Resources

​Welcome to our Resource Center!



Here are links to information in a wide range of topics.

Agriculture & Gardening


Royal Horticulture Society
The Royal Horticulture Society provides a large database of plants and advice on how to properly care for them.
The National Garden Organization
The National Garden Organization offers a library of plants, caring guides, videos, podcasts, and pest control.
Success with Seed
This site offers step-by-step tutorials for the sowing, growing, and caring of edibles, such as vegetables, and flowers.
Herb Expert
The site is rich with information all about herbs, including advice for the care of herb plants and how to cook with them.
University of Florida - Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
The university-run website provides detailed information about horticulture, plant management, plant disease, and wildlife ecology.
University of Florida - Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Solutions For Your Life
This collaborative university site provides extensive information on agriculture and aquaculture, as well as lawn and garden care.


Automotive


JD Power
This site allows its viewers to explore the latest car news, read about numerous car ratings, receive good automotive advice, and browse through a collection of cars for sale.
AutoEducation
AutoEducation is a site dedicated to teaching common drivers how their vehicles work and how to care for them. It also issues good advice on purchasing cars and the proper procedure for dealing with road emergencies. 
Kelley Blue Book
With Kelley Blue Book, one can find a new or used car being sold in the local area, learn about new cars, or explore the variety of award winning brands.
Car Care Kiosk
Car Care Kiosk is committed to helping drivers care for and repair their vehicles by offering video guides and articles.
2CarPros
2CarPros allows common drivers to get great answers to questions about car repairs.
 


Biography


Biography.com
Biography.com features thousands of biographies of renowned and infamous people, as well as articles on historical events and culture.
Nobel Prize
The Nobel Prize site offers short biographies about the life and work of former laureates (winners).
University of Virginia Miller Center
The Miller Center at UVA established a website that provides in-depth biographies about the presidents of the United States. It breaks down the information about each president based on his life, his policies, and more.
Library of Congress - U.S. Memory
This government-run site breaks down accurate historical information about the United States and provides access to primary source documents.

​Business


Yahoo Finance
Yahoo Finance offers up-to-date business news and features stock information, graphs, and investor advice.
Business Insider
Business Insider provides trending business, technological, and political news as well as financial advice and strategies.
Forbes
Forbes covers business and political news, offers advice for investing and running a small business, and issues newsletters and podcasts rich with business information.
Investopedia
This online encyclopedia of business concepts offers countless articles on financial, entrepreneurial, and accounting information and allows you to create a watch-list of stocks or simulate investing.
Bloomberg
Bloomberg gives daily news coverage of financial and political events throughout the world.
Entrepreneur
This site offers business solutions and franchise advice to business owners.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration offers great advice for starting and managing a small business.
 

Career


Monster
Monster offers career advice and services, helps employees develop résumés, and offers a broad search catalog for employment.
CareerBuilder
The site provides a wealth of career and job information for those seeking employment.
LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a networking site designed to help you establish a professional profile, create connections with other professionals, and learn more about industries and companies. To access the site's resources, you must create a free account.
Career Transitions
Career Transitions helps you find a job based on your location and interest.

ZipRecruiter
With over 8 million jobs, ZipRecruiter is a job search site.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
The BLS Current Employment Statistics provides updated data on employment, hours, and earnings for each industry.
Indeed
Indeed offers a search service that allows you to find employment near your home. It also displays business reviews and allows you learn more about salaries and résumés.
Glassdoor
Glassdoor offers a job search service, shows reviews of businesses, displays salaries per career, and provides career advice.

eBooks


Hoopla
Using your library card information (the library card number and the last four digits of the phone number you used to create the card), you can create an account through Hoopla Digital and access thousands of eBooks, movies, audiobooks, TV shows, comics, and music.
cloudLibrary
With cloudLibrary, you can access thousands of eBooks and other online resources by creating an account with your library card information (the library card number and the last four digits of the phone number you used to create the card).
Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is free service that offers over 54,000 eBooks that can be accessed on mobile devices, tablets, and computers.  No registration is necessary.
Open Library
This site is a massive catalog that displays all books offered in libraries throughout the world.  By setting up a free account, you may access thousands of eBooks as well.
Lit2Go
Offered by the Educational Technology Clearinghouse of the University of South Florida, Lit2Go provides free audiobooks in MP3 file format.
 

