Online for April: Workshops

The world has become very different in the last few weeks. It promises to be different for quite a while to come. But teaching and writing continues, and the library is still doing business — lots of business. In addition to the online services we’re able to offer, we will be offering more library workshops online in the month of April.

Tuesday, April 7, 1pm

What to Know Before You Submit to a Journal, or Sign Its Contract (online)

When you publish a journal article, you sign a copyright agreement. Do you know what you’re agreeing to when you sign it?

How can you find out a journal’s copyright 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.

This workshop will be offered as a webinar on WebEx. Register here.

(Having trouble registering? Contact Jill Cirasella at


Monday, April 20, 1pm

Finding E-book Access in a Shifting World

You can’t go to the library. That chapter you were planning to scan, the reserve book you won’t be able to look at–are those materials out of your reach entirely? Maybe not. Journals, academic publishers, even some mainstream corporate publishers are relaxing their access, expanding e-book offerings, in some cases opening their resources completely. This is especially true for material that’s directly related to COVID-19, but there’s more available than epidemiology and biochem.

How do I find out who’s offering what? Where is my book, if my book is there at all? We’ve been putting together resources and techniques for finding the materials you need and can’t touch, and we’ll share those secrets in an online workshop.

This workshop will be offered as a webinar. Registration details coming soon.


Tuesday, April 21, 11am

[Science Research Series] Predatory Publishers (online)

This workshop will introduce the idea of predatory publishers, and teach you how to recognize and avoid them. These skills will be useful to you as both researchers and as publishers.

This workshop is geared to science students and faculty, but is open to all.

This workshop will be offered as a webinar on Zoom. Join using this URL:


Wednesday, April 22, 1pm

Zotero on Your Laptop (Online)

Join us for a hands-on introduction to managing citations with Zotero, a free and open source research tool that makes organizing your research and creating bibliographies a breeze.

Please bring a laptop with you, and make sure you can install software on it, so our instructors can help you get started on your own devices.

This workshop will be offered as a webinar on Webex. Click this link to register.

Friday, April 24, 12pm


The Graduate Center Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and Mina Rees Library will be co-hosting a virtual workshop for the GC community on how to use the database Pivot to find graduate, and postgraduate fellowships and funding opportunities across a wide range of academic disciplines. The workshop will be held on April 24 from 12-1pm. Registration information will be available soon!​

Registration and platform details coming soon.

About the Author

Katherine Pradt is the Adjunct Reference and Digital Outreach Librarian at the Graduate Center.