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These Tools & Resources can assist you in your academic activities. Although most tools and resources are Free, some may require a fee to gain access to additional features.

Citation Tools

You may need to work on a paper or essay. Citing correctly your references is vital. Here you have some resources that can help you!

  1. Bibme – a free automatic citation creator that supports MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian formatting. BibMe leverages external databases to quickly fill citation information for you. BibMe will then format the citation information and compile a bibliography according to the guidelines of the style manuals. If you prefer, you can enter your citation information manually. BibMe also features a citation guide that provides students with the style manuals’ guidelines for citing references.
  2. Citefast – is a fast an accurate citation generator. It generates bibliography, in-text citations and a title page in APA 6th edition, MLA and Chicago. Free!
  3. Citelighter – This is a free tool that allows users to bookmark sections of webpages together with the information needed to create an APA, MLA, or Chicago style bibliography. For e fee more features are available.
  4. Citation Creation – a free to use online citation tool to create and format MLA, APA and Chicago styles easily, with helpful examples.
  5. Citation Machine – This free tool helps students and professional researchers to properly credit the information that they use. Its  primary goal is to make it easy for student researchers to cite their information sources.
  6. Citation Wizard – a free online utility designed to automatically generate citations according to MLA style specifications. Citing a work is simple: select the medium that best describes what you want to cite, fill out the form, and click on the “view citation” button. Your citation will appear instantly, saving you time and eliminating the hassle of consulting style manuals. Citation Wizard also allows you to create a bibliography from scratch. This feature makes it possible to begin a document, add entries, and save the finished document to your computer.
  7. Cites-O-Matic – Cite·O·Matic is a free and easy to use Works Cited/Bibliography maker. Citations are automatically added and formatted in either MLA or APA formats.
  8. EasyBib – a free automatic bibliography and citation maker. Provides basic citation guide information. Additional services require a fee.
  9. Frequent Citation Questions – EasyBib assists you in citing sources and creating bibliographies. Here you will find some of the most frequent citation questions and answers.
  10. GrammarBase – Fast, 100% FREE scans for your writing. It will analyze your document in real time to check for any mistakes. Once the scan is complete, you will receive a free detailed report identifying all issues and offering simple suggestions for improvements and corrections.No need to download any software – You can simply paste your text right into the application on this website. It will then promptly go to work, scanning your content for mistakes. It checks for all types of grammar mistakes, contextual errors, modifiers, prepositions, punctuation, quantifiers, and more.
  11. RefDot – This is a free chrome extension that lets users easily grab references for use in bibliographies. It is very easy to use and once it is installed  all you need to do is to click on its icon and a small window will pop up  where you can fill in bibliographic information
  12. Works Cited 4 UEnjoy all the benefits of membership for free.
    • Creates bibliographies in MLA, APA and Chicago formatting
    • Creates endnotes and footnotes
    • Allows you to save multiple biographies in one account
    • Instantaneously cites relevant sources
    • Searches database for new sources
  13. Zotero Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself. with a single click. Whether you’re searching for a preprint on arXiv.org, a journal article from JSTOR, a news story from the New York Times, or a book from your university library catalog, Zotero has you covered with support for thousands of sites.

Science & Math

Science is not an easy subject matter. Therefore, all the resources a student can get are welcome. Here are just a few!

