Build a Bibliography Quickly with These Websites

I dont know about you, but I hate writing bibliographies. It takes so much time to get everything formatted just right.

Books need to be formatted one way; journal articles have to be written a different way; and websites need to be . . . yeah, you get the picture. It can all be very annoying (especially when youre in a rush).

So thats why we like these online tools that can help you develop your papers bibliography in a snap. Yeah, this includes APA, MLA, and Chicago.
Here you go:

OttoBib
Simply type in your books ISBN number and press enter. Youll instantly get your books info styled appropriately in either MLA, APA, or Chicago. This online tool can save you tons of time. Very cool.

BibMe
Alright, this website will definitely save you tons of time. You can easily get a bibliography styled in MLA or APA for books, magazines, newspaper articles, journals, or film. Yeah, this is definitely a great place to start when starting your bibliography.

EasyBib
This website isnt as user-friendly, but it can help you get your books and magazines styled for MLA or APA fairly quickly. Id probably use this website as a last resort though. It takes a little bit of time to get used toand when Im writing a bibliographyI dont have much time.

Where to Find Online Tutors

Summer is a great opportunity to get some extra tutoring in subjects that you might need a little help in.

Here are a variety of places you can visit online to get tutoring without leaving your computer:

  • Smart Thinking
    Topics: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Medical Assisting, Neuroscience, Nursing, Medical Surgery, Pharmacology, Online Writing Lab, Spanish
  • Tutor.com
    Topics: English, Math, Science, Social Studies
  • Tutor Vista
    Topics: Math, English, Language Arts, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
  • Class of 1
    Topics: Math, Physics, English, Chemistry, Economics, Statistics, Accounts, Finance, Human Resources Management, Corporate Strategy and Marketing Management
  • Tutorzilla
    Topics: Math & Science
  • Tutor Nation

Please let me know of any others you think should get added to this list.

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Get Answers to Your Questions with These Websites

Here are a bunch of websites to help you find answers to all your questions:

AnswerBag
AnswerBag is similar to Yahoo Answers except the questions are always open for answering. They have a community of over 175,000 members posting and answering questions on a variety of subjects. You can ask any type of question from shopping advice to medical questions. It’s a shame this site isn’t as popular as Yahoo Answers. It definitely deserves to be.

Askville
Askville is Amazon.com’s version of Yahoo Answers. It’s a very simple website that acts much like all the others. You post a question and wait for an answer. Nothing really unique here.

BitWine
Bitwine is a pay-per-call service that allows you to use Skype to ring up an expert about whatever topic you’re interested in. It’s free to make the calls, and charges only begin after you and the expert agree on a price. The BitWine website makes it very easy to find bios and reviews about the various experts in their directory. Check out their tutoring section . . .

Ether
Ether.com is a place where experts are available 24-hours a day to answer whatever question you might have. Instead of posting your question in a forum, you call a free phone number (1-888-MY-ETHER) and you pay to talk to an expert (per minute). The only problem with this website is that it’s a bit difficult to find a list of people to ask questions to. The only way to find an expert is to sort through their directory of blogs. This is not a very user-friendly way to find help.

LiveQnA
This is Microsoft’s version of Yahoo Answers. MSN members quickly respond to your questions trying to provide you with the best answer possible. MSN did a nice job with the design of this website. Very easy-to-use.

Qunu
Qunu is a website that will connect you with an expert to answer your question through instant messaging. This is a great way to talk one-on-one with someone familiar with the topic you need help with. Not only are experts available 24/7, but they volunteer their time for free.

Oyogi
Oyogi has a very nice Web 2.0 look and feel. However, finding answers to common questions seems a bit difficult. Its also difficult to find answers to previously asked questions. Overall, this site is pretty weak.

Uclue.com
This site is managed by researchers who used to answer questions at Google Answers. You post a question with a price then wait to see if a researcher wants to answer. This might take some time to get the answer you want, but youre pretty much guaranteed a solid answer.

Yahoo Answers
Yahoo Answers is a website that allows Yahoo members to post and answer questions on practically any topic imaginable. The quality of answers you’ll get really depends on who’s interested in answering your question within a three day period. The best part about Yahoo answers is that it’s free and you can get answers from a variety of people within minutes. The only problem is that questions are closed after three days, which means better answers can never get added.

Yedda
Yedda is very similar to Yahoo Answers: where it’s free to post questions, and free to read answers from the members. Yedda has a pretty cool tagging system to find questions related to the topic youre interested in. Explore the topics.

