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Learning Resources

Check out these resource categories:

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
Dictionaries and Reference Books Online   
Learning and Literacy Online
Internet Information
Learning Strategies

Critical Thinking
General Resources
How to Search Online
Learning Styles
Libraries Online and E-Texts

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

It's true, honesty is still the best policy.

Critical Thinking

The purpose of education is to learn to think rationally for yourself.

Dictionaries and Reference Books Online

What the Web does well -- mountains of neatly interconnected information.

  • NYPL Digital Gallery -- "access to over 800,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more."
  • OneLook Dictionaries -- links to 19,633,003 words in 1061 specialized dictionaries and glossaries on the Web
  • The Free Dictionary-- " The world's most comprehensive dictionary," it says, and it does provide a large resource in English and thirteen other languages as well as medical and legal terminology.
  • Visual Thesaurus -- a nice 'mind-map' interactive approach to vocabulary; free use is limited and it's $19.95/yr for an online subscription, but the site also has many good articles and links about language and writing.
  • WordSmyth Electronic Dictionary-Thesaurus -- originally developed at the University of Chicago; users must register FREE for full access. You can create glossaries, quizzes, crossword puzzles, and more.
  • Yourdictionary -- a comprehensive and authoritative language portal with dictionaries and grammars in over 300 languages from Abenaki to Zulu, plus thesauri (thesauruses?), games that build language skills, grammars, articles about language, and other specialized dictionaries

General Resources

  • ALA Great Sites -- more than 700 sites picked by the good people at the American Library Association especially for kids, but there's good stuff here for everyone, including how to evaluate websites yourself
  • ARC Links-- from Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis. Online notes, tests, and tutorials in many subjects from Accounting and Algebra to Visual Basic and Windows from colleges all over the world! Lots of material on computers, including C++ and HTML
  • Arts & Letters Daily, a service of The Chronicle of Higher Education brings you "Philosophy, aesthetics, literature, language, ideas, criticism, culture, history, music, art, trends, breakthroughs, disputes, gossip" in a fantastic collection of recent essays, opinions, book reviews, and links that also cover politics, science, and the news.
  • The BBC/ British Broadcasting Corporation-- Much more than a source of Dr. Who ! News, sports, weather, and a huge site with everything from AbFab to Zoos. BBC is also available in other languages, including ones from the Middle East, South Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa.
  • The Big Picture, extraordinary photographs from the Boston Globe. Current news, science, people and places.
  • B.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper-- the pioneer of homework sites, with more than 800 resources on arts, humanities, social science, math, and science. Check the College Companion pages for links about surviving and thriving in college. 
  • -- the U.S. government's official web portal, well organized and searchable. The feds gather mountains of information, and here it is for you to use!
  • Infomine -- a list of scholarly Internet resource collections, created by college librarians and run by the University of California, Riverside. These are serious web resources, great for research and scholarly work.
  • MagPortal. Articles from 150 popular magazines are indexed by subject and can lead down many a fun and informative path. Personalize your searches and feeds as well. 
  • Martindale's Media Center is a huge collection of links, collected and maintained since 1994, including e-texts and digital archives under Libraries, World History, Literature, and, Newspapers. It's not fancy, but the content is solid.
  • Michigan Community Colleges -- links to all their websites; part of the Michigan Community College Association website, including the Virtual Learning Collaborative, home of the state community colleges' online courses and degrees
  • MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) - 2000 courses from all 34 academic disciplines and all five of MIT's schools; MIT OCW
    • free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world
    • publication of MIT course materials
    • does not require any registration
    • not a degree-granting or certificate-granting activity
    • does not provide access to MIT faculty
  • National Public Radio and PBS both have great sites with many links, and Delta Broadcasting is a part of both.
  • Newseum, "the Interactive Museum of News." The physical museum is in Washington, D.C., but there's plenty to see in the online version: online exhibits, and every day the front pages of 974 newspapers from 88 countries around the world, from The Alaska Dispatch of Anchorage, Alaska, to The Virgin Islands Daily from Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands. Another source of news in languages other than English.
  • -- thousands, I mean thousands, of links to news, newspapers, facts, stats, fun. Organized and searchable, you should be able to find it here.
  • YouTubeEDU -- watch lectures from Stanford and demonstrations and how-tos and explanations from universities everywhere.

Learning and Literacy Online

Just because it's on the Web doesn't mean it's good stuff. Somebody still has to review and collect it for your easy use.

