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!

Workshops This Week

This week (10/10-14), 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).

  • Industry Reports and Where to Find Them (I): Basic Elements

An industry is a group of related companies based on their primary business activities, including raw materials, goods, or services. What are the basic elements of an industry report? What are the methods of conducting an industry analysis? Where can you find industry reports? You will find answers to the questions after the workshop.

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


  • Introduction to SQL

This workshop introduces attendees to SQL through demonstration and hands-on exercises. The session discusses three topics: what SQL is, MySQL syntax, and how to use MySQL in actual development.
This workshop will be held in person and virtually, please register in advance on Engage:

  • Hopelessly Computational (I): Blue Team Dynamics

In this session, we start with an overview of the field of computational social science, broadly defined. We then follow one path into the field, beginning with the seminal case of Google Flu Trends. It was a surveillance tool that Google launched in 2008 to estimate influenza activity in near-real time, and it stopped publishing estimates in 2015. Parts of this story you may be aware of: the claim of the ascendance of data-driven approach that raised hope of faster and easier estimates than “old-school” methods of data collection and statistical analysis, and the model’s major stumble in subsequent seasons.

However, there is much more to this story. Besides, scientific efforts on harnessing Google web search query data to predict endemics and pandemics have continued to the present. We review publications along this line of research. We focus on one issue, among others, the “blue team dynamics”. This describes a process where the algorithm producing the data has been modified by the service provider in accordance with their business model, inducing specific user behaviors and introducing patterns into data.

More generally, we discuss the benefits and biases of digital social research associated with algorithm-driven big data for forecasting. For instance, using Twitter data for political forecasting also falls prey to this “blue team dynamics”.

Please visit this web page for full details of the series Hopelessly Computational, including the outline and references for each past and upcoming session.

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

  • Bloomberg Training Session – Equities & Company Analysis

This training session provides an opportunity for students to learn the basics and functions of using the Bloomberg terminals, focusing on the module of Equities and Company Analysis, including Stock/Company Screening, Company Description and Overview, Fundamentals and Financial Statements, Historical Price Table, Total Return Comparison, Monitor Equity Offerings, Stock Comparison, News Search, Drag & Drop and Data API.

The Bloomberg analyst will exemplify those functions in real business and practical implications. Welcome to bring your questions for the Q&A part. Open to all faculty and students online. Due to Bloomberg’s policy, there will be no recording provided after the session. Workshop slides can be shared with the participants if needed.

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

  • Hopelessly Computational (II): Wisdom of Crowds

In this session, we turn to the second facet of computational social research—research design utilizing crowdsourcing technology to harness collective intelligence. We focus on one stage in a research project, data generation, including data collection and data production processes such as text annotation.

We discuss three such types of research designs: 1) an open survey that evolves over time based on the ideas of its participants; 2) a system that distributes microtasks in the crowd, whose outputs are as reliable and valid as those from expert human readers; and 3) a software application that interfaces with crowdsourcing technology, and that automates recruiting, collecting both behavior and survey data, and providing incentives to generate responses all in one stop.

These kinds of research design have the potential to improve the scope, efficiency, cost, scalability, sampling, response rates, and convenience of social scientific projects, compared to research in the analog age. Challenges of data quality control, assessing response biases, or adjusting sampling biases can be addressed in the design phase or analysis of data.

Please visit this web page for full details of the series Hopelessly Computational, including the outline and references for each past and upcoming session.

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

  • Hopelessly Computational (III): Science of Where

It is always intriguing to acquire data, pin it on a location, and decipher the meaning behind the information we acquired and how that is related to others. Snow’s cholera map is one of the earliest disease maps that presents the co-relationship between patients and water pumps. However, with limited technology, it was impossible to further explore and discover the more dynamic and complex patterns, let alone make predictions of the potential development.

Nowadays, thanks to the rapid development of technology, to name a few, satellite imagery and the Internet of things (IoT), the acquisition process is more streamlined. Besides, GIS and computation together reveals the underlying patterns of the data and makes more accurate predictions with the data. This session, using three studies on the influence of COVID19 over urban regions as examples, presents the approaches from a spatial perspective.

However, technology doesn’t automatically solve every problem, and researchers have to be aware of distortions and potential issues in stages from obtaining data to making decisions. We will discuss some common cases, including the causes and the steps to eliminate their effects.

Please visit this web page for full details of the series Hopelessly Computational, including the outline and references for each past and upcoming session.

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

Workshops This Week

This week (9/26-30), 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).

  • APA Style & Citations

The APA Style Manual guides writing and publishing in Social Work. From citing other works to formatting your manuscript, APA has guidelines for you! In this workshop, you’ll flex your muscles in applying APA guidelines to citing and formatting, and discover resources to help you navigate these stylistic rules. Come with questions!

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


  • Developing Your Capstone Research Topic

If you’re working on your capstone, you might already have a research topic in mind that you’re interested in pursuing. This workshop will introduce strategies for developing your research topic into an achievable thesis question for your capstone.

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


  • Capstone Research: Searching for Secondary Sources

Do you find it a challenge to look for resources related to Chinese studies? Are you wondering what Chinese language resources are available to you through our library? Come to learn the basics of identifying and using the popular Chinese databases such as CNKI (知网) and Duxiu (读秀) and English databases for Chinese studies.

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

 

Workshop & Event This Week

This week (9/19-25), 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).

