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!

Visit Citation Clinics

October is Citation Month!

This October we’re putting citations in the spotlight! There’s always help available from the Library and the ARC when you’re struggling with citations, but this month we’re offering citation-focused workshops and activities.

The main event will be a series of drop-in Citation Clinics where you can meet with librarians and ARC fellows to get answers to all your citation questions:
  • Monday 10 October, 3:00pm-4:00pm, ARC Entrance & Zoom
  • Tuesday 11 October, 3:00pm-4:00pm, ARC Entrance & Zoom
  • Wednesday 19 October, 3:00pm-4:00pm, ARC Entrance & Zoom
  • Thursday 20 October, 3:00pm-4:00pm, ARC Entrance & Zoom
  • Monday 24 October, 3:00pm-4:00pm, ARC Entrance & Zoom
  • Tuesday 25 October, 3:00pm-4:00pm, ARC Entrance & Zoom

Zoom link: https://nyu.zoom.us/j/97239847849.

Throughout the month, the Library and ARC Wechat channels will share weekly citation tips, along with information about upcoming events and workshops. Keep an eye out and build your citation expertise!

Papers? Projects? Here’s How We Can Help!

Enter the last three weeks of the semester. Hang in there! We can make it!

Let the Library help you with your papers, final projects, and other key assignments.

01 Go with a guide

Facing overwhelming information, you can get a simple start from: Research Guides, which are handcrafted by our librarians with loads of premium resources in over 70 different subject areas. 
They’ll save you hours of search time and set you up to write solid, deeply researched papers.

02 Talk to us!

Ask a Librarian. Chat with us. Share your research topic and we can point you toward books, articles, databases, and more.

For customized one-on-one help, set up a consultation with a subject librarian in your area of study. Talking your topic out with someone knowledgeable in the field can open fresh perspectives and spark new ideas!

03 Keep it together

There are a variety of citation management tools to help you organize your citations and build bibliographies in a snap.

04 Go off script

Beyond consultations and research guides, check our popular Streaming Video, Databases, and Ebooks.

Your Library Questions Answered Working Off-Campus

Did you participate in our online Libroary Thursdays?A. Yes

B. No


Both answers are correct. We collected those FAQs and answers here to help your study and research.

If you have any more question while off-campus, feel free to contact us!


Q: What are the ways you can access library resources off-campus?

A: Through the library website or via NYUSH VPN.


Q: I need a book when the campus is closed, what should I do?

A: Submit an interlibrary loan request.


Q: What are some ways to contact the library when the campus is closed?

A. Email the libraryB. Use the “Ask a Librarian” chat box

C. Via the library wechat


Q: Before the library reopens, what is the recommended way to access Course Reserve items?

A. Check ARES course reserves systemB. If what I need is not in ARES, contact shanghai.reserves@nyu.edu


Q:The campus is closed, but I got an email that my books are overdue! What should I do?

A. I will return the book after the campus opensB. If I have questions or concerns, I will contact the library at shanghai.circulation@nyu.edu

Squeezed by your assignment? Ask a librarian

Drive you nuts when searching for resources for your paper?

Locked at home and look for some help for your midterm?

What about asking a librarian?

If you’re worried about what and how to ask for help from our librarians, here are some tips.

1. What can I ask?

We’ve seen all kinds of questions students have asked during the appointments:

How do I know when I’ve searched enough?

How to access a journal article, book, or other publication that’s hard to find?

I haven’t used libraries like this much or at all before. How to use BobCat?

I’m not sure where to start and would like to talk it through.

What are the tips about searching in an unfamiliar discipline?

About what I’ve found – is this a publication? Is it credible? Does it count as peer-reviewed?

How to use Zotero, RefWorks, or EndNote?

It is too much and I am not sure how to narrow what I choose to read.


2. Where to find our librarians?

On Library’s homepage, you can find the chat box. Type your questions directly to the librarians, and they will respond timely online.

(This is not an auto-reply from robots!)

When the chat box goes offline, you can reach out to us through email: shanghai.library@nyu.edu.

Library Service Update in the Evolving COVID-19 Situation

Dear faculty, students and staff,As NYU Shanghai moves to swiftly adapt to the evolving COVID-19 situation, our Library is similarly preparing to accommodate this changing situation.We understand that access to library resources and the research services our librarians provide is essential to your learning, teaching and research.To better support you during this period of upheaval, the NYU Shanghai Library has updated our online and on campus services.

Research & Instructional Technology Services

For Faculty who teach online for the first time, you could refer to the Teaching with NYU Zoom guide and other recording resources we had on the Digital Teaching Toolkit site to get prepared.For Students who are going to take class with NYU Zoom for the first time, please follow the guideline before class to get prepared.It is recommended to join the Zoom session 15 mins prior to the class in case any technical issues arise.

Access & Borrowing
For materials not available to you immediately, we highly recommend you to request scanned copies of a book chapter or journal article through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.Meanwhile, you can access millions of e-resources through the library website, which covers databases, ebooks, and multimedia resources.Our Library staff team is available to help you with any question that you might have. You could also contact us by phone (21) 20595615, email shanghai.library@nyu.edu or the “Ask a Librarian” chat box on the website. You will receive instant responses to your questions (from human, not a robot!).

Bloomberg Terminal Access

Bloomberg is a terminal-bound financial services platform that provides analysis and quotes, which is an excellent resource for finding real-time financial market data and business news information. It is especially useful for students majoring in Finance or aspiring to pursue a Finance major!

Bloomberg terminals remote access will cease by the end of 2021.  We provide on-site access to support your needs.

NYU Shanghai Library has one Bloomberg terminal located in the Academic Commons, opposite to the Wind terminal, and it is available for use 24/7.

If you’re in New York, Bobst Library’s Business Library has three terminals situated in the south wing of the 5th floor and one located on Lower Level 1 (24/7 access).

(Booking is required for both types of access.)

You can find out more about how to use Bloomberg on our Bloomberg Guide, or check out our short introductory video!

What is available in Library account?

  • To know the books I borrowed
  • Wonder if I have fines
  • Make sure my request submitted successfully

Access Library account on the webpage:

Go to NYU Shanghai Library – My Accounts – Library Account

Access Library account on phone:

Go to NYU Shanghai WeCom (企业微信)

Tap “Library”

Tap “Find” and then “My Account”

Log in with your NetID and password

Go to “My library account”

Here is an account summary

Go to “Loans” to check the books I borrowed (Pay attention to NYU50 & NYU52):

Did I return course material late and occur fines? Check “Fines/Fees”:

Double-check the request I submitted:

Check out a locker

Look for a place to put your heavy books? Get a Library locker on the 4th floor.

  1. Go to the circulation desk
  2. Ask staff for “checking out a locker”
  3. Pick one on the locker map
  4. Staff will scan the barcode on your campus card
  5. Get password and instruction

NOTE: Student is only allowed to check out one locker on campus, including Facility and Library lockers.

Introducing New Study Room Reservation System

Are you looking for a simple way to book group study rooms at Academic Building and Shinmay in the library? In collaboration with campus IT, we are rolling out the new study room reservation system.

Please click on the big purple “Study Room” button on our website to reserve a room. Or bookmark it for the computer or scan the QR code on the door to book through your mobile device

Please kindly note more than half of the room’s max capacity must check-in within the first 15 minutes of the booked time. Otherwise, the room will be released and become available for other users to reserve.

Watch this one-minute video for tips on how to reserve and check in to the study room.