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We offer a wealth of quality research resources via this research guide and our website.

If you have accessing the library's website and/or this research guide via the MyJCC Portal, you should not need to login again.

If you did not login to the MyJCC Portal, you will likely need to login once you attempt to access a library database or ebook for the first time in your research session.

When the white login screen appears simply enter your MyJCC Portal/Blackboard login username and password.  Further details are available via the link below.

Welcome! Tips for Using this Guide

When I share tips for doing research I try to put myself in your shoes - - so this guide will provide the resources I would use if I were actually writing papers  like the ones you have been assigned.  Along with the links to the resources I will provide a few tips that may help you more easily locate the resources you require.

I would encourage you to look at each tab of this guide and explore the various databases and resources we offer.  If you have any questions, please contact me! 

Begin by looking at the box immediately below on identifying keywords.

Keyword Selection and Search Limit Tips

Keyword Tips:

  • If searching for sources that are focused on specific aspects of a topic, include a keyword for each concept.  For example, let's assume you require information on the increase in number of hydraulic fracturing laws by local governments in New York State.

    Your keywords might include:  New York State hydraulic fracturing laws

    Be careful not to include too many keywords - in most cases all of the words you enter in the search box must appear in the articles for them to be returned in your search results.

    On the other hand, if you receive too many results and they are not focused on what you are looking for, add keywords to narrow the search.
  • Use synoyms as appropriate.  For the above example you might substitute "fracking" for "hydraulic fracturing" or "legislation" for "laws".

Search Tips:

  • If searching for a phrase or name, you can include the words in quotations marks to do a phrase search:  "hydraulic fracturing" will return articles with those two words together, in that order.
  • You can often search for multiple versions of the same word using truncation. Add the appropriate symbol to the intial letters in the word to return results with each variation:  legislat would return articles with the words legislation, legislator, legislating, legislate, etc.
  • You can use boolean operators to help structure your search, creating fairly complex queries.

    AND searches for both terms, for example:  Fracking AND laws   (Note that most of our interfaces employ "AND" by default, so you do not need to enter it.)


    OR can be helpful if you have two words or phrases that are used to refer to the concept you are searching for, for example:  "hydraulic fracturing" OR fracking   (Note that these tricks can be combined, here the boolean OR has been used in conjunction with a phrase search.)


    NOT should be used sparingly, as it eliminates all articles containing the word anywhere in the text.

Research Assistance

I check my email and phone messages several times a day during my normal work hours (9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST Monday through Friday).  I also monitor discussion boards in online classes that I participate in, with the goal checking them at least once each work day. 

If you need immediate help after my work day ends, during the weekends, when I am on vacation, or if I am not available when you call, contact the librarian at the Reference Desk, send our reference staff an email, or chat with a librarian online (likely not a JCC librarian, but helpful nonetheless) as outlined on our "Ask a Librarian" web page.

I look forward to working with you.

John