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PREMIUM DATABASES
LearningExpressLibrary.com
- Use this test preparation Web site to sharpen your skills and improve your score with online practice tests, instant scoring, personalized evaluations, and self-paced courses. Users must set up an account using their library card number as the username from within a library before being able to access this database remotely.

FINANCIAL AID
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- From the U.S. Department of Education.
FinAid - Comprehensive guide to scholarships, loans, savings, military aid, and more.

HOME SCHOOLING
American Homeschool Association (AHA)
- Include an online news and discussion list which provides news, information, and resources for homeschoolers, media contacts, and education officials.
Florida Home Schooling

Florida Parent-Educators Association - Provides support for the legal right to homeschool, local school board education and interaction, support group networking, a state convention, local conferences and events, informative communications, and by giving individual encouragement.

READING LISTS FOR CITRUS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Elementary Schools & Middle Schools
Read the Books
~Accelerated Books & Reading Counts

RESOURCES
Internet Public Library 
- Library services for Internet users. Activities include: finding, evaluating, selecting, organizing, describing, and creating information resources, and direct assistance to individuals through the "Ask A Question" Service.

Awesome Library - Organizes the Web with 31,000 carefully reviewed resources, including the top 5 percent in education.
EduHound
- Everything for education K-12.
FCAT Explorer -
Interactive practice site available for all students in Citrus County. Log in is required. Student sign-in name is their last name and first initial; password consists of the first four letters of their last name and their month and day of birth.
           
For example: John Smith born April 26 would sign-in as Smithj and use the password smit0426.
Florida Sunlink
- Database of all Florida k-12 media center.
Learning Network Blog - Teaching and Learning with The New York Times.
Students.gov - An official U.S. government web site designed for college students and their families, providing easy access to information and resources from the U.S. government.

SCHOOLS
Citrus County School District -
Citrus County K-12 public schools.
Distance LearningFrom About.com.
Florida Private Schools

Greatschools.net - A national, independent nonprofit organization committed to helping parents choose schools, support children's education, and improve community schools.
National Association of Independent Schools - Locate schools, access a free career center, and browse thousands of items by topic.
School Districts in Florida

Search for Public Schools - From the National Center for Education Statistics.

COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
Bethune-Cookman University
Braintrack University Index
- A worldwide university-index on the Internet. Contains information about universities, polytechnics, colleges and other higher educational institutions from all over the world.
College of Central Florida (CCF) - With campuses and centers located throughout Marion, Citrus and Levy counties.
CollegeNET
- Over 1500 customized Internet admissions applications built for college and university programs. When applying to more than one program, save redundant typing since common data automatically travels from form to form.
Eckerd College
Edward Waters College
Florida Community Colleges & Workforce Education
New College of Florida
Saint Leo University
University of Miami
Withlacoochee Technical Institute

UNIVERSITIES IN FLORIDA (State University System)
Florida A&M University
- Tallahassee
Florida Atlantic University - Boca Raton
Florida Gulf Coast University - Ft. Myers
Florida International University - Miami
Florida State University - Tallahassee
University of Florida - Gainesville
University of Central Florida - Orlando
University of North Florida - Jacksonville
University of South Florida - Tampa
University of West Florida - Pensacola

WRITING & STYLE GUIDES
APA
  APA Formatting and Style Guide - From OWL at Purdue (University).

  APA Style Guide, 5th Edition - From the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries.
  Citation Style Guide - Guidelines for preparing your paper. From CitationOnline.net.

  Electronic References - Covers commonly asked questions regarding how to cite electronic media. From APA Style.org.
MLA
  MLA Formatting and Style Guide - From OWL at Purdue (University).

Florida

GOVERNMENT
Florida Government -
Links to county, state, and federal resources.
Florida Government Information Locator Service - Information from and about Florida State government.

HISTORY
Florida Heritage Collection - An ongoing cooperative project of the State University System of Florida to digitize and provide online access to materials broadly representing Florida’s history, culture, arts, literature, sciences and social sciences.
Florida Historical Society - The only statewide historical society in the Sunshine State.
Florida Memory Project
- A selection of historical records that illustrate significant moments in Florida history, educational resources for students of all ages and archival collections for historical research.
Museum of Florida History - Focuses on artifacts and eras unique to Florida's development and on roles that Floridians have played in national and global events.
Office of Cultural and Historical Programs - Within the Department of State, this program is the state agency responsible for promoting the historical, archaeological, museum, arts, and folk culture resources in Florida.

