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Lifelong Learning Resources and Links
PREMIUM RESOURCES: Databases brought to you by Mobile Public Library, Alabama Public Library Service and the Alabama Virtual Library.
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Mobile Public Library Classes and Events- computers, internet, email, photography, finances, etc.
Take a Class - Formal, Informal or Just For Fun
Bishop State Community College
Community Activities Program - City of Mobile's Parks and Recreation Department offers classes in many disciplines.
Coursera - Free, online courses offered by universities worldwide.
Excel Easy - Tutorials (Introduction, Basics, Functions, Data Analysis and VBA) teaches you how to use Excel.
GetEducated! - Online counseling service and listings of online colleges, internet universities, and training institutes.
iTunes U - World’s largest digital catalog of free education content. Participating universities include Harvard, Cambridge, Columbia, Princeton and MIT.
Khan Academy - Not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.
Learn Out Loud Free Course Collection - +400 free online courses available on audio and video.
Learn Out Loud Podcasts - Educational podcasts.
MIT Open CourseWare - Course materials used in the teaching of MIT's subjects available on online and free.
Open Culture - Cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community.
Road Scholar - Opportunities to travel and learn, formerly known as Elderhostel.
Spring Hill College Continuing Studies Program - Returning to start or complete a degree at SHC.
Udacity - Offers the chance to take free courses from top professors.
University of Mobile Center for Adult Programs - Four adult degree programs offered by CAP.
University of South Alabama School of Continuing Education and Special Programs - Opportunities for credit and non-credit classes at USA.
Learn a Language
BYKI - Before You Know It - FREE downloadable language audio flashcards and lessons in many languages.
Englishlearner.com - Practice English as a second language skills with tests and games.
English Pronunciation Practice
The English Zone - Help for English as a second language students.
ESL Resources - English as a second language organized into teacher and student categories, includes magazines, games, etc.
ESL Self-Study Quizzes - Links to 900 quizzes on all aspects of English Vocabulary and Grammar.
Foreign Service Institute - Courses cover +40 different languages.
iLove Languages - Links to free online language lessons.
MyLanguageExchange.com - Social networking site that matches up learners and native speakers online in small groups with lessons for online learning.
Just In Case You Were Wondering...
eHow.com - +30 categories for how-to advice from experts.
General Chemistry Online! - Companion Notes, Chemistry Exam Survival Guide, an index of self-guided tutorials, quizzes, and drills on specific topics.
HowCast.com -Free how-to videos and guides.
How Stuff Works - Articles, quizzes, and puzzles.
Instructables - Cooking to metal working projects explained in videos.
Investopedia - Tutorials and videos on money management and investing.
The Library Spot - Reference tools, books and info on libraries.
MATH-abundance - In-depth mathematics tutorials, written at the upper-college level.
Mental Floss - Interesting articles and facts.
Music Education - Learn about the instruments, and how to read music.
TED - Free informative talks by remarkable people.
YouTube - "Lifelong learning" category in YouTube, where you'll learn more about the lifelong learning process from numerous sources.
Zooinverse - Citizen science experiments.
EasyBib - an easy way to create a bibliography
Guide to Library Research (from the Duke Univ. Libraries) - Learn how to conduct research. 'Citing Sources' to find examples of APA, MLA, and other styles.
Note: Links to "Duke only" databases will not work. Refer to MPL's Online Resources for articles.
NoodleTools - Create citations or a source list.(Subscription required for full version.)
Online Writing Lab at Purdue University - +200 free resources for writing, research and grammar.
Research and Documentation - Collection of research tools including full sample papers for the following styles: MLA, APA, Chicago and CSE.
SIRIS - Smithsonian Institution Research Information System
Works Cited 4 U - Creates a formatted bibliography for you. MLA, APA, and Chicago style sheets included.
Checkout eBooks from Mobile Public Library
Get Free Books
Free eBooks - Downloadable eBooks in html, pdf and txt formats. ePub and Mobi formats require a membership.
NOLO Books Online - Popular sections of consumer legal books online to help you with legal issues.
Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts - Public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.
Bartleby.com - Searchable full text books ranging from Gray's Anatomy to poetry.
Bibliomania - Short stories, books and poetry.
Internet Sacred Text Archive - Freely archive of online books about religion, mythology, and folklore.
Classic Reader Short Stories - World's greatest short stories, full text of other works: drama, fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Author biographies are available.
Directory of Open Access Journals - Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.
EServer Fiction - Works of and about fiction collected from members, contributing authors worldwide, and texts in the public domain.
The Internet Public Library Online Texts Collection
ManyBooks.Net - Download public domain books for a smart device or e-reader.
Public Library of Science - Open access scholarly publication for science.
Project Gutenberg - Download +33,000 free eBooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device.
Shakespeare - Complete works.
The Collected Works of Edgar Allen Poe
Resources For the Lifelong Learner
Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education - International partnership of students, academic professionals, and institutions to support education and advocacy for the adult learner.
The Encyclopedia of Informal Education
National Center for Creative Aging - Organization to help you live, learn, and stay creative.
Next Avenue - To help you learn, grow, and become a better person as you move through life.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - Locations all over the U.S. Resource for those looking to learn without enrolling in a college program.