Library News Blog
Great job, gumshoes!
This October, 75 students in 24 teams competed in the Library's first-ever Murder Mystery Challenge. The mystery—based on a real-life murder case from 1920s New York—led first-year students through different kinds of library research, including consulting historical resources, finding articles in databases, and hunting down books in the stacks.
The Peer Mentors from the Student Academic Success Programs office were skillful guides, introducing student teams to the Library and offering tips and tricks they picked up doing their college-level research at John Jay.
Three top teams were chosen based on accuracy and speed. The first-place team also correctly answered two challenging bonus questions. Our prize-winning teams:
First place: Team 8, pictured above and led by Peer Mentor Brittany Lahey: Opeyemi Ladunni, Kay-Lee Ebanks, Kirsten Zarski, and Katie Valentin. This team scored a catered lunch in the Faculty Dining Room, in addition to New York Times tote bags full of swag and $20 Amazon gift cards. You go, ladies!
Second place: Team 24, led by Zomorah Kennedy: Fayrouz Saleh and Justine Martinez. These students won dining hall coupons, as well as New York Times backpacks and travel mugs. Nice job!
Third place: Team 18, led by Patrick Grimes: Adil Zaman, Jaylise Cosme, Adonis Munoz, Ashley Lall, and Daniela Sosa. This team won $10 Barnes & Noble cards and New York Times backpacks full of goodies. Good work!
And a hearty congratulations to the other competing teams, too! We're always happy to see you in the Library.
Stay tuned for the next Library challenge...
Posted Friday, November 8, 2013 - 8:23am
Starting Sept. 23, the first 25 students to attend a Library workshop will get a voucher for a free cafeteria meal! This week, get familiar with the Library, find your course readings, and get going on your research.
No reservation is required to attend a workshop. Just check in with a librarian at the Reference Desk on the upper floor of the Library.
*Note that there are a limited number of cafeteria coupons.
Posted Monday, September 23, 2013 - 2:09pm
If this is your first semester here at John Jay College, welcome to the Library’s homepage! If you’re a returning student or faculty member, you may have noticed some changes--chief among them is our new MultiSearch tab.This is a new “discovery” service that allows you to search across many of the Library’s databases. Because it covers so many databases, you can use it to search for almost any topic you are researching. Just type in your topic and click on the search button. Because it offers so much content, you can then narrow down your results by format (peer reviewed articles, newspaper articles, etc.) or by other limiters like publication date or subject. You can also start searching from the Advanced Search interface.
We think this is a great jumping-off point for your research but remember, if you need help refining your topic or looking for a specific subject-related database, come in and talk to a librarian or contact us from home.
Posted Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 10:49am
Welcome to John Jay! The Lloyd Sealy Library has a number of resources to offer new students. Here's a quick introduction to what you need to know.
The Library is located at 899 10th Avenue (between 58th St and 59th St). The Library is in Haaren Hall (commonly referred to as the "Tenth Street" or "T" building). Enter on 10th Avenue, swipe your valid ID card, take the escalator downstairs, make a U-turn, and proceed behind the escalator to the Library entrance. To get here from the New Building, walk past the blue Haaren Hall elevators, and you'll see the Library entrance between the escalators at the front of Haaren Hall.
Checking out books
The first time you go to the Library, ask at the Circulation Desk (at entrance) for the Library bar code to stick on the back of your ID card. This will let you take out books from John Jay's Library—and other CUNY libraries, too.
You can check out books for 3-week periods, with two limited renewals. Overdue fines are 25¢ per day (with a 10-day grace period). See details on borrowing & renewing.
Using the Library
First-year students are encouraged to attend a Library 101 workshop, held frequently during the first month of classes. It's an informal introduction to using the Library. Workshops are 30 minutes or less. No reservation is required to attend a workshop. Just check in with a librarian at the Reference Desk on the upper floor of the Library. Our other workshops may be of interest, too!
We have also compiled a helpful guide: How to Use the Library.
