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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

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

Please remember to take advantage of the (C)opyright @ CUNY web resource when you have questions or concerns about copyright. There is a new link on the home page (look lower right corner) - Code of Best Practices for Academic and Research Libraries - which is an extremely useful document not only for librarians but for students and classroom faculty as well. We strongly encourage you to learn about and get as comfortable as possible with making your own decisions with regard to using copyrighted material.

Posted Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 3:21pm

The Crime Report, the web publication of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay, has begun a collaborative series with the Sealy Library examining the history of crime and punishment through the resources of the Library archives.  The first piece, "The Mann Act: Anatomy of a Law", examines the nationwide scare about the “white slave traffic” through the lens of the trial of Belle Moore, a "mulatto madam"—as the press of the day termed her—who was arrested on a charge of selling two young white women into prostitution in 1910.  The full transcript of this sensational trial is available online through the article, as well as through the Library’s web archive, Crime in New York 1850-1950, where other fascinating transcripts can be viewed.

Posted Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 3:19pm