  1. Bacterial Identification Virtual Lab – Created by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Virtual Bacterial Identification Lab provides interested parties with a great way to learn about the science and techniques used to identify different types of bacteria based on their DNA sequences. Visitors can enter the lab and get started by preparing samples from a patient, copying the desired pieces of the DNA, and then sequencing and analyzing the DNA. The entire experience is quite interactive: visitors can record their observations in the Notebook area and also learn about the various samples, which were obtained from stool, lymph nodes, urine, and blood. Finally, there’s the Reference area, which contains a glossary of terms, a list of tools in the lab, and an encyclopedia of selected bacteria and other pathogens. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013. https://www.scout.wisc.edu/ 
  2. ChemCollective –  a collection of free virtual labs, scenario-based learning activities, tutorials, and concept tests. Teachers can use our content for pre-labs, for alternatives to textbook homework, and for in-class activities for individuals or teams. Students can review and learn chemistry concepts using our virtual labs, simulations, and tutorials. The ChemCollective is organized by a group of faculty and staff at Carnegie Mellon who are interested in using, assessing, and creating engaging online activities for chemistry education.
  3. Chem Simulations – Here are some Java applets that give you a chance to explore some scientific principles the same way a professional scientist does: by messing around with a system that exhibits the principle. The main difference is that these systems are all simulated — they exist only on your computer. But they are quite realistic, in the sense that their properties are calculated carefully by accurate and modern scientific methods. Indeed, free simulations such as these form an important modern scientific research tool.
  4. Transition Mathematics Project– The Transition Mathematics Project (TMP) was created in 2004 “to help students successfully progress from high school math to college-level math.” Since its inception, TMP has worked with a range of partners including high school and college math educators. First-time visitors should check out the Resources area, which includes a number of useful tools such as “Agile Mind” (a web-based platform for educators to develop contextually rich math curricula and instructional materials). The Communication area features a semi-annual newsletter and a compilation of current “Math in the News” articles and publications related to TMP. The Results page features information about the successes of TMP’s previous projects with progress reports and other documents. The access is free. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2012. https://www.scout.wisc.edu/
  5. Virtual Nerd Mobile Math – a free iOS math app designed for students in grades 6-12, the app features tutorials organized by topic and standard, on-screen instructors and the ability to “favorite” videos. Students using Pearson High School Mathematics Common Core 2015, Pearson Integrated High School Mathematics Common Core 2014, and digits 2015 can also search the app by those programs’ table of contents. (Read more).

eBooks

If you are looking for ebooks or audiobooks, check out these resources!

  1. Free Tech Books – This site lists free online computer science, engineering and programming books, textbooks and lecture notes, all of which are legally and freely available over the Internet. Throughout this site, other terms are used to refer to a book, such as ebook, text, document, monogram or notes. You are allowed to view, download and with a very few exceptions, print the books for your own private use at no charge.
  2. Free Programming Books– List of learning resources for those who want to learn a computer language, check out these books from github.  There’s also a list of books available in Spanish.
  3. Librophilebrowse, listen and download audiobooks and ebooks free.
  4. Project Gutenberg – This is the community project devoted to providing the people with absolutely free eBooks. Though there isn’t a very huge range on there (say, compared to, Amazon!); however, there are weekly new titles updates.
  5. Free-eBooks.net – a website with free of cost source of eBooks obtainable for download. You even will get to search widely through various categories, as well.
  6. Online programming Books – In case you’re looking to refresh on the computing knowledge, then the website has a huge source of information in order to begin looking through.
  7. Open Culture – It has many eBooks available for free downloading. Therefore, if you’re not particular about what contents you’re after then it is a great selection for you.

Online Courses

Online courses are a major trend in todays academic world. Review some free or low fee courses you can take online. These may help you succeed in your career goals.

  1. Coursera – a social entrepreneurship company that partners’ with universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. They envision a future where universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions. The technology used enables professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students.
  2. iCivics – prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens by creating free and innovative educational materials. The site has standards-aligned civics curriculum that is available freely on the Web.
  3. Duolingo – turns learning a foreign language into a game. The more answers you get correct, the more XP and Lingots, a form of in-game currency, you’ll earn. You can also duel against friends if you choose. The main way Duolingo aims to teach you a foreign language is by repetition, conversation, and audibly speaking. If you go several days without completing any lessons, your skill level will fall and you’ll have to go back and strengthen those skills again. This method means you stay motivated to practice regularly. Currently Duolingo offers free courses in Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and English and can sync your progress between both iPhone and iPad.
  4. iTunes U – The free iTunes U app gives you access to the world’s largest online catalog of free education content from leading institutions — on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.
  5. Online Courses – is a free and comprehensive resource that is a collection of open college course that spans videos, audio lectures, and notes given by professors at Harvard, Princeton and MIT. It offers relevant courses such as iPhone Application Development from Stanford and Cyber Humor from Oxford. This is something that would be a resource for those looking to explore additional educational topics and to see what college level course has to offer.
  6. Khan Academy  –  a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. Students can make use of the extensive library of content, including interactive challenges, assessments, and videos from any computer with access to the web. Coaches, parents, and teachers have unprecedented visibility into what their students are learning and doing on Khan Academy. All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

