Helpful College Academic Resources

Are you new to the college environment and have limited knowledge of college academic resources?

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Or have you been on campus for a while, so you have the resource thing under control?

Question: How many of you are using college academic resources regularly?

One of the biggest adjustments you’ll make to college life is getting access to the “right” academic support tools and resources.

Used strategically, these resources can help you build the “right” pathway to academic success.

You’ll find some tools and resources very user friendly.

Others may require you to focus on their instructions for proper use to determine if it meets your particular academic need.

There are many academic tools and resources available on the internet.

Winter, spring, and summer breaks are great times to examine which tools and resources will work best for you academically.

16 College Academic Resources Every Student Should Use

And we’ve explored many of them.  So far, we think the following 16 offered give you a great foundation to plan your pathway to college and career success:

  1. Microsoft OneNote:A feature included in Microsoft Office, this note taking app included contains many useful features such as sticky notes, internal links, custom tags, translation capabilities, math assistant, and email to OneNote.  Version: Free and Paid.
  2. Evernote: Another note taking app is Evernote. It stands out for its web clipping capabilities, including capturing content from the Web and organizing it.   Versions: Free and Paid
  3. Zotero: An easy-to-use citation management software tool that allows you to collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.  Version: Free
  4. EasyBib: A citation, grammar, and a premium services plagiarism checker.  Version: Free and Paid
  5. EndnoteBasic: A free and limited of the online version of Endnote–a reference management software system.  Version: Free and Paid
  6. Mendeley: A reference citation management software tool with a specialize focus on PDF management.  Version: Free and Paid
  7. Library of Congress: The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, with holdings of 170 million items. It’s also the principal research arm of the U.S. Congress and home to the U.S. Copyright Office. A virtual online cornucopia of research items student researchers should always investigate during research paper writing times.  Version: Free Public AccessCollege Academic Resources
  8. National Archives: In need of research paper topics. The National Archives provides you with of host of historical documents relating to social, economic and political issues that affect our country from the very beginning.  An excellent research paper source.  Version: Free Public Access
  9. GoConqr: An all-in-one resource tool that includes flash cards, mind maps, study planners, quizzes and a library with 7 million learning resources.  Versions: Free and Paid
  10. Quizlet: An online study tool that supports student learning through games, quizzes, study sets and flash cards.  Versions: Free
  11. Purdue Online Writing Lab: Sponsored by Purdue University, this information rich, comprehensive writing help, style guide and reference management web site is opened to the public. Start first by reviewing their site map. Also available in Spanish.  Version: Free
  12. Grammarly: A grammar and punctuation writing assistant that includes plagiarism checker. Also, monitors your writing on social media.  Versions: Free and Paid
  13. ProWritingAid: An all-in-one writing mentor, style editor, grammar and plagiarism checker.  Version: Free and Paid
  14. Course Hero:  A tremendous learning asset for first-generation college students, this online platform of course specific study resources should be at the top of your college resource list.  Version: Free and Paid
  15. Your Academic Adviser: Most college academic advisers are quite adept at problem solving. So, if you find yourself faced with an academic challenge or two, check in first with your academic adviser to see what options are available.  Version: Free
  16. Your Campus Reference Librarian: An underutilized resource on most college campuses, reference librarians are typically great at brainstorming topics and making meaningful research recommendations.  Version: Free

Additional Resources:

Public Libraries: An Untapped Resource in Higher Ed

Academic Research Online

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A Word to the Wise…

An Academic Pearl of Wisdom

Whenever a college student faces an academic and/or social challenge, they often ask a peer or a friend first for advice. And that’s okay.

However, resolving the issue to your best advantage often requires consulting with an academic advising professional as well.

Your academic adviser knows the campus academically, administratively, and socially.

And what they don’t know, they can point you to the person who does know.  Include this strategy in your current plan for college success.

And we're always available to help as well!

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