Search Engines and Directories

How to Search

  • Bare Bones 101-- a basic but excellent tutorial on searching the Web from the Library at the University of South Carolina
  • Internet Tutorials-- from the University at Albany Libraries; good guidance for every aspect
  • LEO -- Literacy Education Online from St. Cloud State, focusing on the research process and research formats
  • Library Research Guide -- from Stony Brook University for tutorials about successful search strategies, especially on the Net.
  • Union County College Library Instruction -- nice, simple instructions from UCC in New Jersey

Net Info

  • -- Bob started driving the Internet Tourbus in 1996, and his advice on computing and the net is wide-ranging and clear.
  • Gizmo's Freeware from Firefox, firewalls, spyware removal, apps, and more free computer stuff, reviewed and ranked.
  • LISTSERVs -- CataList, the official catalog of LISTSERV lists-- 59,307 public ones as of 8 January 2015
  • Urban Legends Reference Pages-- first with the latest nonsense, and very thorough; by Barbara and David P. Mikkelson. Rule #1: Never forward any mass e-mail without checking it here first. And don't forward most of them anyway unless you know how to get rid of all the forwarding clutter that make them multi-KB messages overloading your e-mail buddies' mailboxes.  

Learning and Personality Styles

Resources to help you learn how to learn.

Learning Strategies to Support Student Success

There are eight million (more or less) learning centers in the world, and they all have help to offer. Here's a collection of some of the best.

  • Understanding University Success-- want to gauge your skills? Download this free study from the Center for Educational Policy Research that examines just what you need to be able to do to succeed in college (and probably anywhere else).
  • Cornell Note paper-- print your own with this PDF file! You can also download more than 830 other types of specialty paper, from graph, note, and musical paper to softball score sheets at
  • Group Project Skills -- good links to help that group paper, presentation, or project run smoothly from Georgia Perimeter College
  • developed by Lucy MacDonald from Chemeketa Community College in Oregon
  • Learning Centers-- visit the websites of learning centers around the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, & Canada, from the Learning Support Centers in Higher Education site
  • Learning Skills-- good advice on college reading and survival from York University in Toronto
  • Learning Strategies -- study tips, and prep for tests like the GRE from the Center for Academic Success at Louisiana State University. Try the learning style self-tests and Online Workshops.
  • Skills Handouts -- more than 80 downloadable, printable handouts (and an online Study Skills Inventory) from the Student Academic Resource Center at the University of Central Florida.
  • Study Guides and Strategies -- over 200 guides, but the best part is that many of them have been translated into 37 other languages from around the world, including Arabic, Hindi, Bengali, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Kiswahili, and 14 European languages 
  • Study Skills Links -- lots from the ARC Links at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis
  • Study Strategies-- tools to assess and improve learning skills from the University of Minnesota at Duluth
  • Strategies for Success--lots of information from Middle Tennessee State University and many good links to other sites
  • Test Anxiety Survey-- an online evaluation with followup suggestions on coping with test anxiety from Wright State U in Ohio
  • T/LC Handouts -- download and print one of our handouts on learning strategies
  • Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Better Student-- from includes tips such as participating in class (what a concept), studying, and test-taking.

Libraries Online and E-Texts

You still need to physically visit a library, if only because the librarians are there to help you with the real books and the wonderful world of cyber-sources. But look at all the books and other files you can download to your Kindle, Nook, other e-reader, iPad, or your plain old computer!

  • Delta Library-- all about our library and many, many links
  • Classics Archive - Another online collection offers thousands of classic books in one location. Read all the books online free of charge, or download them in PDF for a small fee.
  • Library of Congress -- the nation's best, with a collection of over 115 million items.  
  • LibrarySpot is the place to find libraries of every stripe, plus a virtual reference desk, reading room, lots of lists, and answers to trivia questions such as who is the world's most translated author?
  • Michigan Electronic Library (MeL) -- over 18,000 resources in fourteen subject areas, all already evaluated by library professionals.
  • Project Bartleby-- a notable website of hundreds of classic world, British, and American literature texts online, including the eponymous Bartleby the Scrivener
  • Project Gutenberg-- the first site devoted to e-text preservation and free distribution of more than 46,000 classic texts from Shakespeare to Poe to Burroughs (Edgar Rice, that is, not William). Load your Nook or Kindle! 
  • The Free Library -- 23,832,254 books and articles, many scholarly, in a searchable format.
  • The Virtual Library-- one of the first (started by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN) and most extensive web libraries, with materials actually online.

Links checked 8 January 2015.

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