Fifteen miles of nifty!

captain-benny-of-the-ss-destiel:

Yoooooo I’m going to college soon and I thought I’d make a post about useful shit for ANY situation, in ANY stage of life, in no particular order.
Disclaimer: I haven’t tried ALL of these sites, only put them together. Use at your own discretion. I’m not being paid to advertise for any of these, I promise. It’s mostly USA-centric, but I did try to find things for elsewhere as well, but they’re probably less further down the line as this list started to burn me the hell out. If any sites are problematic or you have something to add, shoot me an ask and I’ll edit this post. (Eventually. I don’t ever want to see this damn thing again.)
If, for some reason, I change my URL and don’t leave a way to find my new one—highly unlikely—and you aren’t able to click the Read More, I reblogged this post in its entirety (sans Read More) on my resources blog, Merlin’s Shoebox.
Here’s a Table of Contents so you can just Ctrl-F these suckers.

FINANCES
Saving, Planning, Tracking, and Budgeting
Coupons and Free Samples
Financial Aid
Scholarships and Grants
Government Programmes and Resources
WORK
International
General Employment
Military to Civilian
Health, Hospital, Dental, Social Service
Information Technology
Science and Engineering
Holy Shit This Part is Getting Too Long So Please Just Go
FOOD
Need It?
Have It?
Keep It
HOUSING
Rental and Housing Assistance (+ Bill Help)
Homelessness and Shelters
HEALTH
Treatment
Medicines
Mental Health and Safety
Reproductive Health, Pregnancy, and Parenting
LGBT+
STUDENTS
Mental Health
Disability and Chronic Conditions
Textbooks (Downloading)
Textbooks (Buying—Last Resort)
Free Books
Continuing Education Sites
Language Learning Sites
Open Source
Study Resources
Tips, Tricks, and Masterlists
Background Noise
Unwind

Please reblog if you find it in any way helpful!

FINANCES

Saving, Planning, Tracking, and Budgeting
Feed The Pig
Mint and the MintLife Blog
WiseBread's list of 190 Resources for Saving Money
Money Dashboard (UK)
The Money Advice Service (UK)
Tuition.io
Becoming an Adult Cheat Sheet
Affordable Colleges Online (THIS ONE IS SO IMPORTANT)
Coupons and Free Samples
MySavings
Get It Free
Latest Free Stuff (UK)
The Krazy Coupon Lady
Magic Freebies UK (UK)
Coupons.com
supersavvyme (UK)
StartSampling
UK Couponing (UK)
WomenFreebies: USA, UK, CAN, AUS, NZ
Free Mania
Along with BOGO specials and coupons and a small selection of medications they provide FREE for as long as your doctor prescribes (five types of antibiotics, amlodipine, lisonopril, and metformin), Publix offers coupon clubs for pets and babies, and even a programme to save money for your own child’s education, all free to sign up.
Financial Aid
FAFSA
Go Financial Aid
Alltuition
FinAid
FAFSA Online
Gov.uk (UK)
Affordable Colleges Online (STILL SO IMPORTANT)
Scholarships and Grants
Fastweb
Scholarships.com
Scholarships.net
Scholarship Experts
A-Z List of Prospective Student Awards (UK)
College Board’s Scholarship Search
Sallie Mae
International Student’s financial aid page (For students wanting to study in USA, UK, or AUS)
FinAid
Making College Affordable: An Online Guide for Hispanic Students
CHCI
Foreign Students (For students wanting to study in the UK)
United Negro College Fund
ForeignBorn (For students wanting to study in the US)
Affordable Colleges Online (PLEASE JUST READ ALL OF THIS)
Government Programmes and Resources
Benefits.gov
LowIncomeHelp.us
The Beehive

WORK

International
Indeed Worldwide
Going Global
CareerBuilder
Monster
About.com’s list
General Employment
51 Job Search Sites for the USA
The Big Five:
Snagajob
iHire
Indeed
Beyond
Jobs.net
Military to Civilian
VA
TAOnline
VetJobs
Corporate Gray
RecruitMilitary
Veteran Jobs
Health, Hospital, Dental, Social Service
Hospital Jobs Online
Hospital Jobs
Health Jobs Nationwide
Professional Therapy and Rehab Services
Parallon Workforce Solutions
Dental Jobs
HEALTHeCAREERS
JobsInHealthCare.com
Association of Surgical Technologists
Med IT
Medical Workers
iHire Network: Health and Social Service / Physicians / Nursing / Pharmacy / Radiology / Therapy / Nutrition / Med Techs / Healthcare Administration / Medical Secretaries / Mid Level Practitioners / Dental / Optometry / Mental Health / Social Services
Information Technology
Dice
ComputerJobs (Global)
Science and Engineering
Engineering Central
EngineerJobs.com (US and CAN)
iHire Network: Biotechnology / Chemists / Engineering / Manufacturing Engineers
Holy Shit This Part is Getting Too Long So Please Just Go
Here

