Library Course Reserves (ARes) Maintenance

Dear all,

Due to system maintenance, the course reserves system will be unavailable starting at 9:00 PM (CST) on November 22nd.

We expect ARes will be down until approximately 12:00 AM (CST) on November 23rd. We apologize for any inconvenience. For questions and assistance, please email shanghai.reserves@nyu.edu.

Best,
NYU Shanghai Library

Workshop This Week

This week (11/14-11/18), join us for the following workshops. Plan ahead for future weeks by exploring the Library Class Calendar(for online workshops) or the Engage (for in-person workshops).


  • The Literature Review

Finding resources for your literature review requires time, patience, and a good search strategy. In this workshop, we will discuss how to find, use, and navigate specialized databases to build your literature review.

This workshop will be held in person, please register in advance on Engage:

A Recap of Citation Month

This year the NYU Shanghai Library declared October as Citation Month. We celebrated giving credit to your sources with a series of different events.

Citation Clinics

The Library and ARC collaborated to hold six drop-in citation clinics. Each hour-long clinic was dedicated to citation support. Students joined us on Zoom and in person to ask librarians and ARC fellows for help with tricky citations – or just to have their reference list checked.

Citation Button Making

On Tuesday October 18, the Library set up a button making station where you created your own citation badge.

Citation and Formatting Flashcards

The Library and ARC shared weekly tips related to citing and formatting in APA, Chicago, and MLA style.

Download these flashcards from here: ARC’s Academic Handouts folder.

Citation Showdown

Through the last week of October, the Library held a showdown between citation styles, to find out what NYU Shanghai considered the best style.

A Faculty Advocate championed each style by sharing their top reasons their preferred style is the best.

The NYU Shanghai community cast votes by adding stickers to our citation wall under the style they consider best. When the votes were tallied on October 31st the winner was Chicago style, backed by Clinical Associate Professor Lin Chen.

APA Style: 15 stickers
MLA Style: 36 stickers
Chicago Style: 41 stickers

Congratulations, Chicago Style fans!

Thank you for participating in the Citation Month! We hope you get help, fun and a refreshing perspective on the citations.

Let us know your comments and suggestions. And good luck with your papers!

Workshop This Week

This week (11/07-11/11), join us for the following workshops. Plan ahead for future weeks by exploring the Library Class Calendar(for online workshops) or the Engage (for in-person workshops).


  • Essential Skills for Primary Source Research

Primary sources give you valuable insight into historical figures and events. Maps, diaries, newspapers, photographs, and other types of ephemera are both important and notoriously challenging to find. In this workshop, you’ll learn about special databases we subscribe to for primary source materials, and strategies for discovering and ethically using these resources from open-web repositories.

This workshop will be held in person, please register in advance on Engage:

The world will have a NEO-LIBRARY! – AI Art Open Call

Everyone can be an artist, I mean literally. Now just open the webpage, put your thoughts into words, and the machine will turn the texts into images. 

Using the latest text-to-image AI art engines, we invite you to create your own artwork based on the theme “Neo Library“. 

No clue what it means? That’s right, because we don’t either. Use your imagination and show us what a neo-library looks like. Go crazy, but be ethical. Don’t feel you have to associate a “library” with any existing images or ideas, or use the term “neo library” as the keyword. 

The Library supports your work with two local resources, Stable Diffusion and Disco Diffusion, using local GPUs and with accessible UI. Resources to get you started with understanding and working with these tools can be found here.

https://stable-diffusion.ritsdev.top/

https://disco-diffusion.ritsdev.top/

Benefits of using these local resources

  • Privacy: Your outputs are not stored on our servers. Remember to save them.
  • No limit: Try as much as you want. No worries about running out of GPU quota.
  • Much faster

Note!

If any of the websites start to act weirdly, simply refresh the tab, and open the website in a private window. If this does not solve the problem, email Utku (uet200@nyu.edu), our web developer. The websites are also open to suggestions. Report technical issues on https://github.com/uetuluk/disco-diffusion-ui/issues

 

Again, what is it?

An open call where you are free to post and vote for your favorite text-to-image AI generated art pieces.

How to do it?

How to win?

Upload your work and invite your friends to vote for it: https://neolibrary.ritsdev.top/

Your creation may be selected to be the banner on the Library’s website or to be displayed on the digital screens in the new library space at Qiantan campus. Our expert judge is Assistant Arts Professor of Visual Arts Monika Lin. Others will also have chances to win prizes, including the most active contributors, and the creators of the most popular pieces.

Excited? I am! 

Questions? Need help? Just want to talk about it? Reach out to us via shanghai.library@nyu.edu, or meet in person.

Workshop This Week

This week (10/31-11/04), join us for the following workshops. Plan ahead for future weeks by exploring the Library Class Calendar(for online workshops) or the Engage (for in-person workshops).


  • Company Profiles and Where to Find Them (II): Private Companies

Know the commonly used private company research databases; understand the structure of a private company profile; know how to find the investment activities for a private company and its competitors.

