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Finding a book

You have access to over 54,000 printed books and 220,000 electronic books.  These books can give you an in-depth look at literary topics

To find books in the JSCC Library, use the Online Catalog

You will be asked for your Netlogon to access the electronic books in the Online Catalog. 

Streaming Media

Accessing the JSCC Library from Home

When you access the JSCC Library electronic databases or electronic books, you will be prompted for a username and password.  This is your Netlogon that you received when you registered.

If you haven't created your Netlogon, go to:

Scroll down the page until you see "Netlogon Tools" on the right hand side.

Fill out the form (your campus ID is your J number).  You will be given a username by the system and you will be asked to create your password. 

Be sure to write your username and password down somewhere.  If you have difficulties, call Scott Cohen at 1-800-355-5722, ext 615 or email him at

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Reference works in the JSCC Library

Finding Magazines and Journals

Literature Resources in the JSCC Library

Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals

Scholarly Journals vs. Non-Scholarly magazines

Scholarly Periodicals publish articles that are useful for serious scholastic research; often, instructors will insist that students use only scholastic periodicals for their research work. 

Scholarly periodicals are also referred to as Academic Journals or Academic Newspapers, Journals, or Refereed Journals.  "Refereed" means that not only is the journal edited, but that every article included in the journal is reviewed by authorities in the subject field of the journal, to decide whether or not the article should be published.

Criteria of a scholarly journal or other scholarly periodical:

  • The journal is  mostly read by people involved in or interested in the field  of study covered by the journal
  • Articles are often lengthy, and include footnotes or endnotes and works cited information
  • Graphs, charts, statistical information, and tables are often used to support the text or research
  • The vocabulary is geared to the field of study covered by the journal
  • The articles are very often peer reviewed (refereed)


Non-Scholarly Periodicals publish articles that are not considered or meant to be of a highly serious, scholastic nature. 

This is not to say that the articles in any given non-scholastic magazine or newspaper are false or badly written.  It only means that, for scholarly research purposes, non-scholarly periodicals do not have the recognized level of authority that a scholastic journal usually has.

Some criteria of a magazine or other non-scholarly periodical:

  • The periodical appeals to a general audience; the vocabulary is geared to all readers 
  • Graphs, tables, and research studies are seldom included
  • The articles usually do not have footnotes, endnotes, or bibliographies (works cited)
  • The articles tend to be short in length, usually under 10 pages

Using the JSCC Library

As a dual enrollment student, you can use the online resources of the JSCC Library, but you can also check out up to 8 books since you are a student at Jackson State. 

If you come to the campus library, a librarian will be on duty to assist you find information. 

Please call Scott Cohen at 425-2615 or email him at if you are having difficulty in locating information for you paper.

Citation Guides

Search Everything in the JSCC Library at once

Searching Google Effectively

To narrow down a Google search, try this approach:

Put your topic in the search box  (for example immigration reform)   then put site:gov or site:edu, etc. to narrow to a specific domain

immigration site:gov  (this gives you only government sites)