Language and Identity

This month, NYU Shanghai welcomes guests who will explore issues in Language & Identity, including a film screening of Talking Black in America on February 22nd, and a panel discussion on February 27th that investigates the relationship between language and our collective and personal identities.

Are you intrigued by these topics or looking for more reading, including fiction and memoir? Check out these books from NYU:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Check it out!

Native Speaker
Chang-Rae Lee

Check it out!

Typical American
Gish Jen

Check it out!

Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language
Eva Hoffmann

Check it out!

French Lessons: A Memoir
Alice Yaeger Kaplan

Available as an ebook

Hunger of Memory
Richard Rodriguez

Request it!

How the García girls lost their accents
Julia Alvarez

Request it!

When I was Puerto Rican
Esmeralda Santiago

Request it!

Chinese Englishes: A Sociolinguistic History
Kingsley Bolton

Request it!

Dialects at School: Educating Linguistically Diverse Students
Jeffrey Reaser, Carolyn Temple Adger, Walt Wolfram, Donna Christian

Available as an ebook

China and English Globalisation and the Dilemmas of Identity
Joseph Lo Bianco, Jane Orton, Gao Yihong

Available as an ebook

Don’t forget about our scholarly journals! Keep up with recent research trends in journals like these:

NYU Shanghai Special Collection Website Has Launched

Thanks to the Library Archive Working Group, we are glad to invite you to explore our newly built website of the NYU Shanghai Special Collection.
The Special Collection will continuously focus on archiving materials unique to NYU Shanghai community.  The records (posters and video recordings) of previous events held in NYUShanghai are currently available on the Special Collection website.
Besides, the working group is collecting the materials related to the University history currently. We are also open to the discussions on donating other related materials.
* Please note the website is only accessible on campus or via VPN off-campus.For any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact

The NYUSH Special Collection Guide Video highlights the general practices of using the website.

Designer’s Home Database trial through Sept. 30, 2018

You can now access a design database called Designer’s Home through NYU Shanghai Library.


Term of the Service: until 09/30/2018

Access Methods:

For PCs: direct access within the school’s IP domain, no registration needed

For mobiles: access through accounts (accounts should be reactivated within the school’s IP domain in every 3 months )

What is Designer’s Home

Designer’s Home is, at the moment, a leading and pioneering platform which targets towards skill learning,  resource collecting, material downloading, idea sharing and design competing. The resource library of Designer’s home is divided into five sections, which are tutorials, news, lectures, resources and forum. High-quality tutorials and lectures are accessible to the users, as well as the latest news and information in the design industry. Along with that, the website also contains features like overall analysis of designer’s ideas and progressions, online sharing space in the user’s community, too.

Designer’s Home is aiming to be a globally outstanding platform which serves designers in all sorts of dimensions. It covers nine main fields including industrial design, environmental art, graphic design, UI design, post-production of films, animation, game production, digital graphic, and photography. Tutorials on powerful software like Photoshop, Illustrator, CINEMA 4D on the website would be beneficial for various fields from still to animation designs.

Join in the community of Designer’s Home and have fun with designing now!

TEL: 400-881-6535

QQ: 3557302294

QQ group chat: 21596071

Naxos Music Library: in the library and on your phone

When it comes to researching music, nothing beats listening to the real thing. Whether you’re looking for western classical music, jazz recordings, folk music, or ethnographic recordings, NYU Libraries has several streaming audio databases to help you find high-quality sound recordings from world-class performers, along with detailed liner notes that you might not find through services such as Youtube or Youku.

Naxos Music Library (with an emphasis on Western classical music and selections of world music and folk recordings) and Naxos Jazz Music Library are rich resources for sound recordings that you can stream directly from your computer.

Whether you are listening for research or for pleasure, Naxos has a wealth of recordings that you can browse by genre, performer, or keyword. You can also create playlists of albums you need to come back to.

On the go? Take Naxos with you with the Naxos or Naxos Jazz mobile apps, available through iTunes and Google Play

  1. Download the app from your respective store:
    1. Naxos Music Library (iTunes, Google Play)
    2. NML-Jazz (iTunes, Google Play)
  2. If you have a Student Playlist account, your email address and password will also act as your login credentials for the NML mobile apps.
  3. If you do not have a Student Playlist account, sign up here or ask a librarian for help
  4. Complete the registration process by clicking the activation link in your email.
  5. The email address and password you assign will act as your login credentials for the NML mobile apps.

Congratulations! You’re now ready to save personal playlists, and enjoy NML everywhere through the mobile apps. Your login is now functional. Log in to the NML app and enjoy!
Please note that under certain rare circumstances, it can take up to 15 minutes for your registration to be completed.


Data Visualization Books & Blogs

In the following weeks, we will continue to release a series of posts to introduce resources on statistical computing, data visualization and to help you catch up with the ever-changing industry trends.

We therefore present to you the Data Resources Mini Series – Not Just Buzzwords.

Cover image: William Playfair (1821) 

If you missed Library’s workshops on Data Visualization Toolkits and Tableau, the books and e-resources we recommend here can be a good start for an overview of data visualization – from principles, through practices, to techniques and reflections.Next time we will share resources to help you catch up with the ever-changing “data industries”.  Stay tuned!

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Are you already reading New York Times? Do you want to start a news reading habit?

Our Library subscribes to New York Times, and now you can read on with a personalized account. This gives you complimentary access to and NYT apps.

  1. Visit while connected to our campus network.
  2. Enter ‘NYU Shanghai‘ under school name.
  3. Create an account using your NYU email address. If you already have a account, you can link to it.

After registration, you can enjoy access to from anywhere. You can also download the NYT mobile app.

Take note that this Pass will be valid for a year.

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R Resources for Self-paced Learning

In the following weeks, we will continue to release a series of posts to introduce resources on statistical computing, data visualization and to help you catch up with the ever-changing industry trends.

We therefore present to you the Data Resources Mini Series – Not Just Buzzwords.


# secret recipes of learning R before we start

# Always read the R official documents first.

# Stack Overflow and Google are your friends.

# Do a project. Choose a complex one.

# Be a teacher. Explain something to someone else.

# Learn something even harder than you actually need but in related areas. Then return to your problems.

Wait, did I say “come to the Library workshops” in the secret recipes? If you did not make to the R workshops, here are the workshop notes.

Alright. Let’s take a look at some tutorials and blogs for learning R with general purposes. We have something for everyone from absolute beginners to more experienced users.

Next time we will share books and blogs on data visualization. Stay tuned!


the starting point

An introduction to R, CRAN project
Everything you need to know to get you started.



knowing enough to get by

RStudio Cheat Sheets

Cheat Sheets of using R for various purposes from the Base R all the way to deep learning with R.

A quick access to R, especially if you are from Stata, SAS, SPSS etc. 


using R in projects

R for Data Science, Garrett Grolemund and Hadley Wickham  

Don’t miss the exercises.

Advanced R, Hadley Wickham 

R programming.


Coursera online classes

Data Science Specialization, John Hopkins University

R programming + data analysis + research workflow.

Statistics with R Specialization, Duke University

Some people find the JHU courses too R heavy. This specialization focuses on teaching statistics while people learn to use R through projects.




R news and tutorials for numerous topics.

The R Graph Gallery

R graphs and codes by chart types. Previously had a focus on visualization with ggplot2 but not limited to that.


Stata Resources for Self-paced Learning


*Source of cover image:

presented by Yun Dai



edited by Scotty Sun