The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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Mina Rees Library | Updates & Workshops ~ April 2022

Upcoming Library events ~
Dissertation Office Drop-in Hours – Tuesdays from 1-3pm via Zoom | In person by Appointment
Have a last-minute concern about depositing your dissertation or thesis? The library’s Dissertation Office dedicates time for drop-in Zoom consultations every Tuesday from 1-3pm.
Zotero Drop-in Hours – Mondays 1pm-2pm
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.
Researching and Writing a Literature Review – Co-hosted with The Writing Center
Tuesday April 12th, 1pm-2:30pm
Whether you’re writing an essay for class or an article to be published, there is an expectation that you will include a review of the relevant scholarship that precedes your own work, in other words: a literature review. But in a world already filled with existing scholarship, how are you supposed to decide which things count as relevant? What research steps could you take to identify relevant studies with which you aren’t already familiar? This webinar aims to help participants answer both of these questions. First, we will review some core principles that can help a writer determine a book or articles’ relevance for inclusion in their literature review. Second, with these principles in mind, we will show how a range of research techniques can be used when searching for and identifying relevant scholarship to be reviewed.​
Grants & Funding – Wednesday April 13, 1pm-2pm
Curious how to get started looking for grants, fellowships, and other forms of funding? We’ll talk about the Foundation Directory Online, Pivot, and Grantforward – three excellent databases that provide inroads to identifying funding sources for students, faculty, and for organizations. Bring your questions, and we’ll get started with some active searches for your needs.
Science Workshop Series: Evaluating Journals and Avoiding Predatory Publishers
Monday April 18, 11am-12pm
This workshop will help researchers, writers, and students think about evaluating the relative quality and credibility of journals and publishers. This is an essential skill for anyone creating or consuming any scientific writing.
Hours & Contact Info: We welcome you to contact the Library for a research consultation, via our 24/7 live chat service, or by email ( The Library is open from 9am-9pm on weekdays, 12pm-5pm on weekends. All CUNY students are welcome, with Cleared4 and current CUNY ID.
NYPL Study Rooms at Schwarzman (42nd Street & 5th Avenue)- Doctoral students are encouraged to apply now, though applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Benefits of the study rooms: Participants may keep books in the study room for easy access, throughout their 3-9 month stay. Additionally, there is a newsletter and informal gatherings to support research.
Study Rooms at The Graduate Center: The Doctoral and Graduate Students’ Council offers lounges and a conference room that may be reserved by students here:
Additional Resources:
CUNY Arts offers discounts to museums around NYC,free admission to The Frick, Museo Del Barrio, Museum of City of New York, The Jewish Museum, MoMA (until September), The Whitney, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
LGBTQ Hub: Events at CUNY, resources about preferred name/gender, and a point person for each campus.
For faculty: If you would like to arrange a class visit for an individualized tour of NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, this can be requested online:
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