Relaxation, Reference, Painting – Ways to Recharge During Finals

Did somebody say finals season? Let us get through it together! Need some academic motivation? Stressing over finals season?  We have the Relaxation Zone and some upcoming wellness programming to support your finals.
Join us in the Relaxation Zone, open 24/7 from Dec. 5-16, located in Room 400A. Come in to enjoy some massage chairs, couring stations, light snacks, stuffed animals, and puzzle toys. It is a space to rest, relax, and recharge.

  • Pop-up Reference Q&A

Jump start your papers and projects with support from librarians. You can ask for help with:- Researching for your paper- Citing your sources and developing your works cited- Writing support for any stage of the writing process (organization, clarity, and more!)

  • Finals Week Body Relaxation

Calm your mind, destress and improve your sleep with our body relaxation guided by Prof. Yuting Zhao.

  • Finals Week Destress Painting & Coloring

Take a break to calm your mind, destress and release your emotions with our painting & coloring.

A Recap of Citation Month

This year the NYU Shanghai Library declared October as Citation Month. We celebrated giving credit to your sources with a series of different events.

Citation Clinics

The Library and ARC collaborated to hold six drop-in citation clinics. Each hour-long clinic was dedicated to citation support. Students joined us on Zoom and in person to ask librarians and ARC fellows for help with tricky citations – or just to have their reference list checked.

Citation Button Making

On Tuesday October 18, the Library set up a button making station where you created your own citation badge.

Citation and Formatting Flashcards

The Library and ARC shared weekly tips related to citing and formatting in APA, Chicago, and MLA style.

Download these flashcards from here: ARC’s Academic Handouts folder.

Citation Showdown

Through the last week of October, the Library held a showdown between citation styles, to find out what NYU Shanghai considered the best style.

A Faculty Advocate championed each style by sharing their top reasons their preferred style is the best.

The NYU Shanghai community cast votes by adding stickers to our citation wall under the style they consider best. When the votes were tallied on October 31st the winner was Chicago style, backed by Clinical Associate Professor Lin Chen.

APA Style: 15 stickers
MLA Style: 36 stickers
Chicago Style: 41 stickers

Congratulations, Chicago Style fans!

Thank you for participating in the Citation Month! We hope you get help, fun and a refreshing perspective on the citations.

Let us know your comments and suggestions. And good luck with your papers!

The world will have a NEO-LIBRARY! – AI Art Open Call

Everyone can be an artist, I mean literally. Now just open the webpage, put your thoughts into words, and the machine will turn the texts into images. 

Using the latest text-to-image AI art engines, we invite you to create your own artwork based on the theme “Neo Library“. 

No clue what it means? That’s right, because we don’t either. Use your imagination and show us what a neo-library looks like. Go crazy, but be ethical. Don’t feel you have to associate a “library” with any existing images or ideas, or use the term “neo library” as the keyword. 

The Library supports your work with two local resources, Stable Diffusion and Disco Diffusion, using local GPUs and with accessible UI. Resources to get you started with understanding and working with these tools can be found here.

Benefits of using these local resources

  • Privacy: Your outputs are not stored on our servers. Remember to save them.
  • No limit: Try as much as you want. No worries about running out of GPU quota.
  • Much faster


If any of the websites start to act weirdly, simply refresh the tab, and open the website in a private window. If this does not solve the problem, email Utku (, our web developer. The websites are also open to suggestions. Report technical issues on


Again, what is it?

An open call where you are free to post and vote for your favorite text-to-image AI generated art pieces.

How to do it?

How to win?

Upload your work and invite your friends to vote for it:

Your creation may be selected to be the banner on the Library’s website or to be displayed on the digital screens in the new library space at Qiantan campus. Our expert judge is Assistant Arts Professor of Visual Arts Monika Lin. Others will also have chances to win prizes, including the most active contributors, and the creators of the most popular pieces.

Excited? I am! 

Questions? Need help? Just want to talk about it? Reach out to us via, or meet in person.

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!

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.

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.


Funniest Documentaries of All Time

You might be like me, who did meditation, yoga, took online classes, watched live streaming and comedy movies, and listened to podcasts, simply just trying to keep hanging there.

As I was searching for something fun, I found some comedy documentaries, a category I never thought about. Here are some of them:

Shut Up, Little Man!