MUSEUMS
Florida Association of Museums
- Includes a searchable database of the cultural, historic, and scientific resources found in more than 340 museums in the state.

RECREATION & TOURISM
Florida's Springs - Experience the magic of Florida's springs and learn about threats to their future and how to protect nature's gems.
Florida Online Park Guide
- Find parks, camping and lodging, maps and directions, photos, things to do, and much more.
Florida Greenways and Trails Guide - Provides recreational maps and descriptions of greenways and trails throughout the state.
Visit Florida  - The State of Florida's official travel planning website.

FLORIDA LIVING
Solutions For Your Life - UF/IFAS Extension Service collection of materials on "profitable and sustainable agriculture, our environment and natural resources, 4-H and other youth programs, Florida-friendly landscapes, communities that are vibrant and prosperous, and economic well-being and life quality for individuals and families."

Genealogy

PREMIUM DATABASES
Ancestry Library Edition
- Over 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases for conducting genealogical and history research. Available to users in the library only.
HeritageQuest Online (Access from inside the Library)
HeritageQuest Online (Library Card Number Required for access from outside of the Library) - U.S. federal census records from 1790-1930 and over 25,000 family and local histories.

ETHNIC SOURCES
Center for Jewish History Genealogy Institute - Contains holdings of approximately 100 million archival documents, a half million books, and thousands of photographs, artifacts, paintings, and textiles. 
Ireland Census - The censuses of Ireland of 1901 and 1911, which are in the custody of the National Archives of Ireland, represent an extremely valuable part of the Irish national heritage. You can perform a free search on The National Archives of Ireland website. Site also contains some very informative History of Ireland in the early 20th century. Note: not available on ALE.
Yad Vashem
- Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority. A free, easily searchable database containing the names of over three million holocaust victims.

FLORIDA RESOURCES
Citrus County Genealogy Society

Citrus Springs Genealogy Society
Florida State Genealogical Society  

GENERAL RESOURCES
Access Genealogy - Premier online resource for Native American records, surnames, United States genealogy, cemetery records, military records, biographies, census records, and vital records.
Cyndi's List
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Genealogy sites on the Internet.
FamilySearch - Site produced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Genealogy and the Internet - Metasite from Callaway County, MO.
Genealogy Articles, Tips & Research Guides - Metasite compiled by Joe Beine.
Genealogy Relationship Chart - Ten generation chart from About.com.
Genealogy Search Help for Google - Free site to help you use Google to research your genealogy.
Genealogy Today
Genealogy Trails - Finding Ancestors... wherever their trails led.
Guide for Interviewing Family Members - From the Okeechobee Genealogical Society.
Heraldica - Information on heraldry in the form of texts, images, and links.
Italian Genealogy - Italian genealogy, New York death records and more.
National Archives
- Information useful in tracing Native American descent, passport applications from October 1795 - March 1925, and records of discharged military personnel.
National Genealogy Society
New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)
The New England Historic Genealogical Society, founded in 1845, is the country's oldest genealogical organization, devoted to collecting, preserving, and publishing genealogical and historical matter relating to New England families. Available to users in the library only.

Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records - Online death indexes by state and county
RootsWeb.com - Oldest and largest free genealogy site includes Social Security Death Index, immigrant ships transcribers guild.
Stephen P. Morse - A One-Step Portal for On-Line Genealogy.
Vital Records - Links to information on how to obtain vital records for all 50 states.

IMMIGRATION
CastleGarden.org - Free access to an extraordinary database of information on 10 million immigrants from 1830 - 1892, the year Ellis Island opened.
Ellis Island
- American Family Immigration History Center.
Immigrant Ships - Ship descriptions from various internet mailing lists and from direct submissions e-mailed to the owner of the web site.
Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild - Transcriptions of passenger lists from more than 4,000 ships not limited to those that came through Ellis Island.
Information Wanted - A database of advertisement for Irish immigrants published in the Boston Pilot.
Microfilm Roll Numbers for USA Passenger Arrival Records - NARA & LDS Family History Library catalog numbers.
Norway-Heritage Project - Covers pre-1875 Norwegian emigrants including passengers from 400+ journeys and images of many early ships.

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