13 Awesome Sources to Boost Student Academic Research

Summer has come into its rights already, and the majority of students enjoy July and wait for August, having forgotten about all those exams they had to pass and all those academic papers they had to write about a month ago.

That’s awesome, but here’s the kicker:

A new semester is on its way! And it’s high time to brace yourself for entering new classes, writing new papers, learning new things, and getting new skills.

Academic research is one of key skills for every student to get in college: it’s impossible to ignore and avoid while writing academic papers, and that’s why it would be better for young specialists to acquire it.

To make this process easier, one can use these exceptional resources for students keen to write essays like a boss next semester.

student hacks


1. Student Hacks – a website devoted to student life in general and its academic side in particular. One can find many lists of useful resources for effective learning, research and writing academic papers here. This resource provides tips on productivity, helping students deal with procrastination and be in charge of their time.

Want to study smarter? Student Hacks is your must-check website then and there.


2. 50 Places to Find Books – a very informative article from Study.com collection to help students find useful resources to boost academic research. This is the list of online platforms where one can find books, both fiction and nonfiction ones, textbooks, or audio books to assist study and create a list of references for academic papers.

This resource will be interesting to check for all reading addicts, too.

brainy quote

3. Brainy Quote – a perfect site to use if you need interesting quotes to accompany academic papers. Brainy Quote is the biggest online collection of quotes, and it’s easy to navigate and find the author you need. Search this resource by topic or author to get what you want, and don’t forget to check Quote of the Day category to catch a muse and inspire yourself to write.

As W. Somerset Maugham said, “The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.”


grammar girl

4.Grammar Girl — a very powerful resource to learn grammar rules properly and find out how to write good academic papers. Research is very important by all means, but if you can’t represent its results in the correct way, all your work will go to waste. Ultimate guides on spelling, punctuation, word usage, and writing style can help students succeed with academic writing.

Grammar Girl is a great consultant, so you are welcome to ask her questions.

better writing

5. Better Writing — a website from Oxford Dictionaries devoted to academic writing. They provide tips and guides on grammar, spelling, punctuation, word usage, and styles for students to acquire the art of essay writing. Visit this resource to find straightforward guidance on improving your writing skills.

The information about abbreviations and common mistakes students make can help you research better.


6. Bid4Papers – a resource where professional academic writers meet to help students do research and write essays better. One can contact them via live chat to ask questions on writing or editing, get help with researching or formatting academic papers. The ultimate glossary of essay terms is also available here, as well as many practical tips on writing to improve students skills.

Individual approach to every student is what makes them super eminent.


7. Academhack – a website that teaches students to use different tech tools for academic research and writing papers more effectively. With so many tools, programs, and applications designed to make students life easier, it would be a sin not to grab them and put to good use.

Learn how to use tools on the Web for writing your essays better.

cite this for me

8. Cite this for me — academic research is impossible to complete without citation pages and reference lists, and this resource will help students deal with that. Actually, this is a tool you can use online to format videos, email correspondence, and podcasts. All you need to do is fill in the information and download formatted pages.

Easy to use – fast to introduce.


9. Scholarpedia – a website for those students fed up with using Wikipedia for research. It’s similar to Wiki actually, but it will be more useful for students and their academic needs: all content from Scholarpedia is checked by professional scholars, so it is worth trust and using its data for academic research.

User-friendly design and easy navigation make this website unalloyed pleasure to use.


10. Bartleby – a website where one can find books. It provides unlimited access to books on the Web, making it easier to search and find what you need exactly. Easy to navigate by author, title or subject, Bartleby will become one of your favorite resources for sure: its huge database of verses, fiction and nonfiction books, and references makes research a pleasant pastime for everyone.

It has one more ace in the hole: it’s free to use.

daily writing tips

11. Daily Writing Tips — a resource for every young researcher to know and use. Hundreds of useful links are available for those looking for tips and advice from professionals on writing: how to choose a writing style, where to find new writing ideas, how to use grammar and spelling properly, etc.

Search Daily Writing Tips for one new advice every day.


12. Mendeley – a kind of social network for students to meet fellows and organize academic research the best they can. It also provides a tool to find and read papers, import them from other software, generate bibliographies and much more.

Mendeley stores your references and documents, allowing to highlight and annotate, site and share notes publicly or privately.

cha cha

13. ChaCha – a website to ask questions. Yes, simple as that. Students come here to ask questions on academic writing and research, and they get answers from personal assistants. Just choose a category and question everything you want to know.

Besides Google Search, it can be one of the fastest ways to find information online.

Seek and ye shall find. There are many good online resources and tools to use for academic research; your task is to choose the best ones, and we’ve made it easier for you by posting the above list.

Do you use any of these resources for your research and writing? Have we missed any? Share them in comments to help fellows find them.

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Lesley Vos is a blog writer who creates content on the topics of education, tech, writing, and self-development. Lesley is going to publish her first book this year, and she can't imagine her pastime without reading.
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