The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

GC Events

Mina Rees Library | Workshops & Drop-in Sessions

The Library is offering a series of Drop-In sessions, to be held via Zoom: Dissertation Office Hours, Zotero, Virtual Reference Desk, and Data Management. Learn more about these below, as well as our upcoming workshop (Friday December 3rd at 11am) about finding funding on behalf of an organization. 



Finding Funding: Using the Foundation Directory Online

Friday December 3rd, 11am


This workshop is presented by Candid, a NYC-based organization that offers guidance to those seeking funding. We’ll be focusing on the Foundation Directory Online, used to help research potential funders, typically on behalf of an organization, and get a sense of what is being funded. The below questions will be addressed, and we welcome students and/or faculty to join: Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations? What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding? How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach?


Science Workshop Series – Evaluating Journals and Avoiding Predatory Publishers

Monday December 6th, 11am

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.


Authors’ Rights: What to Know Before You Submit to a Journal, or Sign Its Contract

Tuesday December 7th, 2pm

How can you find out a journal’s policy? How can you negotiate your contract to make the most of your rights as a scholar, researcher, and author? Come learn how to preserve your rights to reproduce, distribute, and display the work you create.


Additionally, the Library is offering themed Drop-In sessions:


Zotero Drop-in Help – Mondays between 1pm-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.


Dissertation Drop-in Office Hours – Tuesdays between 1pm-3pm

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.



Dissertation and Thesis Deposit Information Session (February degree)

Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

The library’s Dissertation Office is holding a one-hour information session for students filing for a February 2022 degree. Topics covered include: Overview of the deposit procedure, Document and file preparation, Copyright concerns, Citation & plagiarism, Embargoes (access restrictions). The session will address common concerns of doctoral and master’s students, with some time allotted for individual questions. The main presentation will be recorded and made available to registrants.


Wikipedia & You: An Introduction to Scholarship on the Internet’s Largest Reference Resource
Date: Friday, December 10, 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

People around the world visit Wikipedia when they want to learn about a new topic, but did you know it’s one of the primary traffic drivers to peer-reviewed research as well? This session will introduce attendees to the “encyclopedia anyone can edit,” with a specific focus on its relationship to the scholarly community. Topics will include the representation of researchers and their work, as well the use of Wikipedia in the classroom.This webinar is part of the Funding Fridays webinar series co-hosted by CUNY’s Office of Research and Office of Library Services.