Resources

Here you’ll find information resources that may be beneficial in developing as a person. If you have any suggested additions, we greatly appreciate your input. You can reach out by following the link here.

 

Open Culture

Open Culture deserves a section of its own. It’s the best online resource site on the internet. Check out these awesome resources they have to offer!

1,200 free online courses 

Get 1200 free online courses from the world’s leading universities —  Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford and more. You can download these audio & video courses (often from iTunes, YouTube, or university web sites) straight to your computer or mp3 player. Over 30,000 hours of free audio & video lectures, await you now.

1,150 free movies

Watch 1,150 movies free online. Includes classics, indies, film noir, documentaries and other films, created by some of our greatest actors, actresses and directors. The collection is divided into the following categories: Comedy & Drama; Film Noir, Horror & Hitchcock; Westerns (many with John Wayne); Martial Arts MoviesSilent Films; Documentaries, and Animation. We also have special collections of Oscar Winning Movies and Films by Andrei Tarkovsky and Charlie Chaplin.

700 free audio books

Download hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer. You’ll find great works of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, by such authors as Twain, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Orwell, Vonnegut, Nietzsche, Austen, Shakespeare, Asimov, HG Wells & more.

800 free ebooks

Download 800 free eBooks to your Kindle, iPad/iPhone, computer, smartphone or e-reader. Collection includes great works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, including works by Asimov, Jane Austen, Philip K. Dick, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Neil Gaiman, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf & James Joyce.

200 free textbooks

Free textbooks (aka open textbooks) written by knowledgable scholars are a relatively new phenomenon. Find a meta list of 200 Free Textbooks, and check back often for new additions.

300 free language lessons 

How to learn languages for free? This collection features lessons in 48 languages, including Spanish, French, English, Mandarin, Italian, Russian and more. Download audio lessons to your computer or mp3 player and you’re good to go.

150 free business courses 

Find over 150 courses, many from leading universities, that will deepen your professional education. Topics include finance, technology, entrepreneurship and much more.


Miniseries
The Men Who Built America

A six-hour, four-part miniseries docudrama which was originally broadcast on the History Channel in the Fall of 2012, and on the History Channel UK in Spring of 2013. The series focuses on the lives of Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, J. P. Morgan and Henry Ford and how their industrial innovations and business empires revolutionized modern society.

Show Me a Hero

A 2015 American miniseries based on the 1999 nonfiction book of the same name by former New York Times writer, Lisa Belkin. As in the book, the miniseries details a white middle-class neighborhood’s resistance to a federally mandated scattered-site public housing development in Yonkers, New York, and how these tensions affected the city as a whole.

America: The Story of Us

A 12-part, 9-hours documentary-drama television miniseries that premiered on April 25, 2010, on History channel. Produced by Nutopia, the program portrays more than 400 years of American history (with emphasis on how American creation of new technologies has had effects on the nation’s history and, by implication, the world). It spans time from the successful English settlement of Jamestown beginning in 1607, through to the present day.

Mankind: The Story of All of Us

Mankind The Story of All of Us is an epic 12-hour television event about the greatest adventure of all time—the history of the human race.

The Ascent of Man

The Ascent of Man is a thirteen-part documentary television series produced by the BBC and Time-Life Films first transmitted in 1973, written and presented by Jacob Bronowski.

Civilisation

In 1966 BBC Television embarked on its most ambitious documentary series to date.The eminent art historian Lord Clark was commissioned to write and present an epic examination of Western European culture, defining what he considered to be the crucial phases of its development.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, COSMOS will explore how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time. It will bring to life never-before-told stories of the heroic quest for knowledge and transport viewers to new worlds and across the universe for a vision of the cosmos on the grandest scale.

John Adams

John Adams is a 2008 American television miniseries chronicling most of U.S. President John Adams’s political life and his role in the founding of the United States.

Years of Living Dangerously

Years of Living Dangerously is an American documentary television series focusing on global warming.

Textbooks
Boundless

Boundless is a phenomenal site with 22 subjects, comprehensive explanations, and 1000s of hours of reading material.


Audiobooks
Librivox

LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then they release the audio files back onto the net for free. All their audio is in the public domain, so you may use it for whatever purpose you wish.

Audible

$15 a month after a one-month free trial. Over 150,000 audiobooks.

Learn Out Loud

They have curated a Catalog of over 50,000 of the best audio books, podcasts, free downloads, and videos you can learn from.  One of the most popular sections of their site is the Free Audio & Video Directory which features over 10,000 free audio books, courses, documentaries, lectures, interviews, speeches, and more. They also have a Podcast Directory with over 7,000 carefully selected audio & video podcasts you can learn from. Along with these free sections, They also sell over 10,000 educational Audio Book Downloads from all the major audiobook publishers and a lot of smaller publishers and individual authors.

Ebooks
Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg offers over 53,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

They carry high-quality ebooks: Most Project Gutenberg ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. They digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers.

Archive

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

University of Virginia’s Hypertext Project

University of Adelaide’s Ebooks

Documentaries
Top Documentary Films

Since January 2007, TDF has been curating awesome documentaries and it’s been a host to a vibrant community of people who’re making this place even more interesting.

