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Reference Materials for Students

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American and World History

  • ABC-CLIO - Databases - Collection of 10 databases covering history, geography, government & pop culture.
  • African-American History Online - In-depth information on the people, events & topics important to the study of African-American history.
  • Florida Memory Project - Archival resources from collections housed in the State Library & Archives of Florida that illuminate the state's history & culture
  • Military and Intelligence Database - Scholarly journals, magazines & reports covering all aspects of the past & current state of military affairs.
  • New York Times - Historical (1851 - 2006) - Searchable full text, full page & article-level images from the Historical New York Times. Coverage: 1851 – 2013.
  • Sources in U.S. History Online: The Civil War - Digital archive documents the Civil War through personal narratives, political speeches, sermons, regimental histories, photographs & more.
  • US History Collection - Full-text, balanced coverage of both current thoughts on events in U.S. history as well as scholarly work established in the field.
  • War and Terrorism Collection - Coverage of history, social science & current events with insight into conflicts & their causes, impact & perception on a global scale.
  • World History Collection - Full-text, balanced coverage of events in world history & scholarly work being established in the field.

Books / Literature

  • Books & Authors - Information on books & authors, including read-alikes, award winners & librarians’ favorite lists.
  • Dramatic Learning - A collection of plays, skits & monologues for use in the classroom to build reading comprehension, improve fluency & internalize content.
  • Gale Literature Resource Center - Biographical information, full-text literary criticism & reviews of writers in all disciplines & time periods from around the world.
  • Gale Literature: LitFinder - Literary works & authors throughout history, including full-text poems, poetry citations, short stories, speeches & plays.
  • NoveList - Recommendations with reviews by title, author & series including fiction, nonfiction & read-alikes. Includes audio books & listen-alikes.

Career / Training

  • Career Transitions - Step-by-step, hands-on guidance to support job search activities including job-seeking & career exploration.
  • Driving Tests - FL DMV practice tests that are good for the permit test, driver’s license test.
  • Testing & Education Reference Center - TERC - Information on colleges & universities, graduate & professional programs, distance learning, corporate training, scholarships / awards & practice tests.

Encyclopedia / General Reference

  • Discover by World Book - Reference resources for students reading below grade level because of language or learning difficulties.
  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos - Beginner's Spanish language research tool with activities, search & browse, editorial & multi-media content. Bilingual.
  • General OneFile - Up-to-date, one-stop source for newspaper and journal articles, millions in full-text, on a wide range of topics.
  • General Reference Center Gold - General interest database drawing from newspapers, reference books, magazines & trade publications.
  • Informe (en Español) - Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otros. En Español.
  • InfoTrac Student Edition - Full-text articles from more than 130 publications relevant to high school curriculum & supporting high school student research.
  • Khan Academy - Practice exercises, instructional videos & a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace.
  • World Book - Online research tools & multimedia features based on the World Book Encyclopedia.

Languages / Culture

  • CultureGrams - Detailed country & geographical information for K-12 students with audio/visual links, maps, graphs & tables, images & recipes.
  • Mango Languages - Simple language-learning software teaches practical conversation in more than 70 languages.
  • World Folklore and Folklife - 1000s of folk & fairy tales, history of holidays, festivals, language, stories, proverbs, foodways & folk remedies.

Pop Culture / Current Events

  • Biography in Context - Profiles of famous people throughout history with links to images, articles, videos, audios & Internet sites.
  • Communication & Mass Media Collection - Current full-text information from journals covering the communications field, advertising, public relations, literature & linguistics.
  • Diversity Studies Collection - Full-text articles from journals covering American history, cultural differences, race, ethnicity & gender.
  • Fine Arts and Music Collection - Researchers looking for arts-related information will find a rich selection of material from magazines, journals & more.
  • Gender Studies Collection - Full-text journal articles covering gender studies, family & marital issues, health & other related topics.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context - Curriculum-focused resource exploring today’s social issues from all perspectives.
  • Pop Culture Collection - Journal articles focused on popular interests, including music, film, television, advertising, sports, fashion, comic books & more.
  • Who's Who - Concise biographies of more than 1.4 million contemporary individuals in the United States and the world.

Science / Health and Wellness

Life After High School

​What's next after you have graduated from High School or completed your GED?

Digital Resources To Help Build Your Future

Testing & education Resource Center has tools to help you build a resume and explore a variety of careers and what it takes to enter a particular field like law enforcement, air traffic control, real estate and so much more. Use the Vocational and Technical School search to find programs for a career you might be interested in.

Driving has practice tests if you haven't already gotten your drivers license or if you are interested in getting a CDL license.

Learn a Language with Mango Languages.  Mango helps you learn 72 different languages.    

Books That Help You Plan Your Future

What color is your parachute? for teens : discover yourself, design your future, and plan for your dream job by Carol Christen.

This book helps high school and college students zero in on their favorite skills and find their perfect major or career.




Teens' guide to college & career planning : your high school roadmap for college & career success published by Peterson's

Provides guidance to help high school students successfully find employment or enroll in college, the military, or vocational programs.



Check out more books on careers in marketing, technology and more.