This resource provide access to full-text, peer-reviewed books providing learning skills, medical texts and the arts. The virtual library has over 100,000 books available for free and includes the Gutenberg Project, an attempt to scan and make available the great literature. These are all royalty-free books and are generally the classics, such as Shakespeare or Twain. Since they are available in an online format, these books could also be read by a screen reader, making them accessible to the visually impaired. The library contains the links to The Internet Public Library. This site has links to more than 20,000 online books, magazines, newspapers, and other materials that are useful to the student.
Textbooks Free: This site has a lot of information about free online books, including dozens of links to sites that offer free books. This should be your first stop to see if there are free alternatives for the class you are teaching.
Flat World Knowledge: Flat World Knowledge is a book publisher with a new type of concept: let students determine how much they pay for books. They can choose a black/white version, color version, online version, or even a chapter at a time. In the end, students control the cost of their books. The Flat World Knowledge catalog is still fairly limited, but it is growing larger every semester.
Bookboon: This site has dozens of textbooks in PDF format. It is supported by small in-book ads, but the books are free. Check here to see if there is anything in your discipline.
The Assayer: The Assayer is a catalog of books whose authors have made them available online for free. The site has been around since 2000, and is a particularly good place to find free books about math, science, and computers.
Open Learning Initiative: This site has only a few open courses (with books); but if you are teaching one of the courses they have available, you will find their work to be excellent.
Wikibooks: This site has a number of good books that have been written by contributions from our peers; you may find just what you need. Perhaps Wikipedia is controversial; but if there is a good book available in the Wikipedia space, you can always correct misinformation during class (and correct the book itself!).
Academic Skills Center at Dartmouth: This page has handouts for many student success strategies, such as note-taking and test-taking.
Virginia Tech’s Study Skills Page: This site lists lots of tips about studying and passing exams.
Partnership for 21st Century Skills: This is a repository of information sponsored by the National Education Association.
Merlot: This site has hundreds of great lessons developed by professors all over the world. You may find just what you need for a class.
WISC Online: This is from the state college system in Wisconsin and there are a number of good lessons here for you.
Digital Films: While this link will not help folks outside Cochise College, our instructors can make use of a large repository of digital films. There are teaching films available in many different disciplines. You owe it to yourself to see what is available for your classes. (Contact the staff of the Cochise College library for information about logging into this resource.)
Anatomy and Physiology
Health Education Assets Library (HEAL): This is a library of information of interest to all medical professionals.
Heart Sounds: This is a good tutorial on heart sounds and ECG’s, including a quiz.
MedlinePlus: The National Institutes of Health site with information on a number of health issues.
Louvre: It’s a trip through the world’s most famous art museum – but you don’t have to fly to Paris.
New York Metropolitan Museum of Art: Want to see Warhol’s self portrait?
Smithsonian Museum: This is the largest museum on earth – and you’re invited.
Astronomy Information: This is Leicester University’s (England) astronomy site for teachers and children. There are great photos and activities for astronomy.
SETI: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) goes on, and this site has all of the latest information. This is not an “aliens have landed” site, but a scientific search for any sort of intelligent electromagnetic signatures among the stars.
Star Child: This is NASA’s page for children to learn about space – and earth. (Be careful – I killed over an hour exploring this site!)
Worldwide Telescope: This Microsoft site permits people to view star charts, zoom in on galaxies and such, and record their own commentary as they zip around the cosmos. There are great videos already created there, such as a tour through the various star classes. However, anyone can create additional tours, opening the possibility of an instructor customizing a tour for a specific class.
Africam: Live cameras have been set up all over Africa (and other locations – like the poles) so you can look for animals. It’s almost like a safari, but without the flies.
BioEd Online: Their tag line says it all: Science teacher resources from Baylor College of Medicine. This site is an incredible resource for teachers in biology. It includes lesson plans, slides, videos, photos, and all sorts of help.
Earth-Touch: This site has scores of very interesting, short videos filmed all over the world (and underwater). You can watch African elephants, sharks, or other creatures in their native habitat.
Visible Human: How would you like to see a “slice” of a human being? Here’s one you can slice and dice in any number of ways – and you won’t even go to jail.
Chemistry For Kids!: This site has lots of information, activities, and fun facts to help teach chemistry to children, no matter what their age.
The Periodic Table: This page has some nice, printable periodic tables (simplified and comprehensive).
The Periodic Table of Videos: The University of Nottingham has produced 118 videos, each depicting one element. These are educational, but also humorous, ways to learn something about the periodic table.
Paradigm Online Writing Assistant: This site has tons of information about writing. It is well organized and finding help is quick and easy. Additionally, visitors can purchase ($7.00) the entire site (about 200 pages) in a single PDF file to print and have available.
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): This is one of the oldest, and most useful, composition tutoring sites available on the web.
Oyez: Information about Supreme court cases, attorneys, justices, and all things supreme. You can even take a virtual tour of the supreme court building.
The Congress: Information about the current activities of Congress and who to write to if you have a complaint.
The Library Of Congress: The Library Of Congress has a lot of information you can use in civics classes.
The Supreme Court: In case you want to know what’s going on in the highest court of the land.
White House: For a visit to the President ‘s house, use this link.
