Library & Resource Center

ElRo LRC Resources



 ElRo's Library & Resource Center has a large, and well-rounded collection of fiction, nonfiction, biographies, and reference books. It's always fun to browse the shelves- serendipity reaps surprising rewards. But, most of you don't have time to do this often. If you want to find what you're looking for as quickly, and efficiently as possible, use the Destiny Catalog. You can search by keyword, title, author, or subject. If you plug the word "mythology" into the search bar, and click the "subject" button, you'll get 76 results that include fiction, nonfiction, and reference.

 Here are some simple definitions for the various genres of fiction and nonfiction:


 Expository Book - Explains a topic or informs the reader. Examples: science book, history book.

Reference Book - Extensive collection of facts. Examples: almanac, atlas, dictionary, encyclopedia.

Biography - Details the life of a person. 

Autoiography - Details the life of a person, written by that person.

How-to Book - Explains how to learn a practical skill.

Essays - Someone's personal viewpoint on a topic.


 Realistic Fiction - A made-up story set in a real-life setting Historical Fiction - A made-up story set in an historic period.

Fantasy - A made-up story that uses magic, talking animals, or other unreal ideas.

Science Fiction - A made-up story that involves futuristic science.

Mystery - A made-up story with a puzzling crime to solve. 

Poetry - Strands of phrases that express an emotion or a story; often written in meter, rhythmic or rhyming.

 From Enchanted Learning, "Library," 2010.

For more information about the different subgenres of Reference books (i.e.- Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Almanacs, Directories, Bibliographies, etc.) click here.


We have over 20 magazines that Ms. M has chosen with your passions and interests in mind. 


EBOOKS (FollettShelf)

In addition to our print resources, we also have a small collection of ebooks, which are available to you via FollettShelf (link on left side of the Destiny homepage). When you search the Destiny Catalog, if we have ebooks that fit the bill, they will show up in the results.


 We have a collection of audiobooks ("Playaways") which you can borrow, and listen to. They are unabridged readings of the most of the books you will cover in English, e.g.- "A Tale of Two Cities," "Frankenstein," "The Invisible Man," "Heart of Darkness," "Macbeth," etc. We also have a small collection of DVDs.



A database is a " large, regularly updated file of digitized information (bibliographic records, abstracts, full-text documents, directory entries, images, statistics, etc.) related to a specific subject or field, consisting of records of uniform format organized for ease and speed of search and retrieval."

From the Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science

Most scholarly article databases are fee-based, requiring a subscription. Others are provided to all New York State residents through NOVEL (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) for free. There are two ways to access the NOVEL collection- either through the NY Public Library(see "Homework & Research Resources"). You will need a library card to create an account. The other way is through our school's account. Login info is posted throughout the LRC. 

In 2015, all NYC public schools gained access to Gale's Humanities databases through a partership with the City University of NY (CUNY). This large collection of databases includes remarkable content, which will be invaluable for research projects. 

Logo links for all the databases you will need while at ElRo are on the homepage of the catalog, which hosts the Online Resource Directory (ORD).

  • Gale's databases (NOVEL) provide thousands of magazine, newspaper, and academic journal articles which you can use to support your various research assignments. These are appropriate for high schoolers: Academic One File; Business Insights: Essentials; General One File; Health Reference Center Academic; Infotrac Newstand; National Newspaper Index;  and Opposing Viewpoints In Context. If you select the One Search tab, you can deselect any database not relevant to your research. the Kids InfoBits database is designed for Elementary school students, so don't use any of those results. For more detailed info, I've attached a handout for you to print out. There is no username or password required. You can get an app for remote access to our Gale DBs from iTunes. for database tutorials, go here.
  • Scholastic Go! (NOVEL)- gives you access to all their content, but only these are appropriate for high schoolers: Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia; Encyclopedia Americana; Lands and Peoples (countries and cultures of the world); The New Book of Popular Science (science, health and technology research); and La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre (comprehensive research tool for Spanish speakers and beginning/intermediate Spanish speakers). Grolier provides some tutorials here. More are being created.
  • Proquest provides access to the Gannett Newsstand (NOVEL) database, a collection of 87 local and regional newspapers from around the country, including 7 from NY State (does NOT include the NY Times). Once you're in,  you can actually create your own unique login, which allows you to have your own personal research account, where you can "Save To My Research."  This Proquest Libguide provides you with a brief introduction. It includes a short video tutorial.
  • Gale Humanities Databases (CUNY)

Following are some characteristics of peer-reviewed and popular articles These differences apply to print versions as well:

Peer-reviewed: give an author's name and his or her credentials
Popular articles: may not give an author's name

Peer-reviewed: are written by and for experts or researchers in the author's field of study
Popular articles: are typically written by non-experts for the general public

Peer-reviewed: are often accompanied by charts, graphs and diagrams, but rarely by photographs

Popular articles:may not contain charts or graphs, but often have photographs

Peer-reviewed:provide bibliographies and footnotes (references)

Popular articles:usually give no references (bibliographies or footnotes)

Peer-reviewed:are written using the specialized language of a field

Popular articles:are written using layman's language

Peer-reviewed:almost never include advertising

Popular articles:almost always include advertising

From "Research Essentials," Shorter College Livingston Libraries

Which do you think would be the better source for research purposes, and why?

The U.S. Government is an incredibly rich source of data and information. Some of their resources are portals that allow you to access a broad spectrum of content (, supplied by federal agencies, including databases. Some are pure databases (, and the Census Bureau's American Factfinder). Remember, almost every agency in our government is an umbrella for many other sub-agencies, and often these sub-agencies have agencies under them! The Dept. of Justice (DOJ) has almost 60 sub-agencies. Ms. M happens to be very familiar with government resources, so if you need some help, don't hesitate to ask her.

General Online Resources

Of course, you can search for online resources on your own. Just remember, if you choose to use content from any online resource, you must evaluate it for authority and appropriateness (CRAAP evaluation criteria). Remember you must cite all the sources you use in your research. All ElRo students are automatically signed in to the free, and well-designed citation manager, EasyBib (see Ms. M's EasyBib tutorial). It is integrated into all school email accounts, and works with GoogleDocs, which is a good reason for you to use GoogleDocs when writing up your research. Ms. M has created an EasyBib tutorial. She has also included several good ones in the ElRoBookmarks collection. If you don't understand how to evaluate online resources (or any resource), please see some of the guides Ms. Mendlowitz has posted for you on the "Homework & Research Help" page. If you want to access a collection of online resources Ms. Mendlowitz has already vetted for you, please visit ElRoBookmarks or ElRo's Online Resource Directory (ORD is a core collection of resources culled from the larger ElRoBookmarks).