Education


CIA World Factbook
The World Factbook, published by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, is rich with information about each country, including facts about demographics and the economy.  Simply look through the drop-down menu of countries, found above the tabs and to the right, and click on the country of interest.

ERIC
The Eric Institute of Education Sciences, provided by the U.S. Department of Education, is a database of multiple scholarly journals and abstracts.
Florida Virtual School
 FLVS, with permission granted from your guidance counselor, allows you to enroll in a selection of online courses, such as Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE).



Health


National Institutes of Health
The NIH grants access to accurate and updated health information and ongoing medical research.
MedlinePlus
This government-run site gives clear information on health topics and drug treatments. It also offers videos, health check tools, and games to help improve your understanding of medical concepts.
Johns Hopkins Health Library
The massive library of medical conditions provided by Johns Hopkins University offers hundreds of articles on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions.
Cleveland Clinic Health Library
The Cleveland Clinic Health Library covers medical information from diseases and conditions to diagnostics and testing.
Mayo Clinic
Then Mayo Clinic offers a variety of online library for medical information, covering diseases, drug treatments, and symptoms.
Cancer.org
The site offers numerous resources to improve your understanding of the disease, including articles discussing the various types of cancer and the treatment and support involved.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC provides a wealth of information on disease prevention, healthy living, emergency preparedness, and more.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The NLM provided by the NIH gives access to a variety of databases, such as PubMed, that provide great information on medical issues and treatments.

History & Geography


History.com
The History Channel's site covers a wide variety of historical topics about the United States and the world. It also offers daily articles on what happened on "this day in history." 
Ohio State University - eHistory
The Ohio State University grants access to hundreds of articles and biographies that discuss important people and events throughout the world.
History Guide
The site serves as a portal for numerous other resources that feature primary documents and historical data.
University of Illinois Press - World History Connected
This site publishes monthly journal volumes of world history and serves as a portal for additional helpful sites about history.

Language


Omniglot
This encyclopedia of language and writing systems serves to help you understand the elements of other languages and learn some phrases in other languages.
busuu
busuu is a language learning network that offers 12 language courses. You may sign up for free to begin studying a new language.
Learn A Language
The Learn A Language site offers 19 language courses for English speakers to learn a foreign language and 2 language courses for French speakers to learn a foreign language. You may create an account for free to begin exploring one of the many languages offered.
BBC Languages
With online guides, video tutorials, and articles about words and phrases, the BBC Languages site offers great help to those who want to learn a foreign language.
FluentU
Check out these free online language courses available in nearly as many languages as there are learners.
Duolingo
Duolingo is an interactive site for learning words and phrases of one of many languages. By creating a free account, you may begin learning languages like Italian or Swahili.
 Open Culture
How to learn languages for free? This collection features lessons in 48 languages, including French, Spanish, Mandarin, English, Italian, Russian and more. Download audio lessons to your computer or mp3 player and you're good to go. 

Law


USA.gov
The official website of the United States of America provides up-to-date data and information on the government departments and offices.
ABA Journal
The American Bar Association Journal published daily articles on legal and political information and events.
Cornell University - Law
The Legal Information Institute at Cornell University displays accurate information about nearly all aspects of American law in its vast legal encyclopedia.
Above the Law
Above the Law is an online news source that releases articles on legal actions and information
Public Resource
The source provides access to data and government information related to ongoing and archived legal and political events, such as elections or state legislation changes.
Justia
Justia provides numerous informative articles on legislation, such as national acts and statutes.  It also features an "Ask a Lawyer" service for personalized legal help.
Oyez
Oyez displays archived supreme court cases and provides the description of the case and the decision of the justices.
National Center for State Courts
The NCSC provides detailed information on legal topics and their individual components.
Environmental Law Institute
Presents all information relating to environmental governance within the United States, as well as additional information about its climate programs.
United Nations
The U.N. site presents information about global affairs and news, as well as historical legal documents such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Literature