History Engine: This site provides a place for students to post historical articles (what they call “episodes”) describing daily life throughout American history. It is a way for undergraduates to learn what historians do and actually practice that craft as part of a class.
The History Channel: If you want to know what happened in the automotive world (or any other world) on a particular date, The History Channel can help. For example, you probably didn’t know that on October 30, 1963 the first Lamborghini appeared at an auto show (the engine wasn’t finished in time, so a crate of old tiles was placed in the space). Pick a date and find out what happened in politics, technology, literature, science, or whatever.
Maps of War. These are fascinating animated maps. Despite the name, there are maps of more than just war. You can watch, for example, the expansion of religion around the world for the last 3000 years.
The Valley of the Shadow: This site organizes a huge repository of American Civil War source documents from Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Included are newspaper articles, diaries, soldiers’ journals, photographs, and other materials. The site includes an excellent search engine and it provides a way for students to research the Civil War as it impacts local communities.
Voting America: Maps of the results of every United States Presidential election from 1840 to today is available on this site. The results are placed on several different animated timelines so students can see how the United States’ vote changes over time.
American Rhetoric: This site chronicles the greatest (and not so great) moments in American speechmaking. It includes transcripts along with audio and video files where they are available.
Gutenberg Project: This project is an attempt to scan and make available the great literature. They claim to have over 30,000 books available online. These are all royalty-free books and are generally the classics, such as Shakespeare or Twain. Since they are available in an online format, these books could also be read by a screen reader, making them accessible to the visually impaired.
The Internet Public Library: This site has links to more than 20,000 online books, magazines, newspapers, and other materials.
The Literature Network: This site has over 2800 books and 3800 poems posted online. That, though, is not so unusual since many sites have that many books and poems. What sets The Literature Network apart is a forum where people can ask questions or chat about various literary works.
Spark Notes: OK, maybe instructors wish students did not know how to find this site; but they will. Spark Notes has scores of their books available free of charge online. Anyone care to know what drove Iago in Othello?
Today in Literature: This site has an interesting literary event (or two) for every day of the year.
Math Central: This is a wonderful resource page for teachers of mathematics (especially K-12) from our friends north of the border.
NASA Math: This is a wonderful site, but more appropriate for advanced Mathematics students (high school or college). The authors have put together a number of very interesting problems centered on NASA projects (for example, determining whether the shuttle should launch based on an analysis of wind vectors around the airfield). It’s infinitely more interesting than calculating the time it takes two trains to meet!
American Museum of Natural History: This is the site for the New York landmark that’s hard to beat for information about dinosaurs and other science topics.
BBC Dinosaurs: Speaking of dinosaurs, the British Broadcasting Company has a Web site with more dinosaur information than you can shake a proverbial stick at.
Boston’s Museum of Science: The world’s largest Vandegraff generator can make some pretty impressive electrical sparks – about 20 feet long!
Null Hypothesis: This is the “Journal of Unlikely Science” and it’s a great time-waster related to science. The site is full of articles about things like “The top ten things that experts said would never work” (television is number one). You’ll like the articles on this site as a bit of a break in the serious business of science.
Classical Archives: This site has an incredible collection of classical music (the homepage claims more than 620,000 tracks representing more than 8000 composers). The music is searchable by composer, performer, era, genre, and any other method you can imagine. This is a great one-stop spot to hear (and, optionally, purchase) any classical music you can imagine.
Dolmetsch Online: This site is a complete music theory class online. It is very thorough and includes sheet music, listening exercises, and supplemental tools (like the “1000+ Scale Transposer”). This site should be a bookmarked supplement for any music student.
Ricci Adams’ Music Theory: This site includes a number of tutorials intended to teach a music student various theory concepts. The tutorials are easy to understand and the site is well organized.
Teoria: This is yet another music theory site. It includes exercises, ear training, and other types of music theory activities.
Physics Lab: This is a series of 80 physics simulators from the University of Colorado covering motion, sound and waves, work, heat, quantum phenomona, light, electricity, and more. These can be run online or downloaded to use in a lab and are excellent simulators.
Fermilab: This facility has a site where children can explore high-energy physics with games and other activities. I made a baryon while I was visiting.
The Physical Science Resource Center: This site (from the American Association of Physics Teachers) has information and activities to help children learn about physics.
Country Studies: This is the Library Of Congress’ Country Studies site. For example, did you know the largest export product from Tajikistan is electric power (do you even know where Tajikistan is)? You can find all sorts of information about scores of countries at the Library of Congress.
The National Council For The Social Studies: This organization provides information of interest to all social studies teachers.
National Library of Medicine: The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world’s largest medical library. The Library collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care.
HighWire Press Service: Access to full-text articles. HighWire Press is the largest archive of free full-text science articles. As of 3/10/06, HighWire Press is assisting in the online publication of 1,215,208 free full-text articles and 3,144,009 total articles. There are 51 sites with free trial periods, and 30 completely free sites. Some sites charge fees. 221 sites have free back issues, and 784 sites have pay per view.
The Internet Public Library: Resources in many subject areas such as health, law, social sciences among others as well as good access to newspaper collections.
MedlinePlus: A service of the United States National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, MedlinePlus provides current news on health topics, drugs, and supplements, definitions of medical words, pictures, and diagrams.
PubMed Central (PMC): The United States National Institutes of Health free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.