Middle School Resources

General Resources

  • Explora Secondary
    Top quality information you won’t find with google. You’ll need your library card number and password to access Explora.
  • Khan Academy
    Lessons and practice on a wide array of subjects. Sign up for a free account to track your progress.
  • WBO Student
    A great resource for doing research. Current events, biographies, guides to paper writing, and so much more. You need a Demarest Library card to use WBO Student.

History & Current Events

  • CIA World Factbook
    Get an introduction to and statistics about any and every country in the world: geography, society, form of government, and more.
  • History Channel
    Short articles, videos, and biographies on American and world historical topics and figures.
  • Point of View Reference Center
    Find comprehensive overviews of controversial contemporary topics with articles arguing viewpoints and either side and guides critical analysis of the topic. You need your library card number and password to access this database.
  • Smithsonian: History & Culture
    Hundreds of online resources from the Smithsonian Institute for learning about American history.
  • Today in History
    Short articles on important historical events for every day of the year.
  • WBO Timelines
    Get a visual view of history with pre-made timelines of important topics and create your own timeline to keep track of your history project. You will need your Demarest library card number to use WBO Timelines.

Language Learning

  • Dictionary (Merriam-Webster)
    The classic American dictionary.
  • Etymology Dictionary
    Get a brief background on the origins of virtually any word in the English language.
  • Idiom Site
    Definitions of common American-English expressions that do not directly translate into other languages.
  • Learn a Language
    A collection of free language-learning resources for nineteen different languages.
  • Rosetta Stone
    Get introductory lessons using the famous language-learning software in thirty languages, including English as a Second Language. Rosetta Stone teaches languages through visual and auditory cues rather than direct translation. You will need your library card number to sign up for Rosetta Stone.

Math & Science

  • Famous Inventions
    Articles on famous inventors and their inventions.
  • Infobase Science Online
    Find curriculum tools, print-outs, and online interactive experiments.
  • Khan Academy – Math
    Get free lessons and practice on math specialized by grade. You can also select a subject like pre-algebra to study.
  • Popular Science
    Brief articles on a variety of topics from the pop science magazine.
  • SciCentral
    This site aggregates breaking research news from the most reliable and reputable sources in the scientific fields.
  • Science News for Students
    This website has articles about the latest and greatest discoveries in science, written for middle-schoolers and teens. Glossaries with advanced science terms are included in each article.
  • Smithsonian: Science & Nature
    Articles from the Smithsonian Institution’s Insider about news and discoveries in the scientific community.