I defy you to watch this film and not laugh. The trailer explains the premise pretty well, but basically when two friends tape record their violently noisy neighbors, they accidentally create one of the first ‘viral’ pop-culture sensations.

Blurring the lines between art and exploitation, Shut Up Little Man is a darkly comic modern fable.

Watch trailer


Winnebago Man

Now here’s a real gem. In the 1990s, a VHS tape was passed around from person to person starring “Winnebago man,” the world’s worst camper salesman.

The outtakes reel turned into a full-blown Internet phenomenon on YouTube in 2005, and is regarded as one of the first and funniest viral videos.

Watch trailer


Zombie Girl: The Movie

This one isn’t so much laugh out loud funny as it is cute-funny. But you’ll laugh too. Here’s the film’s official synopsis: Emily Hagins is making a zombie movie. It’s feature-length, it’s bloody, and the zombies don’t run. Just like it should be. But there’s just one difference between her film and every other zombie movie you’ve ever seen. Emily is twelve.

Watch trailer



If you’d like to explore more, search “Comedy” on Kanopy.

For example, Kanopy has this great comedy collection from Stash Short Film Festival

Make Social Impact: Resources and Grant

If you are thinking about summer unpaid internships in non-profit organizations, I found this great grant opportunity for you!To explore the non-profit career path, you can start with these students’ stories, books, and the Social Impact Internship Grant.

Tap to know more and apply
01 Culturally Mindful Communication: Essential Skills for Public and Nonprofit Professionals

Provide useful strategies for students and practitioners of public service to improve their intercultural communication skills 

02 Careers in Non-profits and Government Agencies
An insider guide about:- What types of jobs are available to MBAs and undergrads?
– What work life is like, including things like hours, culture, vacations, and compensation
– How to get your foot in the door at a non-profit or government agency?
– What resources are there to aid you in your research and job search?

03 Nonprofit Management 101: a complete and practical guide for leaders and professionals

A comprehensive handbook for leading a successful nonprofit. This handbook brings together top experts in the field to share their knowledge and wisdom gained through experience.
04 She Made It: the toolkit for female founders in the digital age

Especially for a new generation of fiercely independent and ambitious career women.
Lastly, remember to check out this great opportunity!

CDC Social Impact Internship Summer Application
Application Deadline: June 12, 11:59 PM

Apply Now!
Decision Announcement: June 27

Chat & Stories about Identity

When I thought about something I long for during lockdown, it came to me that conversations, companion and community are more precious than ever.

Tomorrow, there is a panel discussion which four panelists will share their stories about negotiating identity, differences, and belonging.

Diversity Initiatives x NYUSH Reads

Identity Through the Lens of Others

Time: 7 – 8:30 PM, 4/21/2021

Place: Zoom


On the topic of identity, we select a few books for your leisure reading.

Born a crime: Stories from a South African childhood

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth.


Exit West

Exit West is an epic compressed into a slender page-turner–both completely of our time and for all time, Mohsin Hamid’s most ambitious and electrifying novel yet.


Minor Feelings: an Asian American reckoning

In the popular imagination, Asian Americans are all high-achieving professionals.

But in reality, this is the most economically divided group in the country, from tech millionaires to service industry laborers.


Identity: Conversations with Benedetto Vecchi

Identity – a notion that by its very nature is elusive and ambivalent – has become a key concept for understanding the changing nature of social life and personal experience in our contemporary, liquid modern age.

In this brief book, Zygmunt Bauman explains compellingly why this is so.

Grow Vegetables on Balcony

It’s surprising how much veggies you can grow on a balcony.

I was reading this blog and began to daydream a balcony “farm” to store some vegetables for emergency food supplies.

The lockdown experience stirred up my interest in urban planting. If you are curious about it as well, check out some fun ebooks and videos I found.

01. Urban Gardening for Dummies

The “For Dummies” book series is always an easy way to start. 😉

02. Field Guide to Urban Gardening: How to Grow Plants, No Matter Where You Live

It shares the basics of growing plants, offers tips on how to choose the right urban gardening method, and troubleshoots the most common problems you’ll encounter.

03. Growing Your Own Food in Hong Kong

User-friendly for beginners and those who may only have a balcony or a rooftop.

04. How to Grow Anything

You can learn to create gardens and landscapes in almost any setting, from large rural backyards to tight urban spaces, and in almost any climate.