The Library has lots of study space available to you: personal carrels, quiet study areas, and group study rooms. Take a walk around and find your study spots.
At the beginning of the semester, each current student is given $15 in printing credit. In the Library, you can print in the Reserve Lab downstairs or at the workstations upstairs by the Reference Desk. (Note that the computers upstairs don't have Microsoft Office installed on them.) Scanning is also available upstairs and downstairs, and it's free! See more info on printing, scanning, and copying.
Textbooks in the Library
The Library has a number of textbooks on Reserve (available for 3-hour loans). See Getting Textbooks to find out if yours are on Reserve, as well as for tips on buying textbooks.
Connect from home
With your John Jay username and password, you have off-campus access to online Library resources, including thousands of journals, videos, ebooks, and eReserves.
More student resourcesWe've got quite a few study and research resources for you. See Resources for Students for more.
Connect with us
Posted Monday, August 26, 2013 - 12:00pm
Posted Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 10:28am
It’s summertime! It’s the time of year when you have some time on your hands! It’s the perfect time to do some reading! Why not take a look at some of the ebooks we have available here in our collections from Ebrary and Ebsco Ebooks?!
Below are a couple of ebook titles that we have acquired in the last year. These highlighted books will open your mind and challenge you. Download one of them to your mobile device for either 7 or 14 day! Brag about the type of books you read now that you are a college student!
Downloading ebooks from us is easy! Install both Adobe Digital Editions software and BlueFire ebooks reading app on your mobile device. Both are free! You can find the button for the download when you open any of the titles listed below. (Here is a very useful video from Youtube from Downing College on how to download ebooks to mobile devices.) Download one and start enjoying it today!
And as always, for more detailed instructions check our library’s subject guide on ebooks.
LaPierre, Brian (2012). Hooligans in Khrushev’s Russia: defining, policing, and producing deviance during the thaw. Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press.
Tismeneanu, Vladimir (2012). The devil in history: communism, fascism, and some lessons of the twentieth century. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Giannagelo, Stephen J. (2012). Real-life monsters: a psychological examination of the serial murderer. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
Friedman, Jaclyn and Jessica Valenti (eds.). (2008). Yes means yes! Visions of female sexual power & a world without rape. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press.
Asma, Stephen. (2012). Against fairness. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press
Cummins, Denise. (2012). Good thinking: seven powerful ideas that influence the way we think. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press.
Lindemann, Danielle. (2012). Dominatrix: gender, eroticism, and control in the dungeon. Chicago,IL: University of Chicago Press.
Cadge, Wendy. (2012). Paging God: religion in the halls of medicine. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Cohen, David. (2011). Freud on coke. London: Cutting Edge Press.
Schneps, Leila. (2013). Math on trial: how numbers get used and abused in the courtroom. New York: Basic Books.
Richmond, Sarah, Geraint Rees, and Sarah J. L. Edwards (eds.). (2012). I know what you're thinking: brain imaging and mental privacy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Bridges, John C. (2012). Illusion of intimacy: problems in the world of online dating. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
Feynman, Richard P. (2011). Six easy pieces: essentials of physics explained by its most brilliant teacher. New York: Basic books.
Padmanabhan, Thanu. (1998). After the first three minutes: the story of our universe. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Leith, Sam. (2012). Words like loaded pistols: rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama. New York: Basic Books.
O’Leary, Alan (2011). Tragedia all’italiana: Italian cinema and Italian terrorisms, 1970-2010. New York: Peter Lang.
Kadushin, Charles. (2012). Understanding social networks: theories, concepts, and findings. New York: Oxford University Press.
