When you do research for your classes, you shouldn't hesitate to ask a reference librarian for assistance. Determining which resources you should choose, knowing how to search them, and being able to incorporate the newly found information into your paper are skills you will need to learn. Becoming a savvy researcher may take a while. In the meantime, you can count on the reference librarians to guide you through the research process.
To access online library databases off campus, log in using your John Jay email user name and password. Your user name is the letters preceding the @ sign in your email address. Until you change your email password, the default one is the letters jj + the last 4 digits of your social security number i.e. jj1234.