Careers and Education

Looking for information about careers or education? These online resources are a great place to start.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Try searching the catalog or asking a librarian.

Free Anywhere Career One Stop

Explore careers, browse occupations and industries, employment trends, self-assessments, resumes, regional information, and more. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Free With BPL ECard Career Transitions

Career Transitions provides resources on finding a job and discovering a new career. Sections of the site focus on job search strategies, resumes and cover letters, practice interviews, schools and training programs, internships, skills and interests assessment, and exploring career paths.

Provided by the Boston Public Library and available for free with a BPL eCard. Individuals who live in, own property in, or commute to work in Massachusetts may register for an eCard.

Free State Wide Educator’s Reference Complete

Use this mainly full-text collection of over 1100 periodicals and 200 reports for educational research from preschool to college. Every educational specialty can be found here including technology, health and bilingual education, testing, and issues in administration, funding and policy.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Free With Forbes Card Learning Express Library

This interactive online database features more than 300 practice tests based on official school and career exams, including ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB, Firefighter, Police Officer, Paramedic, EMT Basic, U.S. Citizenship, Postal Worker, Cosmetology, and Real Estate Sales Agent & Broker Exams, among others. Includes math & reading practice for 4th grade through high school, school and college admission tests and Advance Placement tests.

Provided by Forbes Library. Remote access requires a Forbes Library card.

Free With BPL ECard Lynda.com

Lynda.com is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through the library’s subscription, you have access to the lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.

Provided by the Boston Public Library and available for free with a BPL eCard. Individuals who live in, own property in, or commute to work in Massachusetts may register for an eCard.

Free Anywhere Massachusetts Career Information System

The Massachusetts Division of Career Services (DCS) offers the Massachusetts Career Information System (MassCIS) free on-line to all Massachusetts residents. MassCIS is designed to provide occupational and educational information to help people make better-informed career and school choices. It includes tools such as assessment tests and resume builder, plus in depth information about careers, salaries, education and training, and job growth outlook.

Free State Wide Nursing Resource Center

Nursing Resource Center fills the void of an online resource for beginning LPN, LVN, ADN, RN and BSN students nationwide. Created in close collaboration with nursing instructors and students and the librarians that support them, Nursing Resource Center takes textbooks and curricula into account and presents students with information that mirrors the “nursing process” — a workflow that organizes how students diagnose, treat and care for patients — as it is taught in the classroom.

Free for all Massachusetts residents. Provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.

Free Anywhere Occupational Outlook Handbook

The online version, published every 2 years by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Includes information about a huge range of occupations including job titles, nature and conditions of work, training or certification required, prospects for growth, and typical salaries.