Recommended Tools and Resources
Here is a list of resources for online college students. We use all of these and highly recommend each one.
Dropbox: Another essential app for any student that works on Mac and PC computers as well as iOS and Android devices. Dropbox allows you to access your documents from anywhere on any device. When you save files in your dropbox folder on your computer, they are automatically synched to your phone or tablet. That means if you have an idea about one of your assignments while you are out and about, you can make those changes to an assignment on your phone and those changes will be synched on your computer when you get home. Both of us have used dropbox for many years and depend upon it. For more information about this FREE resource, go to https://www.dropbox.com.
Grammarly: The world’s most accurate grammar checker. With the FREE version of Grammarly, you can do a spellcheck from within your web browser. That means you can type out your discussions responses with confidence knowing that Grammarly is spellchecking your work as you type. You can also incorporate it into Microsoft Word to give you a more powerful grammar and spellchecking tool. If you want to upgrade to the premium app, you can even select the type of writing you are doing, such as creative or academic, and have even more features. We both use Grammarly every day when writing and grading papers. Check out https://www.grammarly.com for more details about this FREE resource.
iStudiez Pro: The best college educational application for students. With this app, you can keep track of your homework and grades. It works on Mac and PC computers as well as iOS and Android devices. Jim used this when he was studying at graduate school and found it very useful. For more information go to their website at http://www.istudentpro.com.
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Here are online resources to help you with your writing.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): Over 200 free resources including: grammar and mechanics, writing, style guides, and formatting your documents according to APA and MLA standards. https://owl.english.purdue.edu/
Writer’s Web: Topical index of general parts of sentence structure and mechanics to writing terms and concepts. Provides guides for various writing projects and stages, clarity and style, editing tips, and more. http://writing2.richmond.edu/writing/wweb.html
Need help with your formatting? Check out these online resources:
APA Formatting and Style Guide: Purdue Owl Online Writing Lab’s guide to APA formatting. Includes an overview and links to detailed subtopics. https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
MLA Formatting and Style Guide: Purdue Owl Online Writing Lab’s guide to MLA formatting. Includes an overview and links to detailed subtopics. https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
Turabian 8th Edition: Also known as Chicago Style. Site provides a background information and a quick guide for Kate L. Turabian’s Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. http://www.press.uchicago.edu/books/turabian/turabian_citationguide.html
Here are some additional formatting tools:
Son of Citation Machine: Formats in APA MLA, and Chicago/Turabian styles. Free online tool generates bibliography listings and in-text citations. This is my favorite web-based tool for properly crediting resources. It automatically generates a reference listing and a citation formatted according to APA, MLA, Chicago, or Turabian styles. Go to: http://www.citationmachine.net.
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