FOOD

Need It?
Apply for SNAP.
Go to the library and print out coupons from the sites I listed above. Printing is cheap at the library.
See if United Way 2-1-1 is available in your area. They’re a free information referral service that can guide you to where you need to go and what you need to do to get help.
FoodPantries.org
FindAFoodPantry.org
Feeding America
WhyHunger / 1-866-348-6479 (English) or 1-877-842-6273 (Español) Mon-Fri/Lunes-Viernes from 9AM-6PM EST.
HSD
Need Help Paying Bills
The Trussel Trust (UK)
Have It?
Supercook
Recipe Matcher
Recipe Key
Recipe Puppy
Allrecipes
Food.com
My Fridge Food
Epicurious
foodgawker
Open Source Food
TasteSpotting
Yummy Mummy Kitchen (Check out the links at the bottom of her sidebar!)
26 Alternatives to TasteSpotting and foodgawker
Keep It
StillTasty
EatByDate
UNL Food
Love Food Hate Waste
FoodSafety.gov
Nutrition.gov
National Center for Home Food Preservation
Real Simple
LifeHacker
Choose My Plate

HOUSING

Rental and Housing Assistance (+ Bill Help)
RentalAssistance.us
HousingAssistanceOnline
HUD
LowIncomeHousing.us
National Tenant Resources
Need Help Paying Bills
Talk to your local Department of Human Services; they might be able to help with rental deposits, utility bills, and other resources.
Contact your county’s Housing Authority.
Homelessness and Shelters
National Coalition for the Homeless (Has Homelessness Prevention and Imminent Homelessness resources)
Homeless Shelter Directory
HomelessShelterSite.org: Homeless / Women’s / Family / Youth
AFC National LGBT Youth Online Resource Guide
HUD
HUD Exchange
HHS

HEALTH

Treatment
FreeMedicalSearch.org
FreeDentalCare.us
NeedyMeds
Need Help Paying Bills
Free and low-cost treatment centers for substance abuse
Medicines
NeedyMeds
PPA
RxAssist
FTC
KP
Need Help Paying Bills
Along with BOGO specials and coupons and a small selection of medications they provide FREE for as long as your doctor prescribes (five types of antibiotics, amlodipine, lisonopril, and metformin), Publix offers coupon clubs for pets and babies, and even a programme to save money for your own child’s education, all free to sign up.
Most (if not all) pharmaceutical manufacturers offer programmes for those who have no health insurance and/or can’t afford their medications. Talk to your pharmacy and ask for the manufacturer name. Usually, they’ll have the 1-800 numbers for said manufacturers for you to call. Most doctors are aware of these programmes and their staff can help you find the phone numbers, or give you forms you may need to fill out. All of the companies can be found on the internet.
Mental Health and Safety
Suicide Hotlines
Tumblr Mental Health Community Masterlist
Merlin’s Shoebox: Crisis / Support / Recovery
Emotional Bag Check
Reddit
Sensory Overload and how to cope
Reproductive, mental, physical, and relationship health resources for teens, along with substance abuse.
For hotlines and chat sites for depression, self-injury, suicide, domestic abuse, sexual assault, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, teens, runaways, pregnancy, emergency contraception, abortion, parenting, LGBT resources, medical resources, eating disorders, grief support, and help finding a therapist, PLEASE GO HERE.
Reproductive Health, Pregnancy, and Parenting
FuckYeahSexEducation
Sex Ed and Contraceptives
WIC
TheBump
BabyCenter
Emma’s Diary (UK)
Resources for pregnant teens. (Useful for everyone.)
Pregnancy and Parenting Classes: Babies “R” Us / Birth & Babies Online Classes / YWCA
Child Day Care Centers
Look for a menstruation/ovulation calender/calculator, either online or an app on your phone. It could help prevent pregnancy, or tell you when you’re most likely to succeed in getting pregnant.
For hotlines and chat sites for domestic abuse, sexual assault, pregnancy, emergency contraception, abortion, and parenting, PLEASE GO HERE.
Along with BOGO specials and coupons and a small selection of medications they provide FREE for as long as your doctor prescribes (five types of antibiotics, amlodipine, lisonopril, and metformin), Publix offers coupon clubs for pets and babies, and even a programme to save money for your own child’s education, all free to sign up.
Check out the freebies and coupons section above; most sites offer pregnancy and baby stuff, too.
Pregnancy and Baby Freebies, Coupons, and Savings: TheSavvyBump / BabiesOnline / Parents.com / lovetoknow / Free Stuff For Baby! / TheFunTimesGuide for Moms and Baby / Emma’s Diary (UK) / Top 10 companies that offer baby freebies
LGBT+
LGBT Resources Tag
LGBT Advice
The LGBT Blog
Masterlist of Trans Resources
Trans Clothes Swap
For sex ed, coming to terms with your sexuality and/or religion, learning your rights/battling discrimination, activism, LGBT minorities, LGBT POC, intersex resources, mental wellness/recovery, book lists, and suicide prevention, PLEASE GO HERE AND/OR HERE.