Bronson, Eric (ed.) (2012). The girl with the dragon tattoo and philosophy: everything is fire. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Dunn, George A. and Nicolas Michaud (eds.) (2012). The Hunger games and philosophy: a critique of pure treason. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Posted by Prof. M. Kiriakova
Posted Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 12:10pm
The Form C guidelines encourage faculty to present their scholarly work in a way that communicates its quality and value to members of the personnel committee representing the range of academic fields and specializations: “It is helpful to the multidisciplinary review committees to understand the quality of your work. As such, you should provide evidence of the quality of the published and creative works through measures conventional to your discipline.” (from John Jay College Form C, revised April 2011)
To assist faculty in gathering quantitative and qualitative information on their scholarly output, the Library put together an online guide to Faculty Scholarship Resources that provides an overview of commonly used metrics as well as supplemental information on the subject.
We are hosting two workshops to demonstrate and discuss these resources in the library classroom:
- Monday, June 17th at 11am
- Thursday, June 27th at 3 pm
Please kindly RSVP to Marta Bladek (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Posted Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 12:12pm
Career tools page of the Testing & Education Reference Center
Gone are the days when you had to leaf through dozens of books to find a perfect match if you were looking for a college program, graduate school offerings, or scholarship opportunities, or tried to build up your first resume using a template. The Lloyd Sealy Library subscribes to the Testing & Education Reference Center database. It offers:
- College programs search
- Scholarships search
- Online test preparation tool for many standardized tests
The Test & Education Reference Center database can be accessed from the list of the library databases whenever you have an Internet connection. You will be required to create a login to keep track of your progress when you do a test online, when you want to edit your resume, etc.
The database is easy to navigate. From the top menu, select tools that you might want to explore: High School, College Prep, Career, Grad School and International. Even if you are already a college student, try out High School Tools, for they have many self-paced courses in English and math (the subjects your John Jay College professors hinted you need some brushing up in). The College Prep Tools such as Resume Builder and Scholarship Search are amazing.
Highlights of the Career Tools are tutorials for Basic Computer Skills, Resume Builder, and Virtual Career Library. The latter is a virtual career coach that helps you to navigate careers, prepare a resume, train you for an interview, etc. Career Tools contain online tests and e-books in firefighting and law enforcement that are of interest to many John Jay College students:
- Border Patrol Officer
- Corrections Officer
- Court Officer
- Police Officer
- Probation Officer
- State Trooper
- and more
Accompanying online books will help you to master the exams.
If you want to go to a graduate school, then the Grad School Tools is your next stop to practice GRE, GMAT, LSAT tests and more. You can even search for grad schools scholarships. And if you are an international student who wants to improve the TOEFL scores then browse International Tools. This section also has questions for the US Citizenship Exam.
In addition to online test and e-books, this database provides current articles on higher education and helps students make informed decisions on many facets of their academic and professional careers.
Posted by Maria Kiriakova
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 11:55am
Take a look at the newest section of our library: the Browsing Collection! Located just past the Niederhoffer Lounge on the first floor, this growing collection of fiction and non-fiction is the place to find your next must-read. Looking for a beach read or a homework break? Look no further!
A selection of titles:
- Casino Royale (starring James Bond!) (1953), by Ian Fleming
- The Best American Short Stories (2001), ed. Barbara Kingsolver
- The Godfather Returns (2004), by Mark Winegardner
- Girl with a Pearl Earring (1999), by Tracy Chevalier
- The Interpretation of Murder (2006), by Jeb Rubenfeld
- On Death's Bloody Trail: Murder and the art of forensic science (1993), by Brian Marriner
- Talk Talk (2006), by T.C. Boyle
- The Voyage of the Narwhal (1998), by Andrea Barrett
Posted by Robin Davis
Posted Monday, May 6, 2013 - 4:32pm
Materials highlighting the Lloyd Sealy Papers are currently on exhibit in the Niederhoffer Lounge on the first floor of the library. Stop by the exhibit and see why John Jay College is honored to have named the library after this outstanding individual. You may learn more about the manuscript collection by reading this finding aid (PDF). The Lloyd Sealy Papers are available by appointment only in Special Collections to interested researchers.
For more on Lloyd Sealy please read Lloyd George Sealy: an appreciation.
Blog post and exhibit by Tania Colmant-Donabedian
Posted Friday, April 12, 2013 - 2:34pm