Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
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John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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The essay contest is now closed, but you can still visit the exhibit on the upper floor. Good luck to all the students who entered!
Rubin Museum

A new exhibit in the library features some exhibition catalogs recently donated by the Rubin Museum. A corresponding pamphlet written by Professor Karen Okamoto lists the titles in the Rubin donation as well as a small selection of related books in our collections as well as suggestions for finding many more resources.

This exhibit is also intended to support students who are researching and writing essays to submit to the Rubin Museum Essay Contest. This contest offers 7 cash prizes toward your tuition, between $500-$3000 for John Jay undergraduate student writers who write winning essays. More information on the award as well as a worksheet of suggested topics are also available as another handout adjacent to the exhibit, which is behind the reference desk on the second floor of the library.

The Librarians are available to assist you in researching your essay at the reference desk whenever the library is open. Entry to the Rubin Museum is free to all John Jay Students and Staff.

Rubin Museum  Rubin Museum

From the Essay Contest Instructions:

Choose a work or set of works of art from the collection of the Rubin Museum of Art. Write an essay about the work (or those works) that explores how the piece or pieces define or express the idea of justice. As John Jay commences its 50th anniversary, it may be useful to reflect on our history as a college and a force for social change as you come up with the concept for your essay topic. Your essay may consider any of a wide range of issues, including but not limited to: justice as it relates to retribution and punishment; justice as it relates to death; justice as it relates to the possible differences between what gods and human beings consider fair; justice as it relates to violence and non-violence.

In order to be considered an essay must be typewritten and submitted in hard copy. No e-mailed or faxed entries will be considered. The essay must be between 1000 and 3000 words long. Each student entering an essay, must submit four copies of the essay to Office of Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities by no later than 5:00pm on April 5th, 2013 The first copy of the essay must be accompanied by a detachable title page bearing the name of the student and the last four digits of his/her Social Security Number. The remaining pages of all copies of the submission must include the last four digits of the Social Security Number and no other identifying information. The Office of Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities will accept submissions from March 11th through April 5th. Winning essays will be selected by April 19th. For more information consult the Rubin Museum website. See also: more information about past winners

From the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Essay Contest Worksheet:

Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

Spring 2013: While visiting the Rubin Museum of Art, you might consider researching the artworks below as they relate to concepts of justice. You are not limited to these works, and we encourage you to investigate others, but they provide a good place to start. If you have questions, roaming Museum Guides in our galleries can help and there are Rubin Museum catalogs in the John Jay library. All works can be found on the 2nd floor. To learn more about our collection, visit rmanyc.org where you will find museum resources, online interactives, and links to audio guides at iTunesU. Most pieces in the museum have a Himalayan Arts Resources (HAR) number. By visiting himalayanart.org, and typing in the HAR number, you can read articles about artworks and download their images. Please be sure to cite the HAR number in your essay.

Questions about the Essay Contest? Please contact Kevin Nesbitt at the Office of Academic Affairs at knesbitt@jjay.cuny.edu or Vielka Holness at the Office of Fellowship & Scholarship Opportunities at vholness@jjay.cuny.edu.

Posted Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 6:05pm

Graphic novels

As technology makes the world increasingly more visually oriented, many are turning to graphic novels to become an essential component in literacy, education, and entertainment.  On display in the Niederhoffer Lounge are some samples of excellent graphic novels available at the John Jay College Library!

Also, if you are interesting in finding out more, consider taking a look at our Graphic Novel Subject Guide and search the CUNY+ catalog for “graphic novels” or “manga”!

Graphic novels

Graphic novels

Posted Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 1:37pm

Fire Science and Security Management are a very hot set of topics offered at John Jay College. On display in the Niederhoffer Lounge in the Library is a small but focused exhibit on fire science. The display highlights key fire science texts available from the library as well as information on where to find more material on fire science and other related topics. In addition, the exhibit comes complete with a detailed brochure that lists specific resources students can use.

If you are interested in finding out more, please take a look at our Fire Science Subject Guide »

Fire science display

Posted Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 11:25am

Several months ago EBSCO (publisher of Academic Search Complete, etc.)  took over the H. W. Wilson Company. As a result, EBSCOhost databases have been combined with existing similar databases from the H. W. Wilson company and new names have been given to the merged results.  While the following new databases have replaced databases that were formerly on our list, no content has been lost. In fact, in all cases, there is more content than we had previously:


Applied Science & Technology Source has replaced Applied Science & Technology and Computers & Applied Sciences Complete.