STUDENTS

Mental Health
I’m gonna need a minute here because 4/10 of the first page of results for “resources for college students” on Google are mental health resources specifically for students holy fucking shit that is heartbreaking what is education doing to us
Okay I’m good let’s go I got this I got you
Critical Mental Health Resources for College Students
The Jed Foundation
ULifeline
Active Minds
ACHA
Campus Mind Works
Disability and Chronic Conditions
Think College: College Options for People with Intellectual Disabilities
College Express
College Students Living with a Chronic Condition
Coping with a Chronic Illness and Overcoming Doubts about College
Impact of Chronic Illness on College Planning
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
Invisible Disabilities Association
Managing the Stress of Chronic Disease at College
According to the National Service Animal Registry, along with being able to register your dog (and, in some cases, miniature pony) as a trained Service Animal for the physically disabled, you can also register your dog as a trained Psychiatric Service Dog for people with an emotional or psychiatric disability so severe that it substantially limits his/her ability to perform at least one major life task including, but not limited to, asthma (or other breathing problems), diabetes, dizziness/balance problems, epilepsy, seizures, physical weakness, and speech problems. To learn more, including the qualifications, rules, and exceptions, please click HERE.
Also according to the National Service Animal Registry, along with registering your dogs as SA’s and PSD’s, you can register your pet as an Emotional Support Animal for people with emotional or psychological disabilities including, but not limited to, anxiety, autism, bipolar disorder, depression, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social or other phobias. Unlike SA’s and PSD’s, ESA’s do not need to be formally trained because the presence of the animal itself is what helps the patient. An ESA can be any domesticated animal, like cats, dogs, mice, rabbits, birds, snakes, hedgehogs, rats, mini pigs, ferrets, guinea pigs, and many more animals, of any age (meaning kittens and puppies count!). For more information, along with the qualifications, rules, and exceptions, please click HERE.
Like tumblr user impactings said in this viral post, registering your animal grants you certain legal protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), registering your pet as an SA, PSD, or ESA means that you can’t be denied housing because you have a pet, or because of the kind of pet you have; you cannot be denied housing because the landlord doesn’t approve of the size, breed, or species, or because you have a pet in the first place. You can even fly with your animal in the cabin of an aircraft without being charged a fee. Also in place for SA’s and PSD’s are laws prohibiting discrimination in areas that include state and local government services, places of public accommodation, commercial facilities, employment, telecommunications, and transportation. That means that you can register your animal and they can go with you almost everywhere that an able-bodied person can go. This means that you would be protected by law to be accompanied by your trained SA or PSA in places like hotels, restaurants, theatres, grocery stores, banks, museums, food banks, and many more, regardless of the effects on that place’s insurance coverage or rates. Before those considering registering their animal get too excited, there are restrictions and exceptions to the housing laws, and aside from housing and aircrafts, no other public or private entity (motels, restaurants, stores, trains, taxis, busses, theatres, parks, beaches, libraries, zoos, etc.) is