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

Lloyd Sealy Library

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Library News Blog

The Library has added a few databases to its already extensive list. You can now find: Westlaw Campus Research and New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. The library has also purchased the Dictionary of Old English A-G and the Dictionary of Old English Corpus. These last two can only be found in the CUNY+ catalog.

Some of the old familiar databases have changed. The Ebsco databases now have a different interface. Searching concepts are essentially the same, but the new interface makes narrowing down results more user friendly and efficient. This new version also allows for visual searching. Philosopher’s Index is now available on the Ebsco platform and Mental Measurements Yearbook and Project Muse have also changed their interfaces. In addition, the Web of Science now offers citation mapping—a visual representation of a citation search.

Nancy Egan is now the Electronic Resources Librarian (and still the Media Librarian) so if you have any questions or would like training on any of our databases, wish to request a trial of a database, or would like to make comments on a current trial, please contact her at negan@jjay.cuny.edu

Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 2:20pm

At the end of the summer, CUNY+, the CUNY Libraries online catalog, migrated to a new version. You probably did not notice a big change except for the slightly different color scheme. But there has been a nice improvement: when you use CLICS to request a book from another CUNY library now, you no longer need to specify which library it should come from; the system will make the choice for you. Just select the title you want and then click on Title Request in the orange bar. One word of caution: the system at present is not defaulting to “John Jay” as the pickup library, so make sure to select John Jay if that’s where you want the book sent.

Posted Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 3:03pm

The Library welcomes Prof. Karen Okamoto as our newest Reference Librarian. Prof. Maria Kiriakova, our Collection Development Librarian will be on sabbatical for Fall, 2008. Prof. Gretchen Gross will be Interim Collection Development Librarian. And Prof. Nancy Egan is now our Electronic Resources Librarian, but still, also, Media Librarian.

Kristin Chong is the new Assistant to the Chief Librarian/Department Secretary.

Contact information for everyone is, or shortly will be, on the Library Staff pages.

Posted Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 2:57pm

1515 mographic titles from the PsycBOOKS database have been loaded into CUNY+, the online library catalog.  PsycBOOKS is a database containing the full text of books published by the American Psychological Association (these 1515 titles) as well as more than 1,500 authored entries from the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology.  Adding the information about these books to the library catalog means that readers who are searching there for a particular title that is part of the PsycBOOKS collection will discover that it is available online and will be able to click directly on the URL for access.

Posted Friday, May 30, 2008 - 1:23pm

Classified Information: the Lloyd Sealy Library Newsletter, Spring 2008 issue, is just out. Look for it in print in or near your department mailbox or read it online.

Posted Wednesday, May 7, 2008 - 8:36am

Georgia State University is being sued by three publishers, claiming copyright infringement. The New York Times reported the story on April 16, 2008. More information and commentary about the case is being collected by the DigitalKoans blog.

Posted Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 12:51pm


Directions:   Start by searching for a book with the advanced search box.  Select a book from the results list and click on the book title.  You will be prompted to install the reader, if needed.   The ebrary reader is a simple Java application that works safely with your browser as long as the settings  accept cookies and the pop-up blocker is set to accept pop-ups from the ebrary site.  You will be asked for permission to download the application and prompted to accept the License Agreement.  The installation should only take a minute or so.  Check the Help menu for advice based on the browser you use.  

 With the ebrary reader installed, you now have access to the full-text of over 37,000 books from all academic subjects.  You will be able to search for your specific topics of interest within the library of books, locate subsections of books that may be of interest, read the whole book online, print selected pages, and make notes in your private folder.

Try this out and let us know your comments via this blog or send emails to  ggross@jjay.cuny.edu

Posted Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 5:12pm

Foreign and International Law Resources  (trial until May 15th)

Directions: Use the link to HeinOnline;  then select Foreign & International Law Resources 

The legal resources in HeinOnline are greatly enhanced by a  new set of international law publications from the Hague Permanent Court of International Justice, the American Society of International Law and legal Yearbooks from countries around the world.  While many of the volumes are of historic interest, others cover the current decade.  Publications such as  The Africa Yearbook of International Law,the Human Rights Law in Africa, and The South African Human Rights Yearbook  expand the resources on  human rights issues in Africa.   Other geographic areas such as Croatia, the Baltic area, Israel,  New Zealand, and Singapore have their own legal yearbooks.

Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 4:43pm

Art Museum Image Gallery   (trial until May 30th)

This digital collection of art images and multimedia resources brings the treasurers of major musuems from around the world to the computer screen.  The images have been given clearance for educational use.  The collection covers both ancient and modern artworks from cultures and nations throughout the world.

Posted Monday, April 14, 2008 - 12:19pm

African American Studies Center  (trial until May 10th)

This database is a collection of major reference works in the field of African American Studies Both the original  Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895 and the newer edition covering 1896 to the present are searchable.   Another valueable source is The African American National Biography with over 6,000 biographies and continual updates. All articles are written by top scholars. The home web page showcases different topics. The editor in chief for this project is Henry Louis Gates, Jr. from Harvard University and the publisher is Oxford.

Posted Monday, April 14, 2008 - 11:38am