You can utilize OneSearch to find books for your research needs. You may use the Basic search box on the library's homepage or look for the "Advanced Search" option to the right of the basic search box. If For more precise searching it is recommended to put phrases in quotation marks, i.e., "Latin America". If using the "Advanced Search" option, separate your keywords such as "Human rights" in the first box and "Central America" for your second search box. The Boolean operator AND will link these two together. If you are not getting enough hits you may wish to expand your search by changing AND to OR, ie., "Latin America". Remember to try variations of words such as "Hispanic", "Latino/a" or "Latin American".
Once you pull up a record that is relevant click on "Details" and you will see Library of Congress subject headings and perhaps a content note which can assist you in further research. "Browse shelf" can be a useful feature for finding related materials.
Please note: The Request Tab of OneSearch cannot be used for requesting material we have here at John Jay College Library. You should simply go to the shelf and find the material you are seeking. You may request materials from other CUNY schools to be sent to John Jay College through OneSearch. You will need to use your CUNY login to request items from other CUNY schools.
Books pertaining to Latin American studies cover a large area that crosses different Library of Congress classification call numbers so that you won't necessarily find books on your subject in one section. But for browsing purposes, you might try F 1201- F 3799 for history, JL 599.5- JV 7539 for political science, KG-KH for law, PQ 7070- PQ 9698 for literature from Latin America, and PS 153 .C27- PS 508 .P84 for U.S. Latino literature.
As a CUNY student you may request books to be sent to John Jay from other CUNY schools through OneSearch. Allow several days for material to arrive.
Graduate students and faculty may request books and journal articles through Interlibrary Loan.
To verify where material is located in libraries outside of CUNY check Worldcat.