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Useful Websites

  • BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper – This is an amazingly comprehensive homework site (created by a teenager!) with over 700 links to every subject imaginable. In addition DiscoverySchool.com offers links to many other tools to help you study, games to challenge your mind, and tons of great clip art to use. In addition, there are nearly a dozen learning adventures that let you explore everything from Ancient Egypt to a Space Station.
  • CIA World Fact Book – Maps, Flags, and important statistical data on countries around the world.
  • Homework Spot – A free homework information portal that features the best K-12 homework sites, arranged by grade. Better than Google or Yahoo! because it has links for homework and nothing else!
  • How Stuff Works – Learn how everything works - in science, technology, computers, and much more!
  • IPL2 (Internet Public Library) for Teens – Features lots of links and other internet resources for teens, including term paper help, ideas for what to read, career paths, and the means for asking a question if you don’t find what you need.
  • Library of Congress - American Memory – Digital collections covering all facet and periods of American history. A great place to find primary source materials.
  • Math Homework Help – Free math lessons and math homework help from basic math to algebra, geometry and beyond. Includes online calculators and cool tools, and games to use and improve your math skills.
  • Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary and Thesaurus
  • Multnomah County Library Homework Center – Links to 38 different homework topics developed by Multnomah County Library in Oregon.
  • RefDesk.com Homework Helper – Great homework help site for grades 1-12 PLUS college, arranged in sections by age group. Includes reference, research, quick facts, tools for research papers, and an "ask the expert" section. Prepare for the SAT or ACT for free at Number2.com or The College Board!

Research Databases

"Help! I can't use Wikipedia!" The resources found in databases come from trusted sources that you and your teachers can cite with confidence. All you need to access these resources from school or home is a Groton Public Library card.

Use databases to find magazine and newspaper articles, encyclopedias, and reference books. For a complete list of databases covering history, current events, social studies, geography, literature, health, science and more, go to the GPL Research page.

Encyclopædia Britannica Online InfoGeneral encyclopedia for students through adults.   Library Access Remote access
InfoTrac Junior Edition - K12 (Gale InfoTrac)
Mainly full-text magazine articles, newspapers and reference books for junior high and middle school students.
InfoDesigned for junior high and middle school students, Junior Edition – K12 is a periodical database with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.   Library Access Remote  Access
InfoTrac Student Edition (Gale InfoTrac)
Mainly full-text magazine articles, newspapers and reference books for high school students.
InfoStudent Edition is a periodical database designed for high-school students. It provides access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.   Library Access Remote  Access


Test Preparation

Check out LearningExpress for ebook study guides and online practice tests for PSAT, SAT, ACT and AP tests in many subjects. Middle School and High School Skills Improvement sections, too. Provided by the Worcester Public Library. Just print out the instructions and create your own FREE account.

LearningExpress Library InfoA comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help students and adult learners succeed in academic or career licensing tests. LearningExpress offers immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results. Online test preparation and tutorials for SAT, GED, AP, GRE, TOEFL, Citizenship, Civil Service, ASVAB, Teacher Certification and other exams, plus help with business and career skills, and even a computer skills training component. Includes Skills Improvement programs to help students prepare for the MCAS tests. Print out these instructions to help you set up a new user account (it's free!). Help Remote  Access