required to allow your ESA to accompany you and in all other instances, your ESA has no more rights than a pet. That means they aren’t protected by law to accompany you into any public place that does not allow pets. That doesn’t mean these places won’t let you, it just means that there are no laws in place that require them to allow your animal on the premises. To learn more about your rights, please click HERE for SA’s and PSD’s, HERE for ESA’s, HERE for for the housing laws, HERE for flying with your animal, and HERE for a brief summary of the ADA laws. I also encourage you to click the ADA links up there.
What you get upon registration: two patches, two photo IDs, two leash clips for said IDs, an official NSAR Service Animal or ESA certificate complete with the NSAR embossed seal, and permanent Inclusion of your animal in the NSAR database. The cost of registering any and all SA’s, PSD’s, and ESA’s is $64.95 plus shipping.
Textbooks (Downloading)
Read This
And This
FullBooks
Text Book Nova
Reddit
Bookboon
Textbook Revolution
ebook3000
Ebookee
BookFinder
FreeBookSpot
Free-eBooks
getfreeebooks
Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources
Get (Almost) Any Book For Free!
Free Textbooks Online (HUGE Masterlist)
Flat World
Textbooks (Buying—Last Resort)
BookFinder
DealOz
SlugBooks
BIGWORDS
Chegg
FreeTextbooks (misleading-ish name, sorry!)
CampusGrotto’s Best Places to Rent Textbooks
Free Books
Book Resources (HUGE Masterlist)
LilBookOfKell’s Tag (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED WOWIE WOW)
Merlin’s Shoebox’s Tag
Continuing Education Sites
LilBookOfKell’s Tag
Merlin’s Shoebox’s Tag
TED-Ed
Coursera
A List of Resources for Self Education
The Science of Reality’s Education Tag
No Excuse List
Class Central
LearnersTV
Skillshare (Global)
Self Made Scholar
Hoagies’ Gifted
Virtualology
Top Audio and Video Educational Resources for Lifelong Learning
BBC (UK)
Language Learning Sites
Helpful Websites To Learn Languages (HUGE Masterlist)
DuoLingo
Open Source
List of free and open-source software packages
67 Open Source Replacements for Really Expensive Applications
Open Source Living
Study Resources
Study Skills and Other Helpful Resources for Students
101 Indispensable Apps, Sites, Services & Resources for Students
50 Amazing Online Study Resources for College Freshmen
25 Online Resources for Reliable, Researched Facts
CollegeGrants.org - Education
DailyTekk - College & Roundups
Knowledge Knuggets
FUCKING HOMEPAGE - Useful Websites
HabitRPG
How to Pull an All-Nighter Effectively and Still Do Well on Your Exam (open image in a new tab!)
Lifehacker
GetDegrees’ must have apps to get you through college
Back to School Masterpost
7 Essential Productivity Apps for any student
The Everything Post
Tips, Tricks, and Masterlists
Home Storage Solutions 101
Soap Deli News Organisation Tips x / x / x
Beautifully BellaFaith Organisation Tips x / x (Check out the credit links!)
Cheat Sheet to Becoming an Adult
The Everything Post
Merlin’s Shoebox’s Tags: Masterlist / Masterpost
Captain Benny’s Tags: Masterlist / Masterpost / Note to self
Background Noise
8tracks
Songza
Pandora
Captain Benny’s Tags: Music / Mixes
SimplyNoise
MyNoise
RainyMood
Coffitivity
Soundrown
NatureSoundPlayer
NatureSoundsForMe
Unwind
Wikipedia Entries to Read in the Dark
Play Miniputt
Merlin’s Shoebox’s Tags: Games / Films / Television / Paranormal
Orisinal: Morning Sunshine
Haunt the House
Newgrounds
Armor Games
Play GameBoy Colour games online!
Play NES games online! Here, too!
Playr
Nitrome
FunkyPhotos Games
100 Awesome Anti-Aging Brain Games (Online and Off)
521 of the best flash games. Big List!
Largest Free Online Games List
YouTube: How It’s Made / DecoCookie / Gifs With Sound