SnagFilms

SnagFilms is like that cool local video store with unique indie films and exciting hidden movie treasures – except everything can be watched online! For those of us looking to discover something different, SnagFilms has over 5,000 movies, TV show episodes, eye-opening documentaries and exclusive original comedy shorts. There is something to watch for everyone!

National Film Board of Canada

Films on this site can be streamed free of charge, or downloaded for your personal use for a small fee. They also offer educational works on a subscription basis to schools and institutions.

Their Collection includes documentaries, animations, experimental films, fiction and interactive works. They showcase films that take a stand on issues of global importance that matter to Canadians—stories about the environment, human rights, international conflict, the arts and more.

Archive

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.


Dictionaries
Taegan Goddard’s Political Dictionary

The Basics of Philosophy

A personal project by Luke Mastin. He has no official training in philosophy and this site is intended as an entry level resource by a laymen for the layman.

Stephen’s Guide to Logical Fallacies

The point of an argument is to give reasons in support of some conclusion. An argument commits a fallacy when the reasons offered do not support the conclusion. These pages describe the known logical fallacies.

Fallacy Files

This page defines logical terms used in the files on individual fallacies and in entries in the weblog. The first occurrence of a defined term in a file or weblog entry is linked directly to its definition below. Since most of the terms are linked from multiple files, you will need to use the “Back” button on your browser to return to where you came from. Also, check out this ebook 42 Fallacies.

Thou Shalt Not Commit Logical Fallacies

You might have seen these guys’ poster before. This website has been designed to help you identify and call out dodgy logic wherever it may raise its ugly, incoherent head.

The Critical Thinking Community’s Critical Thinking Glossary

An Educator’s Guide to Critical Thinking Terms and Concepts

Dictionary of Philosophy

The aim of this dictionary is to provide teachers, students, and laymen interested in philosophy with clear, concise, and correct definitions and descriptions of the philosophical terms, throughout the range of philosophic thought. In the volume are represented all the branches as well as schools of ancient, medieval, and modern philosophy. In any such conspectus, it is increasingly recognized that the Oriental philosophies must be accorded ample space beside those of the western world.

Philosophy Pages

This is a concise guide to technical terms and personal names often encountered in the study of philosophy. What you will find here naturally reflects the author’s own philosophical interests and convictions, but everything is meant to be clear, accurate, and fair, a reliable source of information on Western philosophy for a broad audience. Also, check out the information they have on logic.

The ISM Book

The Ism Book provides brief definitions of key terms in philosophy and related disciplines. It is the longest-running dictionary of philosophy on the Internet (launched in 1996 and now hosted at ismbook.com) and has been placed into the public domain by its author, Peter Saint-Andre.

The Economist’s Economics Dictionary 

Economics A-Z is adapted from “Essential Economics”, by Matthew Bishop – Bloomberg Press; Economist Books.

Investopedia Finance Dictionary (See: Bottom of their page)

Investopedia is the largest financial education website in the world. Powered by a team of data scientists and financial experts, Investopedia offers timely, trusted and actionable financial information for every investor, from early investors to financial advisors to high net worth individuals. Investopedia is operated by IAC Publishing, a collection of some of the web’s largest and most trusted digital media brands.

Sideways Dictionary 
Sideways dictionary – it’s like a dictionary, but using analogies instead of definitions. Use it as a tool for finding and sharing helpful analogies to explain technology. Because if everyone understands technology better, we can make technology work better for everyone.

Bersin Lexicon

This lexicon is the most comprehensive source of definitions and associated knowledge for learning and HR professionals. Based on our research, you can use the lexicon to give you clarity and consistency on key terms in the industry.

The Unbounce Conversion Marketing Glossary

Conversion is more than a buzzword. It’s the key to any successful marketing campaign. Turning qualified leads into happy customers is hard work, but it doesn’t have to be so complicated. These are the terms, tips, and insights you need to convert.

Legal Dictionary

Anti-Corruption Glossary

Corruption comes in many forms, and there are many ways to challenge it. Their easy-to-understand, animated definitions will have you speaking the language of anti-corruption in no time. Have a look.

Vocabulary.com

This site is actually the inspiration for the Intellectual’s Dictionary. Basically, it’s a dictionary, but the words are explained in a way that’s more human.

Quizlet

Whether you realize it or not, Quizlet is an excellent source for discovering jargon and gaining further insight into virtually any field. Just type in whatever subject you’d like to learn more about and you have thousands of basic to comprehensive definitions.


Encyclopedias
Internet Encylopedia of Philosophy

The purpose of the IEP is to provide detailed, scholarly information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy. The Encyclopedia’s articles are written with the intention that most of the article can be understood by advanced undergraduates majoring in philosophy and by other scholars who are not working in the field covered by that article. The IEP articles are written by experts but not for experts in analogy to the way the Scientific American magazine is written by scientific experts but not primarily for scientific experts.

Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy

From its inception, the SEP was designed so that each entry is maintained and kept up-to-date by an expert or group of experts in the field. All entries and substantive updates are refereed by the members of a distinguished Editorial Board before they are made public. Consequently, their dynamic reference work maintains academic standards while evolving and adapting in response to new research.

