There is such thing as a free lunch on the Internet.
The only problem is where to find it. Unless you are a web guru, finding open sources online can take ages.
To help you out of this trouble, I share with you 5 wonderful online projects, which can help you find for free the information you need for better writing and/or lifelong education.
5 Online Hubs that Generously Share Resources for Free
So, next time when you conduct your online research, you may want to check out the following 5 goldmines of FREE information:
- Project Gutenberg was started in 1971 by Michael Hart, who actually invented electronic books as such the same year. For more than 30 years, the people behind Project Gutenberg have encouraged the creation and free distribution of e-books. By now, the project has grown into a reputable and rich database that is definitely worth visiting.
- Bookboon.com offers free e-books in 3 main categories – textbooks, business and travel guides. All e-books on Bookboon.com are written and uploaded by accredited professors, mainly from the UK. No registration, no catches, no annoying suggestions to pay for a premium account. Only some occasional adverts inside of e-books.
- Bartleby.com offers one of the largest and oldest free full-text collections of verse, prose and non-fiction on the web. A valuable feature of this site is the section “Reference”, which helps visitors find quotes of different authors and on different topics. You will love it if you are looking for a good quote for your paper or just pursue the goal of lifelong education.
- PoemHunter.com is the largest collection of free poems I have ever seen in my life. Surely, it’s impossible that they have there all the poems that were ever written, but it certainly seems as if they do. At least, they never ever let me down.
- Google Services. Yes, I know that this is not breaking news and you are already using them. I just wanted to make sure that you are using the Google free services to their fullest:
- Google Books offers free previews of excerpts of thousands of books.
- Google Scholar offers abstracts and even full-text PDFs of scholarly and peer-reviewed articles;
- Google Cultural Institute is the latest project that offers visually rich experiences of exploring the world’s wonders and visiting the best sites. This project was started not so long ago and it is a perfect tool for lifelong education.
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