Homework Help for Teens:
Pease Public Library subscribes to a number of databases. You can find the list and any login instructions here.
PRHS students: databases count as a print resource for school projects. Don't believe us? Ms. Fleck says so too.
Congress -- Go straight to the source and learn about the federal legislative process and more with the resources at congress.gov
State Senate – Need to know about the New Hampshire State Senate? They have fast fact and history pages.
State House of Representatives – Learn the history of the New Hampshire House of Representatives!
New Hampshire Judicial Branch – the state judiciary has a page just for students to learn about the structure, function, and rules of the courts
Grafton County – What does a county do anyway? The Grafton County website can answer this (and tell you who does what at the county level) and more. You can also find links to all the municipal governments on the county website.
The White House – Learn about presidents, their families, and the building itself, plus the current administrations priorities.
60-Second Civics – a daily (there are over 4000 episodes so far!) 60 to 90 second podcast about a US civics topic. There's also a daily, one question, multiple choice quiz.
Ben’s Guide – this site from the Government Publishing Office (GPO) has basic information about election, important documents in U.S. history, the three branches of government, federally recognized tribes and more. (Yes, we know the design makes it look like it's for elementary schoolers)
Geography and Country Profiles:
CIA World Factbook – The CIA World Factbook is, clearly given the name, made by the Central Intelligence Agency. It contains national level information about countries around the world, including language spoken, mortality rates, and major economic industries. If you want to look at past Factbooks to see how things have changes, they have downloadable versions of the Factbook from 2000 to 2020.
BBC Countries Profiles – Two sources are better than one! The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation, the national broadcaster for the UK and a statutory corporation) also has country profiles. They aren’t updated as frequently as the ones in the CIA World Factbook, and you may need to know the former name of a country if it’s changed recently, but you’ll get slightly different information and a different perspective.
International Monetary Fund – Are you interested more in the economic side of countries? Do you want to try reading very technical reports? The IMF has reports on all 192 member countries and various aspects of their economies.
Canadian Encyclopedia -- Learning about our neighbor(u)rs to the north? The Canadian Encyclopedia is a great place to start. It’s also a good place to start looking for information about the Abenaki and or a different perspective on the War of 1812.
On the Media -- a podcast from NPR and WNYC about current news stories and how the media works and influences our lives.
Media bias chart -- All media has a bias because all people do. But some organizations are working to try to identify media bias as accurately as they can. The media bias chart from Ad Fontes Media is one of these efforts, and this interactive one lets you search for specific news media outlets. Read about the methodology behind the chart.
Open Licensed Images, Music, and More
Creative Commons -- Creative Commons is on of the best sources for finding images that you can use for free. They also provide links to sites that host CC licensed music. Make sure you read what each license and symbol stands for before you use things!
COERLL -- The Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning at UT Austin brings together language learning materials for French, Spanish, and more. Some are made by UT Austin while others are not. Try Français Interactif for French and Spanish Grammar in Context for Spanish!
French Language Exercises -- This site from Columbia University has self-correcting French exercises and explanations for all the grammar topics covered.
History and Local History:
Pease Public Library -- We have a variety of resources on local and regional history at Pease Public Library, including books about New Hampshire and the Plymouth region. We also have archives that can be found in our New Hampshire Room (and some in digitized format)
World Digital Library -- the WDL is a project of the Library of Congress, UNESCO, and other institutions from around the world that gathers primary sources from around the world in digitized format. You can search by theme, region, time period and more.
Digital Public Library of America -- the DPLA brings together resources from libraries, archives, and museums from across the US in curated digital exhibitions, topic sets, and primary sources sets.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum -- the USHMM has an online Holocaust Encyclopedia with a section devoted materials aimed at students in grades 6-12.
PSU Digital Collections -- PSU has digitized some of its collections, including those that are part of the Museum of the White Mountains and the Spinelli Archives.
New Hampshire Historical Society -- the NH Historical Society has many digital collections and other educational resources available for you to search. Plymouth, Holderness, Ashland, Waterville Valley, Campton, Rumney, and Wentworth also have historical societies, but you may need to visit in person.
Virtual Biology Lab -- VBL lets you design your our evolution, ecology, and cell biology experiments nd run them using digital models. Why not practice what you're learning in class?
Open Lab -- While Open Lab was designed for college students at CUNY, it offers a great review (or even a way to learn new material) in Biology and Chemistry.
Outside/In -- Outside/In is a podcast from our own New Hampshire Public Radio about the natural world and how humans interact with it. They also have some topic lists and a few mini-series on different issues.
Exploratorium -- The physical Exploratorium in in San Francisco, but you can explore some of the topics they cover and old exhibits online (including some great microscopic images). They aim to serve a variety of age and ability levels, so if something looks too easy or hard, don't be discouraged.
Science Friday -- the Science Friday Initiative produces a radio show (Science Friday) and two podcasts about your science questions and other science topics.
Writing and Citing:
OWL Purdue -- the Online Writing Lab from Purdue University is the place to go if you need help with formatting, citations, getting through writer's block, grammar, and more.
MLA Style -- While OWL Purdue will help you with most things, sometimes going to the source is helpful too. The MLA Style website also has a FAQ.
Chicago Manual of Style -- You probably won't use Chicago style in high school, but that doesn't mean there aren't useful resources to be had. The Q&A section includes general grammar questions too!
Virtual Math Lab -- West Texas A&M has a virtual math lab that can probably meet all your algebra help needs with three levels of algebra resources available.