What’s the big deal about sources and references?

Twenty years ago, a scholarly source was clearly different from everything else. Very little was online yet, but many voices were unjustly ignored. 

If you look at newspapers, magazines, or pulp novels, these are meant for daily consumption by anyone. Others, like scholarly journals or books (from novels to dictionaries), take years (decades!) and dozens (hundreds!) of hands. You can feel the effort of editors, authors, and artists. 

Huazi Ribao Newspaper Issue

Huazi Ribao Newspaper Issue

The amount of time, wisdom, and energy invested establishes some of the credibility in dictionaries, encyclopedia, or university press books. This is harder to see today when dictionaries or encyclopedia (whether Wikipedia or Britannica) all look pretty much the same as blogs on your phone or laptop. 

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography volumes

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography volumes

Take the time to learn about the author and publisher. It is a necessary step. Is this subject their specialty? That way you don’t cite someone who has been discredited in the field. Or perhaps you find an authentic voice who merits greater respect. 

Samuel P Massie academic gown

Samuel P Massie academic gown

Three quarter length portrait of Miss Kate Violet Edgerley in academic cap and gown standing

Three quarter length portrait of Miss Kate Violet Edgerley in academic cap and gown standing

You may not have to do this every time. You will start to recognize names in your discipline from your assignments and readings. 

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

Accessing NYU Resources from Off-Campus

Who is eligible for off-campus access?

Our electronic resource license agreements restrict access to current NYU faculty, staff, and students enrolled in degree or diploma programs. 

How do I access databases from off-campus?


To access NYU license electronic resources from off-campus, you need to be routed through the Libraries’ proxy server called EZProxy, so that you can be authenticated after providing your NYU NetID and password.

There are three ways to reach resources through the EZProxy

  • Proxy bookmarklet
    To install the bookmarklet, please refer to  this page for the instructions

2)Virtual Private Network (VPN)

NYUSH users may optionally log in through VPN to access library resources from off-campus.

Having trouble accessing library resources off-campus?

  1. Check if you are using non-NYU VPN
  2. Activate your NetID
  3. Try another browser or clear your Web browser cookies before you try again
  4. Contact library staff for assistance

Content-Specific Databases: Ebooks, Videos, and More

NYU Shanghai Library provides great resources for ebooks, videos and news. They can be easily accessible through the main website and in a few steps. 

Step 1: Open NYU Shanghai Library Website:


Step 2: Click the “Articles & Databases” tab

Step 3: Locate “Content-Specific” databases

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

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

  • Ebooks

  • Videos

  • News & Newspapers

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.
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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 shanghai.lib.archive@nyu.edu.

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.

URL: www.51sjsj.com

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.

Source: https://xkcd.com/1945/
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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