Library of Congress - Literary Criticism Reference Websites
The Library of Congress offers an annotated list of websites you can reference while composing literary criticisms.
Literary Hub
Literary Hub offers book news, literary criticism, daily fiction, and more.
Book Riot
With daily articles, podcasts, and videos that look into fictional and nonfictional books of all genres, Book Riot provides strong recommendations for what you should read next.  The site also features a spectrum of daily newsletters, a plethora comic reviews, and a variety of witty articles to keep readers up-to-date and entertained.
BookBub
This site connects readers to books they love through a variety of resources such as genre lists and recommendations from popular authors.
GoodReads
GoodReads is an excellent site to find high-grade suggestions for notable books.  You may create a free account to begin compiling a collection of titles you have read, titles you are reading, or titles you want to read.  The site will provide insightful suggestions based on your reading history and interests.  You may also look through the various award-winning book lists, view readers' ratings, compare books with friends, or even join an online book club.
BookBrowse
With BookBrowse, you can find the newest books and the latest suggestions.  You may sign up for one of the various newsletters that show notable and recommended books.  The website also features a Read-Alike system, which allows you to find suggested reading based on what your favorite books or authors (if you enjoyed this ... you may also like this...).
EarlyWord
EarlyWord provides consistently updated reading lists, weekly suggestions, best seller reviews, and watch lists for the latest and most popular books.  You may sign up for the newsletter to read about prominent novels and upcoming releases, or follow EarlyWord through a variety of social media platforms to receive constant updates.
Good Books
Good Books is a high-quality publisher of a variety of texts, covering topics such as cooking, crafts, gardening, justice, and religion.  It provides a search feature that allows you to explore its published titles by subject, author, collection, and series.  Good Books also features updated and annotated lists of newly released and forthcoming books.
Fantastic Fiction
Fantastic Fiction provides bibliographies and biographies for thousands of fiction authors.  You may search for an author by name and find the books, accompanied by descriptions, that he or she has written.  You can also find lists of the newest books, the newest authors, the most popular books, and the most popular authors.
Shelf-Awareness
Shelf-Awareness publishes a newsletter twice-a-week (Tuesdays and Fridays) to help readers explore and discover notable titles handpicked by experts and librarians.
What Should I Read Next?
What Should I Read Next? is an excellent read-alike site that displays books you may enjoy based on what you have read.  Simply enter the title or author of a book you particularly enjoyed, and the site will find similar books.
Booklist Online Booklist Online is a great resource to find award-winning and suggested books.  It places strong emphasis on its 180,000 book reviews, newsletters, webinar sessions, and various lists of award-winning books.

Local News


Local 10
Local 10 provides access to the local news in the Miami-Dade and Broward regions, read about the latest sport news, or find out about today's traffic.
Miami Herald
The Miami Herald constantly publishes the latest local sports, business, political, real-estate, and legal news. It also features classifieds and job news.
Sun Sentinel
The Sun Sentinel provides updated news coverage for events in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach.
Palm Beach Post
The Palm Beach Post provides news about national politics, business, and the weather. It also features coverage on presidential actions and upcoming events.

Magazines


Time
Time Magazine publishes updated news articles on political, world, health, business, science, and entertainment topics.
The Atlantic
The Atlantic magazine publishes daily news on politics, science, education, culture, and business.
BBC Magazine
BBC News Magazine provides in-depth detail on topical issues.
National Geographic
The National Geographic Magazine covers discoveries that deal with geology, history, anthropology, paleontology, and more. 
Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated magazine offers updated coverage for every major U.S. sport. 
Newsweek
This news magazine provides national news, features and analysis.

