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Links to free books and journals online and recommended websites.
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Online Reference Materials

Country Information

  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
    Provides access to up-to-date, objective and reliable statistical information. All statistics on this web site can now be accessed free of charge.
  • Australian Government site
    Provides access to official Australian government information and services, including migrating, studying, or working in Australia.
  • Library of Congress Country Studies Series
    Contains the electronic versions of 80 books previously published in hard copy as part of the Country Studies Series by the Federal Research Division. Intended for a general audience, books in the series present a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of select countries throughout the world.
  • New Zealand Government site
    Provides access to official New Zealand government information and services, including migrating, studying, or working in New Zealand.
  • The World Factbook
    The World Factbook, produced for US policymakers and coordinated throughout the US Intelligence Community, marshals facts on every country, dependency, and geographic entity in the world. We share this information with the people of all nations in the belief that knowledge of the truth underpins the functioning of free societies.
  • UN Research Guides
    Access research guides published by the UN libraries.

Open Educational Resources

  • Open Educational Resources Website
    This website is created by USP's Centre for Flexible Learning and includes a search engine link to find open educational resources.
  • 250 Ivy League Courses (open courses- free)
    250 Ivy League Courses free online that you can use to supplement your learning.
  • OERu
    Take university level courses for free!
  • Coursera
    Coursera has hundreds of free MOOC's (massive open online classes) that you can take. Supplement your education with free courses online.
  • Curriki
    A non-profit global community for teachers, students and parents for open learning resources. The materials are varied in subject and cover many levels.
  • GCF Learn Free
    From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactives and games, completely free.
  • Khan Academy
    Khan Academy has free lectures, videos, and exercises in a variety of subject areas to help supplement or further your education for free online. Sign up is required, but free. Subjects include: mathematics, physics, economics, art history, computing and coding, biology, and more.
  • OpenLearn
    Over 1,000 free courses- all content is freely accessible.

Recommended Search Engines

  • Google Advanced Search
    Google's advanced search page
  • Google Scholar
    Searches for scholarly articles on your topic and lets you know if they are available as a .pdf document for download.
  • Internet Archive
    A digital library of internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. As well as e-books under the 'text' link there are archived movies, tv shows, audio files, etc.

Using the Internet Tutorials

Tips on how to search the internet for information:

Data Repositories

  • UK Data Archive
    Digital research data in the social sciences and humanities.
  • Databib
    Search for a research data repository.
  • DataCite
    Lists research data repositories.
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