Here are a bunch of others:

  • All Experts – Experts answer your questions on a variety of topics
  • Ask MetaFilter – not very user-friendly, but worth a shot
  • The Answerbank.co.uk – Q & A site based in the United Kingdom
  • Ask A Linguist – Working on a paper that requires help from a linguist? This is the website for you.
  • Ask Me Help Desk – This site operates much like a forum: people post questions and then wait for someone to answer their question. This isnt the best site to find previous answers from people.
  • Blurt It! – People post questions on a given topic and then wait for people to vote yes or no. Its intersting to see what people think, but not very helpful when you neeed a concrete answer on something.
  • I Recognise That – I Recognise That is a place where people can ask or answer questions about anything and everything. Someone that asks a question can also upload a photo to help illustrate that question.
  • JustAnswer – Ask experts a question and then set a price on how much the answer is worth to you.

Free Online File Conversion Websites

There are tons of free online file conversion websites out there, but some act a bit buggy at times. Check out these sites the next time you need to convert a file—and let us know how it works for you.

Here’s a list of some of our favorite online file conversion sites:

Zamzar.com
Zamzar.com allows you to convert almost any type of format—from documents and images to music and videos. This site is great if you want to download YouTube videos and convert them to mp4s so you can watch them on your iPod.

Vixy.net
Okay, this site is mainly for converting online videos so that you can play theem on your PC, iPod or PSP. It converts files pretty quickly. All you need to do is paste the URL of the YouTube video, and then select what type of file you want.

We’ll keep adding to this post as we receive more recommendations . . .

15 Online Notepads You Should Check Out

There must be over 100 different websites out there offering web-based notepads to students.

Some of these websites are pretty cool, but most of them need a major design overhaul.

Well, were going to review each one eventually, but well provide you links to each one so that you can check them out for yourself. Check them out:

Feel free to leave a comment below about which online notepad you enjoy using. And please let us know if theres a particular online notepad that you think should be reviewed here.

Download the Free Version of StarOffice with Google

I bought my laptop last year for very little money during one of those “after Thanksgiving” sales.

Yeah, I was one of those guys who waited in line at freakin’ Office Depot to get this deal, but it was worth it.

Anyway, the computer didn’t have any software with it, except some pretty standard applications that I couldn’t do much with. And there’s only so much Minesweeper I can possibly play.

Since I didn’t have money to buy Microsoft Office, I had to rely on some open source applications that didn’t really work very well. They were all buggy and slow.

So anyway, Google released a FREE version of StarOffice several months ago, and I’m very happy with it. You get everything that Microsoft Office has, except you don’t pay a dime. And the software actually works really well. Another bonus is that you can easily import/export Microsoft Word docs.

So anyway, if you’re running short on cash, you should definitely check out StarOffice.

How to Choose a Professor

I cant believe its already time to register for Spring 2008 classes.

I dont know about you, but I usually have a three day window to lock in my classes. And that doesnt give me much time to research professors and find out what classes fit best into my schedule.

One thing Ive learned about being motivated and excited about a class is to find a good professor. It doesnt really matter if the class title seems really boring – its all about who is teaching it.

You see, a great professor can make even the most trivial subject seem interesting. They can make subjects come alive and cause you to think about the topic in a whole new way. And its those types of professors that you should gravitate toward. Those are the ones that will help you think better and thats what college is all about.

When I was an undergraduate student, I tended to choose instructors who I heard were difficult. Yep, the professors that students warned me about were the ones that I actually really liked. I think its because I loved the challenge of a difficult instructor. And I loved being mentally-pushed by an instructor who really loved teaching.

Now, let me tell you that I didnt just choose difficult professors willy-nilly. There are two types of difficult instructors: those who really love to teach; and those that dont teach in an organized fashion (and dont clearly articulate what they are looking for in assignments). You obviously want to choose the professors who love teaching and want to help you succeed.

Its so important to think more about who is teaching your classes, rather than what classes look the most interesting to you. It can make all the difference in the world in terms of your motivations, interest-level, and ultimate class grade.

So how do you find out who the good teacher are?

Well, aside from asking your classmates for recommendations, check out these online resources:

I Heart Buzzword: A Nifty Online Word Processor

Even though I’m a big fan of Google Docs, I have to admit that Buzzword (an online word processor) is pretty slick. It doesn’t have all the cool Microsoft-esque features that Google Docs has, but it has enough to let you create and share your web documents with ease. The cool Web 2.0 interface is also a big plus.

Heres a screen shot:

The only disappointing part about Buzzword is that you need to have Adobe Flash Player 9 to play with the Beta version. This is a problem if you’re trying to access it from a school library. Most campus libraries that I’ve spent time in are really behind in technology. And they (obviously) won’t allow you to install anything.

Despite the technology issues of trying to use Buzzword on school computers, this is a very cool web application. Check out the video preview to see how it all works.

Where to Buy Cheap College Textbooks – 29 Nifty Websites

Classes are starting up for me this week, so that means I need to start ordering my textbooks.

Buying textbooks is always a pain because of the inflated costs involved.

