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.
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."
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).
PLEASE PRINT OUT THE ATTACHED "NOVEL INFO SHEET" FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATON.
Following are some characteristics of peer-reviewed and popular articles These differences apply to print versions as well:
From "Research Essentials," Shorter College Livingston Libraries
Which do you think would be the better source for research purposes, and why?
General Online ResourcesOf 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).