Concordia Library

As an essential partner in the academic enterprise, the Concordia Library provides a diverse university community with the information resources and services fundamental to learning and the pursuit of knowledge. The Library is committed to the advancement and promotion of knowledge, the development of digital skills as the heart of academic success, and the promotion of responsible citizenship and lifelong learning.

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Does your thesis or research paper need a boost? Then join us for this hybrid three-day writing event, hosted in a supportive and motivating setting, and take a leap towards finishing your writing project.
Thesis Boost is for graduate students in the middle to later stages of writing their thesis or research papers. In partnership with the Library, Student Success Centre and Campus Wellness, we will offer you dedicated writing time, optional workshops, activities, and consultations with librarians and writing advisors to advance your writing project and adopt productive writing habits.
You will have the option to join the retreat virtually on Zoom or in person at the Webster Library. Library computers can be used as availability permits.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Participants should have begun writing their thesis or paper before participating in this event.
  • 18 May - 20 May
  • 09:00 - 17:00
  • In person & online
This workshop will help participants understand what Virtual Reality (VR) is and the various component involved in building various VR experiences. It will also provide a practical walkthrough of setting up and customizing a VR environment. Based on participant interests, different features will be explored in more depth. Resources for deepening your knowledge after the workshop will be provided.

This is a two-part workshop. Attendance on both days is mandatory. 
  • 17 May - 24 May
  • 15:00 - 17:00
  • Sir George Williams
This is an introduction to Arduino, a user-friendly microcontroller platform that will allow you to build anything from a weather station to a wearable electronics device. All equipment for the session is provided.
  • 31 May
  • 15:00 - 17:00
  • Sir George Williams
This workshop will guide participants through the first steps of doing data analysis, specifically text mining with Weka.
Weka is an open-source machine-learning tool. We will be replicating the work of Mike Thelwall in his paper on Gender bias in machine learning for sentiment analysis.

Before getting into the hands-on text mining exercise, we will present a brief introduction to AI and machine learning, as well as the notion of algorithmic bias; what it is, how is introduced, and its repercussions.

By the end of the workshop participants will have applied a sentiment analysis technique to a gender-segregated data set and be able to determine its effect on the resulting predictive model.
  • 11 May
  • 11:00 - 13:00
  • Sir George Williams
A quick and simple introduction to the Linux operating system. This workshop is for beginners with little to no experience working with this free and open-source OS.
  • 16 May
  • 15:00 - 17:00
  • Sir George Williams
This workshop aims to ensure that participants do not miss out on the little-known research tools and tricks which can be indispensable for effective graduate level research at Concordia in all subject areas. We will cover essentials such as:
1. Pinpointing the best spots on the library web site for graduate students
2. Discovering services, resources and perks reserved for grad students only
3. Knowing when and how to seek in-depth assistance from Concordia subject specialists
4. Using specialized and subject-specific resources
5. Optimizing access to Concordia resources from on and off campus
6. Efficiently accessing material within and beyond Concordia
Participant questions and input will be invited throughout the session.
  • 31 May
  • 11:00 - 13:00
  • Sir George Williams
In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use Zotero, a desktop and web-based tool that you can use to organize the references you find in library catalogues and databases, insert citations in your papers, and prepare bibliographies or reference lists quickly and effectively, in a wide variety of citation styles (e.g. APA, MLA, Chicago, et cetera). We will look at integrating Zotero with Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs. We will also cover how to share folders and citations (e.g., for collaborative projects or to disseminate reading lists). No experience with Zotero is necessary.

Please ensure that you set up Zotero in advance of the workshop. You can find instructions on how to set up Zotero on the Library website:

  • 09 May
  • 13:00 - 15:00
  • Sir George Williams