80 Online Resources for Book Lovers

Zigmas Bigelis’ Blog

An interesting list of different tools.

Where to Find a Librarian 24/7

Where to Find a Librarian 24/7 | studenthacks.org

If you ever have any research trouble, you should seriously consider contacting a librarian.

They can cut your research time in half – and help you find exactly what you need.

And you never need to visit a library to talk with them.

How to complete your PhD

Academic Productivity » How to complete your PhD (or any large project): Hard and soft deadlines, and the Martini Method

Having recently completed a PhD, Shane shares three indispensable nuggets of advice for how to get the monster vanquished: use hard deadlines, soft deadlines, and the Martini Method. With a small amount of imagination these can be applied to any large project.

Virtual Reference Training

ORE Ohio Reference Excellence on the Web, web based training for Reference Service from Ohio Library Council

OLC provides Ohio Reference Excellence on the Web to increase access to ORE training and improve the quality of reference service in Ohio! Six self-paced modules cover the reference process, with resource links, exercises, and quizzes.

How to read hard readings

Study Hacks » Blog Archive » Monday Master Class: How to Read Hard Readings

With a complicated reading, even if you go real slow, the real meaning may still elude you. The individual words all make sense, but when strung together by a professional philosopher or comparative literature scholar, they somehow evade easy association with the English language. This is what happened to Cal Newport in his cultural studies class. And it’s probably happened to you too. Fortunately, there is way around this tight spot…


Connexions – Sharing Knowledge and Building Communities

Connexions is:

a place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc. Anyone may view or contribute:

  • authors create and collaborate
  • instructors rapidly build and share custom collections
  • learners find and explore content

Books online

Another one for the readers | Wise Bread

So, you’ve read my other posts on reading (and Tannaz’s ) and you’ve self-identified as a Reader. You want to read. But books are expensive. And big. And bulky. But you still want to read. In fact, you’re dying to find just a few more words to pass your eyes over, more ideas to process, more characters to get to know.

Once again, the Internet can be your rescue, your solace, your fulfillment. Or, well, maybe not. But it can provide you with enough reading material to keep your eyes and your mind satisfied for many, many years. And the best part? All of the sites below offer at least some of their library for free.

48 great classic books

These recommendations are found in the books How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles van Doren, and The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer, both of which are high-quality books. You can read the books for complete information about their recommendations (with suggestions on how to read them), but here are the titles of the books which are recommended by both of them.  Here are the recommended classic books along with the Amazon and free download links (if any) (thanks to Life Optimizer) :


  1. Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes) – Download
  2. Gulliver’s Travels (Jonathan Swift) – Download
  3. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) – Download
  4. Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens) – Download
  5. The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne) – Download
  6. Moby-Dick (Herman Melville) – Download
  7. Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert) – Download
  8. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky) – Download
  9. Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy) – Download
  10. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain) – Download
  11. The Trial (Franz Kafka) – Download

Autobiography and Memoirs

  1. The Confessions (Augustine) – Download
  2. The Complete Essays (Michel de Montaigne) – Download
  3. Meditations on First Philosophy (Rene Descartes)
  4. Walden (Henry David Thoreau) – Download


  1. The Histories (Herodotus) – Download vol 1vol 2
  2. The Peloponnesian War (Thucydides) – Download
  3. The Republic (Plato) – Download
  4. Lives (Plutarch) – Download vol 1vol 2vol 3
  5. City of God (Augustine)
  6. The Prince (Niccolo Machiavelli) – Download
  7. Utopia (Sir Thomas More) – Download
  8. The Social Contract (Jean Jaques Rousseau)
  9. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Edward Gibbon) – Download vol 1vol 2vol 3vol 4vol 5vol 6
  10. Democracy in America (Alexis de Tocqueville) – Download vol 1vol 2
  11. The Communist Manifesto (Karl Marx) – Download


  1. Agamemnon (Aeschylus) – Download
  2. Oedipus the King (Sophocles) – Download
  3. Medea (Euripides)
  4. The Birds (Aristophanes) – Download
  5. Poetics (Aristotle) – Download
  6. Richard III (William Shakespeare) – Download
  7. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (William Shakespeare) – Download
  8. Hamlet (William Shakespeare) – Download
  9. Tartuffe (Moliere) – Download
  10. The Way of the World (William Congreve) – Download
  11. A Doll’s House (Henrik Ibsen) – Download
  12. Saint Joan (George Bernard Shaw)
  13. No Exit (Jean Paul Sartre)


  1. The Iliad (Homer) – Download
  2. The Odyssey (Homer) – Download
  3. Odes (Horace) – Download
  4. Inferno (Dante Alighieri) – Download
  5. The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer) – Download
  6. Sonnets (William Shakespeare) – Download
  7. Paradise Lost (John Milton) – Download
  8. Selected Poetry (William Wordsworth) – Download vol 1vol 2vol 3
  9. The Complete Poems (Samuel Taylor Coleridge) – Download

Education Toolbox

Education Goes Online: 25 Free Online Education Resources

While a course about YouTube is surprising to some, the web is actually a treasure trove of education-related resources, including lots of video lectures, educational wikis and podcasts. The key sites for modern, web-based learning are outlined on this page.

