Skip to Main Content
Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

English 101

A Guide to Research Resources selected for students in ENG 101 classes

Which Database Do I Pick?

In addition to Academic Search Complete, there are hundreds of databases you will have a chance to explore as you continue to take courses in different departments at John Jay. Many databases specialize in covering a specific discipline. Browse databases by subject »

Search for databases of newspaper articles »

How Do I Choose Search Terms?

Once you have narrowed down your topic and come up with the research question your paper will explore, identify the main concepts in your query. Use these concepts as your search terms (keywords).

See examples below:


Should prisoners have access to education?                                                                                                                                    Keywords: prisoners and access and education  


What are the characteristics of successful prisoner reentry programs?                                   

Keywords: characteristics and prisoner reentry and programs


What effect does domestic violence have on children?                                

Keywords: effect and domestic violence and children

Scholarly v. Popular articles

This 3 minute video from the Peabody Library at Vanderbilt University talks about the differences between popular and scholarly articles.  It also mentions trade publications. 

How Do I Access Databases from Off-Campus?

To access the above databases off campus, log in using the same username and password that you use for your John Jay email.

Forgot your password? Reset it.

Sign in problems? »