What’s the big difference between the resources I find with Baidu/Google and those the professor or librarian prefers?

This is a huge question!  Recently, I heard Baidu might have lost some of its authority as a source a while ago.  That is, a few years ago, people questioned how each answer was decided and shared on Baidu.  Similar to Facebook in 2020: who saw which posts?  Who decided which posts would appeal to me?

Endorsement type leads to wishful identification or trustworthiness. Both are associated with perceived similarity or expertise, respectively.  Both then lead to attitudes and intentions to purchasing a product.

Conceptual Model of celebrity or influence

That’s exactly the right thing to ask!  How did it get there?  What does appeal mean?

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Upcoming Library Workshop at Shinmay

Next week (4/5 – 4/11), join us for the following event. Plan ahead for term papers by exploring the Library Class Calendar(for online workshops) or the Engage(for in-person workshops).

  • Essential Library Skills: The Citation-Savvy Student

Thursday, 8 April 1 PM – 2 PM (China Standard Time)

“What’s the point of an in-text citation, and how it is different from my list of references?”

“How do I cite a book? How do I cite online sources, like Youtube Videos or comments on a blog?”

“What’s the best way to kickstart my research and find resources for a research project?”

Do these questions sound familiar to you? Mastering citations is an essential skill for undergraduate success, and this workshop will introduce you to techniques for creating, navigating, and using citations like a sophisticated scholar. Bring your computer and any questions you have about citations & library research!

Location: Shinmay 33F Room 33A

This workshop will be held in person, registration is not required but encouraged if you would like to receive a calendar invite or event reminders.

Hope to see you there!

Next Week: Jeopardy! Game at Shinmay Building

Next week (3/29 – 4/4), join us for the following event. Plan ahead for future weeks by exploring the Library Class Calendar(for online workshops) or the Engage(for in-person workshops).

Next Week: Jeopardy! Game at Shinmay Building

Thursday, 1 April 1 PM – 2 PM (China Standard Time)

Prepare for adventure in NYU Libraries! Want to know how many libraries are located in NYC? Want to find resources for a specific subject or how long you can borrow a book? Come play the NYU Libraries Jeopardy! Game and win prizes!

Cookies and beverages will be provided!

Location: Shinmay 33A

No RSVP needed.

Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Workshop and Library Event

Next week (3/15 – 3/21), join us for the following workshop. Plan ahead for future weeks by exploring the Library Class Calendar(for online workshops) or the Engage(for in-person workshops).

  • Intro to Data Analysis with Python – For Non-Programmers

Friday, 19 March 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM (China Standard Time)

This workshop introduces students how to use Python to do basic data analysis. The session gives students a broad view of the life cycle of data science and how Python is used for data analysis.

Cookies and beverages will be provided!

Location: Room 415 @ Academic Building

This workshop will be held in person, please register in advance on Engage.

  • Series Event: Libroary Thursdays

Libroary Thursdays(pronunciation: lai-b-roa-ry) feature the handiest tricks and useful know-hows of NYU Shanghai Library. In addition to getting various event-based gifts (first come, first served!), you are also encouraged to earn Libroary badges online. Those who have collected the most badges will enter our lucky draw to win the final prizes!

  • First Prize: 200RMB gift + Event T-shirt, 2 winners
  • Second Prize: 100RMB gift + Event canvas tote bag, 3 winners
  • Third Prize: Event T-shirt + Event canvas tote bag, 5 winners

Past Event(3/11):

Next Event: March 25th 

Come and meet Roary on 4F every other Thursday!

Workshops (3/8 – 3/14)

Next week (3/8 – 3/14), join us for the following workshops. Plan ahead for future weeks by exploring the Library Class Calendar(for online workshops) or the Engage(for in-person workshops).

  • Finding & Using Primary Sources

Image credit: Manuscript by Tom Coates, via Flicker.com (CC BY-NC 2.0)

  • Monday, 8 March 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM (China Standard Time) @ Shinmay 33A
  • Tuesday, 9 March 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM (China Standard Time) @ Academic Building 400A

Primary sources give you valuable insight into historical figures and events. Maps, diaries, newspapers, photographs, and other types of ephemera are both important and challenging to find. In this workshop, you’ll learn about special databases we subscribe to for primary source materials, and strategies for discovering and ethically using these resources from open-web repositories.