This workshop will be held in person, please register in advance on Engage:


  • Cite Smarter: Getting Started with Zotero

If you are also experiencing FOMO (fear of missing out), then this workshop is for you! Join us for a walk through on setting up Zotero and using its many capabilities to gain a competitive edge in your research. You don’t want to miss it!

Zotero is an open-source citation management software and free to use. It helps you keep track of citations and store research materials. Capstone students are strongly encouraged to join! RSVP now!

This workshop will be held in person and virtually, please register in advance on Engage:

Workshop of This Week

This week (10/24-28), join us for the following workshops. Plan ahead for future weeks by exploring the Library Class Calendar(for online workshops) or the Engage (for in-person workshops).


  • Company Profiles and Where to Find Them (I): Public Companies 

As an essential component of the economy, companies play a crucial role in attracting talent, offering jobs, and boosting economic development. What are the differences between public companies and private companies? What are the basic information of a public company? Where can you find the profile for a public company? You will find answers to the questions after the workshop.

This workshop will be held in person, please register in advance on Engage:


  • Citation Clinics

This October we’re putting citations in the spotlight!

There’s always help available from Library and the ARC when you’re struggling with citations, but this month we’re offering citation-focused workshops and activities. The main event will be a series of drop-in Citation Clinics where you can meet with librarians and ARC fellows to get answers to all your citation questions.

During the citation clinic, you can get help in person or online.

Date & Time

  • Monday 10 October, 3:00pm-4:00pm, ARC Entrance & Zoom

  • Tuesday 11 October, 3:00pm-4:00pm, ARC Entrance & Zoom

  • Wednesday 19 October, 3:00pm-4:00pm, ARC Entrance & Zoom

  • Thursday 20 October, 3:00pm-4:00pm, ARC Entrance & Zoom

  • Monday 24 October, 3:00pm-4:00pm, ARC Entrance & Zoom

  • Tuesday 25 October, 3:00pm-4:00pm, ARC Entrance & Zoom

Throughout the month, the Library and ARC WeChat channels will share weekly citation tips, along with information about upcoming events and workshops. Keep an eye out and build your citation expertise!

This workshop will be held in person and virtually, please register in advance on Engage:

  • Sharing Your Research Openly Through Self-Archiving | Open Access Workshop

Looking for ways to share your research openly? This workshop will go over the basics of the Open Access movement in research, with a focus on Green Open Access or self-archiving. Participants will learn about the benefits of open access for their research and what they need in order to share their research openly.

Lunch will be provided.

This workshop will be held in person, please register in advance on Engage:

Workshops This Week

This week (10/17-21), join us for the following workshops. Plan ahead for future weeks by exploring the Library Class Calendar(for online workshops) or the Engage (for in-person workshops).

  • Industry Reports and Where to Find Them (II): Industry Classification

An industry is a group of related companies based on their primary business activities, including raw materials, goods, or services. What are Industry Classification Codes, and why are they important? What the major industry classification systems in the world? How to know if the companies are in the same industry? You will find answers to the questions after the workshop.

This workshop will be held in person, please register in advance on Engage:


  • Turning One Source Into Many

You’ve spent a while searching in the library and you found the perfect source for your research assignment. Great! But now you need four more. In this workshop you’ll learn how to use one good source to find others. You’ll learn how to expand your keywords, search by author, locate references, and do citation searching. If you have “one good source” bring it along, and if not you can learn these techniques in time for your next research project.

This workshop will be held in person, please register in advance on Engage:

  • Research Outside the Library – Wikipedia and Google Scholar

If you want to use Wikipedia or Google Scholar in your research, or if you already do, this workshop is for you! You’ll learn more about what these sites are and how they work, so you can decide when to use them. We’ll look at how Wiki and Google Scholar compare to research tools in the library, see some of the features that can help you find reliable information, and learn how to use them to do effective academic research.

This workshop will be held in person, please register in advance on Engage:


  • Advanced Chinese Resources

This workshop is open to all, especially the Capstone students whose projects will involve resources & methodologies in Chinese Research.

This workshop will be held in person, please register in advance on Engage:

Visit Citation Clinics

October is Citation Month!

This October we’re putting citations in the spotlight! There’s always help available from the Library and the ARC when you’re struggling with citations, but this month we’re offering citation-focused workshops and activities.

The main event will be a series of drop-in Citation Clinics where you can meet with librarians and ARC fellows to get answers to all your citation questions:
  • Monday 10 October, 3:00pm-4:00pm, ARC Entrance & Zoom
  • Tuesday 11 October, 3:00pm-4:00pm, ARC Entrance & Zoom
  • Wednesday 19 October, 3:00pm-4:00pm, ARC Entrance & Zoom
  • Thursday 20 October, 3:00pm-4:00pm, ARC Entrance & Zoom
  • Monday 24 October, 3:00pm-4:00pm, ARC Entrance & Zoom
  • Tuesday 25 October, 3:00pm-4:00pm, ARC Entrance & Zoom

Zoom link: https://nyu.zoom.us/j/97239847849.

