With the multitude of excellent free academic resources available on the web, online students searching for help with coursework should never have to pay for assistance or tutoring services. In addition to general homework help, students will also find websites providing study tips, easy to understand tutorials, step-by-step instructions regarding how to write research papers and essays and answers to just about any questions a student may have about the online school experience.
1. Hippocampus.org—provides comprehensive information and detailed explanation concerning statistics and probability, physics, biology, advanced mathematical concepts and a host of other course topics. Students will also find video lectures about complex subjects like organic chemistry and economic theories.
2. Encyclopedia.com—online students will find over 70 thesauruses and dictionaries as well as 50 different encyclopedias from which to obtain verifiable and accurate information
3. Quizlet.com—this is a fun site to explore that offers student-made quizzes and practice tests for students who plan on taking their GRE, GMAT or LSAT. The majority of quizzes test your knowledge of terms related to a subject by using a flash-card format
4. EEWeb.com—calculus students can download a scientific calculator for free at this website and also access other special calculators that can help them with higher math homework
5. Sparknotes.com—find a study guide for just about any book you have been assigned to read at Sparknotes as well as summaries of historical literature, insights into book themes and in-depth analyses of famous characters
6. Westfield State College Ely Library Citation Guide—when you have to write a paper in a certain style, check out this website for information on citing in APA, MLA, Chicago and CBE Style. Impress your instructor by showing him or her that you are well-informed concerning research paper formatting by submitting a flawlessly crafted paper
7. Empressr.com—forget Microsoft’s Powerpoint or Google Doc Presentation—Empressr is a free online presentation tool that lets you create and share dazzling media presentations. You can upload images, video and audio and make slideshows that can be posted as a link or embedded.
8. Refdesk.com—this ultimate digital “reference desk” provides a goldmine of information, current news, opinion pieces, links to world newspapers and miscellaneous resources to help with any kind of assignment you need to complete.
9. Library of Congress—discover the world of the past in images, video, audio and the written word at the Library of Congress’ website. It claims to hold the largest record of human knowledge and creativity in the world.
10. Bibliomania.com—providing thousands of free, famous and not-so-famous articles, e-books, plays, poems and stories to the public, Bibliomania adds hundreds of books every month and has a message board where students can ask other students for help with writing about literature
11. Gutenberg.org—online students will discover nearly 45,000 free books available at Project Gutenberg in addition to kindle and e-pub books all free of charge. Gutenberg also supplies access to thousands of free e-books by publishing links to various resources, partners and affiliates.
12. Academic Earth—watch videotaped lectures given by professors from top universities like Yale, Stanford and Berkely. Subjects of tutoring videos include AP Calculus, solving dependent systems of linear equations and GMAT Math
13. Chegg.com—an online community for traditional and distance learning college students, Chegg.com allows you to post any questions you have about assignments or other issues regarding college life in order to receive valid answers from other like-minded students.
14. Study Guides and Strategies (www.studygs.net)–huge resource providing guides and articles for everything from techniques to avoid procrastinating to learning with attention-deficit disorder. Students will also find exceptional tutorials about enhancing memorization skills, managing a group project, defeating test anxiety and solving problems by using critical and creative thinking.
15. University of Northern Iowa’s Sites to Promote Academic Success (www.uni.edu/walsh/linda7.html)– a resource site with links to websites furnishing advice about banishing time management obstacles, how to take good notes, adopting successful test-taking strategies and principles of memory.
16. Martindale’s Reference Desk—hundreds of links to hundreds of subjects—geoscience, world maps, engineering, business and much more.
17. Medical Library Association—for students working on medical and health degrees, this website offers quick access to a large amount of publications and resources discussing the latest in medical technology as well as information about opportunities for those interested in continuing education.
18. Allwords.com—learn quickly about any subject by reading condensed subject glossaries containing important words and their definitions. Allwords has glossaries about everything from insurance to ancient philosophy
19. Tests.com—practice your test-taking skills as well as what you know about a topic by exploring Tests.com’s website. Some of the tests are not free but there are enough tests that are free to fully accommodate an online student’s academic needs. Intelligence tests and career tests are also available.
20. Purdue Online Writing Lab—may be the web’s best resource for students experiencing difficulty in writing college-level essays and research papers. Here students will find help with how to write argument papers, annotated bibliographies, book reports and exam essays
Some educational resources to avoid using are: blogs (unless they are written by well-known experts in their field), websites that offer biased content, sites that are selling a product or service (especially pertains to so-called resources offering medical information) and websites that are no longer updated. Wikipedia is an acceptable resource if you are just searching for information about a certain topic but students should never submit papers that contain data culled from Wikipedia unless the student has verified the information using credible, academic websites.