captain-benny-of-the-ss-destiel:

Yoooooo I’m going to college soon and I thought I’d make a post about useful shit for ANY situation, in ANY stage of life, in no particular order.

Disclaimer: I haven’t tried ALL of these sites, only put them together. Use at your own discretion. I’m not being paid to advertise for any of these, I promise. It’s mostly USA-centric, but I did try to find things for elsewhere as well, but they’re probably less further down the line as this list started to burn me the hell out. If any sites are problematic or you have something to add, shoot me an ask and I’ll edit this post. (Eventually. I don’t ever want to see this damn thing again.)

If, for some reason, I change my URL and don’t leave a way to find my new one—highly unlikely—and you aren’t able to click the Read More, I reblogged this post in its entirety (sans Read More) on my resources blog, Merlin’s Shoebox.

Here’s a Table of Contents so you can just Ctrl-F these suckers.

FINANCES

  • Saving, Planning, Tracking, and Budgeting
  • Coupons and Free Samples
  • Financial Aid
  • Scholarships and Grants
  • Government Programmes and Resources

WORK

  • International
  • General Employment
  • Military to Civilian
  • Health, Hospital, Dental, Social Service
  • Information Technology
  • Science and Engineering
  • Holy Shit This Part is Getting Too Long So Please Just Go

FOOD

  • Need It?
  • Have It?
  • Keep It

HOUSING

  • Rental and Housing Assistance (+ Bill Help)
  • Homelessness and Shelters

HEALTH

  • Treatment
  • Medicines
  • Mental Health and Safety
  • Reproductive Health, Pregnancy, and Parenting
  • LGBT+

STUDENTS

  • Mental Health
  • Disability and Chronic Conditions
  • Textbooks (Downloading)
  • Textbooks (Buying—Last Resort)
  • Free Books
  • Continuing Education Sites
  • Language Learning Sites
  • Open Source
  • Study Resources
  • Tips, Tricks, and Masterlists
  • Background Noise
  • Unwind

Please reblog if you find it in any way helpful!

FINANCES

Saving, Planning, Tracking, and Budgeting

Coupons and Free Samples

Financial Aid

Scholarships and Grants

Government Programmes and Resources

WORK

International

General Employment

Military to Civilian

Health, Hospital, Dental, Social Service

Information Technology

Science and Engineering

Holy Shit This Part is Getting Too Long So Please Just Go

FOOD

Need It?

Have It?

Keep It

HOUSING

Rental and Housing Assistance (+ Bill Help)

Homelessness and Shelters

HEALTH

Treatment

Medicines

  • NeedyMeds
  • PPA
  • RxAssist
  • FTC
  • KP
  • Need Help Paying Bills
  • Along with BOGO specials and coupons and a small selection of medications they provide FREE for as long as your doctor prescribes (five types of antibiotics, amlodipine, lisonopril, and metformin), Publix offers coupon clubs for pets and babies, and even a programme to save money for your own child’s education, all free to sign up.
  • Most (if not all) pharmaceutical manufacturers offer programmes for those who have no health insurance and/or can’t afford their medications. Talk to your pharmacy and ask for the manufacturer name. Usually, they’ll have the 1-800 numbers for said manufacturers for you to call. Most doctors are aware of these programmes and their staff can help you find the phone numbers, or give you forms you may need to fill out. All of the companies can be found on the internet.

Mental Health and Safety

Reproductive Health, Pregnancy, and Parenting

LGBT+

STUDENTS

Mental Health

Disability and Chronic Conditions

  • Think College: College Options for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • College Express
  • College Students Living with a Chronic Condition
  • Coping with a Chronic Illness and Overcoming Doubts about College
  • Impact of Chronic Illness on College Planning
  • Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
  • Invisible Disabilities Association
  • Managing the Stress of Chronic Disease at College
  • According to the National Service Animal Registry, along with being able to register your dog (and, in some cases, miniature pony) as a trained Service Animal for the physically disabled, you can also register your dog as a trained Psychiatric Service Dog for people with an emotional or psychiatric disability so severe that it substantially limits his/her ability to perform at least one major life task including, but not limited to, asthma (or other breathing problems), diabetes, dizziness/balance problems, epilepsy, seizures, physical weakness, and speech problems. To learn more, including the qualifications, rules, and exceptions, please click HERE.
  • Also according to the National Service Animal Registry, along with registering your dogs as SA’s and PSD’s, you can register your pet as an Emotional Support Animal for people with emotional or psychological disabilities including, but not limited to, anxiety, autism, bipolar disorder, depression, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social or other phobias. Unlike SA’s and PSD’s, ESA’s do not need to be formally trained because the presence of the animal itself is what helps the patient. An ESA can be any domesticated animal, like cats, dogs, mice, rabbits, birds, snakes, hedgehogs, rats, mini pigs, ferrets, guinea pigs, and many more animals, of any age (meaning kittens and puppies count!). For more information, along with the qualifications, rules, and exceptions, please click HERE.
  • Like tumblr user impactings said in this viral post, registering your animal grants you certain legal protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), registering your pet as an SA, PSD, or ESA means that you can’t be denied housing because you have a pet, or because of the kind of pet you have; you cannot be denied housing because the landlord doesn’t approve of the size, breed, or species, or because you have a pet in the first place. You can even fly with your animal in the cabin of an aircraft without being charged a fee. Also in place for SA’s and PSD’s are laws prohibiting discrimination in areas that include state and local government services, places of public accommodation, commercial facilities, employment, telecommunications, and transportation. That means that you can register your animal and they can go with you almost everywhere that an able-bodied person can go. This means that you would be protected by law to be accompanied by your trained SA or PSA in places like hotels, restaurants, theatres, grocery stores, banks, museums, food banks, and many more, regardless of the effects on that place’s insurance coverage or rates. Before those considering registering their animal get too excited, there are restrictions and exceptions to the housing laws, and aside from housing and aircrafts, no other public or private entity (motels, restaurants, stores, trains, taxis, busses, theatres, parks, beaches, libraries, zoos, etc.) is required to allow your ESA to accompany you and in all other instances, your ESA has no more rights than a pet. That means they aren’t protected by law to accompany you into any public place that does not allow pets. That doesn’t mean these places won’t let you, it just means that there are no laws in place that require them to allow your animal on the premises. To learn more about your rights, please click HERE for SA’s and PSD’s, HERE for ESA’s, HERE for for the housing laws, HERE for flying with your animal, and HERE for a brief summary of the ADA laws. I also encourage you to click the ADA links up there.
  • What you get upon registration: two patches, two photo IDs, two leash clips for said IDs, an official NSAR Service Animal or ESA certificate complete with the NSAR embossed seal, and permanent Inclusion of your animal in the NSAR database. The cost of registering any and all SA’s, PSD’s, and ESA’s is $64.95 plus shipping.

