When was the last time you went to your school library? Do you know the Dewey Decimal Library Classification System?
Nowadays, with the advent of technological innovations, students might give an “I don’t remember” or “I don’t know” for an answer to the questions above. Today, only a few students still go to the library for their researches. And most of them choose to just tap on their keyboards and wait for the search engine’s result.
By providing a pool of up-to-date and wide-range of information, the Internet has dramatically attracted students who are conducting researches or who are encountering some academic problems. Indeed, now that we are living in the Internet Age, students prefer to do their homework and conduct their researches in the comfort of their own household. There is actually nothing inherently wrong with such. However, students must be wary since not all information found on the internet is accurate and valid. The Wikipedia, for instance, is a very popular online encyclopedia for students. It is true that it provides updated information because it can be edited by any member-user, anytime. But that actually is the problem. Wikipedia is a wiki – anyone can enter any information into the system anytime. This means that you cannot perfectly be sure about the validity of the information Wikipedia provides.
Thus, in order to maximize the benefits of the Internet innovations without compromising the credibility of your work, you should acquire your data from reputable and reliable sources.
Below are the 10 Best websites students can use for their research and any other school work.
Math and Science
1. http://www.math.com - a free site that provides lessons, exercises, games, and tips on mathematics-related subjects like arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and statistics
2. http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/- provides detailed answers to many science questions. It also provides science-related news articles, tips on school projects, and unit conversion tables.
3. http://www.howstuffworks.com/ - answers questions that are related to electronics, automobiles, sciences, entertainment, and basically anything under the sun’s radar
4. http://www.mathway.com/ - helps students with their difficult math problems. Just type your problem statement and the site will give you the answer together with the correct steps.
English and History
5. http://www.freetranslation.com/ - helps students with foreign language problems. The site can convert many different languages.
6. http://www.livemocha.com/ - a social networking site that encourages its members to help improve the foreign language skills of one another
7. http://www.sparknotes.com - provides a variety of book summaries that could help you understand better the book you are reading
Research and Other Learning Materials
8. http://www.gutenberg.org - site for downloading electronic books for free if the book you need is lost or if you cannot find the material you need in your school library
9. http://www.scribd.com - provides electronic copies of documents you need. You can download the files and upload a file to share it to the community as well.
10. http://www.4shared.com - a place where users share all kinds of data they have. You can download what you want and share any file if you want to.
These are just 10 of the great and reliable websites students can visit to help them in their school work. There a lot more on the internet. Enjoy your research!
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