A good news for couch potatos

Need a way to de-stress after all these midterms? If so, come to NYU Shanghai’s Library and check out a DVD.

Our DVD collection contains a large variety of entertainment. It ranges from superheroes to historical films. This collection offers something for everyone. If you are interested, please feel free to stop by and check out your very own DVD, but make sure to return it within 7 days. If you need more time, you are allowed to renew it once.

So, give yourself a break from school and stop by to find a DVD.

All about Shanghai in Literature

Come explore Shanghai through literature! The library has many novels, memoirs, and non-fiction books set in or about Shanghai. To help you find these books, librarians collaborated with faculty to create a guide to Shanghai Literature:


There are multiple features on this website that enable you to find your sources in a fast and convenient way. Genres include fiction, memoirs, biographies, films, etc. This website also includes the “Ask A Librarian” feature so that you can reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns about finding a particular book or article. We hope this guide will be your first step in searching for literature and other resources, but librarians can help you explore other options, too.

For more information about this website or a particular book, feel free to stop by the library or e-mail us!

New Database: Caixin Global

Caixin Global provides financial and business news in China. It is the English language platform of Caixin, an independent media outlet in China with a Public Trust Committee to guarantee its integrity. Our subscription allows complete access to Caixin paid content, including their CX Flash brief stories and a weekly audio roundup of news.

Access Caixin Global via NYU Libraries.

Making Instructional Videos in our Digital Studio

Have a look into the digital studio, and find out how it can be used for faculty to create instructional video modules.

1.    Introduction

The Digital Studio provides the space and facility for faculty to create video modules (around 3-5 minutes) to support teaching and learning.

2.    Studio Setup Scenarios

Click to view a short video about RITS here

3.    Start to Learn

The production process includes five easy steps that focus on identifying learning objectives, instructional design techniques, and storyboarding to diminish lengthy post-production workflows.











For more information, email us at shanghai.library@nyu.edu to arrange a personal consultation.

Canva: Design Made Simple

Canva is a great piece of software for you to create graphics, presentations, flyers, posters and so on.

1. Setting Up

Canva is a great online graphic design platform you can use to create graphics that look nice, and the best thing is, it’s really simple and user-friendly. Go to www.canva.com and you’ll get access to it.

To begin with, Canva first offers you a bunch of sizes, with generic ones like a square to more specific ones, like a Facebook header or a Pinterest graphic. And if that wasn’t what you wanted, you could also go with your own custom dimensions.

2. Creating

So after choosing what you need, and you’ll reach the page as shown below. There’s a column on the left, in which there are different sections: LAYOUTS, ELEMENTS, TEXT, etc.

If all that blank space is intimidating you, never fear, because you got LAYOUTS! There are lots of options that you can use to build your design upon. Just you click on one of them, and the design will be imported into your work area. And you can simply edit it—change the font, change the color scheme, move elements around, and so on. And if you find something in the ELEMENTS tab that you like, just drag it on to what you’re working on.

You don’t need to go through a hard learning process to make something nice in Canva, and the layouts are a great starting point. And if you know your way around designing things, you can also use Canva. You can easily upload your own photos or icons, and Canva’s library of elements and shapes make designing from scratch much easier.

3. Downloading

All your works are automatically saved on the website. Once you finish designing and want to download your work, simply click Download at top right corner and then you can choose whatever format you want. NOTICE that you can download your work for free ONLY when ALL elements you used are labeled with “FREE” in Canva’s library. Otherwise you’ll have to pay accordingly.

Enough said, now you can be your own designer and create your work with Canva!

Database Trials

NYU Shanghai Library users now have trial online access to the following databases. Please send your feedback, evaluation, comments, and questions to shanghai.library@nyu.edu.

Financial Times
Trail from now through April 30th, 2017

The Financial Times (FT.com) is the online edition of the daily newspaper with a special emphasis on business and economic news internationally.

North-China Daily News & Herald Newspapers and Hong Lists
Trail from now through May 17th, 2017

The CNBKSY Database is a database of both English- and Chinese-language newspapers of the 19th and early 20th centuries from the collections of The Shanghai Library.

The Newspapers listed below are available for trial:

  • The North-China HeraldFounded in 1850, it was the first English newspaper published in Shanghai.
  • The North-China Daily NewsOriginally a supplement to The North-China Herald, the News later increased in importance, while the Herald became its supplement.
  • The North-China Desk Hong ListProvides both general and detailed information about various firms, enterprises and agencies (foreign agencies in particular) in Shanghai and other major cities around China.

Macroeconomic and Real Estate Database
Trail from now through June 10, 2017

Macroeconomic and Real Estate Database is developed by the National Information Center and hosted via China Real Estate Information Website, a professional real estate website that keeps track of current development and trends of China’s real estate industry.

The database consists of literature information, regulations & policies, statistics, housing transactions, land market, market quotes, etc.

Keep Up with Current Events

Want to keep up with current events, but not ready to subscribe to ALL of the newspapers and magazines you love? Good news! You can access many of your favorite news sources through the NYU Libraries. Check out our newest Research Guide on Accessing Current News Sources, hot off the presses from our colleagues in New York.

You can browse through some of our more popular news sources, browse newspapers by keyword using one of the recommended databases, and learn how to find the most recent issues of a specific newspaper. Questions, comments, or suggestions? Come visit us in the library, or send us an e-mail.

New Database: CNKI China Statistical Yearbooks Database

NYU users now have access to the CNKI China Statistical Yearbooks Database.

CSYD is the continuously updated statistical yearbooks database in China, including all aspects and fields, such as national accounting, fixed assets investment, population and human resources, people’s living conditions and price indices, enterprises and institutions, finance, natural resources, energy and environment, political and public administration, peasants & agriculture & rural area, industry, construction, transportation and telecommunication, domestic trade and foreign trade, touring catering, education and technology, culture and sports, public health, etc.

Please enjoy exploring CSYD.


Bloomberg Terminal

Now we are introducing Bloomberg to you all. Bloomberg terminal is an excellent resource for finding real-time financial market data and business news information. Please come to the library to learn and know more about it especially if you are majoring in finance, or aspire to pursue a finance major. The terminal is located behind the library’s circulation desk and is available for use 24/7. Watch the video to learn some basics about what it can offer and how you can access it!