Textbooks (Downloading)

Textbooks (Buying—Last Resort)

Free Books

Continuing Education Sites

Language Learning Sites

Open Source

Study Resources

Tips, Tricks, and Masterlists

Background Noise

Unwind



A List of Resources for Self Education.

halcyonharlot:

A List of Resources for Self Education.

thescienceofreality:

finally updated my Sources To Look Into page. For those interested, I made the list rebloggable [below], as there are some key blogs, as well as sites I think many of you would find interesting and/or useful. If you think of a good resource of any site, please feel free to contact me and let me know. Happy exploring & expanding!!

Books

Free Online Courses

Podcasts

Websites

On Tumblr

News & Media

 

Worthwhile Causes

Happenings In Our Skys / Skywatching

Movies/Documentaries



How to find textbooks online for free: a post.

obsessionfull:

Textbooks are fucking expensive, and if your professor doesn’t require a physical copy (most don’t - they just want you to have the book at hand. Or maybe even not. Some professors literally give no fucks about whether you have the book or not) and you don’t mind having your copy as an electronic copy - this is the post for you!

Most textbook companies put out new editions every year or so even though there isn’t really that much new information. Sometimes they’ll eliminate questions if it’s something like a math or chemistry book or they’ll add in a few sentences about updated legislation (the professor I work for teaches human sexuality, and the newest edition of the book she uses included the 2009 decision to allow same-sex couples have hospital visitation rights). These new editions are pointless and only created to make the textbook company money and to cut down on students selling to each other. You’re going to ignore that. We love older editions. Make sure when you’re searching on the following sites that you don’t include the edition number to give you more search results. If one with your edition comes up - great! If not, you can usually stick to something one to three editions behind without any major changes.

I should also mention that checking your school’s library for a book you can check out to either keep for the semester or scan the pages you need is also a great option. I saved $90 the semester after I wrote this by borrowing a chemistry lab manual from the library and just scanning the labs I needed instead of buying one for myself that I couldn’t even sell later on.

Sites you should be searching:

  • FilesTube - FilesTube searches THE ENTIRE INTERNET for files uploaded to file-sharing websites such as Rapidshare, Mediafire, or WuUpload. Sometimes people will upload pdf files of your textbook. This is always an important first search.
  • Google Books - You usually won’t find your textbook on Google Books, but it’s always worth a look. Sometimes pages are missing because it’s only a preview of the book, but again - always worth a look.
  • Scribd - People upload documents to Scribd and by becoming a member (free!) or connecting through Facebook (if you’re lazy!), you can download whatever files you may find. This sometimes includes textbooks.
  • BookBoon - website specifically for finding pdf versions of textbooks
  • Curriki - free open source materials
  • Flat World Knowledge - free business, humanities, and science textbooks
  • California Learning Resource Network
  • Open Culture
  • Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
  • Textbooks are also uploaded to torrent sites in some cases - you may as well check.
  • If push comes to shove, you can try variations of googling “textbook name torrent” or “textbook name download” or “textbook name download free.” Sometimes things pop up and I never would have known about them.
  • AMAZING Reddit post (Added 2 November 2011)
  • Bookfi - I just briefly looked at this site and searched for a few common terms and it looks great! Download links are provided straight from the search results. Definitely useful! (Added 1 August 2012)
  • Ink eBook - Recommended by a few. Seems to just be a general eBook search site! (Added 12 January 2013)
  • Ebookee - This one had a few textbooks on the recently viewed section when I visited it, so it looks promising! (Added 12 January 2013)
  • This subreddit (Added 31 March 2013)
  • Textbook Revolution (Added 31 March 2013)
  • GaTech Math Textbooks (Added 31 March 2013)
  • Freebookspot (Added 31 March 2013)
  • Free-ebooks (Added 31 March 2013)
  • Get Free eBooks (Added 31 March 2013)
  • Project Gutenberg - Always a classic. Can’t believe I haven’t added it until now. (Added 31 March 2013)
  • Met Museum Art History Books (Added 20 June 2013)
  • TextbookNova - Textbook torrents (Added 26 August 2013)
  • IRC channels - irc://irc.undernet.org/bookz and irc://irc.irchighway.net/ebooks . Instructions on how to IRC and download from them here (Added 26 August 2013)
  • IT eBooks - Exclusively for IT students! (Added 10 September 2013)
  • Megareads (Added 8 January 2014)

