5 E-Books for Leisure Reading

Many of you are on the way home or heading to a new place for the next step.

During the trip, how about reading some leisure e-books?

As I was searching for the top book list, I’m surprised how many best sellers are available through our library resources.

Check them out!

· Klara and the Sun ·

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Times best seller and top one on Douban’s fiction list, from the Nobel laureate and author of Never Let Me Go.

From her place in the store, Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside.

 

 

 

 

· Becoming Beauvoir: A Life ·

A symbol of liberated womanhood, Simone de Beauvoir’s unconventional relationships inspired and scandalised her generation. This ground-breaking biography draws on never-before-published diaries and letters to tell the fascinating story of how Simone de Beauvoir became herself.

· Atomic Habits: Tiny changes, remarkable results ·

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving – every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

· Where the Crawdads Sing ·

The story asks how isolation influences the behavior of a young woman, who like all of us, has the genetic propensity to belong to a group. The clues to the mystery are brushed into the lush habitat and natural histories of its wild creatures. – Goodreads

· The Big Picture: A guide to finding your purpose in life ·

Although there are endless books on finding a job, this is the first book that presents research-based and tested material to help young people answer the question, What am I going to do with my life? It’s a great gift for a graduate or a guide for yourself.

Library Loans Extended

Dear faculty, students and staff,

We are happy to announce that we have successfully extended your library loans to September 5, 2022 if they were originally due on May 20, 2022. Please hold onto any library loans you currently have and return them when the library reopens. Any fines accrued during the lockdown period will be waived when these items are returned.

Feel free to review your checked-out library materials and their due dates by logging into your library account.

If for any reason you still have to return the books or have any questions regarding your library account, please contact shanghai.circulation@nyu.edu so that we can work with you individually.

Best,

NYU Shanghai Library

Alumni Access to Library Resources

All alumni have free, offsite access to a package of 20 electronic resources to support lifelong learning and career advancement, thanks to a gift from the Class of 2006 and donations from Friends of Bobst Library. 

You must have an active username (NetID) and password to access NYU Global Home and the Alumni e-Library. Once you have activated and logged into your account, you can access the e-Library by typing “Alumni e-Library” in the search bar at the top right corner of NYU Global Home. 

Having trouble activating your alumni ID or accessing the Alumni E-Library? Please contact Alumni Services at alumni.info@nyu.edu

Featured Databases:

  • Business Source Alumni Edition: Covers business-related topics from 1886 to present. Includes trade publications, magazines, academic journals, newspapers, market research reports, industry profiles, SWOT analysis, country reports, and more.
  • ProQuest ABI/INFORM Complete: Features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key newspapers such as The Financial Times, as well as country- and industry-focused reports and data.
  • Hoovers: Contains public and private company profiles. It includes key executive profiles, industry coverage, and detailed company fact sheets. 
  • First Research: 400+ industry profiles, including US and international coverage. Includes “Call Prep Questions” to help you prepare for meeting with interviewers.
  • Firsthand (formerly Vault): Provides insights into potential employers, including organizational culture, pros and cons of working at a firm, etc. Also has a series of “Best of” employer lists across different industries and functions.
  • ProQuest Research Library: Provides one-stop access to more than 4,000 periodicals from one of the broadest, most inclusive general reference databases ProQuest has to offer. Search from a highly-respected, diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, and magazines covering over 150 academic disciplines.  
  • JSTOR: Offers high-quality, interdisciplinary content to support scholarship and teaching. The JSTOR digital archive includes more than 1,500 leading academic journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.  
  • Project MUSE: Provides complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals and book-length scholarship in the humanities, arts, and social sciences from many of university presses and scholarly societies.  
  • Law Journal Library (HeinOnline): Contains more than 2,300 law and law-related periodicals. Coverage is from the first issue published for all periodicals and goes through the most-currently published issues allowed based on contracts with publishers. 

