College life can be hard. You might have so many things to take care of and few resources.
Fortunately, there are some websites out there that can make your life easier.
I have listed 101 websites that will help you save money, increase productivity, download research papers, and books for free.
Table of content
- Save money
- Rent&buy textbooks
- Apps and Google extensions
- Free Courses
- Find Research Papers
- Medical articles
- Literature websites
- Free books
Amazon student is a discounted Prime subscription program.
Also, it offers a free trial for six months. (You can also cancel at any time without a cost). Then you’ll pay 50% less than other Prime members at $6.49/month.
And you need to have a .edu email address.
- Two-day shipping for free on most of the products.
- Email alerts for exclusive deals and offers for you
- It has a referral program where you can invite your friends to join, and both of you get $5.
- During the trial, you can’t share your subscription with other households as with Prime.
On eBay, you can find different products at a fair price.
It helps you find discounts, coupon codes and exclusive deals from your favorite stores.
It is a beautiful easy to use the website. You can find the best deals with different products.
4. The Freecycle Network
It’s a non-profit movement made up of people who want to give and take used items for free.
It’s a money manager app. It helps you track the expenses and can help you manage your money better.
Rent and Buy Textbooks
After you’ve finished a class or the semester, why not selling the books to make some extra money. And that’s where these websites come to help:
Here you can rent or buy textbooks. Another option that I liked is that you can return the book in 21 days if you switch classes. You can also hire a tutor to help you with the exams.
Enter the ISBN number of the book and it will find the best sites who offer the best prices.
If you need to buy books for the next semester this website offers free shipping for the orders over $49. And, it doesn’t offer just books but also school supplies, magazines, study guides and more.
Apps and Google Extensions
It is the most popular calculator with +20 million downloads. Why buying a new calculator when you can download it on your phone for free.
Sometimes I used to say to myself, surf on YouTube for just 5 minutes and then I ended up spending 2 hours there.
Well, the solution to my problem was the strict workflow extension.
It blocks the websites for 25 minutes so you can study, then you can take a short break and start again.
This extension is a great way to overcome procrastination by limiting the time you spend on time-wasting websites.
The best grammar checker out there.
This extension allows you to send emails automatically, by setting a time even if you’re not online.
It includes a personal dashboard with a beautiful image, a to-do list, and an inspirational quote.
There are a lot of courses out there to supplement your knowledge.
It’s a website founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, offering high-quality courses from the most prestigious universities in the world.
It offers +2400 courses. You can choose between their categories:
- Introductory Programming
- Life Sciences
It offers full high-quality courses, suggested readings, exams, and problem sets.
There are lots of courses in different categories here. Some are free and for some, you have to pay.
Data Camp is the best place to learn Data Science.
There you can find lots of tutorials about programming, computer science, Microsoft and many more.
Learn to code for free.
Search engines to find research Papers
If you need to find credible sources for your homework, then these search engines can help you:
This SE pulls content from 207 million publications.
It provides real-time searching and it also gives you the opportunity to search in 9 other languages.
It is developed by the IST. It’s focused more on literature in computer and information science.
It’s a very useful website, especially for math. You can find formulas and definitions very fast.
This site contains +1.8 million papers and 5046 journals.
AJOL is a collection of all journals in Africa.
There are 100, 545 articles free to download.
30. Educational Resources Information Center
ERIC contains more than 1.3 million journal articles, conference papers, and other materials.
31. Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
BASE contains +133 Million documents from 6500 sources.
Everything you need to learn about Agriculture.
This site keeps you up to date with the developments in analytical science.
Search for a paper in different categories.
It’s a large archive of e-Print in Psychics, Math, Economy, Biology, statistics, Electrical engineering, and computer science.
This site covers publications in Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Physics.
It covers all the aspects of computer science.
This site contains +9 million publications from the fields of Materials Engineering, Chemistry, Nanotechnology, and Biomedical engineering.
PMC provides access to articles, books, patents, and clinical guidelines.
It’s a large database of free journals for different categories.
It’s a great place to find documents from different universities, video lectures, and flashcards.
