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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.

  • Bloom's Taxonomy Blooms Digitally --  "think, analyze, evaluate, reflect"-- what are your instructors asking you to do, anyway? To find out, check this site; do the terms "social networking, blogging, Googling, mashing," and "programming" mean more to you?
  • The Critical Thinking Community -- the site of the Foundation for Critical Thinking, one of the big academic players in this field
  • Critical Thinking on the Web -- essays and information from Art to Web Page Evaluation, part of the Austhinksite
  • The Fallacy Files -- collected and defined by Gary Curtis, with updates about current events, book and movie reviews, and logic puzzles to sharpen your analytic skills 
  • A Field Guide to Critical Thinking-- a classic by James Lett, Professor of Anthropology at Indian River Community College in Florida  

Dictionaries and Reference Books Online

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

  • NYPL Digital Gallery -- "Explore 674,606 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 20,822,153 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!
  • 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 Michigan Colleges Online, home of the state community colleges' online courses and degrees
  • MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) - 2260 courses from all five of MIT's schools; OpenCpourseWare
    • "is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity."
      * Does not require any registration
      * Has over 2 million visits per month
      * Is 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 about 1000 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

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, Chrome, firewalls, spyware removal, apps, and more free computer stuff, reviewed and ranked.
  • LISTSERVs -- CataList, the official catalog of LISTSERV lists-- 63,420 public ones as of 18 November 2016
  • 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 or share some story on FB without checking it here first. And don't forward most of them anyway.  

Learning and Personality Styles

Resources to help you learn how to learn.

  • Keirsey Temperament Sorter® II-- are you a Guardian, Artisan, Idealist, or Rational? Test and interpretation online
  • Paragon Learning Styles Inventory -- take, score and interpret this online (similar to the Myers-Briggs), plus links to other inventories.
  • Multiple Intelligences--brief description of Gardner's theory and simple inventory, from the LDPride site
  • VARK --do this latest version of the popular inventory to determine whether your style is Visual, Aural, Read/write, or Kinesthetic

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.

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 - Over 1600 classic books, including lots of pre-1900 poetry and prose. Read all the books online free of charge (they are all out of copyright), or download them in PDF for a small fee.
  • Library of Congress -- "The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with more than 160 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 37 million books and other print materials, 3.5 million recordings, 14 million photographs, 5.5 million maps, 7.1 million pieces of sheet music and 69 million manuscripts."  And a good selection is available online. 
  • 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) -- free access to thousands of online resources, plus interlibrary loan.
  • Project Bartleby-- a notable website of hundreds of classic world, British, and American literature texts online, including the eponymous Bartleby the Scrivener; many also available for free download as e-books. 
  • Project Gutenberg-- the first site devoted to e-text preservation and free distribution of more than 50,000 classic texts from Shakespeare to Poe to Burroughs (Edgar Rice, that is, not William). Load your Nook or Kindle! 
  • The Free Library -- 29,464,744 books and articles, many scholarly, in a searchable format.
  • The Virtual Library-- one of the first (started by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in 1991) and most extensive web libraries, with materials actually online.

Links checked 18 November 2016.

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