The Self-Directed Student Toolbox: 100 Web Resources for Lifelong Learners

The Self-Directed Student Toolbox: 100 Web Resources for Lifelong Learners | OEDb

Lifelong learning means that individuals can have access to and are willing to participate in ongoing, not recurrent, education. This “learning to learn” philosophy can begin with toddlers and it can extend throughout a person’s life with branches that can extend into various experiences and careers. Since lifelong learning has become a prerogative for many organizations, it would be impossible to list them all here. Instead, we’ve chosen the best resources for adult learners in ten categories to develop a self-directed toolbox that can lead you, the lifelong learner, to other resources that you may need to meet personal goals.

Online electronic journals index

eprintweb – Home

eprintweb.org is an e-print service in the fields of physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, and quantitative biology, and consists of e-print records which can be browsed and searched.

The contents of eprintweb.org are provided by arXiv, which is operated and funded by Cornell University Library, a private not-for-profit educational institution, and is also partially funded by the National Science Foundation.

The Open Library

The Open Library

The Open Library website was created by the Internet Archive to demonstrate a way that books can be represented online.
The vision is to create free web access to important book collections from around the world.

Books are scanned and then offered in an easy-to-use interface for free
reading online. If they’re in the public domain, the books can be
downloaded, shared and printed for free. They can also be printed for a
nominal fee by a third party, who will bind and mail the book to you.
The books are always FREE to read at the Open Library website.

Free Academic Podcast Lectures (Spring 2007)

Productive Strategies: Free Academic Podcast Lectures (Spring 2007)

Universities are starting to limit podcasts to registered students and some have given up on podcasting. As a result the list is shorter than last semester. However, there are still over 60 classes publishing public RSS feeds–most people should be able to find something interesting for their daily commute.

GuruLib Home Library Cataloging

GuruLib is a great way to organize and share your library. I have started a project to catalog my books, but with over 500 shelf-feet of books it will take a while to catalog them all. You can find my library here.

GuruLib Home Library Cataloging

GuruLib is a free web service to organize your home library. Catalog your books, DVDs, music CDs, games and software online using a book shelf metaphor.

Massive Resource List for All Autodidacts

au·to·di·dact: n. a self-taught person

This is a great site with a huge list of self-learning resources (all free of course). If there is a topic you wish to learn about you can probably find it here!

Online Education Free

Best Free Reference Web Sites 2006

ALA | MARSBestRef2006

This is an annual series initiated under the auspices of the Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of ALA to recognize outstanding reference sites on the World Wide Web.

Graduate school survival guide

Ronald Azuma eloquently presents the ups and downs of the Ph.D. journey. There is lots of good information here which I wish I knew before I started on the Ph.D. trip.

Some useful references from A graduate school survival guide: “So long, and thanks for the Ph.D!”:

The Virtual Reference Desk

The Virtual Reference Desk: Christopher C. Brown

The Virtual Reference Desk has grown out of Christopher Brown’s work as a reference librarian. Hundreds of Internet sites have been identified for their usefulness in research. Original abstracts are being written for each of these sites to enable users to identify the contents of the site, and so that the Search engine will pick up on words in the abstracts.

The Librarians Ultimate Guide to Search Engines

Librarian’s Ultimate Guide to Search Engines – DegreeTutor.com

Librarians were the ultimate search guides before search was re-invented with the web. They are trusted, credible sources for historical information, and pioneers and innovators of taxonomy of information. Librarians witness, search for, find, organize and catalog knowledge.Online research and the power of the web, have made accessing information only fingertips away from all of us, but the taxonomies and standards used for search will impact how people learn online and off for years to come.

Research Beyond Google: 119 Authoritative, Invisible, and Comprehensive Resources

Research Beyond Google: 119 Authoritative, Invisible, and Comprehensive Resources | OEDb

Google, the largest search database on the planet, currently has around eight billion web pages indexed. That’s a lot of information. But it’s nothing compared to what else is out there. Google can only index the visible web, or searchable web. But the invisible web, or deep web, is estimated to be 500 times bigger than the searchable web. The invisible web comprises databases and results of specialty search engines that the popular search engines simply are not able to index.