Education Source has replaced Education Index and Retrospective and Education Research Complete.

Humanities Source has replaced Humanities Index and Humanities International Complete.

Legal Source has replaced Index to Legal Periodicals and Books.

Library & Information Science Source has replaced Library Literature Fulltext and Library and Information Science Fulltext.


The new databases combine EBSCO’s familiar searchable interface with the quality indexing that H. W. Wilson was known for so the transition is a win win for CUNY libraries.

Posted Friday, February 1, 2013 - 2:46pm

Books and movie library exhibit

Thousands of books have been made into movies. For a snapshot of book and movie titles in our collection visit the exhibit next to the circulation desk on the first floor of the library or go to our Pinterest board. Feel free to leave a comment or like your favorite book or movie. Search CUNY+, the online catalog, to find those available at the Lloyd Sealy Library.  

Some books made into movies focus on popular literature like Alice Walker’s The Color Purple (book, DVD) and Ian McEwan’s Atonement (book, DVD). Some focus on classics like Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (book, DVD, VHS) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (book, ebook, DVD).  Some reflect our specialized focus on justice issues like Benny Golden’s War on the Family: Mother’s in Prison and the Families They Leave Behind (book, DVD) and Barrett J. Foerster’s Race, Rape and Injustice (book, DVD).

Do you read the book or see the movie first? You get to choose!

For tips on how to watch a film as a scholar and not purely for enjoyment, see this How to Read a Film handout.

For more information about our entire video collection, see the Library's video guide.

Posted Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 4:50pm

You may have noticed that things look a little different around here! Welcome to our updated website — it's our New Year's gift to you.


We are happy to present a new interface for our users. In our redesign, we have prioritized student, faculty, and researcher use. 

Highlights of our new website:
Have feedback?

We value your comments — just submit a feedback form and we will do our best to address your questions and concerns.

Posted Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 10:22am

Check out our newest database of streaming videos! Criminal Justice and Public Safety in Video, from the Alexander Street Press, offers a collection (467 titles and growing) of documentaries, training videos, and interviews that offer real life strategies, techniques, and experiences of justice and public safety professionals as well as profiles and accounts from offenders and victims. Browse the collection to find videos like “The Arson Detectives,” a look inside Houston’s elite arson detective unit and how they find clues in ashes; or “Crime Ink,” a documentary about some of the people who work as crime reporters at New York City’s biggest newspapers; or “Behind Closed Doors,” an in-depth examination of domestic violence from both an abuser’s and a victim’s personal perspectives; and hundreds more. 

Don’t forget about our other great streaming video collections: American History in Video, Counseling & Therapy in Video, Ethnographic Video Online, and Films on Demand. Together, these collections contain thousands of full length documentary and dramatic films. All can be accessed on campus or from home. Find them on our A to Z list of databases or visit our video collection guide to access them and learn more about these and our DVD collection. 

Posted Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 9:46am

The Fall 2012 issue of Classified Information, the Library's newsletter, has been published! 

Inside this issue:

  • April 2013 LACUNY Institute
  • About Open Access
  • Tracking Citations and Highlighting Your Research
  • John Jay Faculty Research at a Glance
  • Book Browsers and Faculty Favorites   
  • Media News and Ebooks Acquisitions
  • Integrating Library Resources into Blackboard
  • A New Website for the Library
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  • Assessment at the Library
  • The Milton Helpern Library of Legal Medicine

Download the PDF »

Posted Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 6:02pm

The 2013 LACUNY Institute (Library Association of CUNY) is accepting proposals until January 6th. While the event is organized by librarians, non-library faculty are encouraged to submit and/or attend, too. The theme this coming year will be “Libraries, Information, and the Right to the City.”

The event will be held at John Jay on April 5, 2013. For more information, including keynote speakers, topic possibilities and submission details, see http://2013lacunyinst.commons.gc.cuny.edu/.

Posted Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 3:06pm

The spring 2012 newsletter from the Lloyd Sealy Library is now available.

Posted Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 2:52pm