Newspapers


New York Times
The New York Times provides constantly updated information about a wide range of topics, especially politics. The publication also features opinion editorials, travel advice, and reading advice.
Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal is a business-focused newspaper that covers the news throughout the United States and the world.
USA Today
USA Today delivers national and international news about the latest political events or economic developments.
The Guardian
The British publication covers global news, ranging from sports to politics.
Washington Post
The Washington Post is a politically-focused newspaper that offers the latest coverage of the economy, sports, and national developments.
The Telegraph
The Telegraph provides coverage of science, business, and political news. It also culture, lifestyle, and travel articles. 

Research Databases


Florida Electronic Library
The Florida Electronic Library provides access to numerous databases, such as Gale, that can aid most research.
Core
Core is one of the leading aggregations of open-access research journals and research papers.
Public Library of Science
The Public Library of Science is an online database open-access journals and articles focused on scientific developments.

Directory of Open Access Journals
The Directory of Open Access Journals is a rich source of numerous journal articles covering a wide array of topics.
EBSCOhost - Free Databases
EBSCOhost grants access to small databases, such as the American Doctoral Dissertations.

CIA World Factbook
The World Factbook, published by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, is rich with information about each country, including facts about demographics and the economy.  Simply look through the drop-down menu of countries, found above the tabs and to the right, and click on the country of interest.


Science


Khan Academy
Khan Academy is an excellent site designed to help you understand many math and science concepts.
National Geographic
The National Geographic site allows you to explore geographic, geological, ecological, and other scientific discoveries.
PBS NOVA
The PBS NOVA site is dedicated to answering queries about life itself. The site features over 100 full episodes that cover a vast array of issues.
National Center of Biotechnology Information
The NCBI is part of the National Library of Medicine and focuses on the latest biotechnological discoveries.
Physics.org
With Physics.org, you can explore the world of physics and find careers associated it.
Royal Society of Chemistry
The RSC allows you to discover new details about chemistry and the importance of chemical compounds in life and society.
NASA
NASA features information about the organization's latest space exploits. Additionally, the site features an alphabetical encyclopedia of information on such topics as aerodynamics and aeronautics, found here
Public Library of Science
The Public Library of Science is an online database open-access journals and articles focused on scientific developments.

State Information


MyFlorida
MyFlorida is dedicated to delivering all the necessary information about the state to its citizens, from voter registration to child support services.
Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
The Florida HSMV provides information about insurance, safety centers, driver licenses, and more highway- and driver-related help.
Florida State Government
The Florida State Government directory site organizes information by state department, allowing you to access contact information and department data. 
State of Florida
The State of Florida website is a clear directory that leads to official state websites based on the information you need.
Visit Florida
With Visit Florida, you may find events, attractions, and activities that the state offers.
Register to Vote
The Florida Department of State site offers direction for registering to vote and updating voting information.

Study Guide & Test Preparation


Kaplan - MCAT Pop Quiz
Kaplan provides test preparation for the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) with small pop quizzes.
Khan Academy Test Prep - MCAT 
Khan Academy provides great support and test preparation fort the MCAT.
4 Tests - GED Practice
4 Tests provides a free, online practice exam for the GED that may either include all sections or only some sections, based on your study preferences.
GED Practice Questions
The site offers practice questions, organized by section, for you to study for the GED.
Civil Service Sample Questions
The site offers sample questions, broken down by section, to help you study for a civil service examination
Job Test Prep - Civil Service Exam
The Job Test Prep site offers some useful sample questions for a civil service test.

ACT Preparation
The ACT site grants access to great test preparation questions that can help you score higher on the ACT. To switch subjects, click the subject of interest in the upper right corner.
PowerScore - ACT and SAT Preparation
The PowerScore site serves as a portal to ACT and SAT practice tests.
Khan Academy - SAT Prep
Khan Academy offers excellent SAT test preparation, complete with full-length practice tests and practice for each topic found on the test.
 

