Student Research Resources 2020

This timely and extensive guide includes resources for students, teachers and parents who together begin this school year with most, or in many cases, all of their courses conducted via online distance learning. The guide includes a wide range of links to augment and expand your current toolkit, including: open textbooks and learning resources for all subjects; free online courses; tutorial resources; educational search engines; video lectures and talks; tools to capture and organize ideas; comparing prices on new an used textbooks; and strategies for organizing notes for comprehensive exams.

Student Research Resources 2020 Toolkit

5 Strategies for Organizing Notes for Comprehensive Exams

15 Educational Search Engines College Students Should Know About

25 Scientifically Proven Tips for More Effective Studying 2019

26 Sentence Stems For Higher-Level Conversation In The Classroom

45 Places You Can Download Tens of Thousands Books, Plays, and Other Literary Texts Completely Legally for Free

300 Free Ivy League University Courses You Can Take Online Right Now

1000+ Open Textbooks and Learning Resources for All Subjects

1500 Free Online Courses from Top Universities

2020 Directory of Directories

2020 Guide to Searching the Internet

2020 New Economy Resources

2020 Resources from Statistics in Schools

2020 Ultimate Study Tips Guide

Academic and Scholar Search Engines and Sources 2020

Academic Help – Help With Academic Writing

Accounting, Business Studies and Economics Dictionary

Accounting Education Resource Guide

A College Student’s Guide to Using Coupons

Adobe Reader

Advanced Online Scientific Calculator

Advanced Technological Education Television

AffordABook – Search for College Textbooks

American Association of Community Colleges: DataPoints

American Indian Digital History Project

American Society of Civil Engineers: Teaching Resources

AMSER – Applied Math and Science Education Repository

Anchor – Make Your Own Podcast

Animoto – Video Making Made Easy

Anki – Friendly Intelligent Flash Cards Making Remembering Easy

Annenberg Classroom

Annenberg Classroom Resources

APA: Education and Psychology

ArchivesHub – At the Center of Great Research – Center for Global Education

Authorea – Writing Documents for the 21st Century

AuthorGEN – eLearning Software, Services and Authoring Tools for Efficient Communications

Bartleby – Great Books Online

BibMe – Fully Automatic and Free Bibliography Maker

Big6 – Information Skills for Student Achievement – Textbook Centric Price Comparison Site

Biographical Dictionary

BitCurator Consortium

Blackboard – Scaling to Meet the Needs of a Changing Environment

Bookboon – Download Free Student and Travel Books

Bookrags – Book Summaries and Study Guides for Students

Boosting Student Success by Embracing Learning Variation


Brainscape – The Smartest Way To Study

Brainly – Question Everything Answer Everything Intelligence Resources 2020 – Compare Prices on New and Used College Textbooks


Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Center for Online Education

Centre – Free Student Information System

CERN Education


Charts Factory

Chegg – Cheap Textbook Rentals, Search for Used Textbooks and Rent College Textbooks

Chegg Tutors – Improve Your Grades and Connect With a Top Tutor Online


Citationsy – Create Citations, Reference Lists and Bibliographies

Citelighter – Your Own Personal Academic Research Tool – Sylvan Paper

CiteThisForMe – The Harvard Referencing Generator


Code Nation – Connecting Communities and Creating Opportunities

Cofactor – Journal Selector

College Board: Community College Resources and Publications

Competency-Based Education Network – A National Consortium for Designing, Developing and Scaling New Models for Student Learning

Computer Science Education Resource Guide

Computing Research Repository (CoRR)

Connecting Outcome Measures in Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Science (COMETS)

Cornell University Research Guides

CourseFork – Collaborate On Educational Content – Extensive Collection of Flashcards

Cronycle – Grow Knowledge, Expertise and Authority

Crossword Puzzle Maker

Current Awareness Tools 2020

Curriki – Free Learning Resources for the World

Deep Web Research and Resources 2020

Digital Humanities Tools

Digital Library Of The Commons Repository

Digital Public Library of America

Data Science Is a Pipeline Between Academic Disciplines

Directory of Online Learning Companies from Around the World

Directory Resources 2020 – Textbooks Price & Availability Search, Buy, Rent and Sell

EasyBib – Free Bibliography Maker

E-Books Directory

EDINA – Reference and Multimedia

EDSITEment – The Best of the Humanities On the Web

Educational Software Directory

Education and Academic Resources

Education and Reference for Windows

EdX – Access 2500+ Online Courses from 140 Top Institutions Today

eFinancialBot  2020- Your Global Financial Search Engine

eHealthcareBot  2020 Search Engine

Einstein Archives Online

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education (ENC)