If you want to access more Chinese language e-resources and have signed up for the Pudong Public library card from our library, you may use the ID number and password to access those resources remotely through the portal of Shanghai Library.

You can also visit Shanghai Library or any of its branches with your ID Card (for Chinese citizens) or passport (for foreigners) to apply for a physical card. Please check the resource list through their Database Navigation System.

NYU Shanghai Career Development Center also provides services for recent graduates. And all alumni are more than welcome to interact with current students by joining networking events, sitting on panel discussions, making presentations an area of expertise, or sharing career stories. Welcome to start your day with these NYU Alumni and University Podcasts and get your daily dose of news and culture of NYU.

 

Three Best Online Art Collections/Exhibits

One day, I saw my neighbor made a small toy house with his COVID self-test kits. Dumbfounded by his creativity, I began to explore art online. If you would also like to get art inspirations, here are three virtual art collections you can enjoy online from your home.

(Tap the title to access)

Met Museum Collection Online

From The Death Of Socrates to Monet’s Bridge Over A Pond Of Water Lilies, you can browse more than 406,000 hi-res images of public-domain works in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art online.

Art Institute of Chicago Collection Online

Peek into Vincent van Gogh’s Bedroom, Georges Seurat”s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte and Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks. Explore their  thousands of artworks in the museum’s wide-ranging collection.

Google Arts & Culture

No one can resist the interactive art experience from over 2000 leading museums and archives. Through the Virtual Gallery Tour, you can virtually ‘walk through’ the galleries of each partner cultural organization, using the same controls as Google Street View or by clicking on the gallery’s floor plan.

To Explore More

Our librarians prepared some research guides to help you get started. For example, finding images, browse IMA resources, etc.

Renewing Library books during COVID-19 lockdown

Dear faculty, students and staff,

We understand that you are concerned about returning library materials during the lockdown period. We are sending this notice to assure you that the Library is working on a solution to extend the renewable loans on your account on your behalf as soon as possible. Please hold onto any library loans you currently have and return them when the library reopens. Any fines accrued during the lockdown period will be waived when these items are returned.

Alternatively, you may check your library loans and renew the renewable ones by yourself during the week of May 16th by accessing your library account: http://library.nyu.edu/patron?vid=NYUSH.

If for any reason you still have to return the books, please contact shanghai.circulation@nyu.edu so that we can work with you individually.

If you are graduating this May, you will receive an email from us with options to renew or return your library books.

Best,

NYU Shanghai Library

Funniest Documentaries of All Time

You might be like me, who did meditation, yoga, took online classes, watched live streaming and comedy movies, and listened to podcasts, simply just trying to keep hanging there.

As I was searching for something fun, I found some comedy documentaries, a category I never thought about. Here are some of them:

Shut Up, Little Man!

I defy you to watch this film and not laugh. The trailer explains the premise pretty well, but basically when two friends tape record their violently noisy neighbors, they accidentally create one of the first ‘viral’ pop-culture sensations.

Blurring the lines between art and exploitation, Shut Up Little Man is a darkly comic modern fable.

Watch trailer

 

Winnebago Man

Now here’s a real gem. In the 1990s, a VHS tape was passed around from person to person starring “Winnebago man,” the world’s worst camper salesman.

The outtakes reel turned into a full-blown Internet phenomenon on YouTube in 2005, and is regarded as one of the first and funniest viral videos.

Watch trailer

 

Zombie Girl: The Movie

This one isn’t so much laugh out loud funny as it is cute-funny. But you’ll laugh too. Here’s the film’s official synopsis: Emily Hagins is making a zombie movie. It’s feature-length, it’s bloody, and the zombies don’t run. Just like it should be. But there’s just one difference between her film and every other zombie movie you’ve ever seen. Emily is twelve.

Watch trailer

 

Bonus

If you’d like to explore more, search “Comedy” on Kanopy.

For example, Kanopy has this great comedy collection from Stash Short Film Festival