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Online Resources for Learners and Students

There are sites full of information avaliable online that can be used to help with your distance education classes. So, before you spend lots of money on dictionaries, encyclopedias, calculators, and booknotes, check out these amazing, and free, resources.


Where to Find Free Open Source Textbooks

Hate paying thousands for your required readings? Give free open source textbooks a try. A growing number of authors are publishing their writings online and allowing students to download them without paying anything. Many online instructors are beginning to select open source textbooks rather than forcing their students to pay for costly traditional materials.


Read books for free on Google Books

Browse and read thousands of books and publications for free at Google Books! Find the perfect book for your purposes and discover new ones that interest you.  If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given Google their permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it's in the public domain, you are also free to download a PDF copy. 


Taylor and Francis ebookstore 

An extensive collection of academic eBooks in multiple electronic formats you can buy, subscribe to, print, copy and compile from.  Select from thousands of titles in many subjects.



A collection of free content textbooks and a lot of information and resources


Online Book Archives

While newer texts are unlikely to be online, hundreds of older pieces with expired copyrights are all over the internet. The Internet Public Library, for example, offers links to hundreds of full-text books, magazines, and newspapers. Bartleby, a similar site, offers thousands of ebooks and reference materials free of charge. Readers can even download the books for free and view them on their desktop or handheld device. Project Gutenberg provides 16,000 e-books free for download.


Library Gateway

This gateway site offers links to hundreds of library resources. Look for libraries in your area or use the links to locate the information you need.


Homework Help: Ask Questions and Get Answers Online

Online classes are convenient, but they don’t always offer the support of a regular university. When you find yourself wishing you had a tutor to guide you through a difficult math problem or help you with an essay question, don’t distress. A number of Q&A websites offer you the ability to ask questions and get answers online.


Online Tutoring

Online tutoring is a convenient way for online students to get the extra help they need. With just a click of the mouse (and a few bucks, of course) you can get feedback from professors and professionals around the world.


Use Google to Find Online Quotes and Material for Your Research Paper

All the resources you need for a top-notch distance learning research paper can be found online. These simple steps can help you find the material you need without leaving your home.


Other Search Engines

Searchenginebase is the mother of all search engine portals, with links to more than 450 general and specialist search engines arranged by category.


Free Literature Guides Online

Has Shakespeare got you in shambles? Is too much Twain hurting your brain? Time to check out these free literature note services online. Use them to help you while studying new distance learning material or reviewing for tests and assignments.


College Level Research at Home

If you're writing a college paper, you'll need to use primary sources as research material. These handy tips can help you locate the information you need without leaving your house.


Top Five English Resources

If you’re studying for a literature exam for your online class or are struggling to get your thoughts down on paper, these English and Language Arts links can make a difference on your grade. From book notes to entire texts online, each site offers something unique to help with your studies.



Opencourseware is class material such as syllabuses, reading lists, lecture notes, and other documents that were once used in an actual classroom and are now available to the public for free. Several universities such as MIT make this valuable material available on their websites as a service to the public.

Top 5 Math Websites

Math can be hard to learn when you’re on your own. Check out some of these excellent online tools to help you master the material. Online calculators, explanations, and study tips are just a few of the resources you’ll find.


Top 5 History and Government Websites

Whether you’re trying to discover the cause of a significant world event, understand the structure of the government, or research the life of an influential person, these history and government links can help.



This free dictionary provides about half a dozen definitions from different sources for every word you look up.



Look up any word and get synonyms and antonyms, instantly.



The online encyclopedia with a twist. It is written by web users, just like you. Browse through thousands of pages of information and links. Then, add some of your own expert knowledge to the mix.



A comprehensive reference source that combines the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas, and several almanacs loaded with statistics, facts, and historical records. A single search engine allows you to search all these sources at once.


Encarta online

An online, abridged version of Encarta Encyclopedia. It is free, uses a keyword/phrase search facility and contains concise text with links to further information, photographs and maps. An extensive web directory contains selected Australian and international links.



A free electronic encyclopedia with articles taken from the Concise Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia (6th Ed.). Users can use a simple keyword search function or browse the encyclopedia alphabetically by volume


Book Notes

Read complete book notes as you study some of the most popular novels and writings. This site offers summaries, theme overviews, character lists, study questions, and more.



Calculators and conversion tools for everything from math and finance to time and geography.



Need to write a paper about Barak Obama or interested in reading up on the greatest football stars of all time? Search through hundreds of biographies of the most influential people on Earth.


Government Information

Browse through reviews and hundreds of links to the best world government related sites on the web. Contains leader email addresses, national archives, information on relevant issues, and more.


The 25 Absolute Best Web Resources for Writers

Before you start that essay assignment, check out these 25 indispensable sites. The internet can guide you to discover how to write, what to write, where to find information, and how to format your paper. Goodbye hours of frustrating rough drafts.


Top 5 Science Websites

Whether you’re writing a science report or are trying to understand a difficult scientific topic, these websites offer current information about the latest scientific discoveries, as well as explanations of basic scientific principles.



The Articlesbase site is a large collection of scholarly and more prosaic articles on different topics in many subject areas and fields.  As an additional bonus, article are published in six languages.




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