Last semester, I had to buy a 150-page textbook written by my professor that cost $97 used. And Im sure that cost doesnt surprise you.

Textbook prices are out of control – especially after reading on Digg.com that textbook prices have risen almost 186% since 1986.

However, there are plenty of places online to buy textbooks on the cheap.

Here are 29 places to buy cheap textbooks:

Abebooks.com
Free shipping and a way to shop 13,500 online booksellers at once.

Addall.com
Addall.com compares textbook prices across the web. It provides you with all the fine details – like taxes and shipping involved for each store.

Affordabook.com
Find discounted textbooks and novels.

Alibris.com
Alibris will connect you to independent booksellers across the United States. You can find some great deals here.

Allbookstores.com
Compare prices across hundreds of bookstores affiliated with Allbookstores.com – which looks a bit like Amazon.com.

Amazon.com
Ive bought and sold my textbooks through Amazon.com many times. You can get connected to some independent sellers who offer great rates on used textbooks.

BetterWorld.com
Fund literacy, care for the environment, and save money on textbooks with BetterWorld.com. They even offer free shipping. Check out their prices.

Bigwords.com
This website is a book search engine that aggregates prices of textbooks across the web.

Bookbyte.com
Another website that allows you to buy and sell used textbooks.

BookCloseouts.com
Cross your fingers and pray that you can find a discounted textbook here. You can find some amazing deals.

BookFinder.com
Lifehacker.com recommends this book search engine to find cheap textbooks.

Books-A-Million.com
A site similar to half.com – which allows you to buy discounted textbooks and novels.

BuyUsedTextbooks.com
Buy and sell used textbooks

CampusBooks.com
CampusBooks.com claims to save students 58% on average on textbooks. Prices include tax, shipping and coupons.

CampusBooks4Less.com
Another bookstore search engine to find cheap books.

Campusi.com
This search engine compares textbook prices on over 200 online bookstores.

CollegeSwapShop.com
This nifty website allows you to buy, sell, or swap used textbooks.

CompareTextbooks.com
A cool spot to get price comparisons on your textbooks at different websites.

Chegg.com
Chegg.com allows students to rent college textbooks – instead of paying the high cost of buying them at your campus bookstore.

DirectTextBook.com
This websites compares textbook prices across a bunch of popular online stores like Ebay.com, Half.com, and Amazon.com.

Ebay.com
You might be surprised to find your textbooks on sale at Ebay.

eCampus.com
eCampus.com provides a place to buy and sell discounted textbooks. Youve probably seen their ads in your campus newspaper.

FreeloadPress.com
Ive never used this service, but they offer free textbooks in return for completed surveys. These textbooks have ads in them – which help pay the cost. Leave a comment if this service is legit or not.

Half.com
Ive found some great discounted textbooks here.

Halfvalue.com
This is a typical buy & sell used textbook website.

iChapters.com
Save the environment and your money by purchasing only the book chapters you need to read as an eBook.

Textbookrevolution.org
A website thats beginning to archive links to free textbooks across the web. A very cool project!

TextbookX.com
You may have heard of TextBookX.com because they have a handy Facebook app that allows students to buy and sell directly through your profile. Ive never used this service, but leave a comment if you have. Im curious if it worked for you.

ValoreBooks.com
ValoreBooks.com promises cheap textbooks for students.

And dont forget about these free online textbook resources:

Any other websites you recommend should get added to this list?

6 Cool Online Office Applications You Should Know About

Here are 6 web-based text documents that you can use to store and share your documents online:

ThinkFree
ThinkFree provides you with a web-based document that looks almost exactly like Microsoft Word. These online documents can be shared with your friends and edited by anyone you give access to. You can also publish your document directly on your blog if you want.

Writeboard
Writeboard is another free web-based document application that allows you to share your documents with friends—and it will even track everyone’s changes. What’s nice about this application is that you can subscribe to these docs via RSS, so you’ll immediately know after someone’s finished editing the text.

GOffice
GOffice is an online word processing application that gives you unlimited text storage space. Yeah, unlimited! And this site also allows you to fax your online document anywhere in the United States for free. There’s also a nifty PDF converter (in case you want to download a PDF version of your doc).

ajaxWrite
ajaxWrite is one of our favorite online word processing programs because it allows you to read and edit Microsoft Word and Excel documents. You can work on your file and then immediately download it to your computer when you’re done. The only problem is that you need to have the Firefox web browser to use this program.

Zoho Writer
Zoho Writer is another online processor that allows you to import documents in a variety of formatsincluding Microsoft Word and HTML. Multiple users can edit the same document at the same time.

Google Docs and Spreadsheets
We can’t write an article about web-based office applications without mentioning Google Docs and Spreadsheets. Google’s online docs is a great way to write, store, edit, and share documents with anyone. Anyone who has an email account can gain access to this free application.