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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Magazine, Journal and Newspaper Articles


Up-to-date information

Focus on a narrow 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 in one of our databases, write down as many keywords and phrases you think best describe your topic.  Try different combinations of those keywords/phrases in order to construct a solid and successful search strategy.  Use the word "and" when combining your keywords/phrases in one of our databases.  You do not need to link keywords/phrases with "and" in OneSearch.

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

prisoner reentry and voting privileges

female offenders and pregnancy

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

prisoner disenfranchisement or felony disenfranchisement

female prisoners and (motherhood or pregnancy)

Finding Articles in OneSearch

You may find articles on our website 2 different ways.  To search across most of our journal holdings simultaneously, follow the directions for using OneSearch just below.  To search withing a specific database or set of databases, follow the directions in the box below entitled Finding Articles Using a Database.


Use OneSearch to find journal, magazine and newspaper articles. The OneSearch search box can be found on our library's homepage or click on the search box below:



To search for articles only, click inside the circle to the left of Articles (see above) in the OneSearch search box.  You can also limit your results to articles on the left side of the screen once you retrieve your list of search results.

If you want peer-reviewed journal articles ONLY, select that option in the OneSearch search box or limit your results once you retrieve your results.

Click on the Available online link in OneSearch and choose the database, or one of the databases under View Online, Try a link below! to access the article you choose.  Clicking on one of the online options should open a window directly to your article.

You will see our John Jay login page if you have not already logged in. Use your John Jay email ID and password to login.  If you do not know your John Jay email username/password or you are experiencing problems with your login, go to to either set up or reset your John Jay email account.  Contact the DoIt Helpdesk at 212.237.8200 if you need further assistance.

Finding Articles Using a Database

To search across most of our journal holdings simultaneously, follow the directions above for Finding Articles in OneSearch You may find articles by using one of our many library databases.  Click Databases from our Library's homepage.  Click inside the pulldown menu marked Select from popular databases, or choose from our list of databases by subject or title:

Databases may cover one subject, or many simultaneously.  They may be comprised of one type of information source (only newspapers, videos, or statistics for example) or contain many kinds of sources (magazines, newspapers, journals, videos, etc.).  Choose databases by determining your subject and also what kind of information you are seeking.

Refer to the Keyword Searching box in this guide to help you develop your search query.

Electronic materials from our library databases are generally restricted to the John Jay College community for remote access so you may be prompted to loginPlease refer to the Off Campus Access tab in this guide for detailed login information.

Criminal Justice Databases

Below are some of our databases where you can find magazine, journal and/or newspaper articles on different aspects of criminal justice.  You may also find a full listing for all of our criminal justice databases:

Academic Search Complete

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text

Criminal Justice and Public Safety in Video

Criminal Justice Periodicals Index

Criminology & Criminal Justice Videos (Sage)

Nexis Uni

SocINDEX with Full Text

Sociological Abstracts (CSA)

The Crime Report (from John Jay College's Centre on Media, Crime and Justice)

Urban Studies Abstracts

No Fulltext? Find it @ CUNY

Do NOT limit your results to "FULLTEXT only" when searching in our databases.  We may have an alternative route to providing the fulltext of your article.  If you do not see a PDF or HTML fulltext link for an article, Click to Search for full text possibilities:



Once you click a new window will open to the fulltext article OR to a OneSearch record providing you with fulltext options if available.