What’s the big difference between the resources I find with Baidu/Google and those the professor or librarian prefers?

This is a huge question!  Recently, I heard Baidu might have lost some of its authority as a source a while ago.  That is, a few years ago, people questioned how each answer was decided and shared on Baidu.  Similar to Facebook in 2020: who saw which posts?  Who decided which posts would appeal to me?

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Conceptual Model of celebrity or influence

That’s exactly the right thing to ask!  How did it get there?  What does appeal mean?

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“Libroary Thursdays” First Event on March 11

Rumour has it that some long-gone creature has found its way back to the earth. The only thing we know is that it craves knowledge and companionship -especially from the youngsters.No way, it was spotted in our Library! Help!! What should we do?
To comfort this curious little creature and celebrate his new friendship with us, we named him Roary, as roar means “I love you” in dinosaur. Now we introduce a fun event series called Libroary Thursdays (pronunciation: lai-b-roa-ry) to you, with our beloved new friend Roary!


Libroary Thursdays
 feature the handiest tricks and useful know-hows of NYU Shanghai Library. In addition to getting various event-based gifts (first come, first served!), you are also encouraged to earn Libroary badges online. Those who have collected the most badges will enter our lucky draw to win the final prizes!

First Prize
: 200RMB gift + Event T-shirt, 2 winners
Second Prize: 100RMB gift + Event canvas tote bag, 3 winners
Third Prize: Event T-shirt + Event canvas tote bag, 5 winners
1st Event
Time: 1-3 pm, 03/11/2021
Place: Library
Event QR code 
Mark your calendar and roar with us!

Library Hours During Spring Festival

library hours

Dear faculty, students, and staff,

During the Spring Festival, NYU Shanghai Library’s service desk will be closed from Feb. 11-21. Electronic resources are available 24/7.

For research assistance in the meantime, please email us at shanghai.library@nyu.edu or shanghai.librarian@nyu.edu or use the chat widget on the library website. You can also schedule a 1-1 consultation via https://nyu-shanghai.libcal.com/appointments/librarian and meet with our adjuncts via Zoom.

Happy Spring Festival!

NYU Shanghai Library

Why search for a “literature review” or “annotated bibliography”?

College research ain’t easy. It’s nothing like the papers from high school, because the training wheels are off. You are part of the academic conversation. New vocabulary, technical writing, and using citations to talk with scholars/professors about proof you have done your homework behind the thoughts.

Luckily, while not a short-cut, there is a wise tool to add to your skillset. In the library’s databases, you can search
“Literature review” AND “your topic”

Remember to use the double quote mark to help the computer ignore:

  1. literature without the reviews, 
  2. reviews that aren’t about your topic, and
  3. Articles that mention your topic but are not “literature reviews.”  (the image below is of a Venn diagram of literature AND review– with a subcircle inside the overlap for  “literature review” )

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Library System Outage Dec 31, 2020-Jan 5, 2021

Due to a planned power shutdown at Bobst Library in New York City, several library systems will be unavailable starting on Thursday, December 31 through Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Services affected include Library catalog (BobCat), ejournals, ebooks, databases, My Library Account, and Interlibrary Loan services. Please plan your research accordingly. In the meantime, our library website will still be available.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Feel free to contact us at shanghai.library@nyu.edu if you have any questions or concerns

Library Holiday Hours

Christmas and New Year Library Opening Hours

Dear faculty, students, and staff,

During the Spring Festival, NYU Shanghai Library’s services will be closed from December 25th-27th and January 1st-3rd. Academic Commons and stacks remain open as long as the Academic Building opens.

Happy Holidays!

NYU Shanghai Library

Why doesn’t BobCat or ProQuest work like Google?

Librarians and professors suggest you start your research process from the library’s website because of filtering (described in our previous post). The librarians collect scholarly (peer-reviewed) material. That doesn’t mean every book on the shelf is perfect. Some may have been retracted or disproven yet remain part of a historical record. Recent examples are Frey’s A Million Little Pieces or when Krakauer disproved Mortenson’s Three Cups of Tea

                                             Information surrounding us (~6 min)As a scholar yourself, in order to build your own ideas, part of your work is to double-check, verify, or cross-reference what others have said or written about the documents you are reading and citing . Who knows? You may find the first voice announcing major errors identified through new techniques or new information.

I–perhaps oddly–prefer the deliberate search bars of ProQuest and BobCat. Filters (usually on the left of the screen in a results page) are explicit and focus a broadsearch into something more specific to your needs. Unlike Google, typing more words into BobCat’s or ProQuest’s search bars will not help you. Start with two words then use the filters.Check in with a librarian. We can share screens with you in chat at Ask a Librarian{point out the contact us feature at the bottom of wechat? Or add a screen clip of the “Chat with us” from the library homepage}. If you have time, ask for instructions on how to run the search or select the filters yourself.

Long Night Against Procrastination 2020 Fall

Conquer finals with the LNAP!

Papers are due, exams are coming, but panic is NOT setting in! Lots of work to get done? Come to the Long Night Against Procrastination, maximize your productivity, and cross-off items on your to-do lists! 

Research Librarians and ARC fellows will be on hand to provide research and writing assistance throughout the evening, or you can just come and de-stress with our soothing events – paper folding and lucky notes drawing! 

Here is the link for registration: https://engage.shanghai.nyu.edu/event/6626777. We are all here to help you ace the finals week!

smiley faces announce Long Night Against Procrastination on Dec 9 in the Academic Building on 4F

Library Essentials 101 Workshops this week

Do you have library questions? How to find and download an ebook? How to cite in your paper so you don’t get accused of plagiarism? Come to this workshop, where you get to pick what you want to learn!

This DIY workshop will cover the essentials for using the library, such as how to:

  • Access and retrieve course reserves for their classes 
  • Recognize and use interlibrary loan in different circumstances 
  • Identify relevant information sources for current and historical news 
  • Choose appropriate databases in order to search for scholarly articles on their topics 
  • Construct a search strategy in order to find relevant information 
  • Identify tools to cite and manage your information sources

Library Essentials 101
Tuesday, 22 September 11 AM – 12 AM  (China Standard Time)
Location: Shinmay Building, Library space, on the 33rd Floor

Please register in advance at https://engage.shanghai.nyu.edu/event/6382292

Library Essentials 101
Tuesday, 22 September  2 PM – 3 PM  (China Standard Time)
Location:  
Academic Building, 400 A Curiosity Lab in the library on the 4F floor

Please register in advance at https://engage.shanghai.nyu.edu/event/6382293.

Library Essentials 101
Wednesday, 23 September 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM  (China Standard Time)
Location: Academic Building, 400A Curiosity Lab in the library on the 4F floor

Please register in advance at https://engage.shanghai.nyu.edu/event/6382294

Three Online Workshops This Week

This week, you’re welcome to join us for three online workshop.​ Each will be held via ​Zoom, so you can attend from the comfort of your dorm or apartment. Please register ASAP!

 Business Library Virtual Open House Go Local edition written in white and yellow on dark blue background of financial graphs

Event poster

Data Visualization with Tableau Wednesday, 16 September 9 AM – 11 AM (China)

​In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Understanding of basic principles of data visualization
  • Tableau interface
  • Importing data into Tableau
  • Exploring data and types of data
  • Creating tables, charts, scatter plots, histograms, etc.
  • Creating interactive dashboards and stories
  • Mapping data with Tableau

​This workshop will be held via ​Zoom, so you can attend from the comfort of your dorm or apartment.

Please register in advance through the NYU Libcal page ( https://nyu.libcal.com/event/7040118). I hope you’ll be able to join us!

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