Reference Resources

Booklists and Book Awards

Citation Guides: MLA and APA

MLA Citation Style: Long Island University

CFCC Library/Learning Resources: Guide to the MLA Citation Guide

APA Style Guide
Electronic references.

APA Sample Bibliographic Citations
A simple guide to the APA style of doing research papers and more.

Citation Machine

Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism

Dictionaries Links to over 300 dictionaries in 100 languages.

Merriam-Webster Online: The Merriam-Webster Dictionary online.


Encarta Online
Maintained by Microsoft, Encarta Online is a great site which includes the Encarta encyclopedia, a dictionary, and an atlas.

FCAT Explorer

FCAT Explorer and
FCAT Test Item Specifications for online practice.

The Florida Department of Education has a web site, entitled, FCAT Explorer to provide students with resources to help prepare for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT).
Log on information: Username is LAST NAME plus FIRST INITIAL
Password is 42 plus FIRST 4 LETTERS OF LAST NAME plus BIRTHDAY in mmdd format
EX: Johnny Adams March 10, 1996 would sign on like this:
username: ADAMSJ with password: 42adam0310.

If you have difficulty logging in or have questions about the program, do not hesitate to contact the Media Specialist.

FINDS: Florida Research Model

Florida Teens Read

High School Ace

High School Ace: Terrific site to begin your search by subject category. Find links to PBS, CNN, NPR, the Daily SAT question, the Word of the Day, Today in History, Medical information, money conversions, and much more!

Libraries A good place to begin research on almost any topic. Ready reference library.

Library of Congress: A catalog of incredible resources.

Marion County Public Libraries: Home page to the Dunnellon Public Libraries

Internet Public Library: Excellent links to many reference resources, lesson plans, homework help, etc.

Modern American Poetry Criticisms

Modern American Poetry (Criticisms: A Multimedia Companion to Anthology of Modern American Poetry.

News Sites

ABC News

BBC News


Gainesville Sun

New York Times

Ocala Star Banner

Orlando Sentinel

St. Petersburg Times

Tampa Tribune

Scholastic Reading Counts Book Wizard

Book Wizard

Search Engines

Dogpile: A powerful and easy-to-use search engine

AltaVista: AltaVista is a very good search engine offering links to the richest, most relevant information across multiple dimensions.

Ask Jeeves

Search Yahoo

Search Google


Sunlink: Union catalog for Florida school libraries, including the card catalog for Vanguard High School Library Media Center. Search by author, title, subject, call number, or keyword.

Useful Sites

Cool Science
Cool Science for Curious Kids

Living things from leaves to allergies to butterflies, this is the science lover's favorite site. There is also a science suggestion page for parents. Sponsored by Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Gale Databases
Gale Databases

Gale Databases offer an engaging online experience for information on a broad range of topics, such as global issues, opposing viewpoints, science, literature, history, and titles for suggested reading.

MCPS Destiny
MCPS Destiny

Your school library is online. Check out which books are available.

Science Buddies

The Science Fair Project Guide offers step by step information on how to do a science fair project, including examples and a self evaluation tool at the end of each step.

Smithsonian Education
Smithsonian Education

A place for kids to explore, discover, and learn -- sponsored by the Smithsonian Museums