Learning and Study Aids

Cook County Higher Education Info

The Boreal News List is now open to all community members!
What is it? The news@boreal.org list is a place where community announcements, events, ride requests and other items of community interest are posted. Announcements posted to the news list are sent to the email addresses of all news list subscribers. We at Cook County Higher Education often use the news@boreal.org news list as a way to get information out about our building being open/closed, classes we are hosting, or events.

Learning & Study Aids

Free Classes Do you know about MOOCs?

A Massive Open Online Course is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs). MOOCs are a recent development in distance education.[1]

EdX is a MOOC provider: https://www.edx.org/

EdX courses are free for everyone. Some courses have a fee for ID verified certificates of achievement but are free to audit. Others offer a free honor code certificate of achievement to anyone who meets the completion requirements.

Free Practice Tests
Test preparation previews for college entrance tests, GRE, PRAXIS, nursing -- just about everything! Great site to find out which skills you need to hone before taking your actual exam.

Math Tutoring  Includes everything from algebra to banking and finance.  There are hundreds of modules, that are “black board” oriented and show you how to solve math problems step by step.

Taking Notes How to use the Cornell Method to condense and organize your notes from a lecture or text assignment. This really makes a difference when you are studying for a test!

Citation Styles An on-line citation guide from Bedford St. Martins. Excellent!

File Storage Drop Box Used for storing print documents, photos, videos, etc.  Can access from any computer or mobile device that has Internet access.  You can also share folders with other people.  Free up to 2GB.

Librarians' Internet Index Very comprehensive website divided into search categories such as Arts and Humanities, Business, Law,Science, and Reference to name just a few. An excellent site!

Public Library of Science (PLoS) Biology This biology journal is available for free (they manage this by charging the authors, who benefit from the peer review). PLoS is currently publishing biomedical information, and may expand depending on the response.

Duke University Library Provides research information, style manuals, and citation guides. They also have a guide to library research. Some of their resources are limited to Duke University students.

ThinkQuest Internet Challenge Library This is a web page that was put together by students. It has lots of resources including references and news, society and culture, math, and much more.

The Union Institute Research Engine A research engine for social sciences, multidisciplinary studies, business studies, and professional studies, plus links to reference resources (such as encyclopedias, writing resources (APA, MLA, and others), quotations, and more), electronic data bases, scholar skills, and even a calculator. This is an amazing research engine!

Ask Jeeves This search engine allows you to frame actual questions, such as, "What is a citation?"

Intute Web resources for science and technology, arts and humanities, social sciences, and health and life sciences.

InfoMine The subjects categories include sciences, humanities, maps and GIS, arts, and more.

Columbia University Library Ancient and medieval resources.

World Lecture Hall Contains links to web pages created by faculty who are using the World Wide Web to deliver class materials. Organized according to subject; a great place to see how the web is being used in academics as scholarly Internet resources.

Online Books, Texts, Journals, and Newspapers

Alex, Catalog of Electronic Texts English and American Literature, and Western Philosophy.

Read Print
English and American Literature, with the full text available online for free.

The Internet Public Library
Includes magazines, newspapers, and online texts. Texts address: www.ipl.org/reading/books

Johnson Center for Library Periodicals An alphabetical list of periodicals available on-line.

Leonardo Electronic Almanac Electronic journal dedicated to arts, science, and technology.

Online Newspapers Newspapers from all over the world.

University of Minnesota Open Academics This is a source for free and downloadable textbooks.  This is relatively new, but they are making improvements in the number of titles and download capability.  Even though there is reference to faculty use, this is a free service.

University of Pennsylvania Online books

New and Used Textbooks

www.alibris.com Great source for used books. They do not include reviews of books (like Amazon and Barns and Noble do), so you really need to know the title, author, and ISBN to be sure that you are purchasing what you need. Be wary! College courses frequently require a specific textbook edition (such as 4th edition), and you do not want to make the mistake of purchasing an older 2nd or 3rd edition!

www.amazon.com Used books are available via auctions and in z-stores.

www.barnsandnoble.com Click on the "Used Textbook" section.

www.bookfinder.com Another source for used books.

www.bookfinder4u.com New, used, rare, and out-of-print books. Includes book cover images and reviews, both of which are very helpful!

www.buyallbooks.com Specializes in medical books and other professional books.
www.powells.com New and used books.

www.textbooks.com A source for used textooks, and they will buy your used books as well.

Science News:According to study results published by the journal Nature Biotechnology,researchers at the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) and The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) who looked at the effect of aging on induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) found that genetic mutations increased with the age of the donor who provided the source cells.

Local Resources

Grand Marais Public Library Click on "Catalogs" to access Arrowhead regional libraries.

MnLINK A means of searching all Minnesota libraries, including colleges and universities. Click on "Search," and then log on as "guest." You will need to print out where the book is at and take (or send) the information to the Grand Marais Public Library.

Birchbark Books: A local book store that is willing to order books for you. They have a lot of Cook County and Minnesota topic books. 218-387-2315

Drury Lane Books
: "A Bookstore for Book Lovers." They have a wide selection of diverse books with an emphasis on excellent writing. They are always happy to order any book you want. Located at 12 E. Wisconsin Street, Grand Marais, MN 218-387-3370 drurylanebooks@boreal.org

Small Business and Job Search Resources

Small Business Resources

Small Business Administration They offer free online classes!

UMD Center for Economic Development They offer onsite workshops in Duluth (and in Grand Marais when we host them), and they also have online workshops.

Searching for Employment in Cook County?

Just a few examples of sites to check out for employment on the shore:
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