I’ve found all 8 of my textbooks for this term (19 credit hours, six classes) through one of the methods above. I’m not even going to look at retail prices, but checking BigWords.com (which, if you want to buy your books/can’t find them anywhere with one of the previous methods, will give you the cheapest price on the internet), I saved $497.87 by doing this. It takes time, but it’s definitely worth almost $500 worth of time. If you know of more ways to find free textbooks - please let me know!


Helpful Websites To Learn Languages

les-langues-sont-ma-vie:

French

German

Italian

Spanish

Chinese

Thai

Korean

Japanese

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shadesofmauve:

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shadesofmauve:

songscloset:

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punkasslouis:

I just watched a kid break down in the bookstore because his books for the semester totaled $600 and that’s the american university system in a nutshell

I was on the verge of tears when I got to the cashier so yeah, that’s messed up

Go here and just, don’t waste any more money okay?

While I entirely support following that link, I also suggest going to Abe Books or Book Depository or even eBay to see if there are inexpensive print versions of books you need. I haven’t paid full-price for any of my texts while I’m in school… because that would DOUBLE the cost of school.

I use the ISBN of the require books and search the cheap sites for them.

Good luck out there, guys!

Paging FenrisLorsrai! Come work your resource magic on this post!

I HAVE BEEN SUMMONED. (but I’ll post on my actual bookstore account)

Quick anddirty meta search for books: Addall. it’ll crawl 40+ book sites at once including ABE, ALibris, Amazon, Half in both domestic AND foreign versions.

Meta search #2! GetTextbooks.com which focuses specifically on textbooks. It omits some foreign sites that AddAll includes, BUT it also includes a whole bunch of rentals as well.  Renting is probably the most cost effective method overall.

NOW, HOW TO SEARCH!

First determine a few things:

  • Make sure you have the ISBN
  • IF IT IS A BUNDLE: Determine if you need a software key/CD/workbook/lab book or not.  Many times you do not.  Math classes increasingly NEED the software key, but more on that later
  • ASK THE PROFESSOR: If this is not the first edition of the book, can you use a previous edition?  One edition back is generally half the cost of current, two is generally about 1/8th the cost.  Generally you can get away with this if its material that doesn’t change rapidly. Your course on the Civil War, you can probably use two editions back. Your computer programming class on latest greatest language… you probably need newest edition.
  • FOR LITERATURE CLASSES: determine if you book is from before 1929. If it is, its in public domain, you can almost certain get a free copy online.  If they want a SPECIFIC copy for an essay bundled with book, see below.

Now, run your search by ISBN using the two metasearch sites.  Open them in separate tabs.  

gettextbooks shows you WITH the shipping, Addall does NOT show you the shipping.  keep this in mind when you’re comparing.  You’ll see a lot of duplication.  GetTextbooks will also show you SOME variants.

Now that you have those open, open two more tabs.  Run a second search on same two sites using the author and exact title you picked up from search #1.  This will show you all the international editions and weird bundles that don’t exactly match the ISBN of the bookstore

WHAT THE HELL IS AN INTERNATIONAL EDITION: its a paperback version of the US version with an angry notice on the cover saying “NOT FOR SALE OUTSIDE INDONESIA”. Its the same book, but way cheaper.  ignore the angry warning, the US Supreme Court has your back. NO, REALLY. Right of first sale, baby!  ignore the angry warning and you basically have same book, it just isn’t printed with ink made from student tears and unobtanium.

Now filter results based on whether you need any Extra materials or not. 

IF YOU DO NEED THE EXTRA MATERIALS: this is where it gets tricky. an intact bundle is generally the most expensive option or near top end of price curve.  If you NEED the other materials, you may be able to get them cheaper in pieces.  and you can buy mismatched pieces!

Say for example you need a math textbook, but need the software key for the math problem program.  The professor said you can use older book.  Buy a math book that one or more editions back and then buy the software key separately from the SOFTWARE manufacturer.  You’ll find the software keys on booksites all by themselves, but they’re generally way more expensive than buying the key direct from software manufacturer. and no shipping then!