Throughout the month, the Library and ARC Wechat channels will share weekly citation tips, along with information about upcoming events and workshops. Keep an eye out and build your citation expertise!

Workshops This Week

This week (10/10-14), join us for the following workshops. Plan ahead for future weeks by exploring the Library Class Calendar(for online workshops) or the Engage (for in-person workshops).

  • Industry Reports and Where to Find Them (I): Basic Elements

An industry is a group of related companies based on their primary business activities, including raw materials, goods, or services. What are the basic elements of an industry report? What are the methods of conducting an industry analysis? Where can you find industry reports? You will find answers to the questions after the workshop.

This workshop will be held in person and virtually, please register in advance on Engage:


  • Introduction to SQL

This workshop introduces attendees to SQL through demonstration and hands-on exercises. The session discusses three topics: what SQL is, MySQL syntax, and how to use MySQL in actual development.
This workshop will be held in person and virtually, please register in advance on Engage:

  • Hopelessly Computational (I): Blue Team Dynamics

In this session, we start with an overview of the field of computational social science, broadly defined. We then follow one path into the field, beginning with the seminal case of Google Flu Trends. It was a surveillance tool that Google launched in 2008 to estimate influenza activity in near-real time, and it stopped publishing estimates in 2015. Parts of this story you may be aware of: the claim of the ascendance of data-driven approach that raised hope of faster and easier estimates than “old-school” methods of data collection and statistical analysis, and the model’s major stumble in subsequent seasons.

However, there is much more to this story. Besides, scientific efforts on harnessing Google web search query data to predict endemics and pandemics have continued to the present. We review publications along this line of research. We focus on one issue, among others, the “blue team dynamics”. This describes a process where the algorithm producing the data has been modified by the service provider in accordance with their business model, inducing specific user behaviors and introducing patterns into data.

More generally, we discuss the benefits and biases of digital social research associated with algorithm-driven big data for forecasting. For instance, using Twitter data for political forecasting also falls prey to this “blue team dynamics”.

Please visit this web page for full details of the series Hopelessly Computational, including the outline and references for each past and upcoming session.

This workshop will be held in person and virtually, please register in advance on Engage:

  • Bloomberg Training Session – Equities & Company Analysis

This training session provides an opportunity for students to learn the basics and functions of using the Bloomberg terminals, focusing on the module of Equities and Company Analysis, including Stock/Company Screening, Company Description and Overview, Fundamentals and Financial Statements, Historical Price Table, Total Return Comparison, Monitor Equity Offerings, Stock Comparison, News Search, Drag & Drop and Data API.

The Bloomberg analyst will exemplify those functions in real business and practical implications. Welcome to bring your questions for the Q&A part. Open to all faculty and students online. Due to Bloomberg’s policy, there will be no recording provided after the session. Workshop slides can be shared with the participants if needed.

This workshop will be held virtually, please register in advance on Engage:

  • Hopelessly Computational (II): Wisdom of Crowds

In this session, we turn to the second facet of computational social research—research design utilizing crowdsourcing technology to harness collective intelligence. We focus on one stage in a research project, data generation, including data collection and data production processes such as text annotation.

We discuss three such types of research designs: 1) an open survey that evolves over time based on the ideas of its participants; 2) a system that distributes microtasks in the crowd, whose outputs are as reliable and valid as those from expert human readers; and 3) a software application that interfaces with crowdsourcing technology, and that automates recruiting, collecting both behavior and survey data, and providing incentives to generate responses all in one stop.

These kinds of research design have the potential to improve the scope, efficiency, cost, scalability, sampling, response rates, and convenience of social scientific projects, compared to research in the analog age. Challenges of data quality control, assessing response biases, or adjusting sampling biases can be addressed in the design phase or analysis of data.

Please visit this web page for full details of the series Hopelessly Computational, including the outline and references for each past and upcoming session.

This workshop will be held in person and virtually, please register in advance on Engage:

  • Hopelessly Computational (III): Science of Where

It is always intriguing to acquire data, pin it on a location, and decipher the meaning behind the information we acquired and how that is related to others. Snow’s cholera map is one of the earliest disease maps that presents the co-relationship between patients and water pumps. However, with limited technology, it was impossible to further explore and discover the more dynamic and complex patterns, let alone make predictions of the potential development.

Nowadays, thanks to the rapid development of technology, to name a few, satellite imagery and the Internet of things (IoT), the acquisition process is more streamlined. Besides, GIS and computation together reveals the underlying patterns of the data and makes more accurate predictions with the data. This session, using three studies on the influence of COVID19 over urban regions as examples, presents the approaches from a spatial perspective.

However, technology doesn’t automatically solve every problem, and researchers have to be aware of distortions and potential issues in stages from obtaining data to making decisions. We will discuss some common cases, including the causes and the steps to eliminate their effects.

Please visit this web page for full details of the series Hopelessly Computational, including the outline and references for each past and upcoming session.

This workshop will be held in person and virtually, please register in advance on Engage: