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This page is a selection of resources for middle and high schoolers. We hope that it provides a clear and thoughtful starting point for local teens looking for resources for a variety of online topics.

Looking for more specifically local links? Check out our Community Links page.

Looking for more scholarly research options? Check out our databases here.

As always, we are happy to help over the phone or in person at the library if you need research help.

Online Resources for Teens

Subjects (Click to jump to section):


  • Beginner’s Cooking Glossary - This webpage has a comprehensive list of cooking vocabulary words and their definitions, which can help any new cook navigate a recipe.
  • Beginner’s Cooking Tools - This article covers the 10 basic tools you’ll need to cook a variety of meals in your kitchen, why you use them, and when they should be used.
  • Building your Credit Score - This site explain what credit and a credit score are, how to build your credit, and why it’s important to create and maintain good credit for your future.
  • College Scholarships - This website has a comprehensive list of undergraduate college scholarships and explains the different types of scholarships available. This website is notable because it doesn’t ask for any of your personal information for advertising purposes.
  • Cooking Recipes - Learning how to cook can seem daunting, but this list of diverse and simple recipes will help you fill out your cookbook!
  • College Board - Provides information on the major AP, SAT, and CLEP exams along with practice tests, and general college and scholarship search options.
  • FAFSA - The ‘Free Application for Financial Student Aid’ official website where you can learn more about financial student aid, fill out a FAFSA form, and keep an eye on your application deadline.
  • Making a Budget - This site has practical tips on how to make your own budget, monitor your expenses, keep track of various bills through a free budget worksheet you can download.
  • Resume Writing for Teens - This webpage offers free resume templates for teens in high school and provides the vocabulary you’ll need to promote your skill sets even if you don’t have much formal work experience.
  • The RMV Testing Site - In partnership with the Ventress Memorial Library, the RMV is providing free online practice tests with differing levels of difficulty. Click on ‘car tests’ at the top of the page to get to the tests you’ll need.
  • Teen Voter Registration - This official voter registration website for Massachusetts covers the basics of registering to vote, what forms of identification are needed, how to find your voting station, and what deadlines to keep an eye on.
  • Working as a Minor - This website explains the child labor laws of Massachusetts and will help you apply for a work permit.

History and Political Science:

  • 50 States - Provides broad coverage of each state’s fact for basic research purposes.
  • A to Z: The USA - Provides US State information focused on the culture, people, history, geography, and local government of each state.
  • BBC News Country - An easy guide to the key institutions, history, politics and economic background of all major countries and territories. This site also includes informative audio and video clips from BBC archives.
  • Global Road Warrior - A resource created by independent researchers, writers, and others that focuses on breaking down each country’s culture, history, language, travel requirements, and educational system.
  • The Library of Congress - A summary of the members of congress, the ongoing and upcoming bills and legislation to be debated, a video archive of congressional sessions, and links to committee meetings and schedules. The right-hand side has links to other relevant legal and political websites.
  • Official Website of the White House - this website is, as stated, the official website of the White House and provides the President’s insight, perspective, and updates on POTUS initiatives.
  • The World Factbook - Offers comprehensive information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

Language Arts:

  • Grammar Girl Podcast - Hosted by a science and technical writer, this podcast answers grammar and writing questions in digestible mini-episodes.
  • Library of Congress - This site includes poetry webcasts, poetry news and events, columns from the Poet Laureate, links to other poetry-related sites, and a sizable archive of recorded poetry and literature.
  • Poetry 180 - Created by former Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, this site is designed with the intention that a student can check the website each day during the school year and find a new poem to listen to or read.
  • Poet’s Corner - A poetry website with impressive breadth and depth that covers the ‘classics’ to the more obscure poets throughout the ages.
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab - This site’s section for ‘7-12 Instructors and Students’ has a wide variety of articles on essay writing, research papers, common grammar mistakes, plagiarism, and proper citation.
  • Shakespeare for Kids - Learn about Shakespeare and Elizabethan England through clever vocabulary puzzles and quizzes.



  • - Offers relevant lessons and example problems. Avoid ads by sticking to the center of the site.
  • - Algebra - After choosing a specific algebra problem to work on, this site provides you with a brief overview, and in-depth explanation, relevant examples, and practice problems.
  • - A comprehensive site that offers basic math, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus tips. Avoid ads by sticking with the ‘select subject’ menu.
  • Math2 - Provides basic math reference table and and a forum to pose questions to other students and math experts.
  • - Covering general math, algebra, geometry, and calculus it also provides a space for you to type in math problems and then gives you step-by-step guides to reach the solution.

Mental/Physical Health:

  • Crisis Hotlines - This webpage has phone numbers for several hotlines that serve as resources for anyone who is experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, suicidal thoughts, or crisis intervention.
  • Crisis Textline - This textline will connect you to a trained crisis counselor who will help you move through whatever stress you’re facing until you’ve both decided you’re in a calmer headspace.
  • General Health and Wellness - This website provides teens with “up-to-date, nonjudgmental, straightforward curricular, and self-help support” on a wide array of health subjects specifically geared towards high school students.
  • Go Ask Alice - supported by a team of Columbia University health promotion specialists, this website aims to provide reliable, accurate, accessible, and culturally competent health information for teens on a wide variety of topics.
  • Hope Floats - This healing and wellness center hosts support group sessions, called ‘Mike’s Club’ for teens grieving sibling loss or the loss of a parent/caregiver. Support group sessions take place in Kingston and registration information is provided on the website.
  • Scarleteen - This site provides inclusive and comprehensive information on sex, sexual health, and relationships for teens. This site also features a chat service and message board where volunteers can answer your questions privately.
  • Sex, etc. - This site promotes honest and accurate sexual health and relationship information written by teens and volunteers for teens. In addition to a state-by-state guide on teens sexual health rights, this website also has sex health videos, and a glossary of over 400 sexual terms.
  • SHAAGLY - This is the facebook page for the South Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth that meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Duxbury.


  • Khan Academy - Provides free practice tests in both online and paper format, specific practice for the reading, writing, and math sections, and a comprehensive overview SAT tips and strategies.
  • Union Test Prep - provides a free ACT practice exam that follows the format of the timed exam. The exam is broken into four sections and you can practice each multiple times.


  • Geology - A page on that covers the basics of geology with hundreds of links to images and concise descriptions of various rock types.
  • Amusement Park Physics - A free website that lets you experiment with the physics of roller coasters to eventually create a roller coaster that can pass a safety inspection.
  • Cells Alive - Informative graphics about the formation of cells and surprisingly addictive educational puzzles.
  • Inner Body - Embedded within a website that primarily advertises DNA testing, there’s a comprehensive breakdown of all body systems under the Human Anatomy heading.
  • NASA for Students - A very comprehensive site that NASA has provided by students with the complexity of information divided by grade levels.
  • Science Buddies - A site with sound science project ideas based on complexity, topic, and grade level.
  • Science Fair Project Ideas - A variety of science fair project ideas that are sorted by category and grade level.
  • Sky and Telescope Magazine - A free magazine that provides basic information about astronomy, including topics like: "Words Ya Gotta Know", "How to Start Right in Astronomy", "Names of the Stars", and more.
  • Space Race - This site is sponsored by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and provides information on the history of the "Space Race" between the United States and the Soviet Union with strong images and simple explanations.


Author Videos

Watch conversations and content from your favorite authors!


  • Crash Course - John and Hank Green tell you everything you need to know about history and everything else
  • vlogbrothers - John and Hank Green talk about themselves