Workshops + Courses

In addition to offering one-on-one assistance at the reference desk, the BGC Library teaches library research skills in a variety of formats, from short workshops to full courses.



Online Library Research and Research in New York

An introduction to the BGC's specialized subscription resources, designed for first-year MA students, and three short, linked practicums on the nuts-and-bolts of doing research in New York City's libraries offered during the August Orientation session.

Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Invites BGC students, faculty, and staff to visit to Watson Library as a group to tour the space, meet the librarians, and receive readers' cards. 

Scanning 101

Covers the various scanning options available at the BGC, and the most efficient ways in which to scan text, images, multi-page documents, etc. This will include instruction on using Bookeye open-book scanner and the multi-function copier/scanner/printers.

Shared Shelf

Access the BGC VMR collection and multiple new BGC collections through ARTstor. Learn about advanced searching, creating slide shows, and saving your work in PPT and the OIV.


An introduction to the creation of digital images using flatbed scanners and the preparation and editing of images using Adobe Photoshop. Discussed are methods of correcting images for optimal color, contrast, and clarity and the different choices in resolution, file formats, and size for various types of image use.


Explains Zotero, a browser-based bibliographical tool, including the interface, adding sources to a Zotero library from WorldCat, newspapers, websites, and other places,editing and managing sources in folders, using tags and relationships, and an introduction to the social network aspects of Zotero.

Style and Citation Clinic

Helps students who are puzzling over how to best organize a paper’s bibliography or struggling to cite nontraditional formats or having any other style or citation trouble, offering a chance to bring your work to one of the Clinics for style tips, organization advice, and Chicago-based answers to any citation questions.

Style and Presenting Your Work

An overview of the Chicago Manual of Style and preparing your work for class papers, publication, conferences, and beyond.

Arc of Research

This “arc of scholarship” workshop moves through four stages of the research cycle, providing an opportunity to check what stage your work is in currently, and to think about what you can do to move your work along the research cycle.

Know Your Databases (KYD) workshops

Using a scholarly index or research database effectively requires facility with its particular buttons and interface as well as knowledge of its history: how, why, and by whom is its data created? What can you expect to find there, and what will you not find? Each short KYD workshop examines a particular subscription database used at the BGC.

Primary Sources

This collaborative workshop helps demystify the sometimes vast and arcane process of original research through case studies and a question/answer period.

Using Auction Catalogs for Research

Teaches skills to better utilize auction resources using examples in our own collection and discussing strategies for using subscription auction resources such as SCIPIO and ArtfactPro.

Introduced this service when new to the BGC, explaining the ways in which it works with the print periodical collection, subscription databases, and relevant open access journals.


Research Courses

505. Bibliographic Instruction in the Digital Age

In Spring 2008 and Spring 2009, BGC librarians taught 505. Bibliographic Instruction in the Digital Age, an introduction to reference sources and research skills consisting of seven 2-hour sessions that brought students through the process of researching, producing, and presenting their work.

843. Research Methods

In Spring 2010, BGC faculty and librarians team-taught 843. Research Methods for first-year MA students as they prepared to submit thesis proposals.

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