Last Updated: Apr 8, 2014
This LibGuide is a collaboration of reference librarians across Massachusetts. This guide brings together free internet reference sources. This list is constantly growing and changing, and relies on its users to keep it robust and relevant. Please use the forms on this site, or email the guide facilitator directly to report omissions or suggest sites. Happy searching.
This is a collaboratively created resource from MLS member librarians. Herein you will find freely available online sources that have been deemed reliable by fellow librarians. Also included are tools that may be helpful in your Reference work.
- Google News
- The Wayback Machine
From Internet Archive - this is the Go-To website to recover a website as it appeared in the past.
- Internet Archive
Digital Library of internet sites and digital "cultural artifacts."
An aggregator of search tools. Look up people, information, IP addresses, currency values...you name it.
All the words in the world. Pronounced.
- The Khan Academy
Short instructional videos mostly focused on math, economics and science, with a bit of test prep and humanities mixed in.
- Code Academy
- FSI Language Courses
Foreign language instruction developed by the Foreign Service Institute (not a government entity).
- MIT Open Courseware
Free lecture notes, exams, and videos from MIT. No registration required.
Free online learning through problem solving, focusing on IT and science.
- Class Central
Directory of free online courses offered by Stanford Coursera, MITx, Harvardx, Berkleyx and Udacity.
- Awesome Screenshot
Capture, annotate and share screenshots. This is a browser plugin for Firefox, Chrome or Safari.
A browser add-on to convert web pages to PDF for printing (without all the ads and sidebars) or to save for reading later.
- A Cleaner Internet
An add-on to remove the clutter of standard YouTube pages. If you incorporate YouTube videos into lessons or presentations, this is a useful tool to add polish and professionalism to your presentation.
This site tracks the influence of money on US politics.
- Follow the Money
A non-profit, non-partisan organization investigating the influence of money on politics.