This workshop has two sessions for Go-local students and NYU Shanghai students, please choose the one that fits your schedule.

This workshop will be held in person, please register in advance on Engage:


  • Dotmocracy

Dotmocracy example

Wednesday, 10 March 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (China Standard Time)

Questions about when the library is open? How to find and download an ebook? How to cite in your paper so you don’t get accused of plagiarism? Come to this workshop, where you get to pick what you want to learn!

Location: Fuhui 9F Room120

This workshop will be held in person, please register in advance on Engage.


  • Intro to Data Structures – For Non-Programmers

Friday, 12 March 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM (China Standard Time)

This workshop continues the learning of Python from the last workshop session. The session introduces students to data structures in Python (Lists, Tuples, Sets and Dictionaries),  as well as iterations and functions.

Cookies and beverages will be provided!

Location: Room 415 @ Academic Building

This workshop will be held in person, please register in advance on Engage.

Hope to see you there!

Workshops (3/1 – 3/7)

 

Next week (3/1 – 3/7), join us for the following two workshops. Plan ahead for future weeks by exploring the Library Class Calendar(for online workshops) or the Engage(for in-person workshops).

  • Introduction to R (Online Workshop)

Wednesday, 3 March 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM (China Standard Time)

R is a programming language for statistical analysis of data. This workshop gets you started with using R. The session provides an overview of R functionalities, introduces the RStudio interface, bolts and nuts of using R, data types and subsetting, and how to read files of various formats.

Prerequisites: Basic computer literacy, understanding files and folders.

Related LibGuide: Quantitative Analysis Guide by Denis Rubin

This workshop will be held live via ​Zoom, so you can attend from the comfort of your dorm or apartment. You must register in advance through the  NYU Bobst Calendar.

  • Intro to Python – For Non-Programmers

Friday, 5 March 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM (China Standard Time)

This workshop gets you started with using Python. The session provides an overview of Python and its functionalities, introduces why we choose to use Python and its environments, and how to write Python basics (Comments, Variables, Operators, Statements).

Cookies and beverages will be provided!

Location: Room 415 @ Academic Building

This workshop will be held in person, please register in advance on Engage.

Why search for a “literature review” or “annotated bibliography”?

College research ain’t easy. It’s nothing like the papers from high school, because the training wheels are off. You are part of the academic conversation. New vocabulary, technical writing, and using citations to talk with scholars/professors about proof you have done your homework behind the thoughts.

Luckily, while not a short-cut, there is a wise tool to add to your skillset. In the library’s databases, you can search
“Literature review” AND “your topic”

Remember to use the double quote mark to help the computer ignore:

  1. literature without the reviews, 
  2. reviews that aren’t about your topic, and
  3. Articles that mention your topic but are not “literature reviews.”  (the image below is of a Venn diagram of literature AND review– with a subcircle inside the overlap for  “literature review” )

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Long Night Against Procrastination 2020 Fall

Conquer finals with the LNAP!

Papers are due, exams are coming, but panic is NOT setting in! Lots of work to get done? Come to the Long Night Against Procrastination, maximize your productivity, and cross-off items on your to-do lists! 

Research Librarians and ARC fellows will be on hand to provide research and writing assistance throughout the evening, or you can just come and de-stress with our soothing events – paper folding and lucky notes drawing! 

Here is the link for registration: https://engage.shanghai.nyu.edu/event/6626777. We are all here to help you ace the finals week!

smiley faces announce Long Night Against Procrastination on Dec 9 in the Academic Building on 4F

Online Workshop on Using RSQLite and Shiny App to Solve Business Problems

On November 19, the Library will host an online workshop on creating a business intelligence dashboard with the help of R Shiny and RSQLite. Participants will make an application that resembles this dashboard.

Using RSQLite and Shiny Applications to Solve Business Problems (Online Workshop)

Thursday, 19 November 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM (China Standard Time)

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