If this film prompts you to explore further, the library can connect you with several different paths of research.  Read on to learn about how to analyze film or locate similar types of films to watch.

From music videos to a documentary–did the director succeed?  Does his experience in filming music influence his choices in crafting the documentary? If film analysis sounds interesting to you, explore the shelves on 4F around the call numbers in PN 1995.

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Books to change your thinking

  1. From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds by Daniel C. Dennett
  2. Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life by Amy E. Herman
  3. Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins by Garry Kasparov, Mig Greengard
  4. Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation by Alan Burdick

Click the titles to see where they are in the library, and click the Goodreads link for book reviews. If you’re a Goodreads user, don’t forget to add NYU Shanghai Library to your friends list.

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Library Hours in Spring Break and Qingming Holiday

Dear faculty, student, and staff,

NYU Shanghai Library’s collection and services will be closed from Apr. 5 to Apr. 8. Electronic resources are available 24/7.

For research assistance in the meantime, please email librarians in NYC at https://library.nyu.edu/ask/email/, or use the chat widget on the library website.

Hope you have a wonderful Spring Break!

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Ex Machina

This film has generated a lot of discussion online; beware of spoilers if you search now.

After watching, the library invites you to explore any ideas it brought to mind.  For example, what does it mean to doubt?  Why do we doubt?  What is it about science fiction that highlights flaws in current society?  What is in store for the future?

The books below are but a short list for continuing your education through conversation with filmmakers, authors, and classmates.

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Our Library Space Is For All

Some of you have raised concerns that our library space is not meeting your expectations in terms of noise level and seat availability.

Our Library is a space that strives to accommodate the various types of learning activities, be it silent self-study, or light group discussions. We rely on you, the responsible student, to maintain that balance and harmony. Please be mindful of your peers’ needs when you are in the library. It is as simple as

  • Making the space pleasant for others – no seat hogging or reserving with your personal belongings.
  • Having group study and discussion outside of Silent Zone.
  • Keeping your voices low when using the group study room as the rooms are not fully soundproof.

Remember that our library space is for the entire NYU community. Let’s be considerate to one another.

Gold Underground

How can we work with coal?  Whose lives are affected by each change made or missed?

Continue the conversations begun as you watched the film, with classmates, professors, or visiting lecturers.  Dig deeper into the processes, people, and permutations of coal, its refinement, regulation, and replacement.  The following links lead you to reports and books.  Ask a librarian to locate additional avenues of research.


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Naxos Music Library: in the library and on your phone

When it comes to researching music, nothing beats listening to the real thing. Whether you’re looking for western classical music, jazz recordings, folk music, or ethnographic recordings, NYU Libraries has several streaming audio databases to help you find high-quality sound recordings from world-class performers, along with detailed liner notes that you might not find through services such as Youtube or Youku.

Naxos Music Library (with an emphasis on Western classical music and selections of world music and folk recordings) and Naxos Jazz Music Library are rich resources for sound recordings that you can stream directly from your computer.

Whether you are listening for research or for pleasure, Naxos has a wealth of recordings that you can browse by genre, performer, or keyword. You can also create playlists of albums you need to come back to.

On the go? Take Naxos with you with the Naxos or Naxos Jazz mobile apps, available through iTunes and Google Play

  1. Download the app from your respective store:
    1. Naxos Music Library (iTunes, Google Play)
    2. NML-Jazz (iTunes, Google Play)
  2. If you have a Student Playlist account, your email address and password will also act as your login credentials for the NML mobile apps.
  3. If you do not have a Student Playlist account, sign up here or ask a librarian for help
  4. Complete the registration process by clicking the activation link in your email.
  5. The email address and password you assign will act as your login credentials for the NML mobile apps.

Congratulations! You’re now ready to save personal playlists, and enjoy NML everywhere through the mobile apps. Your login is now functional. Log in to the NML app and enjoy!
Please note that under certain rare circumstances, it can take up to 15 minutes for your registration to be completed.


Take part in Library Student Survey 2018

What does the Library mean to you? A place for you to study with friends? A book bank where you can find a kindred spirit? A battlefield in times of essay dues and project deadlines?

Your story matters to us! Tell us about your experience now to give us an opportunity to improve your experience.

Take part in Library Student Survey 2018

Win attractive prizes

If you have completed the Library Student Survey, we would like to offer a small gift – come to our Library front desk. You can also take part in a lucky draw to win attractive prizes below by submitting your email address at the end of the survey.

FIRST PRIZE, 1 winner: 20″ trolley luggage (Minecraft themed)

SECOND PRIZE, 3 winners: Bluetooth Speaker

THIRD PRIZE, 5 winners: Earbuds



Drs Santtila and Weslake present this film to prompt discussion about assessing the value of a creation, specifically, how that assessment iregards the creator’s character.  If a creator’s poor ethical choices are revealed over time, how do those affect criticism of the creation?

Movies prompt conversation, whether disagreement, emotion, or endorsement.

The list of titles and links below are a gateway to read about ethics, art, and criticism.  Later links also explore Manhattan’s history, architecture, or urban design.  Listen to more music by the movie’s composer.  Ask at the library for travelogues, memoirs, or novels about different boroughs.

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