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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Ethnic Studies: Multicultural America

Magazine, Journal and Newspaper Articles


  • Up-to-date information
  • Focus on a naarrow 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/Phrase 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 link your keywords/phrases with "and" in OneSearch.

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

Chinese Americans and intermarriage and Brooklyn

If your search results are too limited, try to broaden your search:

Asian Americans and intermarriage and New York City  

Chinese Americans and New York City

Chinese Americans and intermarriage 

Chinese Americans and marriage

Databases for Magazines, Journals and Newspapers

Search the databases below for magazine, journal and/or newspaper articles and videos on different ethnic groups and/or cultural practices.  You may also consult our Africana Studies libguide for additional listings:


Academic Search Complete

America: History & Life

American History in Video

Diversity Studies Collection

Ethnic NewsWatch

Sage Sociology Full Text

Social Sciences Full Text

Sociological Abstracts

SocINDEX with Full Text



You may also access these databases by clicking on Databases in the middle of our library's homepage then clicking on Select from popular databases or choosing by subject or title:



Find it!

Remember, not every database is full text, meaning that sometimes they are finding aids and the actual article you want may be found in another database or on a different webpage.  If you do not see a full text link (either PDF or HTML) for a specific article in one of our databases:

Click to determine if the full text is available elsewhere:



Once you click on Find it! @ CUNY, your browser will open another window to OneSearch showing full text options if available.

If there are no full text options available from our library, you may request articles from other libraries through our Interlibrary Loan service.