Archive for July, 2015

Writers’ Resources / Student Writing Resources

July 22, 2015

I compiled the following succinct list both for fiction and nonfiction writers, as well as to help students who need access to high-quality journal articles and books for FREE.  I hope the following list will be help everyone!  Please feel free to reblog or share this post or these links with anyone.



Writers’ Digest.  “Write Better, Get Published!”


Swain, Dwight V.  Techniques of the Selling Writer.  1981: University of Oklahoma Press.     “Provides solid instruction for people who want to write and sell fiction, not just to talk and study about it. This is the book for writers who want to turn rejection slips into cashable checks.”


Rabiner, Susan.  Thinking Like Your Editor:  How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction and Get It Published.  2002:  W.W. Norton & Company.


 Son of Citation Machine  (MLA, Chicaco, or APA)


List of FREE SCHOLARLY Resources:  Are you a student, researcher or practitioner with limited or no access to fee-based information resources? The ISS library staff has selected some resources with free access to scholarly publications.

African Journals Online:  World’s largest collection of peer-reviewed, African-published scholarly journals.

Directory of Open Access Journals: An online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Google Scholar:  A simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

HighWire: Free, Online, Full-Text Articles

IDEAS:  Largest FREE Bibliographic Economics Data Base

IDRC:  International Development Research Centre supports researchers from developing countries who are finding innovative, lasting solutions to local problems.

National Academies Press:  Offers hundreds of books on research topics which can be downloaded as pdf for free, by the chapter, or the entire book.

Oaister:  A catalog of millions of FREE SCHOLARLY collections, from universities all over the world.

OAPEN Open Access:  Freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Open Research Online:  The UK Open University’s repository of research publications providing FREE open access to the public.  Where copyright permissions allow, a full copy of each research publication is directly available from ORO.

PubMed Central:   A FREE full-text digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.


World Digital Library:  Makes it possible to discover, study, and enjoy cultural treasures from around the world on one site, in a variety of ways. These cultural treasures include manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings.


CIA World Fact Book:  Facts on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

UN Data:   FREE data access to UN statistical databases through a single entry point. Users can search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN system. Useful features include Country Profiles, Advanced Search and Glossaries. The numerous databases, tables and glossaries containing over 60 million data points cover a wide range of themes including Agriculture, Crime, Education, Employment, Energy, Environment, Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Development, Industry, Information and Communication Technology, National Accounts, Population, Refugees, Tourism, Trade, as well as the Millennium Development Goals indicators.

World Bank Data Catalog:  World Bank’s official open access repository. OKR includes WB books, WDRs, PRWPs, ESW studies, journal articles from the World Bank Economic Review and World Bank Research Observer, WB annual reports. Check here for the list of content.