Web 2.0 Tools

Free online tools referred to as Web 2.0 tools are listed in this section.

  1. CiteULike – is a free service for managing and discovering scholarly references. (a) Easily store references you find online, (b) Discover new articles and resources, (c) Automated article recommendations, (d) Share references with your peers, (e) Find out who’s reading what you’re reading, and (f) Store and search your PDFs.
  2. Download Any Stuff – is a search engine which provides download links for any kind of free stuff. It is particularly useful to Download FREE MP3 Songs , Softwares , Ebooks , Drivers, Games, Movies etc from the net. You can also search Torrents from here. Actually one can Search and Download almost anything!.  It aims to enable users to find their desired download links in the easiest possible way.
  3. FormSwift– Create and sign documents for free. With FormSwift, you’ll save time and money creating and editing every document you’ll ever need. The formswift.com team, a young startup has been dedicated to creating personal and legal templates that are customizable, easy to use, and highly professional.
  4. LearnHigher:Resources for Students – Whether you’re new to university or you’ve been there a while, LearnHigher can help you to make the most of the experience. The resources are freely available to all and cover the main areas that students seek advice on outside of their academic subject. Click on the questions to see more about how we can help you, or use the icons to go directly to a topic.
  5. Knowmiaa free site with over 8,000 videos where teachers help high school students succeed.
  6. Notes.io – is a simple free web-based application for taking notes as quickly and as efficiently as possible. Notes.io’s ease of use and ability to share information immediately make it useful for teachers in a hurry or students who are just getting used to classroom technology.
  7. PDF Search Engine – free serach engine for PDF files.
  8. Penzu – is a free online personal journal. It was created in order to keep journal entries away from prying eyes and enables users to add photos and format their journal in other appealing ways. Designed for students that want to keep notes to themselves or classroom journaling time. To begin taking notes with Penzu, sign up by clicking the green “Create Your FREE Journal” button. Fill in the required information and click “Sign Up.” Next, you will be prompted to select an avatar for your account. Choose your favorite from the options available and click “Next.” You will now be taken to a page that allows you to share Penzu on Facebook or Twitter, either do this or simply click “Next.” Penzu will now take you to a page that lets you decide whether you’d like to turn on Looking Glass or not. Looking Glass is a setting that enables you to be emailed old journal entries for nostalgia’s sake. Make a decision regarding this setting and click “Next.” You will be asked if you would like to be sent reminders to journal on Penzu, select and option from the dropdown menu and click “Next.” Now choose a font for your journal and click “Done.” Now click “Untitled Journal” and write away! As a free user you are allotted one journal, so make the most of it by adding pictures, comments, or changing the format of the text from the list of icons directly above your journal. Once you’re done, save your journal, then either lock it or send it to someone!
  9. Scriblink – is a free online note-taking program that functions like a digital whiteboard.  It allows user to share notes, drawings, or diagrams at any time. Scriblink’s ability to share free-hand sketches make it a valuable tool for any classroom full of creative students. No signup is necessary. The tools at your disposal include: a free-form pen, a straight-line tool, a square creation tool, a circle creation tool, an eraser, a text tool, an “Upload” button, a color selection bar for your lines and your background, a slider that lets you vary the thickness of your lines, an “Undo” button, and a “Clear” button. Utilize all of these tools to create something worthy of sharing. Then save it, send it, or print it!
  10. Studeousis a new service that teachers can use to create online discussion forums for their courses. In your Studeous account you can create a discussion forum for each of the courses that you teach. In addition to using Studeous as a discussion forum you can create an announcements page. If you upgrade to a paid account you can post files and images too (the free version limits you to two files). Students can join your forum by entering the access code for your course or you can send them invitations via email. Studeous is not as robust as some similar services like Edmodo. That said, if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to create a discussion forum for your courses Studeous might be for you.
  11. The Short and Concise Plagiarism Guide for Students– Assignment helper’s mission is to provide an academic writing help which include but not limited to writing, proofreading and editing of custom papers for college, high school, and university students. Avoiding plagiarism is crucial, not just because it’s punishable, but because of your personal progress and integrity.
  12. Web 2.0 Tools – Web 2.0 tools are changing the way messages spread across the Web. A number of online tools and platforms are now defining how people share their perspectives, opinions, thoughts and experiences. Web 2.0 tools such as weblogs, RSS, video casting, social bookmarking, social networking, podcasts and picture sharing sites are becoming more and more popular. One major advantage of Web 2.0 tools is that the majority of them are free. Check it out!
  13. Write my Paper– Paperfellows have called themselves: “An ultimate guide to perfect academic paper writing”. On this page of their website, you will find a compiled a collection of grammar, citation styles, writing and research skills website.

