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Research Guides

Scholarly Services

Scholarly Services

The Mina Rees Library provides guidance and support to Graduate Center students, faculty, and staff as they conduct research, produce scholarship, 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.

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.)

Data Analysis & Visualization

Digital Scholarship Librarian Steve Zweibel maintains guides about Analyzing & Visualizing Data and Mapping Data, and is available to advise researchers working with datasets.

Schedule a Data Analysis/Visualization Consultation

Digital Scholarship

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, and Digital Scholarship Librarian Steve Zweibel consults with researchers seeking to employ or build digital scholarship tools.

Schedule a Digital Scholarship Consultation

Digital Preservation

We can assist with the preservation of digital projects, including websites, databases, apps, and video and audio files. Digital Services Librarian Stephen Klein consults with scholars on topics such as web archiving and digital project sustainability.

Schedule a Digital Preservation Consultation

Open Access

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 teaches workshops on open access and related topics, offers drop-in help sessions on Zoom, and 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.

Schedule an Open Access Consultation

Open Educational Resources

The Library's Open Knowledge Fellowship funds 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. Feel free to reach out to Elvis Bakaitis, Head of Reference and coordinator of the Open Knowledge Fellowship, with any questions.

Schedule an OER Consultation

Research Data Management

We can assist researchers with the management and preservation of the data they create or collect as part of their research. We can also help with the creation of data management plans, a required element of many grant applications. Digital Services Librarian Stephen Klein maintains a Data Management guide, holds data management drop-in help sessions on Zoom, and is also available for one-on-one consultations.

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. Associate Librarian for Scholarly Communication Jill Cirasella teaches workshops on a variety of scholarly communication topics, offers regular drop-in help sessions on Zoom, and welcomes individual consultations.