Postgraduate Research

Here is a batch of useful links to such topics as “burnout
prevention,”writing a thesis,” talking to others at conferences, what
thesis examiners look for,structure of a scientific paper and so on.
And, oh, yes, Citation guides should you advance to that stage. In
total, some 15 links to topics related to postgrad work.

Open Directory – Reference: Education: How to Study: Postgraduate Research

Free book summaries

The quickest way to understand what a book about is by reading a book
summary. Here is a new site called WikiSummaries, which provides free
book summaries that anyone can edit. There are already many summaries
that are related to personal development and productivity.


Free Academic Podcasts

Productive Strategies: Free Academic Podcasts

The 134 lectures in this list are all free and don’t require any type
of authentication–you don’t have to be a student to download
them.  The links are to the rss feed of class lectures.  If
you copy the URL and in iTunes click on Advanced > Subscribe to
Podcast it will automatically download the lectures and new ones as
they become available. These lectures are a great way to keep your mind sharp during your daily commute or while exercising. Some of the lectures lend themselves to this better than others.

Cultivating your leadership skills: Online resources to develop and strengthen your leadership role

ALA | Cultivating your leadership skills

Successful leadership can be daunting, though some people make it look effortless. One secret to their success is knowing that leadership has many components that make up the big picture. Focusing too closely on one aspect of leadership, such as mentoring or planning models or vision, may cause you to lose your way. Finding your way and cultivating all of your leadership skills is a challenge and a commitment, both personally and professionally.

Study Guides and Strategies

Thinking like a Genius

Even if you’re not a genius, you can use the same strategies as Aristotle and Einstein to harness the power of your creative mind and better manage your future. Eight strategies which encourage you to think productively, rather than reproductively, in order to arrive at solutions to problems, are presented. These strategies are common to the thinking styles of creative geniuses in science, art, and industry throughout history.

SPSS Tutorials

Lots of really good tutorials and references for learning SPSS

Free General and Specialized Online SPSS Tutorials

The Art of Complex Problem Solving

This is an interesting website about complex problem solving. Definitions, processes, and systems are presented in a unique visual way. After the page loads hover over each part of the model!

Free classical music downloads

Wikipedia:Sound/list – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a list of full length copyleft/public domain songs available on Wikipedia or the Commons (alphabetically sorted by composer using a custom script). See /playlist for just URLs to use with a music player. If you have trouble playing ogg files, see Wikipedia:Media help (Ogg).

FreeTechBooks – Free programming and computer science books, ebooks and lecture notes

This site lists free online computer science and engineering books and lecture notes, all of which are freely and legally available over the Internet.

Learn a new language – free

FSI Language Courses

Welcome to, the home for language courses developed by the Foreign Service Institute. These courses were developed by the United States government and are in the public domain.

This site is dedicated to making these language courses freely available in an electronic format. It is an independent effort to foster the learning of worldwide languages.

Free educational resources roundup

Free educational resources roundup – Lifehacker

Check out these useful little nuggets of knowledge:

Internet Detective

Internet Detective | Home

Use this free Internet tutorial to learn to discern the good, the bad and the ugly for your online research.

OAIster…find the pearls

OAIster is a great way to find free academic resources and articles. Almost 8 millions records referenced!

OAIster Home

OAIster is a project of the University of Michigan Digital Library Production Service. Our goal is to create a collection of freely available, previously difficult-to-access, academically-oriented digital resources (what are digital resources?) that are easily searchable by anyone. OAIster will next be updated on June 21. Well-behaved repositories (without XML or UTF-8 errors) are updated on a weekly basis on Wednesdays. All other repositories are updated the first week of a month.

Google Notebook is here

As much as I like Evernote, one shortcoming for me has been that I have to install it on every machine I use it on. Since I cannot install software on my machines at work, that means that for at least part of the day I cannot have the clipping features that I want available. I’ve been waiting, and waiting, and waiting, for the USB version of Evernote to be released. As the release date keeps slipping my attention has started to wander…and now for me Evernote goes away. Google announced yesterday Google Notebook, which has every clipping feature I use, and is available from any computer. Although Google Notebook is just released into beta, and still does not have a lot of features, it fills the void I been trying to fill. Try it out!

Some time over the next few weeks I’ll probably be moving my web centric work to my Google gateway page. With the recent improvements in Google Scholar, Google Bookmarks, and now Google Notebook, I guess I’m now officially a “Googler”.

Personal Development for Smart People

Steve Pavlina is well known as a personal productivity author and consultant. This interesting article describes the principles he used to start and complete college in three semesters, while maintaining a full-time job.

Do It Now by Steve Pavlina

Coming this Summer: Free Access to Thousands of eBooks via The World eBook Fair


As Project Gutenberg celebrates its 35th anniversary this summer (yes, e-books are hardly a new idea and congrats to Gutenberg founder, Michael Hart) The World eBook Fair will work to promote eBooks around the globe. From the World eBook Fair site, “July 4th to August 4, 2006 marks a month long celebration of the 35th anniversary of the first step taken towards today’s eBooks. 35 years ago the United States Declaration of Independence was a first example of hundreds of thousands of eBooks downloadable on the Internet today in a variety of languages totalling over 100. The World eBook Fair welcomes you to absolutely free access to a variety of eBook unparalleled by any other source. 1/3 million eBooks await you, all free of charge [as PDF files] for the month of July…This event is brought to you by the oldest and largest free eBook source on the Internet, Project Gutenberg, with the assistance of The World eBook Library, the providers of the largest collection, and a number of other eBook efforts around the world. The World eBook Library normally charges $8.95 per year for their online collection, and allows unlimited permanent downloading. During The World eBook Fair all these books are available free of charge through a gateway at

More free online books

Thousands of free online books covering many different topics.

Directory of FREE Online Books

How To Use EverNote for Academic Research

How I Use EverNote for Academic Research

GTD Wannabe received an email the other day from a fellow grad student, wanting to know about how he used EverNote for his research. Specifically, about how he used it as a bibliographic database, could it be used for keeping article information, notes, research thoughts, etc. organized. And how. GTD Wannabe spent a few hours writing up a reply, including a screenshot of part of his actual database. Although a bit too big to turn into a blog post, he turned it into an essay. If you’re interested in EN at all, check it out.

GTD Wannabe

Eight barriers to effective listening

Eight barriers to effective listening

Nearly every aspect of human life could be improved by better listening — from family matters to corporate business affairs to international relations. Most of us are terrible listeners. We’re such poor listeners, in fact, that we don’t know how much we’re missing.

Online Research Toolkit Presentation

Online Research Toolkit Presentation: Introduction