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.
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
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.
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: Driving-Test.org 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.
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.
Explore the updated online encyclopedia from Encyclopaedia Britannica with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and Web sites.
Online access to Salem Press’ Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society, exploring how mathematics affects our daily lives in sociological, economic, and historical perspectives. The Salem History database also searches Encyclopedia of American Immigration, Great Lives from History: Inventors and Inventions, and Milestone Documents in World History.
Collection of scholarly journals and general interest titles that covers everything from art and literature to economics and the sciences.
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.
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.
Engaging professors covering a wide variety of topics. You’ll have full access to all titles for one week. New users must create an RBDigital account. Please contact the Reference Desk for help or with questions.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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