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Spark Newsletter: May 13, 2021

Read our bi-weekly news from Spark: a centre for social research innovation at McMaster University. In this newsletter, we highlight centre news, upcoming events, and updated resources for researchers. To subscribe to our mailing list, please email

May 14, 2021

New research guide - Pandemic-friendly Qualitative Research
This report authored by Astara van der Jagt, a PhD student in Anthropology and research assistant at Spark, offers a brief introduction to digital versions of major qualitative methods in response to the shifting conditions for research due to the current pandemic.

Read the Guide


The Productivity during Pandemic series will be back in Fall 2021 at the same time (Fridays at 10:30-11:20 am) but with a new name - Spark Talks. With excitement for its return, we will feature some of our favourite talks from this year in a weekly social media campaign on Twitter @Spark_McMaster. Join us on Fridays to keep up with #SparkResearchReplay!

Connect with Spark on Twitter


In case you missed the first Spark Research Replay:

10 Practical Tips for Tweeting Research and Networking by Firas Khalid and Ahmed Ali.

Check it out here

Looking to pool software licences with another researcher?

Now you can! Fill out this form and we will reach out if we can match you with others looking to pool licences.

Current Availability (Holders & Seekers)
-    1 Holder of Mimics (Materialise) and looking for someone to share it
-    1 Seeker for Adobe Sign or Docu Sign 
-    2 Seeker for Grammarly Premium 
-    1 Seeker for NIVIO

Research Conversations

We provide up to 4 hours of free support each year to all McMaster researchers (students, staff and faculty) on every social or human systems topic imaginable. 

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Qualtrics Licences

If you are an FSS researcher who would like to request access to Qualtrics survey software, please fill out this form:

Brighter Spark Applied Research

Spark offers custom research and evaluation, as well as highly skilled assistance in implementing virtually any social research method. Our cost-recovery services include methods and software training, custom research, state of the art facilities, and taking on elements of your project to support its completion.
For a full list of Brighter Spark Applied Research's services, visit:

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Upcoming Online Workshop: May 18th at 11 am - 12 pm

AI-Enhanced Discovery Tools to Help You Stay Current: Leveraging Scitrus and MetaRegister here:  

Upcoming Online Session: May 19th at 11 am - 12 pm

Library Resource Update: One Year into the Virtual University
For more information, and to register visit:

Upcoming Online Session: May 26th at 10 am - 11:30 pm

Framing success: Enhance Student Learning with the Framework for Information Literacy
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Upcoming Online Event: May 26th at 10:00 am – 3:40 pm

Magic, Healing and Religion Workshop
Organized by: Department of Religious Studies
Learn more and Register here:

Research Data Management - Online Summer Series: June 3rd 2021 at 2-3pm 

Strategies for Research Storage and Backup 
Organized by: The Sherman Centre 
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