The Mina Rees Library provides guidance and support to Graduate Center students, faculty, and staff as they conduct research and share their works. We offer services related to citation management, copyright, digital scholarship, digital preservation, open access, open educational resources, research data, and scholarly communication and publishing.
There are many tools for managing citations during the research and writing process. At the Graduate Center, the most popular option is Zotero, a free, open source tool that is easy to use and flexible. CUNY also offers RefWorks, a subscription-based tool from ProQuest.
The library offers frequent Zotero workshops and maintains an online Using Zotero tutorial as well as a more general guide to Citation Management & Style Guides. One-on-one and small group Zotero consultations can also be requested.
Copyright & Fair Use
We offer workshops and consultations on topics related to copyright, including fair use, publication agreements, Creative Commons licenses, and the public domain. Associate Librarian for Scholarly Communication Jill Cirasella is available to discuss these matters with faculty, students, and staff. Dissertation Research Librarian Roxanne Shirazi provides consultations for students completing dissertations, theses, and capstone projects. (Note: We are not lawyers and thus can only provide education, not legal advice.)
We offer support for students, faculty, and staff undertaking digital humanities projects and other forms of digital scholarship. Our Digital Tools & Techniques guide provides a roundup of tools used in digital projects. Digital Scholarship Librarian Steve Zweibel consults with researchers seeking to employ or build digital scholarship tools.
We provide digital preservation services for digital projects, including websites, databases, apps, and video and audio files. Digital Services Librarian Stephen Klein manages our digital preservation program and consults with scholars on topics such as web archiving and digital project sustainability.
Associate Librarian for Scholarly Communication Jill Cirasella is the library’s point person for open access and the manager of the Graduate Center portion of CUNY Academic Works. She welcomes inquiries about finding open access works, making one’s own works open access, using open licenses, etc. Researchers may also contact our subject librarians, all of whom are versed in open access. In addition, some questions may be answered by our Open Access guide or CUNY Academic Works guide.
Open Educational Resources
The library offers Open Pedagogy Fellowships, which fund doctoral students to receive intensive training in open educational resources (OER) and open pedagogy strategies, and to apply what they learn to courses they teach. We also maintain an Open Educational Resources guide and welcome individual inquiries about locating, creating, or teaching with OER.
We can assist with research data use and management, including data cleaning, manipulation, security, and preservation. Digital Scholarship Librarian Steve Zweibel maintains guides about Analyzing & Visualizing Data and Mapping Data, and is available to advise researchers working with datasets. Digital Services Librarian Stephen Klein maintains a Data Management guide and can assist with data preservation and the creation of data management plans for grant applications. (Not sure whom to contact? Reach out, and we can direct you to the best person for your needs!)
Scholarly Communication & Publishing
“Scholarly communication” refers to all the ways scholars share their work, ranging from formal publication in books or journals to dissemination through open access repositories to discussion of scholarly topics in newspapers, magazines, blogs, podcasts, tweets, etc.
We help researchers understand the ever-changing ecosystem of scholarly communication and research evaluation. We regularly offer workshops on scholarly communication topics, and Associate Librarian for Scholarly Communication Jill Cirasella welcomes individual inquiries.