  • Research Management Tools & Strategies: Zotero for Social Scientists

Citation Management Tools are powerful, efficient ways to save your sources and generate citations in your research. In this workshop, we will discuss one tool in particular, Zotero, and how you can use it to make your research & writing even easier.

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


  • Introduction to Popular Chinese Resources

Do you find it a challenge to look for resources related to Chinese studies? Are you wondering what Chinese language resources are available to you through our library? Come to learn the basics of identifying and using the main Chinese databases such as CNKI (知网), Wanfang (万方) and a few others.

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


  • Libroary Thursdays: Join us and win prizes!

Get various event-based gifts (first come, first served!), and earn Libroary badges online.
Learn the most handy tricks and useful know-hows of NYU Shanghai Library.
Those who have collected the most badges will enter our lucky draw to win the final prizes!


  • Citations for Capstone Students: Chicago & APA

You already know why you have to cite, and you’re probably familiar by now with some foundational essentials for citing & citations. In this workshop, we’re going to discuss specific skills for using citation manuals to help you with ticky citations. We’ll discuss both the Chicago and APA citations in this session.

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

Read all the Bloomberg.com news for free

Good news! Now you can read all the Bloomberg.com news via our Bloomberg terminal! You only need a few easy steps.

Step 1:

Book a time slot through the link: https://nyu-shanghai.libcal.com/space/43996

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 Bloomberg.com.

Step 6:

Now you can use the browser and access all the news in Bloomberg.com for free!

Please use the terminal within your reserved time slots. Thanks!

Workshop | Skills for Success: Library Research Essentials

This week (9/12-18), 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).

  • Skills for Success: Library Research Essentials

If you are brand new to NYU Shanghai library, this is the session for you! Join us to unlock the top secrets of the library! 🙂 You will learn how to make the best use of your library account,, access library resources from on and off campus, get help from library staff. You will have an opporuntiy to choose the topics you are interested in. Make sure to bring questions as well!

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

New Look for Library Account!

We just launched a brand new interface of “My Library Account”. It will help you to browse your loans and requests more easily.

  • Or log in and access My Library Account via library catalog (BobCat)

  • New landing page:

Key functions:

1. Loans 

View current and historical loans, and renew eligible items. 

2. Requests

View and cancel current holds placed on locally available items. 

You may also see hold requests on interlibrary loan (ILL) items that have already been received and are being processed for delivery. Please visit your My Requests page to see additional options, including managing scan requests and pending ILL requests. 

3. Fines and Fees

You may check your library fines and fees, and complete the payment by following the instructions.

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: https://training.refinitiv.com/workspace-training/

Note for VPN

Before you access library databases, including remote access to Bloomberg, Wind and Refinitiv Workspace, please turn on your VPN “vpn.shanghai.nyu.edu” first, because the VPN includes NYU Shanghai’s IP address ranges and can give you access to library databases without hitting a paywall.

Celebrate with Children’s Stories

Today you might be celebrating – for International Children’s Day or for freedom after the lockdown. No matter where you are, we are with you to cherish the courage, hope and imagination we got from children and are hidden in children’s books. Here I picked some books we can reread as adults, or dive into this moment to be kids again.

The Secret Garden

When orphaned Mary Lennox comes to live at her uncle’s great house on the Yorkshire Moors, she finds it full of secrets. Mary discovers a secret garden, surrounded by walls and locked with a missing key. With the help of two unexpected companions, Mary discovers a way in—and becomes determined to bring the garden back to life.

The Phantom Tollbooth

This ingenious fantasy centers around Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth’s gates and begins a memorable journey. He meets such characters as the foolish, yet lovable Humbug, the Mathemagician, and the not-so-wicked “Which,” Faintly Macabre, who gives Milo the “impossible” mission of returning two princesses to the Kingdom of Wisdom.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

As a classical children’s story, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has captivated readers for generations and undoubtedly will continue to delight readers for years to come.

Children’s Literature: A Very Short Introduction

An easy book to begin with if you are interested in exploring more children’s literature–what it is, why it is interesting, how it contributes to culture, and how it is studied as literature.

Plus…

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Based on J.K. Rowling’s popular novels of Harry Potter, it tells the story of a boy who learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own.

5 E-Books for Leisure Reading

Many of you are on the way home or heading to a new place for the next step.

During the trip, how about reading some leisure e-books?

As I was searching for the top book list, I’m surprised how many best sellers are available through our library resources.

Check them out!

· Klara and the Sun ·

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Times best seller and top one on Douban’s fiction list, from the Nobel laureate and author of Never Let Me Go.

From her place in the store, Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside.

 

 

 

 

· Becoming Beauvoir: A Life ·

A symbol of liberated womanhood, Simone de Beauvoir’s unconventional relationships inspired and scandalised her generation. This ground-breaking biography draws on never-before-published diaries and letters to tell the fascinating story of how Simone de Beauvoir became herself.

· Atomic Habits: Tiny changes, remarkable results ·

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving – every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

· Where the Crawdads Sing ·

The story asks how isolation influences the behavior of a young woman, who like all of us, has the genetic propensity to belong to a group. The clues to the mystery are brushed into the lush habitat and natural histories of its wild creatures. – Goodreads

· The Big Picture: A guide to finding your purpose in life ·

Although there are endless books on finding a job, this is the first book that presents research-based and tested material to help young people answer the question, What am I going to do with my life? It’s a great gift for a graduate or a guide for yourself.