discipline, to spark creativity, and to find unexpected opportunities for collaboration
– learn how to track and report on your own scholarly metrics and impacts​

If you’re up to the challenge, we’re confident that by the end of the week, your research will get a boost in exposure. For more information and to register, visit the UBC Library Research Impact Challenge site.


Data Analysis Software Support

Have data, but not sure how to get started analysing it? We can help! Get help getting started using common quantitative and qualitative data analysis tools, such as SPSS, R, & NVivo. Workshops are offered weekly – visit the Data Analysis Software events schedule for more information and to register.

We also offer help getting started with SPSS, R, & NVivo via 1-1 consultations in person or online. Book your appointment via the Consultation Request Form.



Thesis Formatting Support

Is formatting your thesis stressing you out? There are lots of ways to get thesis formatting support through the Research Commons. We hold weekly two-hour workshops that go through the basics of the thesis template, as well as introducing useful thesis writing and formatting resources.

Little Things Mean a Lot: Tips and Tricks for Formatting Your Thesis
Fridays in February from 11:00am – 1:00pm
(More information and to register …)

Don’t forget to check out our Thesis Template and guides on the Research Commons website.



Research Skills Workshops

Literature Reviews – Great Research Starts Here
Thursday, February 11th from 2:00 – 4:00pm
Tips on comprehensive searching for your lit review.
(More information and to register…)

Finding Survey Data
Thursday, February 25th, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00pm
What is survey data? How do you find it? Open to students in all disciplines.
(More information and to register … )



FIREtalk: Data Visualization and GIS
Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 from 4:00 – 6:00pm

FIREtalks are Facilitated Interdisciplinary Research Exchanges for graduate students. This FIREtalk will feature students who are using data visualization or GIS (Geographic Information Systems) in their work. Presenters will show how they’re using mapping, charting, graphing, diagramming to interpret and communicate about research data.

Register here to attend as a member of the audience or visit the FIREtalks website for information on how to participate by giving a 5 minute FIREtalk.



Grad Student Writing Group

Better writing starts with more writing. These drop-in sessions, facilitated by the UBC Writing Centre, will help you get the accountability and feedback/support to start and keep a writing habit. Bi-weekly sessions run Mondays (1:00-3:00 pm) and Tuesdays (4:00-6:00pm) starting February 9th in Koerner Library K216.
(More information.)


Copyright Workshops

Copyright Workshops are a collaboration between The Library, CTLT, and The UBC Bookstore.

Navigating Copyright in the Digital Environment
Wednesday, Feb 4th from 2:00 – 3:00pm
(More information and to register …)

Copyright and Conference Presentations
Thursday, February 11th from 2:00 – 3:00pm
(More information and to register …)

Copyright and Ethics in Scholarly Publishing
Wednesday, February 24th from 2:00 – 3:00pm
(More information and to register )


Digital Humanities – Launch Party

Koerner Library is pleased to announce the launch of a new DH drop-in/incubator space in Koerner Library, Room 153. Every Thursday from 12 – 2 p.m., UBC scholars can drop by to attend Pixelating: A Digital Humanities Mixer. The Mixer is an opportunity for DH scholars across campus to meet colleagues, talk tools, brainstorm ideas and network with others who use digital tools to explore and visualize their research. Scholars may also drop by to work on a project while in the company of like-minded researchers.

Find out more at the Pixelating launch party on February 4th from 12 – 2 p.m. Coffee and cake will be served from 12 – 1, followed by a webinar Tales from the Library Basement: Doing Digital Humanities in College and University Libraries.

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