Search Skills

How to Search the Internet
Southern Oregon University's excellent comprehensive guide to best tools and techniques for searching the internet. The only resource you'll probably need.

Google Search and Advanced Search
No better place to begin researching any topic than the good ol' Google search field. Still the world's goto search app.

Goggle Power Searching Video Courses
There's much to learn, here. Hour-long basic and advanced courses covering Google's essential features and operators.

LifeHack Google Tips
Short article listing just some of the magic hidden inside the Google search engine. More tips and tricks here and here.

Research Tools

Streamlines research and writing processes for school and work. Cool additional features in Scrible Edu allow teachers to monitor student progress and view analytics.

Free, open-source assistant helps students collect, organize, cite, and share research. Syncs across multiple computers and devices. More info here and here.

Research management tool and social network for student researchers. Connect, collaborate, discuss, share knowledge/data, and follow favorite rock star researchers!

15 Educational Search Engines for College Students
Google isn't a monopoly (fortunately). Rasmussen provides an excellent list of useful search tools for basic research. Sites listed return reliable citations from reputable sources.

Citation Engines

Citation Machine
Cite sources of multiple types for free in APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian (premium version allows 7000 formats plus plagiarism checker).

Simple, free online citation and bibliographic tool allows students to cite various source types in APA, MLA, Chicago.

Free MLA citation/bibliography generator. Auto-creates citations for multiple source types, allows manual entry, annotations. Additional features require subscription.

Writing Sites

Purdue OWL
BEST writing site! Sections on: grammar/mechanics; research/citation; style guides; job search, college app, subject-specific writing; teacher/tutor resources; and more.

100 Best Writing Websites
Categorized and commented list of great websites for writers by Write Life: blogging, creativity and craft, editing, freelancing, marketing, publishing, communities, more.

11 Top Writing Communities and Why You Should Join
Nybookeditors' recommended online writing communities. Once you're ready to share work and receive constructive criticism, join a community and get started!

NewPages Young Writers
Site devoted to enabling talented young writers to have their work recognized. Sage advice, long list of recommended publications, legitimate writing contests.

Plagiarism Detection

The Plagiarism Spectrum
10 key types of plagiarism identified by high school and college instructors are named and rated according to frequency and seriousness (with examples).

Affordable plagiarism checking. Detailed downloadable reports. Affordable pay-as-you-go model. Free to 200 words (check longer papers one paragraph at a time).

Phenomenal writing tool that performs advanced grammar checking, word choice and style coaching, plagiarism detection, more. Pay for premium to get all features. Alternatives here.

Basic plagiarism, grammar, spelling, and style checking tool (plus automated "scoring" of papers and essays). Free.

Writing projects can quickly get complicated, and managing ideas, organizing text, outlining, citing, and drafting can be a daunting task. Scrivener does much of the work for you.