Twenty years ago, a scholarly source was clearly different from everything else. Very little was online yet, but many voices were unjustly ignored.
If you look at newspapers, magazines, or pulp novels, these are meant for daily consumption by anyone. Others, like scholarly journals or books (from novels to dictionaries), take years (decades!) and dozens (hundreds!) of hands. You can feel the effort of editors, authors, and artists.
Huazi Ribao Newspaper Issue
The amount of time, wisdom, and energy invested establishes some of the credibility in dictionaries, encyclopedia, or university press books. This is harder to see today when dictionaries or encyclopedia (whether Wikipedia or Britannica) all look pretty much the same as blogs on your phone or laptop.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography volumes
Take the time to learn about the author and publisher. It is a necessary step. Is this subject their specialty? That way you don’t cite someone who has been discredited in the field. Or perhaps you find an authentic voice who merits greater respect.
Samuel P Massie academic gown
Three quarter length portrait of Miss Kate Violet Edgerley in academic cap and gown standing
You may not have to do this every time. You will start to recognize names in your discipline from your assignments and readings.
You may feel frustrated searching Google after finding paywalls or questionable statements. The library has purchased many subscriptions to research, books, and film which may reveal this locked content. Unfortunately, you have to start from inside the library pages, logged in with you NYU NetID, for the subscriptions to recognize you are connected to our subscriptions. Let’s see how to do that.
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Step 1: Open NYU Shanghai Library Website: https://shanghai.nyu.edu/academics/library Step 2: Click the “Articles & Databases” tab
Articles and Databases tab on library’s homepage
Step 3: Locate “Content-Specific” databases
Highlight the location of Content-specific links
Step 4: Access “Ebook Collections”, “Video Collections” and more
Location for Ebook, Newspapers, and Video collections
Step 5: Explore our content-specific collections based on your own research needs
Ebook collection webpage
Video Collections webpage
- News & Newspapers
Newspaper collections webpage