Welcome to the Library Media Center

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  • Resources

    To search for library items using Destiny Online Catalog, please click on the following link: Catalog

    To search for online magazine articles, newspaper articles, and digital reference books, please click on the following link: Gale Databases

    To search for general background information on a variety of topics, please click on the following link: WorldBook Online


    Florida Electronic Library   

    Florida Electronic Library is your gateway to online magazine articles, newspaper articles, and books. Just enter your public library card number to access. Below are some of the many resources provided.


    • LitFinder covers all time periods and contains a wealth of primary literature content, including full-text poems, short stories, essays, speeches, and plays.
    • Informe This electronic resource provides access to full text of popular Hispanic magazines. Other features include a thesaurus and title annotations in both English and Spanish. 
    • Gale Virtual Reference Library a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.


    Web Sites


    Marion County Public Library System

    Books and Reading

    Good Reads The world's largest site for readers and book recommendations.

    Newberry Medal and Honor Books The annual award for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

    ALSC Book & Media Awards ALA's Association of Library Services to Children

    Research Tools

    EasyBib  Free bibliography generator


    Hielbrunn Timeline of Art History

    National Gallery of Art

    History & Civics

    CIA World Factbook

    National Archives

    Teaching History.com

    US Holocaust Memorial Museum



    New York Times

    Ocala Star Banner


    Science Buddies Science Fair Project Guide


    National Geographic

    Science Friday


    How Stuff Works



    Sunshine State Young Reader's Awardssyra

    The Sunshine State Young Readers' Award program presents fifteen books chosen each year by a committee of Florida librarians. They are chosen for their quality and appeal, and represent some of the best in children's literature today. Students in grades 6 through 8 are encouraged to read at least three of the books, so they can vote for their favorite. Every year, the author of the book wit

    h the most statewide votes is presented with the Sunshine State Young Readers' Award.

    SSYRA Book List for 2020 - 2021

    SSYRA Video

    Research Guide


    Welcome to the HMS Research Guide - Congratulations, your teacher has assigned you a research project! Don’t panic. Research can be fun. You’ve probably researched questions many times without ever realizing it.

    Research is a life skill. We are always seeking information. What MP3 player should you buy? Which book should you read next? A researcher looks for as many different, reliable sources as possible, takes notes, asks questions, consults additional sources, and develops a point of view based upon all of the information found.

    The following guide, HMS Media Center Research Guide is based on the FINDS Florida Research Model. FINDS breaks down the research process into five steps. Follow the five steps listed below and you’ll be on your way to success! 

    F - focus, find your topic
    I - investigate, look for the information, putting it in your own words
    N - notes, take notes from the information, putting it in your own words
    D - develop your paper/project based on directions from your teacher
    S - score, based on your teacher's requirements, make sure you have all the components before you turn it in.


    Click on the following link for the online FINDS graphic organizer 

    https://docs.google.com/a/marion.k12.fl.us/document/d/1km9-PE0xNBxWNF_E3G4t0pv_jgaFVcz1eHm0876ZA3I/edit?usp=sharing .

    After opening the organizer, make a copy on your Google Drive so you can edit.


    Effective Citing and Referencing  IB Publication

    Click here to view "Credit for Creative Work" a video from Common Sense Media.