The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

GC Events

February GC Library Events

Introduction to the Library

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1:00–2:30 PM, room 8202

This introduction to the Graduate Center Library will include:

  • an overview of the library website,
  • subject-specific databases,
  • resources beyond the GC library,
  • sample search queries,
  • citation management instruction overview, and
  • archival and primary source subject-specific searching.

Fair Use in the Digital Humanities

Thursday, Feb. 6, 1:00–3:00 PM, room 9207

A crash course on fair use, particularly for digital humanities projects that use copyrighted works as data. We will look at the wiggle room intentionally built into the language about fair use in United States copyright law, as well as the increasing importance of transformativeness in fair use rulings.

Zotero on Your Laptop (for beginners)

Monday, Feb. 10, 1:00–2:30 PM, room 8202

Join us for a hands-on introduction to managing citations with Zotero, a free and open-source research tool that makes organizing your research and creating bibliographies a breeze.

Please bring a laptop with you, and make sure you can install software on it, so our instructors can help you get started on your own devices.

  • Learn about the basics of Zotero
  • Install Zotero on your laptop
  • Create a Zotero account
  • Place citations into your Zotero account
  • Create a bibliography using Microsoft Word plug-in

Fair Use for Non-fiction Authors

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1:00–2:30 PM, room 8301

This workshop is designed for nonfiction authors of all types — including historians, biographers, scientists, and scholars of literature, theatre, art, and music — who want to know more about using copyrighted materials. The workshop will help researchers who want to do things such as:

  • include song lyrics in a paper discussing musical trends;
  • quote from a novel to analyze the author’s use of metaphors in a work of literary criticism;
  • incorporate a photograph in an article about the photographer’s use of light and shadow;
  • use a chart in a scientific paper critiquing a researcher’s methodology and findings; or
  • quote from unpublished letters in a biography or memoir.

Join us to review principles and limitations of fair use for common situations nonfiction authors face when incorporating copyrighted works into their writings.

Using MS Word for Your Thesis or Dissertation

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2:00 PM, room TBD

Bring your laptop and learn how to make the most of MS Word to format your dissertation or thesis. Whether you are just getting started or nearing deposit, this workshop will demonstrate techniques and tips to save you time and headache in formatting your document. Topics covered will include:

  • working with styles;
  • creating and using templates;
  • creating an automatic table of contents;
  • inserting tables, images, and external files;
  • combining chapter files into one document; and
  • using sections to control page numbers.