Study Guides & Strategies

You may need help with problem solving skills, studying/learning with others, studying for tests, among other areas; this might be the section for you!  This section has free resources in English and Spanish to help you in your academic performance. Explore and enjoy!

  1. Study Guides and Strategies – This web site as an independent, learner-centric educational public service where collaborative projects across institutional, cultural and national boundaries have been included. Website is intended for students, ages middle school through returning adult, as well as their parents, teachers and support professionals. Its resources are intended to empower all learners without regard to institutional and national boundaries; cultural mores and religious beliefs; race, gender and sexual orientation. Researched, authored, maintained and supported by Joe Landsberger .
  2. Fetchnotes is a service for creating and organizing notes for yourself.  When you write a note, just use a hashtag to label your note. Then whenever you want to search for a note just enter a hashtag. For example, if I was a student taking notes in a history course I might use the hashtag “#revolution” for all notes related to revolutions. Then I could go back and read all of my notes about revolution by just searching for that hashtag. Fetchnotes lets you create groups of people with whom you share notes. When you want to share a note with someone else in your group just add @ before that person’s name to have the task appear on your list and his or her list. In addition to being available through the free iPad app, Fetchnotes can be used in your web browser. Fetchnotes also offers a free Android app.
  3. Freeplane – a free and open source application for organizing, visualizing and sharing information. You can use Freeplane to build regular, static mind maps, simple charts and diagrams which structure information.
  4. FreeMind – is a mind-mapping software, it starts off as an onscreen whiteboard on which you can jot ideas and concepts. This can be topics to be covered in an essay, features of a program you want to write or stages of building a house. The task is irrelevant, FreeMind lets you manipulate and organize your thoughts. After ideas are added they can be fleshed out, either with sub tasks, more details or even the text to be used in that section of an article. Ideas can then be linked to give the project some structure.
  5. inClass is a free iPad app that students can use to take and keep track of the notes they record in all of their courses. inClass allows students to organize notebooks for each of their courses. Within each notebook students can include typed notes, audio notes, video notes, and pictures. The ability to store those four types of notes makes inClass a great app for students to use in a science lab where they might want to have a little video clip of an experiment along with their own typed notes about the lab experiment
  6. Penultimate provides a place for you to hand-write notes on your iPad. The app allows you to create multiple notebooks with multiple pages in each. You can change the color and size of the pen strokes that are created when you write in your notebooks. Each page in your notebook can include pictures that you have stored on your iPad or pictures that you take through the Penultimate app. The free app provides the option to change the look of the virtual paper on which you write. You can copy and paste content from one page to another and from one notebook to another.

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