Gale Encylopedia of Sociology 

Ancient History Encyclopedia 

The world’s most-read history encyclopedia. Our mission is to improve history education worldwide by creating the most complete, freely accessible and reliable history resource in the world.

The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics

The Library of Economics and Liberty carries the popular Concise Encyclopedia of Economics, edited by David R. Henderson. This highly acclaimed economics encyclopedia was first published in 1993 under the title The Fortune Encyclopedia of Economics. It features easy-to-read articles by over 150 top economists, including Nobel Prize winners, over 80 biographies of famous economists, and many tables and charts illustrating economics in action. With David R. Henderson’s permission and encouragement, the Econlib edition of this work includes links, additions, and corrections.

Oxford Research Encyclopedias

The OREs offer long-form overview articles written and edited by leading scholars and researchers, addressing both foundational and cutting-edge topics across the major disciplines. Oxford University Press is developing this program in response to a growing need for reliable information to be used at the start of serious research on an unfamiliar topic.

Why Oxford Research Encyclopedias?

  • Oxford Validated: All articles are written and peer reviewed by certified experts of the topic.
  • Updated: Reference articles are monitored by experts to ensure fresh and timely updates reflect new insights.
  • Community Engagement: Join an engaged community of authors, scholars and students to build a better reference platform of enduring academic values.
  • Accessible: Enjoy free access while articles and content grow to substantial numbers.


Online Courses
Yale

MIT

Harvard

Annenberg Learner

Learner is slightly difficult to navigate. on the home page look for teacher resources and select the field you’d like to explore.

Annenberg Learner uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools. This mandate is carried out chiefly by the funding and broad distribution of educational video programs with coordinated Web and print materials for the professional development of K-12 teachers. It is part of The Annenberg Foundation and advances the Foundation’s goal of encouraging the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge.

No Excuse List

The best place on the web to learn anything, free.

OpenCourser

OpenCourser helps people find online courses that are useful to them.

You can use OpenCourser to:

  • Study for other courses you’re taking already (from Algebra to U.S. History)
  • Ace that really important exam (including the AP’s, SAT’s, GRE’s, MCAT’s, and others)
  • Develop and expand your professional skills
  • Build a lifelong habit of learning

Their catalog includes courses spanning 15 different languages and over 120 different subjects taught by leading instructors, many backed by the world’s top universities and institutions.

Best of all, the vast majority of the courses are free.

Pro Tip: If you have a subject you’re interested in learning about that is outside of what is offered on these open courses such as constructivism or intermediate economics, search the name of the topic you’d like to study and type “course” or “class” after the topic. You’ll often find either class notes online of the offering or a syllabus. If it’s a graduate level course then the class is mostly reading anyway. You’ll just follow the readings as if you were in the class. Essentially, you’ll just miss out on in-class discussions. If you feel you’d like more information post-search than what’s offered on university sites you can always see what teacher lead the class and send them an email requesting more information. Be sure to state you are using the material for only personal, academic and/or autodidactic purposes.

Political Resources

Part of becoming a better person is becoming a better citizen. To do that you’ll need to access good political information. We want you to become a community leader, and we want to make democracy better.

The Social Studies Help Center

Social Studies help for American History, Economics, and AP Government. Though dated, the site is filled with great information.

Project Vote Smart

Vote Smart’s mission is to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans.

Open Secrets (Center for Responsive Politics)

Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the Center for Responsive Politics is the nation’s premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. THEIR VISION is for Americans, empowered by access to clear and unbiased information about money’s role in politics and policy, to use that knowledge to strengthen our democracy. THEIR MISSION is to produce and disseminate peerless data and analysis on money in politics to inform and engage Americans, champion transparency, and expose disproportionate or undue influence on public policy.

Everyday Democracy 

Their mission is to help communities talk and work together to create communities that work for everyone. They work directly with local communities, providing advice and training and flexible how-to resources.

Everyday Democracy is a project of The Paul J. Aicher Foundation, a private operating foundation dedicated to strengthening deliberative democracy and improving the quality of public life in the United States.

Online Library of Liberty 

This resource is offered by Liberty Fund, Inc. It is a private, educational foundation established in 1960 to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals. The Foundation develops, supervises, and finances its own educational activities to foster thought and encourage discourse on enduring intellectual issues pertaining to liberty.

The purpose of the Online Library of Liberty is to promote interest in and understanding of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals. In particular, they are concerned with ideas about individual liberty, limited constitutional government, free markets, and peace.

CityLab

Through original reporting, sharp analysis, and visual storytelling, CityLab informs and inspires the people who are creating the cities of the future—and those who want to live there.

BallotReady

Their mission: Create a more informed electorate and strengthen our democracy by helping voters vote informed, all the way down the ballot.

Elections matter, and not just for President. Unfortunately, it’s much too difficult to research the rest of the ballot. That’s where they come in. BallotReady makes it easy for voters to research and understand every candidate and referendum up for election.

A Popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to Farce or Tragedy or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own Governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.” – James Madison (1788)