Technology


Code Academy
By creating an account, you can begin learning how to code in multiple different languages with Code Academy.
W3 Schools
W3 Schools provides great tutorials and references for HTML CSS, JavaScript, Server Side, and XML learners.
Make Use Of
Make Use Of is a site updated daily with computer user tips and websites of interest.

TechCrunch
TechCrunch provides the latest news about electronics and technological companies.

CNET
CNET is a site that provides up-to-date technological news, as well as tutorials and reviews.


Workplace Learning Tools


ALISON
ALISON brings free courses in everything from entrepreneurship to psychology, making it the perfect resource for pursuing various interests. Courses are self-paced, with assessments helping students gauge what they’ve learned. At completion, students can download a learner record that shows all of the courses they’ve passed. Courses are offered at both diploma and certificate levels to help students build a resume.
 edX
With courses from Harvard University, MIT, The University of California Berkeley, and other universities, edX is the only leading Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provider that is both nonprofit and open source. Students take free courses in subjects like supply chain management, data analysis, healthy living, and Linux. In addition to study materials and instructors, edX provides unique learning tools like game-like labs and 3D virtual molecule builders for hands-on learning.
MIT OpenCourseWare
Known for its research and education in science and engineering, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has a top-notch reputation. MIT OpenCourseWare brings some of the school’s courses online, with free lecture notes, videos, and exams from the school’s instructors. Students can choose from thousands of courses in the fields of business, engineering, science, and more.
Udemy
Udemy bills itself as an online learning marketplace, with more than 40,000 courses. Not all of the courses are free, but a search of free courses on the site reveals pages of free courses on topics such as web design, iOS programming, and SEO. For personal development, Udemy has free courses on painting, photography, goal setting, and more.
Coursera
With courses from the world’s top universities and colleges, Coursera can help entrepreneurs get certificates from respected institutions. Lectures and non-graded materials are free, with financial aid available for courses that come with graded assignments and certificates. Entrepreneurs can learn more about popular topics like data science and machine learning or study basic business skills.
Stanford Online
Your hub for all the online offerings from Stanford University, Stanford Online offers self-paced and session based courses. While Coursera features some courses from Stanford, many classes are only available via other hosts. Some courses require iTunes, but most are completed in your web browser.
Harvard Extension
Harvard Extension features free online education courses from Harvard only. This is another excellent source for top notch course material, though the course variety is less rich than multi-school sites. Additionally, Harvard Extension allows you to search for courses by professional certificate. This makes it much easier if your online education goal includes certification.
Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative
Carnegie Mellon’s free online education site is comparable with the other school’s on this list, however, Open Learning Initiative also covers a smaller range of topics. But for the topics that are covered impressive, in-depth material is available.
Open Yale Courses
Open Yale Courses echoes Harvard Extension and Stanford Online, in that it offers only courses from Yale. While the site is similarly limited to topics taught at the school, Open Yale Courses offers a lot of videos of actual campus lectures. The availability of videos makes the site a great option if you’re looking for quality courses, but learn better by watching than by reading.
Codecademy
Codecademy is a website dedicated specifically to teaching coding. Where other coding sites follow an example/practice session workflow, Codecademy includes a live practice window. This means you can practice coding while still viewing the lesson material.
The courses at Codecademy are well written and easy to follow and the website is organized very nicely. Codecademy features a centralized dashboard where you can monitor your progress, plus organizes lessons into complete modules. This lets you learn an entire language without needing to pick the next course manually.
Code
Code is another website focused on coding and app writing. A site with high quality courses, Code also features learning options for kids. In addition to kid friendly courses, Code offers free online education classes on a wide variety of technology topics. These classes include app writing, robotics and Javascript.
Most of the courses are also geared in a such a way that they can be useful in a classroom setting. This makes Code a great resource for harder to find coding topics, as well as various learning settings.
 UC Berkeley Class central
Much like the other schools on this list, UC Berkeley has a variety of free online education options. The school has slightly fewer courses than the schools above, but includes some supplementary lectures, webcasts and RSS Feeds, making it easy to keep up with the topics you choose.