NOW A WORD ON LITERATURE: sometimes profs want you to get a specific edition of something to read a specific essay in the book. You have about 50/50 odds that the essay is in the front of the book. IF IT IS, you may be able to read the essay on Amazon by going to that books page and clicking on the “look inside”.  They generally preview between 10-30 pages of books and that often means its the essay you needed, not the actually BODY of the book.  So you can look up the specific copy of Frankenstein on Amazon, read the essay, then download a free different version from Project Gutenberg.

FOR RECENT NONFICTION, make sure you have an up to date library card for your HOME library and the LOCAL city library where your college is.  Many have digital loans available, where you can check out the ebook for free and popular nonfiction is frequently available that way.

IF YOU CAN GET YOUR BOOKLIST BEFORE GOING TO SCHOOL: shop for the mundane things locally first.  There will be 50 people in CollegeTown looking for that book, you may be the only one in your home town.  supply and demand, if you found it in collegetown, it may be 10X price of your local bookstore.

and check you local library as well!  You may be able to check out some of those books from your local library and take them to school with you and renew them online one or more times, depending on how in demand they are.  There will be NO copies in CollegeTown library because there’s 50 people asking for it.  But your HOME town, you may be able to renew it twice since its low demand. Write on your calender when they’re due or need to be renewed.  Renew them OR tuck the whole pile into a Priority Mail flat rate box and send them home to your folks.  The cost of the priority box to send several library books home is probably way less than what you’d pay for them. (or if its stuff you know you need AFTER a break where you’ll be home, request a hold from school, pick up at home)

ONE LAST WORD BEFORE YOU BUY…

You determined you HAVE to buy a book and you’ve narrowed it down to a few choices of source.  Run a search for “coupon + Sitename” what looked like the lowest priced may not if you find a coupon for the 2nd or 3rd lowest priced option. Gettextbook will generate some automatically, but you may be able to find even better ones.

So make yourself some food, get a beverage, put on some tunes and compare prices!

and if you’re reached point of wanting to curl up in a ball and die, you can send us an ask with the ISBN for your book and answers to questions aobe (extra materials, previous edition, etc) and we’ll send you back an note with a link to the cheapest one we can find.  I do this for a living, send an ask and I’ll get it done usually within about 12 hours.

WHOOP WHOOP MASSIVE EXCELLENT RESOURCE ADVICE ABOVE!!!!


buzzfeed:

You don’t need a grill to make delicious summer dishes!


laissezferre:

corseque:

Ahhh! This is so cool!

An author was writing historical fiction, and decided (in hopes of escaping anachronistic language) to only use the vocabulary that Jane Austen used. They made a custom dictionary of all the words Jane Austen used in all of her books, and used that to spell check, so it flagged modern words and phrases that she would have totally overlooked otherwise.

I’m thinking it would be incredibly easy to do the same thing for fanfiction, especially book-based - compile a dictionary of, say, all the words GRRM used in ASOIAF, and use that as a spell check dictionary so it would flag any words GRRM did not use…

Or a particular TV show character’s dialogue, though that would involve much more manual effort…

edit: apparently, some historical fiction authors use old dictionaries (circa: 1700-1800s) as their custom dictionaries, even when writing about much earlier time periods. This helps them escape writing with modern-sounding anachronisms that throw modern readers out of the story, but also allows them to use language that a modern reader can understand when writing about time periods where characters should be speaking, say, Old English.

friendly reminder that such a thing has been developed for the les mis fandom 


imaginedragins:


Okay, so this a masterpost with all kinds of things. there’s lots of websites to check out if you’re feeling down, bored, or need a distraction. It has over 500 games, lots of useful sites, a long list of websites to find movies/tv shows, helpful things you can use in/for tumblr, some resources for writers, a few delicious looking recipes, websites you can find textbooks on, links to other masterposts, and much, much more. I hope you all find at least something for you here and this post helps you out in one way or another. If any of the links stop working, just message me here and I will replace them. Enjoy!
Last updated: 06/15/14

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imaginedragins:

Okay, so this a masterpost with all kinds of things. there’s lots of websites to check out if you’re feeling down, bored, or need a distraction. It has over 500 games, lots of useful sites, a long list of websites to find movies/tv shows, helpful things you can use in/for tumblr, some resources for writers, a few delicious looking recipes, websites you can find textbooks on, links to other masterposts, and much, much more. I hope you all find at least something for you here and this post helps you out in one way or another. If any of the links stop working, just message me here and I will replace them. Enjoy!

Last updated: 06/15/14

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