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

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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How to access full text articles, streaming films, and ebooks

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.

Whenever you have any difficulties with these steps, check Ask-A-Librarian.  You can chat with us across the globe, check if the connections are working, or share screens to see what is happening.

Step 1: Open NYU Shanghai Library Website: https://shanghai.nyu.edu/academics/library                                                                 Step 2: Click the “Articles & Databases” tab

Yellow box highlights second tab from left to open the "Articles and Databases" search box.

Articles and Databases tab on library’s homepage

Step 3: Locate “Content-Specific” databases

Yellow arrow indicates highlighted box of links to content-specific collections.

Highlight the location of Content-specific links

Step 4: Access “Ebook Collections”, “Video Collections” and more

Highlight bars indicate the location to open, in order, the Ebook Collections, the News and Newspapers Collections, and Video Collections, amongst other content-specific database collections.

Location for Ebook, Newspapers, and Video collections

Step 5: Explore our content-specific collections based on your own research needs

  • Ebooks

    Two yellow arrows and highlight boxes indicate "Core Ebook Collections" and "A-Z list of ebook collections"

    Ebook collection webpage

  • Video

    Yellow arrow and highlight bar indicate 91 video databases and a button to remove this filter

    Video Collections webpage

  • News & Newspapers

    Website collection for newspapers with highlighted sections and arrows

    Newspaper collections webpage

People’s Republic of Desire

The documentary, People’s Republic of Desire by Hao Wu, prompts many venues for discussion. What does this film make you think about? From celebrity to aesthetics, ethics to marketing, finance to gender, the library can help you find research to build an argument for a paper or project.  Read on for several books (electronic or in print on 4F) as well as a series of guides from librarians on how to start researching any one of these topics:

Media & Globalization;

Business of Media;

Technology and Society;

Global and Transcultural Communication.

book jacketCelebrity in China
Louise P Edwards; Elaine Jeffreys
Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press ©2010
HKU Press digital editions.
DS779.43 .C39 2010
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Waiting for Paradise

If you missed the event Friday, or want to watch book jacketagain with classmates, the DVD, Shanghai Waiting for Paradise, is available to check out on 4F.  We have a viewing room if you don’t have a DVD player or disc drive.  You may check out a DVD player from IT.  Unfortunately, we don’t allow popcorn or more than two viewers together in the library.

If your mind is churning with questions, harness that interest to research this semester for an assignment.  I suggest starting with a general introduction, such as Shanghai in transition: changing perspectives and social contours of a Chinese metropolis, which explored Shanghai at the same time as the film, about 2003.  It is also an ebook, where you can skim the table of contents for ideas about what angle your research might try.  Remember, education and research are about trying things out, from your interest in a topic to different methods for exploring and reporting, to different theories for organizing and understanding the information.  University is the best time to take a risk, try a new topic or subject.  Now is the time to find out what you don’t like doing as much as what you do like.  It’s also a great time to realize the skills you need (logically thinking, calculus and statistics, coding) and learn with a classmate on a group project. Continue reading

The Cleaners

Libraries have evolved over time, from carefully curated collections of “the best” books to entertaining and educating collections. A librarian and editor, Mary Jo Godwin, argued, “A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.”  Many librarians advocate for access to materials because individuals have the power and responsibility to self-select.  If I pick up a book I find objectionable, I can choose to learn from it, turn away from it, or seek out a conversation to help me contextualize how it speaks to some readers but not others.

Postage Stamp from India in Blue Ink of a building, the National Library of India, with an oval portrait of Dr. S.R. Ranganathan. 1992. 100 rupees.

India Post, Government of India [GODL-India (https://data.gov.in/sites/default/files/Gazette_Notification_OGDL.pdf)]

S. R. Ranganathan advocated five laws for libraries, including “Every person his or her book [and e]very book its reader,” which I interpret as a challenge to collect books I may not be interested in personally.  Every person has unique needs and tastes. I select books broadly because each of us may not realize what we are looking for in a book.  I may be surprised and learn something new.

Libraries in public schools and communities negotiate with their communities on when to label a movie or book based on content, topics, or maturity.  One American organization hosts a Banned Books awareness campaign, not that books are themselves banned in the US anymore, but to increase awareness of the challenges librarians and teachers face in teaching diverse materials.

If you are inspired to explore librarianship or information management as a career, I invite you to explore LISA, the Library and Information Science Abstracts, or a preprint archive, for topics on ethics of Intellectual Freedom or Freedom of access to information.  Librarianship has a history of agents agitating for change, such as Sandy Berman, who argued subject headings were discriminatory and biased.

This film may prompt research outside librarianship, such as computing, ethics, mass media, or censorship.  I wasn’t sure where to start, so I use Annual Reviews to search “ethics AND censorship” which showed me the broad possibilities from Big Data to Sociology, from the Internet to Politics.  Annual Reviews are big reviews by experts of the latest developments in a field.  The introduction and future trends sections might be enough to spark your interest for research in our guides on Mass Media or Philosophy.

South Asian Documentaries Film Festival

Are you drawn to documentaries?  The library has many more you can stream.  Or books and journals to read about documentaries.  For example, how to analyze them; how to make them; or disciplines of study, such as anthropology.  Are you drawn to the topics in the documentaries?  The library has guides, databases, and films related to the economic, political, social, and cultural histories of South Asia. You can directly contact the librarian who specializes in your topic.  Their emails are one each guide below.

We have grouped databases for interdisciplinary topics and Area Studies:

Africana

Latin American and Caribbean

Middle East

Russian and Slavic

Gender and Sexuality

New York City

Dance

Or you may find research in your area under our Literature & Language collections:

French

German

Irish

Italian

Spanish and Portuguese