eMarketingBot  2020 Search Engine

Endel – Personalized Sounds to Help You Focus and Relax 

eNotes – Comprehensive Online Educational Resources by Experts

ERCA – Educational Research Center of America

Erik Max Francis Research Resources

etherpad – Collaborating In Really Real-Time

Eulergy – Making Connections That Help Drive Innovation

Every Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report

Explore Open Archives – Core Metalist of Open Access Eprint Archives

F1000Research – Open Access Publishing Platform

FedMoney – Guide to All U. S. Government Grants and Loans Benefiting Students

Financial Calculators

Financial Sources 2020

Finding Experts by Using the Internet 2020

Finding People 2020 

Five Ways of Looking At a Thesis by Erik Simpson

Flash Card Machine – Create, Study and Share Online Flash Cards

Focus@will – Music Scientifically Optimized to Boost Concentration and Focus 

FormSwift – Free Legal Documents

FreePint BlogDigital Repositories in UK universities and colleges by Neil Jacobs

Free Teacher Worksheets

Future Learn

Genamics JournalSeek

Genius Web Annotator

Ghostscript – An Interpreter for the PostScript Language and for PDF

Giphy GIF Maker

Gnowledge – Education Platform

GoConqr – Global Platform for Digital Learning Content

Good Practices for University Open-access Policies

Google Tips and Tricks Every Student Should Know – Simple Class Management for Teachers

Hacking Knowledge: 74 Ways to Learn Faster, Deeper, and Better

HASTAC: The Pedagogy Project

Helio – Design Succesful Products by Rapidly Revealing Key User Behaviors – Internet Training and Technology for Students

Holistic Learning eBook

HomeWork Elephant – Homework Help At Your Fingertips

How do I deal with the vast number of research papers on a topic? (for non-academics)

How Students Use Technology [INFOGRAPHIC] 

How To Study – A Brief Guide

iAnnotate PDF

Informal Science

Information Detective 2020

Information Quality Resources 2020


Interactive Biology – Making Biology Fun

iSeek – Targeted Search Engines for Students, Teachers, and Administrators



Justia – Law & Legal Information for Lawyers, Students, Business and the Public

K-12 Resources for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education

KnightCite – Online Citation Generator

Know It Wall (KiW) – A Place for Inquisitive Minds


Labster – Empowering the Next Generation of Scientists to Change the World

Learn How To Become

Learning Skills

Lesson Corner – Online Resources for Teachers

Lesson Paths – Making Learning Online Free and Accessible To the Entire World

Life Science Teaching Resource Community (LifeSciTRC)

Listium – Organization Tool and Share Your Lists


LTI Resource Search

Ludwig – Find Your Sentence

Lumen5 – A.I. Powered Video Creation Platform That Turns Blog Posts Into Engaging Videos

Market Intelligent Resources

Martindale Calculators

MedPix® – Free Open-Access Online Database of Medical Images

Memrise – Learn Vocabulary, Languages, History, Science, Triva and Just About Anything Else

Mendeley – Free Reference Manager and Academic Social Network



MindMeister – Collaborative Mind Mapping

MIT OpenCourseWare

Mnemosyne – Accelerated Learning Flashcard Program


MyHomeWork App – The Best Way To Keep Your School Life Organized

Myndbook Maps – Free Form Note Taking

My Simpleshow – Explainer Videos

National Archives – Research Their Records

National Science Digital Library (NSDL)

National Student Clearinghouse Research Center

NEA: The 10 Best STEM Resources – Free and Easy Online Tool to Collect, Organize and Share Any Web Content

New Normal StartUp Resources 2020

NSF: Earth & Environment Classroom Resources

Nursing Education Resource Guide

OCW Bookshelf – MIT OpenCourseWare Textbook Information

OER (Open Educational Resources) Commons

OneClass – Access To 170,000 Notes, Study Packs and Exam Videos

Online College Database – Find Online College and Universities Near You

Online JOurnal Search Engine (OJOSE)

Open Course Library

Open Culture – The Best Free Cultural and Educational Media On the Web

Open eBooks

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources (OER) Sources 2020

Open Knowledge Maps – A Visual Interface To the World’s Scientific Knowledge

Open Source Alternatives

OpenStax – Access The Future of Education

Open Syllabus Project

PackBack – Rent Digital Textbooks for $5 or Less

Padlet – Collaborate Better and Be More Productive

Pathfinder Science – Science Network for Student and Citizen Science

PDF Viewer


PickTextBooks – Find the Right Textbook – Free Online Plagiarism Checker and Duplicate Content Finder

PlagiarismCheck – Reputable Plagiarism Check Tool Complemented With High Technology

Plagiarism Checker Free

Plagium – Plagiarism Tracker and Checker

PlagTracker – Accurate Plagiarism Checking

Plant Database

PLOS Currents

Plotagon – Create Animated Movies

Popplet – Tool for iPad and Web To Capture and Organize Ideas

PortfolioGen – Create A Portfolio Website in Minutes

PostScript – Page Description Language – Dynamically Typed, Concatenative Programming Language

Problem-Attic – 85,000 of the Best /Questions from NY Regents, State Assessments, Academic Competitions, and More

Project Information Literacy (PIL)

