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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Sustainability and Environmental Justice

Magazine, Journal and Newspaper Articles


  • Up-to-date information
  • Focus on a specific aspect of topic
  • Opinion/point of view
  • Original/timely source material


What is a Scholarly Journal?


    Scholarly, Peer Reviewed and/or Refereed Journals generally have:

    Original research

    Rigorous acceptance process by scholars in the field

    Author’s credentials presented

    Abstract (summary)

    Footnotes at the bottom of the page or endnotes at the end of the article

    Bibliography or a list of references at the end of the article



Keyword Searching

Searching in a database is different than searching in Google.  Databases do NOT like sentences.  So when you are searching for articles in OneSearch or one of our databases, you want to write down as many keywords and phrases that best describe your topic. Once you have those keywords/phrases, try different combinations in order to construct a search strategy.  Use the word "and" when combining your keywords/phrases in one of our databases.  You do not need to link your keywords/phrases with "and" in OneSearch.

Start with keyword(s) and/or phrase(s) that are as specific as possible:

food justice and government policy and new york

food justice and public health and new york

If you are dissatisfied with too few search results, broaden your search by adding alternative keywords and phrases:

food justice and government policy

(food justice or food insecurity) and new york

(food justice or food insecurity) and public health