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Encyclopedia Britannica Online School Edition

or try New Interface!

provides general information, reliable web resources, and graphics about a variety of topics. This is a good place to start your research.




Includes dictionary, Spanish-English, Thesaurus, and medical dictionary

One-Look Dictionary

Indexes and Directories

Directories include lists of websites that you can browse through by subject or search by keyword. They provide more reliable information and websites that you can trust! Try these BEFORE you do a Google search!

Internet Public Librarian

Finding Dulcinea 


News Sources

Research Resources

EBSCO Database


EBSCO  contains many great databases which contain full-text articles from periodicals, encyclopedias, primary sources, audio and video clips, e-books and much more.

  • MAS Ultra - School Edition   - Database designed specifically for high school libraries.  A great place to start!

  • TOPICsearch  - Especially helpful for research on current events.
  • Newspaper Source
  • History Reference Center
  • Literary Reference Center
  • Science Reference Center
  • Health Source - Consumer Edition 
  • Green FILE
  • AP Placement Source

How to use and introductory activity for EBSCO 

Advanced Searching in EBSCO Video Tutorial

logoPOV.gif Points of View Reference Center

   Read It

LitRefCentrPlus_Masthead_Web.png Literary Reference Center Plus


 jstor_logo.gif JStor  is a database of academic journals.  

 How to use JStor ACTIVITY.

Primary Sources

logo-loc.png - Digial Resources


calisphere_logo2.gif- primary sources from the University of California


Berkeley Digital Library SunSite Collections


Social Justice Documents

Copyright Law, Fair Use Guidelines, and Copyright Friendly Images

Copyright Law

Fair Use Guidelines

Four Points of Fair Use by Common Sense Media

The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use  - Center for Social Media

Fair Use Evaluator

Tools for Supporting the Fair Use Reasoning Process

Fair Use Poster

Copyright Friendly Images

These are images that the artists have given permission for others to use, however, they should still be CITED unless it is says otherwise.


Use this site to get pictures to put into your presentations. It is a copyright-friendly site because permission has been given to use all images for educational use. Search Creative Commons

Flikr's Creative Commons

PicDrome - Public Domain Photos

Still can't find the image you want?  Try browsing this list of sites with copyright friendly images.

Windows Live Movie Maker

Support and Suggestions for using Movie Maker

Electronic Searching Strategies

Gale Virtual Reference Library


Click above for a direct link to the Gale Virtual Reference Library.  Check out the 100+ eBooks on a wide range of topics (history, science, literature, and more). Remember passwords are required.  For a list of passwords checkout Explore Monta Vista databases on the upper right hand corner of this page.

Gale Virtual Reference Library Tutorials

Explore Monta Vista Databases

Check out what MVHS Library has to offer at DATABASES. Logins and passwords are needed for EBSCO (remotely), JSTOR, Encypclopedia Britannica, Turnitin, and NoodleTools. Don't forget you will need to log in to your FUHSD account to view the DATABASES document. See Library Staff for assistance.


Keyword Worksheet


Parabolic Solar Cooker Project


US History Research Project (Recktenwald)


Post WWII American Society – 1945-2000 (Platt)


Senior Research Project


Email Etiquette


Library Scavenger Hunt

Research Process and Getting Started

Beginning Research Tutorial  from UC Irvine

Start Your Research: overview and support throughout the research process, from UC Santa Cruz

Choosing a Research Topic  from American University

Types of Resources

Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary - from Weslyan University Library

Interactive tutorial on sources - from Portland State University

Selecting the best information source - from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne

Types of periodicals and description of scholarly articles - from Mission College

Avoiding Plagiarism

What is Plagiarism?

Video: "A Quick Guide to Plagiarism"

Plagiarism Prevention - From UC Davis

Types of Plagiarism and How to Avoid It 

Turn It In: Submit papers to teachers using Turn It In.

You will need to get the class ID number and password from your teachers.

INSTRUCTIONS for setting up a student account and retrieving your password.

Citing Sources

Citing Tools

NoodleTools  Integrated to for note-taking, outlining, and citation.

Student login

Staff login

Knight Cite Free online citation tool.  Easy to use to create individual citations.

MLA Style

MLA Formatting and Style Guide - from Purdue OWL site

Overview of In-Text/Paranthetical Citations (MLA)

How to Use Paranthetical Citations (MLA) - from Purdue OWL site

Sample MLA Formatted Paper

Annotated Bibliographies - OWL Purdue

Annotated Bibliography template

APA Style

APA Formating and Style Guide

Chicago Style

Chicago Manual of Style

Note Taking

Evaluating Sources