Library & Resource Center


ElRoBookmarks is a large collection of vetted resources Ms. M has collected using the social bookmarking tool Diigo. You can actually open your own account in Diigo so you can create your own collection of resources.   

Use keywords or keyphrases (in quotes) to search. Please don't forget that there are also plenty of print resources that are available to you in the LRC, as well as at your local public library. If your local library doesn't have what you're looking for you can have it sent there from another branch. 

Here are just a few of some key resources you can find in ElRoBookmarks:


 Internet Archive- "… a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public." Lots of primary resources, including old newsreels and audio. Great resource.

New York Public Library (NYPL)- Your library card allows you to reserve books at any branch you like. You can also renew titles online. Check out the Resources for Teens page. Click on the sidebar link MyLibraryNYC Student Application. Even if you already have a card, this new one will replace it.  It clears your account of any outstanding fines or book losses. Once you have the new card, you'll never need to worry about late fees again (within reason).  You don't need to reside in Manhattan to get an NYPL card.

 Queens Library- Your library card allows you to reserve books at any branch you like. You can also renew titles online.  You don't need to be a Queens resident to get a card. But, you must have a card to access their articles and databases.

 The Library of Congress' (LOC) Digital Collections- Historic Newspapers; Early Sound Recordings; Prints & Photographs; etc. You can browse by topic too. For instance, Under the topic of music I found "Hispano Music & Culture of the Northern Rio Grande."Under Sports/Baseball, I found this great collection of historical baseball cards. The"Origins of American Animation" can be found under Arts & Culture/Movies & Television. If you're looking for audio of ex-slave narratives, check out "Born in Slavery" which can be found under the topic Culture, Folklife.

 WorldCat- WorldCat allows you to search multiple libraries at once for resources (print, audio, video and more) and select a library near you that owns it. If you have an account with that library, you will probably be able to get on a waiting list, reserve the item, check it out, or actually have it shipped or delivered- different libraries have different policies. If you register (free), you will have access to other tools you may find helpful. For instance, if you click on the title of a book, you will see the "Cite/Export" link on the top right. This allows you to either copy the properly formatted citation (ElRo uses MLA), or export it to a free reference manager like EasyBib.

Project Gutenberg- Over 33,000 free ebooks for you to download.

 Hathi Trust Digital Library- Almost 2 million public domain, digitized volumes from over 50 libraries & major research institutions worldwide. Click on the "Collections" header tab. There's a very good collection of primary & secondary material on Alexander Hamilton, America's first Secretary of the Treasury, who was killed by Aaron Burr in a duel. You can print PDFs of individual pages.

 The World Digital Library- Public domain, primary documents representing cultures and countries worldwide, from 8000 BCE to present times. Search by place, time, topic, item type, or contributing institution.

 GENERAL DATABASES (click here for a definition)

 There are also countless domain-specific databases, too numerous to list. Many are included in Diigo. Unfortunately, too much research is now only available through paid subscriptions. However, the Open Access (OA) movement has made great strides towards making much more research freely available to other researchers and the public. This is essential to the advancement of science, and human progress.

 Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)- "The aim of the Directory of Open Access Journals is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short a one stop shop for users to Open Access Journals."

ElRoBookmarks is the collection of online resources Ms. M has vetted using the CRAAP criteria. It is the source for all the resources listed on this page. Use the topic/subject-specific lists she's created to save time.

FedStats- Search for government statistics of all kinds for all states, by subject, agency, or topic.

NOVELNY Databases- NOVEL (NY Online Virtual Electronic Library)is a freely available group of databases provided by the publishers Gale/Cengage, Proquest and Scholastic (Grolier Online) to all NYS residents. It includes hundreds of magazines , newspapers, maps, charts, reference books, and peer-reviewed, full-text,  academic journal articles. 
All you need is access to the Internet, a public library card, NY driver license, or non-driver ID

  • Gale databases can be accessed at school or home without a user ID or password. It has a powerful search engine that returns results from 25 databases. Just remember that one of them, Kids InfoBits is designed for Elementary School students. Click the OneSearch what they all are. You can actually deselect any that aren't relevant to your research. It includes the very useful "Opposing Viewpoint" database, which allows you to explore the pros and cons of controversial issues.
  • Scholastic Go!- Gives you access toGrolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, The New Book of Knowledge, and Encyclopedia Americana, Amazing Animals of the World, American The Beautiful (covers U.S. states and territories), Lands and Peoples (countries and cultures of the world), The New Book of Popular Science (science, health and technology research), and La Nueva Encyclopedia Cumbre (comprehensive research tool for Sapnish speakers and beginning/intermediate Spanish speakers). Again, you will need to ask Ms. M. for ElRo's username and password. They will also be posted in the LRC.
  •  Proquest provides access to Gannett Newsstand . You do not need a user ID or password to access the database. However, if you create your own unique login you will be able to create your own personal research account, where you can "Save To My Research." Gannett Newstand provides access to over 85 local and regional newspapers across the U.S. This Proquest Libguide provide you with a brief introduction. It includes a short video tutorial.
Please take the time to acquaint yourselves with these invaluable resources. They will be your core resources for research while you are at ElRo. You will find more info about NOVEL's databases on the "LRC Resources" page, including links to tutorials.

New York Public Library's (NYPL) Articles & Databases- If you're having trouble figuring out which database might help you click here. DBs you can access remotely have the house icon next to them. DBs you can only access at the library have the lion icon next to them. You may also search for journals by title, and for only those journals that actually provide full-text versions. You will need a library card in order to create your own account. NOVEL's database are also available here.

Google Scholar- "Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research." The portal for all the government's agencies, and subagencies. Also provides links to important subdirectories of specific types of resources, e.g.- U.S. Government Photos & Images, which I used to locate these:

       Celestial            Terrestrial              Biological                  Mathematical