Online Resources

Below you will find links to universities and other organizations whose online content can serve as a means of supplementing your Dominican education.

General Academic

The Khan Academy – this is a not-for-profit organization on a mission to offer free educational materials to the Internet public. Their video database and individualized assessment tools are available for nearly all disciplines – from biology to finance to history. Bonus: The Khan Academy provides useful schematics for learners who are more visually inclined.

MIT OpenCourseWare – one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education offers all of its course materials online for free. This is a vast collection – over 2000 courses – of material with many applications, though there is an emphasis on math, science, and other technical disciplines.  This material is available under the MIT OpenCourseWare Creative Commons license.

Connexions – Rice University’s “digital educational ecosystem” is one of the most popular education sites in the world with more than 17,000 learning units or modules. Connexions modules are designed to impart information in terms of conceptual connectivity, breaking the mold of more traditional, linear models.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy – a rigorous and detailed database of theories, history, and significant figures in philosophy and the humanities. This encyclopedia is open to the public and is frequently updated by experts in the field.

General Writing

Purdue OWL – one of the first and most comprehensive online writing resources, the Purdue Online Writing Lab provides students with writing assistance at any stage in the writing process – from brainstorming to conducting research to citing (APA and MLA). OWL can also help with grammar and mechanics, and it maintains a useful section for ESL learners.

Writing the Academic Paper – Dartmouth University’s guide to assisting students with the process of academic writing. This site provides a grounded, outlined explanation about what distinguishes college writing from high school writing. Here you will find help on how to choose a topic, form a thesis, structure an argument, and cultivate style.

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant – Professor Chuck Guilford from Boise State University provides an interactive guide for college writers. Here you will find information on freewriting, effective sentence structure, how to improve introductions and conclusions, and more.

ESL

ESL Activities – a collection of grammar quizzes, vocabulary quizzes, and crossword puzzles designed to make learning the English language a bit more fun. These activities are part of a project of The Internet TESL Journal and its content comes from ESL teachers worldwide.

ESL Study Hall – a site designed by a professor from The George Washington University.  Here you will find helpful resources for ESL reading, writing, listening, vocabulary, grammar, and U.S. culture.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Why We Cite – the library at the University of North Carolina explains the purposes of citation and provides a general guideline for what does and does not need to be cited.

Academic Integrity – Dominican University’s policy of academic honesty and integrity in its entirety.

Citing

NoodleTools – this site assists you in formatting your MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations.  Here you are guided through the process of creating a citation with the use of the 3 citation styles and the numerous source types.

Purdue Online Writing Lab – This site provides great resources for writers writing in APA and MLA.  This collection of materials is well organized and widely recognized by academics.

Effective Note-Taking  – from Walter Pauk, Cornell University

Active Listening, Note-Taking, and Class Participation  – from Academic Skills Center, Dartmouth College

How to Improve Time Management Skills  – from York University, Counseling & Disability Services, Learning Skills Services

Tips and Strategies for Tackling College Readings  – from Timothy Burke, Swarthmore College

General Study Skills and Stress Management  – from Learning Strategies Center, Cornell University