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UBC Research Commons: FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is the Research Commons?

The Research Commons supports UBC researchers in achieving their research goals. We hold workshops, events and 1-on-1 consultations to provide support with thesis formatting, citation management, data analysis software and more.  

Additional workshops and events are provided by Research Commons collaborators, like the student-led R Study Group and the Graduate Student Writing Group run by the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication.

While our primary audience is graduate students, anyone is welcome to attend a workshop or book a 1-on-1 consultation.

2. Where is the Research Commons located?

We are located in Koerner Library, level 2 (one floor below the entrance). Most of our workshops are held in Rooms 216 or 217, and consultations are held in room 218A. 

3. What workshops do you offer?

You can view all of our upcoming workshops & events, and register, via our Calendar of Events

4. Is there a fee?

No! All of our workshops are completely free, and all workshops welcome grad students and researchers from any discipline. 

5. I can't attend any of the scheduled workshops - what should I do?

If none of our scheduled workshops suit your schedule, then we encourage you to book a 1-on-1 consultation with one of our grad student assistants. You can do so via our Consultation Request Form

6. What software is available on the computers in the Library?

See our Technology and Facilities page for a complete list of the software available on the Library computers.