It’s a good place to find definitions quicker. But, the information, in general, isn’t of the best quality. You should always check the cited sources at the end to see where it’s coming from.
Free online dictionary and thesaurus.
APA is an organization with more than 115, 000 members. The articles are written by doctoral-level psychologists.
It’s a journal that publishes papers in clinical neurology and translational neuroscience.
It’s an electronic archive developed by the school of electronics and computer science. It contains papers from different categories, you can download them as PDF.
Here you can read journal articles for free.
These websites contain high-quality Free&Paid medical articles. They have an expert peer-review process.
It’s one of the largest databases of medical and scientific articles. It contains over 15M pieces of content and 38, 000 ebooks.
PubMed is an excellent place to find credible sources for your article or research paper.
JAMA is a peer-reviewed medical journal published 48 times a year by the AMA.
It contains 5088 journals which you can access for free. It also organizes them in categories making searching extremely easy.
It provides high-quality articles and journals all for free.
Find information about any health topic.
It’s a good place to read news and articles related to science.
This site provides access to more than 200 million pages of science information.
The Cern library where you can find articles, books, and information about CERN experiments.
If you love math then you will love this site. And if you don’t like math, it will change your thinking.
The zbMath database contains 4 million bibliographic entries drawn from 3000 journals and articles and +180,000 books.
This site contains more than 150,000 historical maps. Pretty impressive, isn’t it?
Here you can find military records, including photos, stories, and personal documents of people who served in the army.
A very useful website to learn about American history.
It includes peer-reviewed journal articles, working papers, and books.
It’s a search engine for anything related to stocks.
You can find publication in business studies and economics.
Best websites for engineering students
Here you can find video tutorials, articles, explanations of concepts, and software tutorials. This site also offers job listings from around the globe and career advice.
It contains free magazines, basic knowledge of different topics, and conversion calculators.
It’s an engineering forum where you can find answers to your questions. They also provide links to other websites.
This is a guide for girls who want to pursue a career in engineering. It provides “did you know contests” and links to other sites.
A website dedicated completely to civil engineering.
It’s an engineering community with over 337, 000 members from all around the world. There you can find discussions, news, rich and useful resources, etc.
It is a very useful website to find free engineering courses.
You can find electrical engineering articles and videos.
You a list of various topics to choose from including electromechanical program, hydraulics, pneumatics, and mechanical design.
As you may have guessed by the name, this site contains everything you need to know about circuits.
This site can teach you how to make various projects.
It offers articles, videos, and news on robots, mechatronics, AI, and more.
Websites for Architecture Students
Architecture is an important part of our life. And there are so many websites out there dedicated to it.
Anyone can contribute to this site. And this gives you the opportunity to get feedback and promote your work.
It is a massive website containing over 40,000 architecture projects.
It’s the personal blog of Bob Borson. He shows how is the life of an architect.
It’s the personal blog of Alex Hogrefe. He created the website in 2009 while he was a student. He provides high-quality tutorials.
It’s a search engine to find images free to reuse for your presentation.
Index for free and paid icons.
This site provides study guides written by real teachers and professors. You can find literature notes from different books.
You can find study guides mostly about Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe.
This site has a huge collection of study guides.
It helps understand books, write papers and study for tests.
Now, we come to my favorite part of the article, the free books. After searching for a while for quality sites, I found these:
Here you can find a wide variety of pdf books from art to engineering for free.
This site is fully dedicated to engineering.
This site contains over 70 engineering books. Even though there are fewer books, still, it’s worth checking.
Here you can find multiple books on civil engineering.
It offers free ebooks and engineering software.
It contains books mainly in Computer Science, Mathematics and Programming.
This site offers +2.4M books from any category you can think of.
A very useful website if you’re searching for free business, programming and cooking books.
It’s a PDF search engine with no download limit.
This site offers 10726 free e-books in 698 categories.
Download many books related to engineering.
There you can find lots of free books about programming, mathematics, free magazines, mobile computing, etc.
Here you can download IT-related books in PDF format.
This site provides free textbooks mostly about business and social sciences.