Documentation:Research Commons/How We Can Help

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There is a range of questions that the Research Commons can help you with on an individual basis (in person, by e-mail, or by phone) or through our workshop series. These include:


Thesis Formatting

Citation Management

  • Using citation management tools to organize and cite your references
  • Providing in-depth support for Mendeley, Zotero, and RefWorks


SPSS/GIS/Data Management [coming in Fall 2013]



Other services are provided by various units across the UBC campus or, in some instances, by off-campus service providers. These services include:


  • Answering specific questions about your individual thesis: for example, unusual formatting requests; inclusion of particular material; or incorporating sound or video. These questions should be directed to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
  • Full thesis pre-reviews. Pre-reviews are conducted by staff in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies; they are mandatory for doctoral students submitting to their external examiner, and are recommended for master's students. The Research Commons is not authorized to conduct these pre-reviews, and does not have the staff to do so. We will be very happy to help with your formatting questions.
  • Editing your thesis. Editing services are not provided through UBC. The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has information on how to find an editor for your thesis if you feel you need one. For ongoing help with your writing on a drop-in or appointment basis, contact UBC Continuing Studies Writing Centre.
  • Using copyrighted material in your thesis. The Copyright office at UBC provides assistance with understanding and adhering to copyright laws. This includes clarifying what material you need to get permission to use, and assisting you in getting that permission.
  • Providing support for LaTeX. For more information on this tool for thesis writing and formatting tool, visit the LaTeX website or UBC Library's guide to using LaTeX.