Workshop 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, 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. The workshop will be hosted in mixed mode.

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

  • Introduction to Computational Social Research (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”.

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

Wednesday | 2:45 – 4:00 PM | Room 400A

  • Introduction to Computational Social Research (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.

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

Thursday | 3:15 – 4:30 PM | Room 400A

  • Introduction to Computational Social Research (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.

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

Friday | 1:30 – 2:15 PM | Room 400A

Read all the news for free

Good news! Now you can read all the news via our Bloomberg terminal! You only need a few easy steps.

Step 1:

Book a time slot through the link:

Step 2: 

Log in to the computer with your NetID and password

Step 3:

Log in to the Bloomberg with the library account (in the guide on the desk)

Step 4:

Type in “BBG” and press <go>

Step 5:

When you see the windows with information below. That means you activate the connection between the Bloomberg terminal and

Step 6:

Now you can use the browser and access all the news in for free!

Please use the terminal within your reserved time slots. Thanks!

Workshop | Skills for Success: Library Research Essentials

This week (9/12-18), 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).

  • Skills for Success: Library Research Essentials

If you are brand new to NYU Shanghai library, this is the session for you! Join us to unlock the top secrets of the library! 🙂 You will learn how to make the best use of your library account,, access library resources from on and off campus, get help from library staff. You will have an opporuntiy to choose the topics you are interested in. Make sure to bring questions as well!

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

New Look for Library Account!

We just launched a brand new interface of “My Library Account”. It will help you to browse your loans and requests more easily.

  • Or log in and access My Library Account via library catalog (BobCat)

  • New landing page:

Key functions:

1. Loans 

View current and historical loans, and renew eligible items. 

2. Requests

View and cancel current holds placed on locally available items. 

You may also see hold requests on interlibrary loan (ILL) items that have already been received and are being processed for delivery. Please visit your My Requests page to see additional options, including managing scan requests and pending ILL requests. 

3. Fines and Fees

You may check your library fines and fees, and complete the payment by following the instructions.

Important Notice on Ending Bloomberg Virtual Access

According to Bloomberg’s global policy for all academic and corporate clients, Bloomberg terminal will no longer be accessible remotely after June 30th, 2022. When remote access ends, all NYU Shanghai students, faculty and staff will need to use Bloomberg at the physical terminal. It is located on the 4th floor of our academic building.

Important Notice

  • If you are in Shanghai

NYU Shanghai Library will not accept new applications for remote access after 5 pm on June 23rd, 2022.

  • If you are in NYC

For any of you currently in NYC, you can also use the physical terminals at Bobst Library:

  • 3 terminals situated in the south wing of the 5th floor;
  • 1 terminal located on Lower Level 1 (24/7 access);
  • Additional terminals will be placed at NYU Libraries in Midtown (Brause) and Brooklyn (Dibner) over summer ’22;
  • Information for School Owned Bloomberg Terminals can be found here, including Stern, FRE, Courant, and BRE.
  • If you are in Abu Dhabi

For any of you currently in Abu Dhabi, you can Contact the Abu Dhabi Library for more information about physical access:

  • 15 terminals available in the Digital Studio lab; 
  • 5 additional terminals for faculty-only.

Alternative Choice

We recommend Refinitiv Workspace (requires account creation) as the best “access from anywhere” alternative to Bloomberg

  • You don’t need to make a booking to use the terminal after your individual account has been approved. 
  • You can log in via the web platform, or optionally via Refinitiv’s Mac and PC software.
  • Refinitiv Workspace, also known as Eikon, provides access to fundamental financial data on public companies, merger and acquisitions, financial market data and quotes, analyst reports, and private equity and venture capital. It features powerful screening and charting capabilities.
  • Training Recordings:

Note for VPN

Before you access library databases, including remote access to Bloomberg, Wind and Refinitiv Workspace, please turn on your VPN “” first, because the VPN includes NYU Shanghai’s IP address ranges and can give you access to library databases without hitting a paywall.

Celebrate with Children’s Stories

Today you might be celebrating – for International Children’s Day or for freedom after the lockdown. No matter where you are, we are with you to cherish the courage, hope and imagination we got from children and are hidden in children’s books. Here I picked some books we can reread as adults, or dive into this moment to be kids again.

The Secret Garden

When orphaned Mary Lennox comes to live at her uncle’s great house on the Yorkshire Moors, she finds it full of secrets. Mary discovers a secret garden, surrounded by walls and locked with a missing key. With the help of two unexpected companions, Mary discovers a way in—and becomes determined to bring the garden back to life.

The Phantom Tollbooth

This ingenious fantasy centers around Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth’s gates and begins a memorable journey. He meets such characters as the foolish, yet lovable Humbug, the Mathemagician, and the not-so-wicked “Which,” Faintly Macabre, who gives Milo the “impossible” mission of returning two princesses to the Kingdom of Wisdom.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

As a classical children’s story, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has captivated readers for generations and undoubtedly will continue to delight readers for years to come.

Children’s Literature: A Very Short Introduction

An easy book to begin with if you are interested in exploring more children’s literature–what it is, why it is interesting, how it contributes to culture, and how it is studied as literature.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Based on J.K. Rowling’s popular novels of Harry Potter, it tells the story of a boy who learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own.

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 so that we can work with you individually.


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

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.