Using Online Information Sources

In this age of the ubiquitous Internet, we are all--students, teachers, librarians, and parents--faced with incredible opportunities and enormous challenges. On the one hand, we have more information available to us than ever before, at the touch of a mouse or a swipe on a touchscreen.

On the other hand, useful and accurate information can be difficult to discern in the mass of websites of all kinds that even a carefully constructed Google search returns. Particularly in elementary school, how can we help students to find their way to information that is accurate, understandable, and timely?

Fieldston May 29 1 _0180.jpg We emphasize the importance of beginning a project with information from a reputable or authoritative source. Possible sources would be, for example, an encyclopedia, a book, or a bookmarked site from a reliable institution such as a college or a museum. Our catalog, Destiny Quest, allows students to search for books, encyclopedia articles, and vetted websites in a single search. Once the student has a secure knowledge base and is able to assess the accuracy of information s/he may find, we may suggest using a search engine such as Google.

Each major research project in the fourth and fifth grades has its own research guide on this website, in which we make specific recommendations for each project. On the general Online Resources page, we provide links to all of the databases and encyclopedias on the Research tab of our student page. Members of the EC community can receive passwords from the librarians.

All students who use computer technology are required to abide by an Acceptable Use Policy in order for us to provide a safe learning environment for everyone.


Student Hours

Mon-Thurs 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Fri 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Library Hours for Parents

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

After-School Hours

After-school hours are open for parents and caregivers to read with their PreK-3rd grade children in the library. Up to 12 students in grades 4-5 may use this time in the library for independent work by signing up with library staff. The weekly sign-up sheet is kept at the circulation desk

Contact the EC Library


, Librarian, PreK-2
, Librarian, 3-5
, Media/Tech Librarian
, Library Assistant


(212) 712-6264