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SFU Library Newsletter and Schedule for Summer 2015

May 12, 2015
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SFU Library's Research Commons is pleased to announce programs, services, and spaces available to graduate students in Summer 2015. The attached services guide provides information about consultations with liaison librarians, data services librarian, NVivo and writing facilitators, and the Assistant for Theses. Questions? Visit the Research Commons website , or email research-commons@sfu.ca . 

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**Graduate Student Study Space** 

The Research Commons is located on the 7th floor of W.A.C. Bennett Library and is exclusively accessible to graduate students, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows by punch code. The space is currently equipped with wireless access, workstations, bookable group rooms , and areas for discussion and relaxation. 

The access code to the Research Commons will change periodically. For the most up-to-date code, see: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/research-commons/services/door-code 

Graduate Open Writing Lab: Write Time, Write Space is also offered at SFU Vancouver. 

Thursdays, 3:30pm to 6:30pm, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400 
Fridays, 10:30am to 2:00pm, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400 SPACE IS LIMITED **Thesis Boot Camp** 
Thesis Boot Camp is a multi-day workshop which provides graduate students with the opportunity to spend three days dedicated to making serious progress on their dissertation or master’s thesis. Along with a comfortable, quiet working environment, writing and research support, and snacks and lunches, the workshop offers students community and motivation in that final push towards the completion of their dissertation or thesis. 

Registration is open for upcoming Thesis Boot Camps 
June 9, 10, 11 at W.A.C. Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby 
August 25, 26, 27 at Fraser Library, SFU Surrey 

**Summer 2015 Research Commons Workshops - Registration Required** 
Authorship, Dissemination, and Impact 

This session will focus largely on the process that takes place after an article has been accepted for publication, including author rights. It will include a discussion of copyright transfer agreements and license to publish consent forms. The session will also provide insight into publishing venues for assuring your research has the best possible visibility, accessibility, and impact. The workshop will provide an opportunity to explore citation analysis and research impact measures of journals in your area of research. (APEX Core Session 4d) 

A few questions this session will help to answer: 

* Who's citing your research? 
* What are the top journals in your field? 
* What are predatory publishers and how you can avoid them? 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Surrey, Galleria 3, Rm 3250 
Writing and Researching Your Literature Review in the Sciences 

Aimed at graduate students in the Sciences, this hands-on, interactive workshop focuses on the literature review and literature search. At this session you will learn: 

* conventions of literature reviews 
* search strategies 
* advanced features of research databases 
* and tips to further develop effective and efficient research skills. 

* Friday, June 19, 2015 - 12:30pm to 4:30pm, Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3008 
Introduction to Using ArcGIS 

Designed for graduate students new to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), this 2-hour workshop will introduce basic GIS concepts using the ArcGIS software environment. 

Topics covered will include: 

* finding geospatial data and resources, 
* ArcGIS software basics, and 
* creating simple maps. 

The workshop assumes attendees have no previous experience with GIS. 

* Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105 
*NEW* Introduction to Web GIS 

Designed for SFU graduate students who are new to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Web GIS, this 2-hour workshop will introduce the basics of web-mapping technology using Google Earth Pro. 

Web GIS enables users to create richer, more interactive maps and provides better insight into spatial data representation. 

Topics covered will include: 

* finding coordinates, 
* adding GIS layers, 
* working with Google Maps and Esri products, 
* understanding map mashups, and 
* analyzing your map. 

The workshop assumes attendees have no previous experience with GIS and Google Earth Pro. 

* Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105 
NVivo for Windows: Basics 

*This workshop is for NVivo for Windows. 

Gain the knowledge and practice you need to begin your work with NVivo in our full day intensive workshop. 

This full day NVivo basics workshop may include: 

* introducing NVivo and setting up a project 
* importing and coding documents 
* working with your themes and ideas and shaping your findings 
* importing and coding other items (images, media, datasets, web data) 
* exploring your data 

Presenter: 
Stephan Struve, Graduate Peer NVivo Facilitator 
Biftu Yousuf, Graduate Peer NVivo Facilitator 

* Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 9:00am to 4:00pm, Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 4009 
* Friday, June 19, 2015 - 9:00am to 4:00pm, Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 4009 
NVivo for Windows: Beyond Basics 

*This workshop assumes that you already have some familiarity with NVivo and/or will have taken the NVivo for Windows: Basics workshop. 