ProProfs Training Maker – Create Online Courses and Training Easily

Propulsion Research Center

PSI Tutor: Academic Mentor

PSRC: Physical Sciences Resource Center

Public Domain Day 2020

QuestBase – Assessments Made Easy

Questia – The World’s Largest Online Library of Books

QuizSlides – The Multiple Choice Test Platform

Reference Resources

REF_N_WRITE – Lookup and Learn

RefSeek – Academic Search Engine for Students and Researchers

Reith Lectures: BBC Radio 4

Research Beyond Google: 56 Authoritative, Invisible, and Comprehensive Resources

Research Data Curation Bibliography Version 9 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

ResearchGATE – Professional Network for Scientists

Research Methods Knowledge Base

Research Resources and Research Tools

Research Resources Online Guide

Research Tools – The Library of Congress

Resources for Research from the British Library

Revisy – Get Smart About Learning

Riipen – The Online Platform Connecting Students To Companies

Rocketium – Make Videos in Minutes

Ryeboard – Easiest, Most Intuitive Way of Expressing Your Ideas on Virtual White Board

Scholarpedia – Peer-Reviewed Open-Access Encyclopedia

Schoology – Your Digital Classroom

Science and Technology Projects for Student Research

Science Daily

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Education for Global Leadership

SciFlow – Write, Improve, and Publish Your Work On a Single Research Platform

Scitable – A Collaborative Learning Space for Life Sciences

Scrivener – Research Within Reach

Sharalike – You Take the Photos, We Make the Videos

Shmoop – Study Guides for Literature, U.S. History, Poems and Essays

ShoppingBots 2020

SlideBot – Create Powerful Presentations Instantly

SoapBox – Teach More Effectively 

Social Feed Manager

Socrato – Web-based Test Preparation and Assessment Platform

SparkNotes: Today’s Most Popular Study Guides

Sparrho – Find the Science That Matters To You

Squirrel AI Learning – Revolutionizing Education

Starter Tips for Internet Research 

Statistics in Schools: History Activities

Statistics Resources and Big Data 2020

Stoodle – Ultimate Online Learning Experience

Strategian – Science Primary Literature

Student’s Internet Research Guide – Separating Fact Vs. Fiction

Student Research Resources

Students Subsites

Study Champs – Learn Math, English and Science

StudyMinder – Homework Management Tool

SweetSearch – Search Engine for Students

TalkChalk – Where the Classroom Lives Beyond the Bell

TalkMiner – Search Inside Video Lectures and Talks

Talk Nerdy


Tanagra Project – Free Data Mining Software for Academic and Research Purposes

Teachers Printables 

TeacherTube – Teacher Videos, Lesson Plan Videos and Student Video Lessons

TestMakerHub – Online Test Creator

Textbook Revolution

Textbook Rush – Your Online Campus Bookstore

The Atlas of Economic Complexity

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Collection of Computer Science Bibliographies

The Innovative Instructor

The Learning Scientists

The Math Forum @ Drexel

The NCBI Style Guide

The Nerd’s Guide to Learning Everything Online

The Next Generation Science Standards

The Physics Aviary 

The Qualitative Report (TQR)

The Roberto Marzano’s 9 Effective Instructional Strategies Infographic

The Supreme Court Database

The Why Files – The Science Behind the News

Think You Know How To Study? Think Again

Time Management Guide and Resource

Timetable Web – School Timetable, Automatic Generation, Easy, Fast, Fully Online

Timetoast – Make Timelines and Share On the Web

Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019/2020

Top Resources for College Student Research

tutit – On-Demand Virtual Tutoring

Tutoo – The Simple Way To Find Your Perfect Tutor

TutorHunt – Connecting Private Tutors and Students

Tutorial Resources 2020

Twiddla – Online Whiteboard for the Modern Classroom

Ultimate Guide to Free Online Courses

United Nations iLibrary 

University of the People – Tuition-Free Online University 

Vadlo – Life Science Search Engine

VitalSource Bookshelf

Virtual Learning Resources Center

Virtual Private Library™ – Subject Tracer™ Information Blogs

Virtual Training Suite

Visual Dictionary Online

Walnote – Secure Notes Online Free

WatchKnowLearn – Free Organized Educational Videos

Web 2.0 Tools in the 21st Century Classroom

webGURU – Web Guide to Research for Undergraduates

Webgrammar – Resources for Students and Educators

What can you learn about learning from Harvard med students?

What I’ve Learned About Learning

When Memorization Gets in the Way of Learning

Where To Do Research

Why Do We Need to Learn This?

Wikiversity – Learning Resources, Learning Projects and Research

Wolfram|Alpha for Educators

Wolfram for Education

Wolfram Demonstrations Project

World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR)

Writing and Presenting Your Thesis or Dissertation Joseph Levine Michigan State University

Writing Help Simplified – Bibme

WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources

XMind – Full Featured Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Tool

Yuzu – Organize, read and annotate your reading

Yovisto – Academic Video Search Engine

ZipGrade app – Optical Grading Machine

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