Resources for research and writing
- Subject portals on the JSTOR database for art & art history, ecology, education, history, language & literature, mathematics, political science, sociology, and sustainability.
- Wikipedia’s List of academic databases and search engines (can be sorted by discipline and accessibility)
- OWL, the Purdue Online Writing Lab, offers resources on good writing, grammar and mechanics, citation style guides, avoiding plagiarism, and much more
- Google Scholar is a Google search engine that searches exclusively for academic publications and identifies whether the full text is available freely
- Open access portals for high-quality digital collections such as maps, manuscripts, photos, prints, sound recordings, and more
- The site Information is Beautiful is a treasure trove of infographics on a wide range of topics from public health to climate research and food
- Infographics and country profiles from the New Internationalist
- Databases for open access images
- PLOS, the Public Library of Science, publishes peer-reviewed, open-access journals in biology, medicine, and more
- The World Factbook, published by the CIA, “provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.”
- UNTERM – The United Nations Terminology Database
- World Newspapers is a portal to world newspapers, magazines, and news sites in English, sorted by country and region
- World Bank Open Data is a source for development data providing a wide list of indicators and tools to plot graphs, export to Excel, and more
- GapMinder World, run by Hans Rosling’s (see below) non-profit group, synthesizes data from many sources, prepares topical representations, and allows for export.
- UNESCO Open Access Publications portal for “resources on literacy, gender, youth, environment, arts and other disciplines directly and indirectly related to development issues”.
TED Talks are short and concise presentations on “ideas worth spreading” by researchers and activists around the world covering many topics. Some TED Talks are now legendary, such as Hans Rosling’s visualizations of global trends in health and economics and Karen Armstrong’s talk on the ‘Charter for Compassion’. The subset TED Ed focuses on “lessons worth sharing”.