This workshop will build on the concepts from the NVivo for Windows: Basics workshop and may include: 

* classifying and categorizing data 
* grouping your data: collections and links 
* exploring your data (coding based queries) 
* models and relationships 
* visualizing your data 
* reporting and presenting your findings 

Presenters: 
Stephan Struve, Graduate Peer NVivo Facilitator 
Biftu Yousuf, Graduate Peer NVivo Facilitator 

* Friday, June 26, 2015 - 9:00am to 4:00pm, Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 4009 
* Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 9:00am to 4:00pm, Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 4009 
*NEW* Textual Analysis with R for Humanists 

If you’re in search of a software application that lets you manipulate and run statistical analyses on a large text corpus, then you may want to check out R. 

R is an increasingly popular and freely available open source statistical language that is used for data manipulation, data visualization, and statistical analyses. 

Participants will learn to use the R statistical programming environment to carry out computational analyses of historical and literary texts. This hands-on workshop is based on Text Analysis with R for Students of Literature by Matt Jockers. 

Topics may include: 

* introduction to R programming environment 
* a basic understanding of the possibilities of computational text analysis 
* word frequency 
* token distribution 
* correlation 

Requirements: 

No prior experience with R or programming is necessary. Participants will need to bring their own laptop preloaded with the latest version of R and RStudio. 

* Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 9:30am to 4:30pm, Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010 

Reference Management Tools: Which one is right for you? 

Advanced researchers benefit from the use of citation management tools. These enable you to import, organize, share, and manage your citations and documents, as well as create bibliographies and papers correctly formatted in academic styles (APA, MLA, Chicago…). 

In this workshop, we will introduce a variety of web-based citation management software (RefWorks, Mendeley and Zotero), highlight key aspects and discuss pros & cons to help you decide what works best for your own research practice. 

* Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm, Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 4009 
Graduate Open Writing Lab: Write Time, Write Space 

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 2015 (May 4 - August 31): 

Burnaby Campus 
Mondays, 1:30pm to 4:30pm, SFU Burnaby, W.A.C. Bennett Library, Research Commons, Rm 7000 
(sessions cancelled on May 18 & August 3, 2015) 

Vancouver Campus 
Thursdays, 3:30pm to 6:30pm, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400 
Fridays, 10:30am to 2:00pm, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400 
Write Conversations: Expectations of graduate level academic writing 

Not sure what is expected of your graduate writing? This workshop is designed to expose you to expectations for content development, genre knowledge, and multiple drafting. 

* Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400 
* Monday, June 15, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm, Burnaby, Bennett Library, Research Commons, Seminar Rm 7010 
Write Conversations: Making your writing more concise 

Drowning in words? We'll review how to recognize and cut wordiness and redundancy. By applying these strategies, you'll see immediate improvements in sentence clarity. 

* Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400 
* Monday, July 13, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm, Burnaby, Bennett Library, Research Commons, Seminar Rm 7010 
Write Conversations: Outlining and reverse outlining 

Done with your reading and ready to write? Learn strategies for planning your first draft and for tightening the organization and flow of your final draft. 

* Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400 
* Monday, June 1, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm, Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 3103 
Write Conversations: Revising and proofreading 

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

* Monday, June 29, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm, Burnaby, Bennett Library, Research Commons, Seminar Rm 7010 
* Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400 
Write right: Expectations and the writing process for graduate students 

Writing in graduate school can be a challenging and confusing prospect. This one day workshop has been developed for graduate students to learn more about the expectations of graduate writing at SFU as well as the writing process. 

The workshop will include discussions on: 

* making time for writing, 
* the writing process, 
* strategies for writing, and 
* the revision process. 

Participants will also learn how to write ‘cohesively’ and ‘critically’. 
Other topics include: 
* transitions, 
* outlining, 
* synthesizing, 
* audience, 
* complex sentences, and 
* various grammatical aspects. 

Participants will be expected to bring an example of a future writing assignment and a completed paper, in order to workshop the various topics within their own writing. If you are looking to take your writing to the next level, then this workshop is for you!! 

* Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 10:30am to 4:30pm, Harbour Centre, Rm 7400 
* Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 10:30am to 4:30pm, Burnaby, Bennett Library, Research Commons, Seminar Rm 7010 
Thesis Template and Resources 

This demonstration introduces you to the Thesis Submission process and the Thesis Template . It will begin with an introduction to required copyright permissions from the Copyright Office at SFU, followed by a review of the overall submission process (including deadlines and supporting documentation). The technical part of the workshop will follow, where you will be walked through the resources on the website and the functionality of the thesis template. 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 
* 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. 

* Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm, Burnaby, Bennett Library, Research Commons, Seminar Rm 7010 
* Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm, Harbour Centre, Rm 1510 
* Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Burnaby, Bennett Library, Research Commons, Seminar Rm 7010 
* Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm, Burnaby, Bennett Library, Research Commons, Seminar Rm 7010 

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