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In support of Open Access Week* (October 24-30) colleagues in CUNY created a Halloween themed quiz about journal pricing. The Open Access "Pretty Scary" Quiz is ready, don't be scared to take it, or share it!

* Open Access Week is a global, annual event that promotes open access in scientific publishing and research.

Posted Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 1:45pm

To Wikipedia or Not to Wikipedia…Is That Really The Question?
Thursday, October 20th
1:45p – 2:45p
Location: CAT, 333T

Led by Professors Marta Bladek and Kathleen Collins
Lloyd Sealy Library

Wikipedia. We've all found ourselves on Wikipedia at some point. In fact, Project Information Literacy researchers report that 85% of students use Wikipedia as a resource. Yet, some instructors dissuade their students from using the site as a resource. Others are telling their students to use it as a jump off point for their research papers. Use it but don't cite it. Do either one of these positions benefit students? What alternatives to this popular site does the Lloyd Sealy Library offer? Come to this workshop to explore the pros and cons of Wikipedia and to participate in activities and that enhance the teaching and learning experiences through Wikipedia.

Posted Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 12:12pm

Banned Books Week begins Saturday, September 24.  Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,000 books have been challenged since 1982.  Believe it or not, among the ten most challenged books in 2010 were Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley and Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich.  Celebrate the freedom to read by reading a banned book this week; you'll have plenty of great books to choose from!

Posted Friday, September 23, 2011 - 11:34am

The Library is offering a trial of the newly released Psyctests,a research database that provides access to complete psychological tests, measures, scales, and other assessments as well as descriptive and administrative information for each instrument. The trial will end on Tuesday, Oct. 12. Please let us know what you think by adding comments here or email Nancy Egan at

Posted Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 1:54pm

Beginning with the Fall 2011 semester the current RefWorks interface will be replaced with what is being called RefWorks 2.0.  If you currently use RefWorks, the data in your account is not affected by the switch.  Once you’re in the new interface, you can click “RefWorks Classic” in the upper right corner to reload the old version if you prefer.

RefWorks 2.0 is designed to be easier and more efficient for its users with:

•     a cleaner, more intuitive design

•     tabbed functions

•     improved menu navigation

•     quick access toolbar

Some helpful resources for using RefWorks 2.0:

•     Refworks 2.0 Quick Start Guide

•     An online video on RefWorks 2.0

 For more on RefWorks, see the library's RefWorks Guide. If you have questions , please contact Prof. Kathleen Collins at

Posted Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 12:42pm

If you plan to submit materials to be put on print or electronic reserve for Summer I/II and Fall 2011 semesters, please note the following:

The deadlines for submission of materials are:

  • May 16 for Summer I session
  • June 15 for Summer II session
  • August 12 for Fall Semester

Requests submitted after these deadlines will be processed on a first come, first served basis and cannot be guaranteed to be processed in time for your schedule needs. While we will accept readings at any time, please be aware that processing materials takes time, so for those items that you need to be available for your students during the first week of class, the materials must be at the Reserve Desk on the first floor of the library by the dates listed above.

To review complete reserves policies and procedures, including Copyright Guidelines and material submission forms, please see:

Please note: All electronic reserve readings used during the Spring  2011 semester will be unavailable to students after May 31.  If you are giving a course again in the Summer or Fall semester and would like the course readings to be available to your students, please email me with the course name and number and the semester for which you will need it.

*** Manage your own E-reserves *** If you have the ability to scan your own documents, managing your own e-reserves using the Docutek Electronic Reserve software will enable you to post documents from any web-enabled computer on your own timetable. You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of, and agreement to comply with, the library reserve copyright policies, and you will be responsible for obtaining copyright permissions yourself when appropriate.

Faculty interested in managing their own electronic reserve pages are invited to a demo/workshop in the library classroom on Wed. May 18 from 3:30-4pm in the library classroom.

RSVP to Kathleen Collins (



Posted Friday, May 6, 2011 - 10:22am

The University has agreed to trial two Latin American Databases through May:

Latin American Weekly Report—this is an authoritative report, providing in-depth, insightful analysis of political, strategic and key economic developments throughout the region and is essential reading for all who consider themselves Latinamericanists.

World Scholar: Latin America and the Caribbean—combining instructional and research content, this database is the result of extensive collaboration among students, faculty, and researchers at major institutions of learning; a board of advisors drawn from Latin America and the Caribbean, the United States, and elsewhere; numerous libraries that contributed primary-source collections to World Scholar: Latin America & the Caribbean; and Gale's team of editors, technologists, and content creators.

Please let us know what you think.

Posted Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 10:04am

This coming Fall the current RefWorks interface will be replaced with what is being called RefWorks 2.0. The next time you login to your RefWorks account you’ll see a new RefWorks 2.0 link on the main toolbar in the upper right corner of the page. Clicking on that will display the new interface.  Once you’re in the new interface, you can click “RefWorks Classic” to reload the old.  The data in your account is not affected when you switch back and forth. Through the Spring and Summer, you can continue to use Classic or switch to the new interface.

RefWorks 2.0 is designed to be easier and more efficient for its users with:

•     a cleaner, more intuitive design

•     tabbed functions

•     improved menu navigation

•     quick access toolbar

Some helpful resources for using RefWorks 2.0:

•     Refworks 2.0 Quick Start Guide:

•     An online video on RefWorks 2.0:

For more information contact Kathleen Collins:

Posted Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 3:19pm

Thanks to a University subscription, we now have unlimited full access to the digital version of “The Chronicle of Higher Education.” You no longer need a password when trying to access the most current content (only your John Jay password if you are accessing it from off campus.) You can find it on our Journal a to z list. When you search by title, it is the first option.

Posted Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 1:25pm

We have access to this database only through April 27,2011.
“Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) is designed to help busy researchers find reliable sources of information in half the time by directing them to exactly the right chapter, book, website, archive, or data set they need for their research. Each entry is a selective guided tour through the key literature on a topic, receives multiple peer-reviews as well as Editorial Board approval, and is designed to facilitate a research experience with no dead ends. All citations can be linked through to your collection via OpenURL, full-text via DOIs, or to the web via links to OCLC, WorldCat, and Google Books. These links are not established for the trial.”
Two John Jay faculty members ( Karen Terry and Lila Kazemian) compiled the bibliographies for 6 of the topics within the Criminology bibliography.

Click here to access Oxford Bibliographies Online

As always, your feedback on this or any of the Library services is greatly appreciated.

Posted Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 11:40am