Library Hours During Spring Festival

library hours

Dear faculty, students, and staff,

During the Spring Festival, NYU Shanghai Library’s service desk will be closed from Feb. 11-21. Electronic resources are available 24/7.

For research assistance in the meantime, please email us at or or use the chat widget on the library website. You can also schedule a 1-1 consultation via and meet with our adjuncts via Zoom.

Happy Spring Festival!

NYU Shanghai Library

Workshops (2/8 – 2/14 and Spring Festival Break)

Next week (2/8-2/14), join us for two online workshops. During the Spring Festival Break (2/11 – 2/21), five online workshops will be offered by NYU librarians. Plan ahead for future weeks by exploring the full calendar.

  • Data Visualization with Tableau (Online Workshop)

Tuesday, 9 February 09:00 AM – 11:00 AM (China Standard Time)

This session will introduce basic principles of data visualization and demonstrate use of Tableau – a popular interactive data visualization tool.

Prerequisites: Basic computer literacy, understanding files and folders

​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.

  • EndNote Essentials (Online Workshop)

Wednesday, 10 February 08:00 PM – 08:45 PM (China Standard Time)

Learn the essentials of this citation software to help keep your research organised. In this workshop you’ll learn how to 1) create a citation record manually, 2) import a citation from a library database and catalog, 3) create a group, 4) create in-text citations and  reference lists.

Please download EndNote BEFORE this workshop from: Getting Started – EndNote – Research Guides at New York University. Email or chat with a Librarian if something hangs up.

​This workshop will be held live via ​Zoom, so you can attend from the comfort of your dorm or apartment. Registration is encouraged if you would like to receive a calendar invite or event reminders.

  • Online Workshops during the Spring Festival Break

11 February – 21 February

During the Spring Festival Break (2/11 – 2/21), NYU Library will offer the following online workshops.  All workshops must be registered in advance through the reservation link.

Event Date Time (China Standard Time) Workshop Name Reservation Link
2/16/2021 20:00 – 20:45 Intro to LaTeX Using Overleaf
2/17/2021 9:00 – 10:30 Introduction to SAS
2/17/2021 10:00 – 12:00 Survey Design with Qualtrics
2/18/2021 10:00 – 12:00 Getting Started with Python Pandas
2/19/2021 10:00 – 12:00 Digital Tools for Qualitative Data Analysis

We hope you’ll be able to join us!

Workshops (2/1 – 2/7)

Next week (2/1-2/7), join us for two online workshops:

  • Welcome to NYU Libraries (Online Workshop)

Tuesday, 2 February 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM (China Standard Time)

An overview of library resources during this time of remote access. Learn what is available to you electronically, and what you can expect for in-person access. How do you get books? Is the library “open”? What about study space? We want to welcome you to our spaces and let you know what to expect while we engage in remote learning.

​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 U.S. Research Libraries (Online Workshop)

Thursday, 4 February 07:00 PM – 08:00 PM (China Standard Time)

This session is for students who would like an overview of how to use the rich resources and services of an American-style research library. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about how an academic library works and learn how to connect with your subject specialist for more help.

​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. 

I hope you’ll be able to join us!

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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Library System Outage Dec 31, 2020-Jan 5, 2021

Due to a planned power shutdown at Bobst Library in New York City, several library systems will be unavailable starting on Thursday, December 31 through Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Services affected include Library catalog (BobCat), ejournals, ebooks, databases, My Library Account, and Interlibrary Loan services. Please plan your research accordingly. In the meantime, our library website will still be available.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions or concerns

Library Holiday Hours

Christmas and New Year Library Opening Hours

Dear faculty, students, and staff,

During the Spring Festival, NYU Shanghai Library’s services will be closed from December 25th-27th and January 1st-3rd. Academic Commons and stacks remain open as long as the Academic Building opens.

Happy Holidays!

NYU Shanghai Library

Why doesn’t BobCat or ProQuest work like Google?

Librarians and professors suggest you start your research process from the library’s website because of filtering (described in our previous post). The librarians collect scholarly (peer-reviewed) material. That doesn’t mean every book on the shelf is perfect. Some may have been retracted or disproven yet remain part of a historical record. Recent examples are Frey’s A Million Little Pieces or when Krakauer disproved Mortenson’s Three Cups of Tea

                                             Information surrounding us (~6 min)As a scholar yourself, in order to build your own ideas, part of your work is to double-check, verify, or cross-reference what others have said or written about the documents you are reading and citing . Who knows? You may find the first voice announcing major errors identified through new techniques or new information.

I–perhaps oddly–prefer the deliberate search bars of ProQuest and BobCat. Filters (usually on the left of the screen in a results page) are explicit and focus a broadsearch into something more specific to your needs. Unlike Google, typing more words into BobCat’s or ProQuest’s search bars will not help you. Start with two words then use the filters.Check in with a librarian. We can share screens with you in chat at Ask a Librarian{point out the contact us feature at the bottom of wechat? Or add a screen clip of the “Chat with us” from the library homepage}. If you have time, ask for instructions on how to run the search or select the filters yourself.

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: 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

Why not just use Google?

When you’ve searched Google for a book, has Google ever suggested, “Go to your local library”?


The cover of the book "Invisible Women"

Imagining this is the book you are looking for. You typed the name in and the result is like this:

A screenshot of the results of searching the book, Invisible Women, on Google

But none of these results will tell you that your Library already has it

Part of that is on us, librarians: we haven’t opened our data and we are working on that. But it’s also because we (libraries) don’t pay Google to promote us. No one really knows Google’s algorithm, so it is hard to guess what sources it isn’t showing you 

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