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Best of the Web

These Web sites contain links to Web pages selected by professionals - many of them librarians - and organized into subject categories.   We suggest that you start your search for academic information here, rather than use a search engine such as MSN or Google, which will likely retrieve too many hits, most of them of a commercial nature. Still, use your judgment and apply recommended quality evaluation criteria to every page you view on the World Wide Web.


Internet Scout Project

Arts & Letters Daily

Essential Links

Martindale's The Reference Desk

Open Directory

Time Magazine's Best and Worst Lists

Wise Geek

Wall Street Executive Library

Public Agenda: Issue Guides Holding Politicians Accountable


Health on the Net Foundation 


Pennsylvania State Civil Service Commission


The Tongue Untied

With a library of over 2,700 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 255 practice exercises, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace. Ideas Worth Spreading 
TEDTalks began as a simple attempt to share what happens at TED with the world. Under the moniker "ideas worth spreading," talks were released online. They rapidly attracted a global audience in the millions. Indeed, the reaction was so enthusiastic that the entire TED website has been reengineered around TEDTalks, with the goal of giving everyone on-demand access to the world's most inspiring voices.

Free Online Courses 
Get free online courses from the world’s leading universities. This collection includes over 250 free courses in the liberal arts and sciences. Download these audio & video courses straight to your computer or mp3 player. 
Blogs, Articles and Videos from the World's Top Thinkers and Leaders

University of California at Berkeley 

A large variety of audio and video courses similar to UCLA’s offering but all are accessible to the public.

Yale University 
Open Yale Courses provides lectures and other materials from selected Yale College courses to the public free of charge via the internet. The courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences.

Harvard University 
The following noncredit free Harvard courses are offered online by Harvard Extension School’s Open Learning Initiative. Featuring Harvard faculty, the courses are open to the public.

Stanford University 
Stanford on iTunes U provides access to a wide range of Stanford-related digital audio content via the iTunes Store, Apple’s popular online music, video, and podcast service.

MIT (Massachussetts Institute of Technology) 
MIT OpenCourseWare is a free publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT. 

Carnegie Mellon University 
OLI is an open educational resources project that began in 2002. We use knowledge from learning science and the affordances of the web to transform instruction, significantly improve learning outcomes and to achieve significant increases in productivity in post secondary education.

Gresham College
Courses from London’s oldest higher education institute in subjects including: Art and literature, Business, History, Law, Mathematics, Medical science, Music, Politics, Religion, Science, Unusual.

Oxford University (UK) 
This free site features public lectures, teaching material, interviews with leading academics, information about applying to the University, and much more. All the material is arranged within a series of related talks or lectures and may be in audio, video or document format.

Wikipedia: List of educational video websites 
Wikipedia list of a variety of sites offering free courses, lectures, and podcasts.

Academicearth: Online course search engine
We are building a user-friendly educational ecosystem that will give internet users around the world the ability to easily find, interact with, and learn from full video courses and lectures from the world’s leading scholars. - Online course search engine
To organize the world's educational videos and make them universally accessible and down-loadable. To change the way we learn and to revolutionize the education system and raise the quality of education. Online course search engine
This is a comprehensive site providing thousands of downloadable Video lectures, Live Online Tests, etc in the fields of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Medicine, Management and Accounting, Dentistry, Nursing, Psychology, History, Language Training, Literature, Law, Economics, Philosophy, Astronomy, Political Science etc FREE to its visitors. 

Udemy: Online course search engine
Udemy enables anyone to take and build courses online. Our goal is to disrupt and democratize education by enabling anyone to learn from the world's experts. - Factual knowledge search engine
Wolfram|Alpha introduces a fundamentally new way to get knowledge and answers— not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods.