You can search by ISBN in OneSearch Advanced Search by selecting ISBN from the "Any Field" dropdown menu. But it's best to search by title. Different editions of the book might have different ISBNs.
If you can't find the book in OneSearch, you can click the "All CUNY" option at the top of the page to see if any other CUNY library has it. If they do, you can try requesting the book using the Request button. (More info on intra-CUNY borrowing.) If no library at CUNY has the book, try searching for it in public libraries.
When searching the catalog OneSearch, in addition to the call number, note the section where the book is located in the library.
Stacks: the main circulating collection of the library. On the north side of the library: call numbers A–H are on the upper level; call numbers J–Z are on the lower level. Stacks books can be borrowed for 4 weeks by undergraduates and staff, 6 weeks by masters students, and 8 weeks by doctoral students and faculty. They can be renewed online.
Reserve: books kept behind the Reserve Desk on the lower floor. Most can be used only within the library. More info »
Reference: upper level of the library, towards 11th avenue. Not circulating (can't borrow outside of the library).
Law Reference: upper level of the library, towards 58th street. Not circulating.
Special Collections: upper level of the library. Ask at the Reference Desk. Not circulating.
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:
Compose your search:
domestic violence and children
How else might you compose your search?
family violence and children
Compose your search:
ex-prisoners and employment and recidivism
ex-convicts and employment and recidivism
formerly incarcerated and employment and recidivism
Perhaps broaden the search to find more about recidivism in general:
recidivism and causes
Every book in the library has a unique call number. Think of the call number as the address of the book, in that it tells us where exactly on the shelves we can expect to find the book. e.g.
Look for the letters first, on the top line:
Then look at the whole number on the next line:
Then look at the letter(s) after the dot:
Then look at the decimal number:
Last, you will see the year the book was published:
Read the number before the dot as a whole number. Read the numbers after the dot as decimals.
The four books above are in the correct order.
In the Library of Congress Classification system, the letter "H" indicates the social sciences class.
"HA" is the subclass for statistics.
"HQ" is the subclass for family, marriage, and women.
"HV" is the subclass for social pathology, social and public welfare, and criminology.
The complete list of classes and subclasses in the Library of Congress Classification scheme is here: http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/lcco/lcco.html
Not everything is digitized! But we do have many ebooks (electronic books). All are listed in OneSearch. All are available remotely — if asked for an ID, use your John Jay email ID and password. Search for ebooks here »
ebrary — Collection of 44,000 ebooks on scholarly subjects. Covers a range of disciplines, including some science.
Ebsco e-books (formerly NetLibrary) — Nearly 6,000 commercially published electronic books. Covers a range of disciplines, including some science.
FORENSICnetBASE — A searchable collection of over 120 reference books in forensic science and related fields.