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Web Resources for Students

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The previous post got me thinking. I’d just like to list a few web resources here that are particularly useful. Some of these will require you to have an athens password (or to be on a computer registered to some institution that subscribes to the resource). Others are available for free. I am on the Bristol University network so I can’t check which are available for free, but I will mark those that I think don’t need a subscription in italics.

  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: A great resource for philosophers or people just interested in philosophy
  • Google Scholar: I know, I know. Google are taking over everything, but this is a great tool which can help you find papers located at sources you wouldn’t normally come across. Scholar searches archives that you may not be able to access without subscription, so don’t celebrate about that perfect article until the PDF is on your hard drive.
  • arXiv: The articles here are free, but they are preprints, which means they haven’t yet been peer-reviewed. The scope is also limited. If you want up to date papers on mathematics, physics or computer science then this is great. Otherwise, not worth it. Another thing to remember is that these are real journal articles. Most of them will be too hard for you.
  • jstor: jstor has a huge collection of journals. You can quite often find relevant stuff here. My jstor trick? Look up a book you’re supposed to be reading. If you’re lucky you’ll find some reviews of that book which will give you something intelligent to say in seminars and essays. (Always cite your sources, folks)
  • OxfordScholarship: Whole books available for free to read on the web! You can’t download them which is a pity, but this is a fantastic resource if you need books in the following areas: Economics and Finance, Philosophy, Political Science or Religion
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy: I haven’t used this resource yet but it is apparently quite good.
  • MacTutor History of Maths: Run by the St Andrew’s maths department this is a nice little site if you need a quick biography of a mathematician.
  • Wikipedia: I hesitate to include this one, but hear me out; good wiki articles cite their sources. These sources will sometimes be available online. This is the only reason to use wiki. The articles themselves are of variable quality and variable reliability.
  • Mathworld: If you ever need any kind of mathematical explanation, Wolfram Mathworld is the place. Don’t go to wikipedia, their maths articles are quite often over your head if you need help with a concept
  • Marxists: Find someone with a Che Guevara T-shirt. They know everything. Nah, but seriously, marxists.org seems to have a lot of stuff going on. They have some original papers by Bohr and Einstein that I’ve linked to before. Maybe there is some other good stuff available there. For free? Naturally, Comrade.

That’s enough for now. I think that covers most of the bases. Maybe I’ll turn this into a “page” later and split it up into sections by discipline, check the availability of the things off-campus and try out the resources I haven’t used yet.

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Written by Seamus

October 13, 2007 at 6:21 pm

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  1. […] maths, philosophy, science by Seamus on March 13th, 2008 This started as part two of my list of web resources for students. But it has kind of devolved into a list of free stuff available online. Basically, as far as I can […]


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