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Teen Learning & Research Resources

Free Online Learning Tools for BPL Patrons


Learning Express

Use your Library card to access practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses and exam preparation for work and life at all school levels.

Browse Resources

Free Online Learning Tools for Everyone

Adapted Mind

Free access to math and reading worksheets and games for children in grades 1-8.  Kids can collect prizes as they go and keep them in their "online stash." Parents can track learning and master in real time. Developed by Harvard, Stanford, and Berkeley graduates.

Free access to practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Subjects include math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, grammar and more. Also offers test prep for SAT.

Online Research Resources

General Research

Explora Secondary Schools - Arts & Literature, Biography, Business and Government, Current Issues, Geography, Health, History, Science and Math.

World Book Student - Full of facts, pictures and more, perfect for students.


International Studies

CIA World Factbook - provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

Infoplease Countries

National Geographic Printable Maps



Gale Biography in Context -  collection of biographies of people from around the world, throughout history, and across all subjects. It includes audiovisual materials and  full-text articles.


College Planning -helpful articles on subjects of interest to college-bound and current college students,  lists and links to no-cost college scholarship search sites which match students to available scholarships,  a student loan repayment calculator, colleges listed by state, with contact information and links, an online GPA calculator,  a list of colleges with comprehensive programs for students with learning disabilities, information on hundreds of fully accredited online degree programs, and more.

​​Current Events

Points of View Reference Center - This collection covers current social topics and contains a balance of materials from all viewpoints, including essays, leading political magazines, newspapers, radio and TV news transcripts, primary source documents, and reference books.  

Explora Secondary Schools - Arts & Literature, Biography, Business and Government, Current Issues, Geography, Health, History, Science and Math.

Literature & Writing

Gale Literature Resource Center - Full-text articles  biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements.  content covering all genres and disciplines, all time periods and all parts of the world.

Salem Literary Criticism - Authors; Works; Surveys; Magill's Literary Annuals

Literary Reference Center - a database that provides  a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.

Owl -  In addition to help with formatting a bibliography, this site has advice on spelling and grammar.

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