Answered By: Jeffrey Feinsilver
Last Updated: Jun 30, 2014     Views: 18

Hi!  Clay Shaw was charged with complicity in the JFK assassination by Jim Garrison, New Orleans district Attorney.  If you go to the library databases, you should find a good number of articles--try Academic Search Complete or ProQuest Central, as starters.  Go to the "Advanced" search options when you access a database (you can recognize "Advanced" if three search lines are provided).   Type "clay shaw" on one line and "kennedy assassination" on the second line.   The "New York Times Historical" database should also be good for this.  Also try some of the "Social Sciences" databases for biographical information.

As far as books go, we may not have much, but you have several options to come up with source listings.  Try a google "books" search (click the "more" button for Google to locate).  Type "clay shaw"  and kenndy assassination in the search line.  "Jim Garrison" and "Kennedy assassination" would probably work as well.  Also in searching for articles, it's possible that book reviews might be mentioned.  You could list these book references in your sources, even if we don't have the books in our collection.  You might be able to gain access to them in other libraries.

We do own an electronic book "Conspiracy in Camelot" which mentions Clay Shaw on 4 pages.  You can locate this book in the NYIT catalog, click into it, enter your NYIT Connect username and password and select "read the full text."  There is a tool in the upper right corner (a magnifying glass) which opens a "Search Within" box.  If you type "clay shaw" into the box, you will get this listing of pages where Clay Shaw is discussed.  You can then go directly to these pages for the full paragraph text.  Our other books on the JFK assassination are in print, and you will physically have to examine tables of contents and indexes to see if Clay Shaw is mentioned.

I hope this enough is get you started.  You should be able to complete your assignment using the resources I've listed.  If you have further problems, you may e-mail me directly at  If you call the library directly, a reference librarian can work with you by phone.  This might be more direct than with chat, but the choice is up to you.

Good luck.  Jeffrey Feinsilver

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