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The New York Times began charging for online access to its current issue on March 28. Non-subscribers have access to twenty articles per month before being asked to pay. All of CUNY has access to the current content of the New York Times through LexisNexis, but this database does not have a browse function. To see content from the current issue of the newspaper, browse the content on the Times’ site, and then search for the desired articles by keyword in LexisNexis. Enter your search terms in the Search for box, and enter New York Times in the by source title box. When the search results appear, change the Sort dropdown menu from Relevance to Newest to Oldest. The content of each issue of the Times from 1985 to the present can be accessed in Academic OneFile, but this database lags one day behind the print/online Times. The content of the Times from 1980 to the present can be searched in LexisNexis, from 1985 to the the present in Academic OneFile, and from 1857 through 2007 in New York Times Historical File. These resources are available throughout CUNY.


Posted Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 10:33am


Just published by Lloyd Sealy librarians Marta Bladek and Karen Okamoto! "This guide aims to assist students, faculty and the general public in navigating the vast array of terrorism-related resources,focusing on research conducted and published since 2001". Their article Terrorism: A guide to resources appears in the January 2011 issue of Collection building.


Posted Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 12:11pm


SCOPUS and ScienceDirect will both be down for scheduled maintenance from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


Posted Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 1:26pm


Proquest will be performing maintenance on its computers from Saturday, October 30 at 10pm to Sunday, October 31 at 10am.  The following databases will not be available:

  • New York Times Historical File
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Dissertation Abstracts Full Text
  • Criminal Justice Periodical Index
  • Ethnic Newswatch
  •  Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • Health and Safety Science Abstracts
  • Criminal Justice Abstracts

Posted Friday, October 22, 2010 - 9:01am


On Saturday, August 28th, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Science Direct and Scopus will be down due to scheduled maintenance. We're sorry for any inconvenience.


Posted Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 1:42pm


Prof. Karen Okamoto, who substituted for Prof. Nancy Egan this past spring while Nancy was on sabbatical, has put together a list of Select Films Acquired During the Spring and Summer Semesters, 2010.


Posted Monday, August 23, 2010 - 2:49pm


The catalog CUNY+ is unavailable this morning, Friday August 20, for maintenance. We expect it to be back at 10 am.


Posted Friday, August 20, 2010 - 8:10am


We have access to this database only through July 31, 2010.
"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."
Bibliographies are currently available for these subject areas: Atlantic History; Classics; Criminology; Islamic Studies; Philosophy; Renaissance and Reformation; Social Work. 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


Posted Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 2:32pm


UPDATE: We have purchased a subscription to this database, for 5 concurrent users.

We have a 4 week trial for a complex database from Jane’s called Terrorism and Insurgency Centre. No library in CUNY has this database. The trial ends on May 22, 2010.

Access is limited to 5 concurrent users. Please remember to log out when you are finished, so someone else can use it. (Log-out link is in the top right hand corner of the database screen).

Click here for access from John Jay: Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre database trial.
Or click here for remote access.

The publisher claims this to be "The most comprehensive and authoritative source of the latest global terrorism-related news, analysis, reference and events . This unique service brings you the latest terrorism news, exclusive features, detailed reference and an interactive terrorist events database with an eight-year archive, giving you the most reliable and extensive collection of open source terrorism-related intelligence available. "

Please do send us your thoughts! Any thoughts regarding the database and whether or not we should subscribe to it are encouraged!


Posted Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 2:00pm


Lloyd Sealy librarians have been investigating the potential for ebook readers in the library. A report of their work and findings has just been published - click below for the article.

Maria Kiriakova, Karen S Okamoto, Mark Zubarev and Gretchen Gross. (2010, March). Aiming at a moving target: Pilot testing Ebook readers in an urban academic library. Computers in Libraries, 30(2): 21- 24.


Posted Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 11:25am


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