Research & Literacy Links


Audiobooks and ebooks: Free Downloadable

Array of great ebook resources. 

Books Should Be Free

Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBooks. Download books for iPhone, Android, Kindle & mp3 players. 

Open Culture

Free cultural & educational media on the web: ebooks, courses, language programs. 

Project Guttenberg

Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks:  choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. 

Composition and Grammar: Writing Assistance
Essays on the Craft of Dramatic Writing

This site offers writers of  all levels and genres new ideas on the essential elements of  storytelling. 

Guide to Grammar and Writing

Grammar assistance. 

How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited. 

How to Use English Punctuation Correctly

Fundamental aspects of English punctuation. 


HyperGrammar electronic grammar course at the University of Ottawa's Writing Centre. 

Persuasive or Argumentative Essays: How To Write

Persuasive or argumentative writing strives to convince others to agree with our facts, share our values, accept our argument and conclusions, and adopt our way of thinking.

A detailed "how to write a screenplay" website. 

Sentence Structure of Technical Writing

From MIT professor Nicole Kelley: Students guidelines for technical writing about science and technology topics.

Poetry, theory, and criticism. 

The Purdue OWL: Online Writing Lab

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction. 

Citation and Style Guides
ACS (American Chemical Society) Style Guide

Developed by the American Chemical Society, this style may be used for research papers in the field of chemistry. 

Annotated Bibliography: How to Prepare

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited. 

APA Tutorials

Great tutorials: introduction and use. 

APA from Purdue OWL

Extensive tutorial from Purdue OWL. 

Associated Press Style Guide

Style guide for journalistic writing. 

Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition from Purdue OWL

The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) covers a variety of topics from manuscript preparation and publication to grammar, usage, and documentation. 

Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers

Citing Medicine provides assistance to authors in compiling lists of references for their publications, to editors in revising such lists, to publishers in setting reference standards for their authors and editors, and to librarians and others in formatting bibliographic citations. 

Elements of Style (William Strunk)

Intended for use in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature, it gives in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated. 

MLA from Purdue OWL

Extensive tutorial. 

Turabian Citation Guide

Bibliography style is used widely in literature, history, and the arts. This style presents bibliographic information in footnotes or endnotes and, usually, a bibliography. 

Copyright: What You Need To Know
Copyright Law

Creative Commons

Public Domain

Images: Copyright-Free & Royalty-Free Resources for Your School Projects
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Pic Drome Public Domain Pictures

Quotations: Searchable
Online Collections Courtsey of Bartleby


Bartlett, John. 1919. Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.
Including over 11,000 quotations, the first new edition of John Bartlett’s corpus to be published after his death in 1905 keeps most of his original work intact.
Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.
These 41,480 selections divided into 1,500 categories include thousands of authors and an entire volume’s-worth of Shakespeare.
Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.
These 28,732 selections feature non-English language sources including proverbs by a master Encyclopedist.
Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.
These 6,700 quotations in 2,000 categories represent an encyclopedic classification of the canon's eternal passages.
Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
The 21,700 quotations in this standard reference bible, organized by major category, feature original language with translations.
Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay. 1880.
These 9,000 often lengthy selections highlight English prose geniuses like Addison, Burke, Johnson, Locke and Macaulay.
Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
The 2,100 entries in this eminently researched collection form the constellation of collected wisdom in American political debate.
Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1989.
1,200 very readable expository selections from 400 authors.
Christy, Robert. 1887. Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.
The 20,500 selections in this classic reference work comprise an encyclopedic scope of English proverbs.
Hazlitt, William Carew. 1907. English Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases.
These 10,764 entries feature explanation of the hidden meanings of folk wisdom repeated unwittingly.
Marvin, Dwight Edwards. 1916. Curiosities in Proverbs.
The two thousand entries in this uniquely multicultural collection feature comparison of similar proverbs in different languages.
Wilstach, Frank J. 1916. A Dictionary of Similes.
Wilstach spent over 20 years tracing more than 16,000 similies to 2,000 sources and categorizing them under some 3,000 subjects.
See also French Aphorists:
La Rochefoucauld, Pascal, La Bruyère, Vauvenargues, Chamfort, Joubert, & French Wit, Wisdom, and Wickedness

Web 2.0 Tools: Choose the Best Tools for Your Projects

Video creator. 


Audacity® is free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds. 

Create a Graph

Communicate information visually. 


Professional-quality flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings and more. 


Mash up music, photos, videos, & more to express what you care about. 


Physical 3-ring binders used to be the easiest way to organize all your educational resources. But now so much of what you want to organize is online. LiveBinders not only replaces the old 3-ring binder, but also opens up new opportunities for collaborating, organizing, and sharing that were never possible before. 


Create concept maps. Great for brainstorming ideas. 

Pivot Stickfigure Animator

Create stick figure animations easily and without any artistic skills. 

Primo PDF Converter

Create PDF files with free PDF creator. With just one click, turn virtually any kind of file into a 100% industry-standard PDF. 


Create word clouds from written materials. 

Voice Thread

Place collections of media like images, videos, documents, and presentations at the center of an asynchronous conversation. 


Create speaking avatars for your projects. 


Generate “word clouds” from text that you provide.