7 Online Resources For You To Try This Semester

Have you ever had to write a research paper and had no idea where to start? Maybe you couldn’t organize your thoughts or felt that you needed to find a better source of information in order to write your thesis? If this sounds like you, don’t fret: many college students find themselves looking for more helpful resources for helping them conduct research and properly write educational essays and reports. 

While your status as a student usually gets you access to more prestigious online research tools through your university or college library, there are other websites and applications that you can check out to help you with your assignments. These include tools for reading, writing, organization and presentation, news, information, and assistance with productivity. A list of seven such tools is provided below to help you with your educational goals this Spring 2016 semester.

1. Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a website that provides users with over 50,000 ebooks that you can download for free. These include kindle and epub books, and they can be downloaded to your computer or you can just read them online. The site does ask that you give a donation if you become a regular user, but sign up is totally free, and the site can even assist you with online publishing.

2. Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Purdue offers the best tools for helping you correctly structure and reference all of your research papers. Whether you are writing in APA (American Psychological Association) or MLA (Modern Language Association), you can get help with writing in-text citations, bibliographies, and sample essays that show design and structure across various formats all on one website! This is also a great tool for anyone in the general public that does either professional or freelance writing, so be sure to remember it for after your college years.

3. Library of Congress (loc.gov)

Much like the actual library itself, the Library of Congress is loaded with articles and journals that cover a variety of topics, including sports, news, art and culture, religion and philosophy, world history, law, government, business, and many more. Although the actual library in Washington D.C. contains all of the primary sources, you can access many of these tools on the website, and even register for membership at the library.

4. Jottit

Jottit is an online web application that allows you to create and customize your own personal website. The web-based program is designed to guide you through the process step by step, and pretty much does all of the work for you. All you have to do is enter your text into the space provided and the site will help you customize it and add content to your liking.

5. AM Charts

AM Charts is another website that assists you in creating online graphics and presentations. The site provides you with images to include in your presentation, and allows you to use graphics that move along the charts that you create to assist you with the flow of your presentation. Better still, the service is free, so give it a try if you are tired of sticking to PowerPoint clipart and cliché slide shows (although PowerPoint is a great tool and I would totally endorse it!).

6. Drudge Report

The Drudge Report is a website that contains hundreds of news-related articles you are not likely to find in your average web search. It is essentially its own search engine that links you to various news sources via linked articles that appear on their webpage. From there you can continue to explore the linked site or move on to another link. Some such linked sources include the Star Tribune, Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, and CNBC, among many others.

7. Scriblink

Scriblink is an online, interactive whiteboard that you can use to collaborate with fellow students or your professors, even if you are in totally different locations. The site functions in real time, and you can write, scribble, post articles, and other such information on the page for each other to see from your own personal monitors. For the best results and finest quality image, be sure to use an up-to-date web browser.