The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York


Mina Rees Library Oct./Nov. Upcoming Workshops


Open Access Explained: Best Practices for Finding Others’ Research and Publicly Sharing Yours

Tuesday 10/26 at 1pm

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You probably know that you can find cost-free (i.e., open access) copies of many journal articles online. But do you know how to determine if a specific article you seek is free to read (and legally posted)? This workshop will clear up some common confusions about open access, highlight some sites where open access publications can be found, and demonstrate some tools for quickly determining whether a specific item is open access.

Further, we will cover a range of options for making your own scholarly work open access, and consider some reasons why you might want to. We’ll pay particular attention to CUNY’s own public access repository, CUNY Academic Works.

Can’t make it? Email Jill Cirasella, Associate Librarian for Scholarly Communication, at to request that the session be recorded.

This workshop is part of the Scholarly Communication Essentials workshop series. It is geared toward the Graduate Center community but open to everyone at CUNY.


Celebrate Open Access Week! An Introduction Open Access and Open Access Publishing

Friday 10/29 at 12pm

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The theme of the 2021 Open Access Week, “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity” is inspired by the UNESCO Recommendations on Open Science. This workshop will address the basics of open access publishing and provide attendees with practical tips for locating freely available research produced by others, as well as finding quality, no-cost venues to share their own.

This webinar is part of the Funding Fridays webinar series co-hosted by CUNY’s Office of Research and Office of Library Services.

Presenter: Megan Wacha, Scholarly Communications Librarian, CUNY Office of Library Services


Zotero Drop-in Help

Monday November 1st, 1pm

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Stephen Klein holds one-on-one Zotero virtual office hours for drop-in video consultations on Mondays 1-2pm.  Zotero is open source citation software enabling users to easily collect, organize, cite and share.   These one-on-one sessions are great for consummate users who need troubleshooting assistance or new users who perfer a more informal approach.


Click here to join during Mondays 1-2pm and if another person is being assisted, you’ll be kept in the “waiting room” until the librarian is available.


Teaching with Open Resources

Wednesday November 3rd, 11am

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Open Educational Resources (OERare “free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes.” They are part of a wider movement to provide alternatives to the restrictions of traditional publishing models. But what does this mean for you and your teaching practices? We’ll talk about how to identify OER and OA material, the potential freedoms and limitations of Creative Commons licenses, and how to use open content.



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