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The Ultimate Guide to Using Open Courseware: 70+ Apps, Search Engines and Resources for Free Learning. 99 Mind Mapping Resources, Tools, and Tips. So, there you are staring at that black sheet of paper again.

99 Mind Mapping Resources, Tools, and Tips

Or perhaps it's a black Word document on your computer screen. Whichever it may be, it's obvious you're about to take notes for that big essay assignment or group project, and you're not too excited about getting started! That's where a different kind of note taking comes in to play, one that is actually fun to do and will also help you to understand your notes better. It's a technique called mind mapping, and is based around a strong visual method of taking notes. Whether your using colorful markers and paper or using state-of-the-art computer software, you'll find using mind maps are a much more interesting way to take notes than you ever have in the past! Free Software Free Mind - the premier java-based mind mapping software known for its quick, one-click "fold/unfold" and "follow link" operations.

Wisemapping - "Visual Thinking Evolution", offering free web based mind maps you can share anywhere on the web. Resources Books. 99 Resources to Research & Mine the Invisible Web. College researchers often need more than Google and Wikipedia to get the job done.

99 Resources to Research & Mine the Invisible Web

To find what you're looking for, it may be necessary to tap into the invisible web, the sites that don't get indexed by broad search engines. The following resources were designed to help you do just that, offering specialized search engines, directories, and more places to find the complex and obscure. Search Engines Whether you're looking for specific science research or business data, these search engines will point you in the right direction.

Turbo10: On Turbo10, you'll be able to search more than 800 deep web search engines at a time. The Top 100 Productivity and Lifehack Blogs for College Students. Having a little trouble getting motivated?

The Top 100 Productivity and Lifehack Blogs for College Students

From school responsibilities to personal calendars and social commitments, college students find themsselves stretched in too many directions. To give you a little boost, we've generated a list of the top 100 productivity and lifehack blogs for college students. Here they are, arranged by category, but in no particular order. Most Popular Following is a collection of some of the most sought after blogs about productivity on the Web. 43 Folders: Productivity guru Merlin Mann gives advice on "simple ways to make your life a little better.

" Organize your life with the advice and tools found on these informative blogs. Your Life. Get more done at the office with helpful tips and advice from these bloggers. The Daily Saint: Avoid being a workaholic with the tips found on this blog, which urge readers to find the right work-life balance. 60+ Killer Open Courseware Collections for Web Designers. 50+ Open Courseware Writing Classes from the World's Leading Universities. Although technical courses tend to get more attention, the availability of writing courses online is impressive.

50+ Open Courseware Writing Classes from the World's Leading Universities

25 Awesome Beta Research Tools from Libraries Around the World. If you're tired of using the same old search box on your local library website for research projects, it might be time to broaden your horizons.

25 Awesome Beta Research Tools from Libraries Around the World

Try out one of these in-the-works betas sponsored by world-class libraries around the world. From academic libraries like that at MIT or renowned research centers like the Library of Congress, the following beta research tools feature innovative tricks to connect you with the most relevant, valid results on the Internet and in their card catalogs. Melvil Dewey would be proud. Tools Used at College and University Libraries Check out this list for academically-minded beta search tools sponsored by universities around the world.

Vera Multi-Search: MIT: This new tool is still in the works, but once it's officially approved, students and researchers can use Vera Multi-Search as a way to find material in several different databases with one single search. 13 Must Read Blogs For College Students. Lifehacker There's a reason why Lifehacker is at the top of this list, and it boils down to one important thing: making your life more productive, easier, and most importantly, more fun. Computer geekery dominates much of the blog's content, but not in the over-your-head kind of way. Editor Gina Trapani takes technology out of the proverbial box, takes it apart, shows us how it works, and puts it all back together again. Then she sends us off feeling better about ourselves because we learned something new.

Tips for Keeping your Smartphone from Ruling Your Life. The smartphone is perhaps the most important technological innovation of the century thus far. At least in terms of sheer popular use, phones like the iPhone, the Droid, or the Blackberry have single-handedly changed the way we communicate, the way we do business, and even the way we find restaurants and bars. Despite the immense convenience that smartphones have added to our lives, this convenience, as with all technological convenience, comes at a cost. Who has not experienced the connnectivity neuroticism that arises from having a mobile device in which the world at large is at your fingertips at all times? 100 Extensive University Libraries from Around the World that Anyone Can Access.

Universities house an enormous amount of information and their libraries are often the center of it all.

100 Extensive University Libraries from Around the World that Anyone Can Access

You don't have to be affiliated with any university to take advantage of some of what they have to offer. From digital archives, to religious studies, to national libraries, these university libraries from around the world have plenty of information for you. Digital Libraries Capturing images of manuscripts, art, and artifacts, digital libraries are an excellent way of both preserving the past and sharing it with everyone. Harvard University Library. International Digital Libraries These digital libraries either have a focus on a culture other than that of the United States or are housed in another country. The Digital South Asia Library. Texts. 101 Ways Your Smartphone Can Make You Smarter & a Better Student. The Lifehacker Pack for Students.