Educational Resources and Websites

Resources and Websites for the Quarantine

  • Words Alive! #QuaranTEENS
    Activities to help you cope with COVID-19 and learn from the news.
  • TeachingBooks Home Edition
    Available through September 15, delve into the world of young adult books. Experience read-along performances of favorite titles that are translatable into 100+ languages.
  • Scholastic
    Free online courses. The educational company has launched a “Learn at Home” website that has daily courses for students.
  • Breakout EDU Fun @ Home
    Access a collection of free educational digital games for kids in grades K-12.

Featured Online Resources

AtoZ Food America

A to Z Food America – Little Dixie Regional Libraries AtoZ World Food is a United States focused database with recipes and food culture from all 50 states. It also includes historical recipes and information about regional cuisines.

AtoZ Maps Online

Digital Information Products for Libraries | World Trade PressAtoZ Maps Online provides a wide variety of city, state, and country maps – both current and historical. You can find climate, ecology, and topographic maps. There are historical maps and maps about empires and exploration. It even includes a section about world flags!

AtoZ World Food

AtoZ World Food and Food America - Plainfield-Guilford Township Public LibraryRecipes and food culture from around the world. AtoZ World Food covers the cuisine of more than 200 different countries, including beverages!


Learn a new skill or hobby with 1,000+ award-winning art & craft video classes, taught by recognized design experts and artists. You can also see a list of project videos before logging in. MA Permit Practice

Free RMV permit practice tests, including 11 car practice tests, 6 motorcycle practice tests, 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests, 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL), and an FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions.

Please Note: is not affiliated with or evaluated by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. The official RMV Driver’s Manual is available on their website, along with additional driver’s education information.

Educator’s Reference Complete

More than full-text 1,100 periodicals and 200 reports in the Eric database geared towards educators – from school teachers and administrators to those studying in the field at the collegiate and graduate level.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Explore the updated online encyclopedia from Encyclopaedia Britannica with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and Web sites.

Expanded Academic ASAP

Collection of scholarly journals and general interest titles that covers everything from art and literature to economics and the sciences.

General OneFile

Our largest general-interest periodical resource allows you to find the information you want quickly, with intuitive searching that ensures you tap into quality sources.

Global Road Warrior

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the 175+ countries around the world. Useful for business travelers, tourists, and students. Topics for each country include society and culture, travel essentials, business culture, communications, traditions, and even includes recipes for ethnic dishes.

Method Test Prep

A comprehensive self-paced ACT and SAT test prep program. Designed to work seamlessly with students’ unique learning styles and busy schedules, Method Test Prep includes helpful diagnostic evaluations, lessons, quizzes, and full-length exams.

Niche Academy: Online Learning

Tutorials created by staff in Chelmsford and libraries across the country, focusing on educational topics across a variety of subjects: business, finance, evaluating online information, health, research skills, and more. Click into any tutorial for a step-by-step guide, with text, graphic, and video instructions. We also take suggestions for new tutorials!

Niche Academy: Technology Learning

Tutorials created by staff in Chelmsford and libraries across the country, focusing on technology and research topics. Click into any tutorial for a step-by-step guide, with text, graphic, and video instructions, on topics such as using Microsoft Word, using Instragram, researching your family’s genealogy, buying a new computer, and more. We also take suggestions for new tutorials!

Opposing Viewpoints (Gale In Context)

Provides coverage of topics in today’s news from multiple points of view, to help researchers evaluate topics from different angles. Find information in reference articles, infographics, news, images, video, audio, and more.

Research Companion

A great resource for getting started with or organizing research. Provides self-paced tutorials to learn how to Find Information, Evaluate Information, and Use Information, although with specific tools (such as a citation builder) to help along the way with a student’s project.

Rocket Languages

Presents a multi-faceted method (video, audio, games, quizzes, etc) for learning conversational language skills, including grammar and culture lessons, with both online and downloadable learning options. Languages include: French, German, Italian, Spanish (Latin American), Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Arabic, English (from Spanish), American Sign Language.

Science In Context

Contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics, with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.


Print Materials

Additional school-related books are available

  • The majority of our education-related print resources are located on the EDU shelves, on the lower level next to the Teen Services Desk. Each call number starts with EDU, and ends with the year the book was published:
    • Paying for School – EDU/Money
    • School Guides & Directories – EDU/Schools
    • Test Prep Books – EDU/Test
  • Books about the education system are available in the regular non-fiction shelves in the 370s
  • Car repair resources are located on the lower level of the Main Library by the Local History Room, on the Car Repair tables
  • Career and professional school exam prep books are located on the lower level of the Main Library by the Reference Desk, on the Career tables


Additional Online Resources

  • Open Culture – This website is a hub for digital education, with links to thousands of online courses, free movies, free audiobooks, and free textbooks
  • edX – This nonprofit, open source platform offers free online courses from college and university partners
  • Khan Academy – Primarily video based, free lessons on a variety of subjects
  • MIT Open Courseware – Access to hundreds of MIT courses for free, including access to recorded lectures, course materials, and some textbooks
  • High School Ace – An academic homepage for high school students where you can find links to subject sites, news, and reference sites
  • Study Stack – Find or create flashcards or other study activities for a variety of standardized tests and subjects
  • MCAS Test Questions – MA Dept. of Education’s list of tests for the last five years
  • MCAS Practice Tests – A place to find numerous MCAS practice tests
  • The World Fact Book Online – Facts on every country and geographic entity in the world
  • The US Historical Documents Archive – Contains the text of famous speeches, songs, documents, and more
  • FactMonster – For fast information!
  • Science Experiments for All Around Your Home – from HomeAdvisor