A Handy Reference for Learning Anything Online

General Resources

Educational resources applicable to most fields of study.

  • Encyclopedias

    • Wikipedia
      The largest and most popular free encyclopedia in the world.
    • Encyclopedia.com
      Look up encyclopedic articles from multiple established sources for every entry.
    • Scholarpedia
      Like Wikipedia but peer-reviewed / currated by a community of experts.
    • Britannica
      A general knowledge English-language encyclopedia, written by 100 full-time editors.
    • The Free Dictionary's Encyclopedia
      An encyclopedia compiled from numerous sources, including The Columbia Encyclopedia, Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, Britannica Concise Encyclopedia, and more.
    • List of Encyclopedias
  • Dictionaries & Thesauruses

    • Merriam-Webster
      High quality American English dictionary and thesaurus.
    • Oxford Dictionaries
      Free online english dictionary, as well as multiple paid for dictionaries such as English-French, English-German, etc.
    • WordReference.com
      Free online dictionaries - Spanish, French, Italian, German and more.
    • Wiktionary
      Collaborative project for creating a free lexical database in every language, complete with meanings, etymologies, and pronunciations.
    • YourDictionary.com
      The easy to understand dictionary with example sentences, famous quotes and audio pronunciations. Includes: thesaurus, computer dictionary, investment dictionary, law dictionary and more.
    • Dictionary.com
      Dictionary and thesaurus with definitions, synonyms, antonyms, idioms, word origins, quotes, audio pronunciations, example sentences, etc.
    • The Free Dictionary
      Free online dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedia with synonyms, definitions, idioms, abbreviations, and medical, financial, legal specialized dictionaries.
    • Wikisaurus
      A Wiktionary subproject and a wiki namespace aiming at creating a thesaurus—a dictionary of synonyms, antonyms and further semantically related terms such as hyponyms, hypernyms, meronyms and holonyms.
    • Thesaurus.com
      Free online thesaurus by Dictionary.com
    • Freethesaurus.com
      Free Thesaurus: synonyms, antonyms, and related words.
  • Ask Questions, Get Answers

    • Quora
      A question and answer website where you can ask just about anything and get a quality answear.
    • Stack Exchange
      A network of question and answer web sites, each site focusing on a specific topic.
    • Wolfram|Alpha
      A computational knowledge engine which you can ask just about any quantitative question and get an answer.
  • Course Aggregators

    • Class Central
      A free online course/MOOC aggregator listing courses from top universities such as Stanford, MIT, Harvard, etc. offered via course providers such as Coursera, Udacity, edX, FutureLearn, and others.
    • Academic Earth
      Good for video only courses.
    • CourseBuffet
      A good alternative to Class Central.
  • Course Providers (Top Universities)

    • Coursera
      Take online classes from 120+ top universities and educational organizations for free, but pay a small amount for the optional course certificate.
    • edX
      MOOC's from the world's best universities including MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, UT and others.
    • FutureLearn
      Free online courses from top universities and specialist organizations.
    • MIT OpenCourseWare
      Get access to virtually all of MIT's course contents for free.
    • Open Yale Courses
      Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University.
    • Stanford on iTunes U
      Stanfords iTunes U content.
    • Harvard on iTunes U
      Harvards iTunes U content.
  • Course Providers (Founded Online)

    • Khan Academy
      A nonprofit on a mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone. Covers many academic topics.
    • Udacity

      A wide range of computer science and information technology courses built by companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Adobe, etc.

    • iTunes University

      A platform for institutions to share educational content through iTunes.

    • Lynda

      Learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals.

    • Skillshare
      A learning community for creators. Anyone can take an online class, watch video lessons, create projects, or teach a class themselves.
    • UoPeople
      The world’s first non-profit, tuition-free, accredited, online, American university.
    • Saylor Academy
      A provider of free and open online courses and affordable college credit opportunities to students.
    • University of Reddit
      Classes born out of reddit communities.
  • Academic Search & Access

    • Google Scholar
      A freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text and metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.
    • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
      An online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.
    • Scopus
      The largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Search and access research from the science, technology, medicine, social sciences and arts and humanities fields.
    • arXiv
      Open e-print archive with over 100.000 articles in physics, 10.000 in mathematics, and 1.000 in computer science.
    • Microsoft Academic Search
      Find information about academic papers, authors, conferences, journals, and organizations from multiple sources.

Books & eBooks

Sites and platforms where you can find books and book metadata.

  • Free and Freely Accessible Books

    • Project Gutenberg
      A volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, all of their ebooks aim for high quality and were previously published by bona fide publishers, founded in 1971.
    • Hathi Trust
      HathiTrust is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
    • Internet Archive: eBooks and Texts
      The Internet Archive and Open Library offers over 8,000,000 fully accessible and texts.
    • eBooks@Adelaide
      A collection of free ebook editions of significant works from the past.
    • Bartleby
      Bartleby publishes thousands of free online classics of reference, literature and nonfiction.
    • Feedbooks (Public Domain Section)
      Thousands of public domain eBooks with high-quality typesetting in multiple formats (such as EPUB, Kindle, and PDF).
    • The Online Books Page
      Listing over 2 million free books on the Web.
    • LibriVox Audio Books
      Extensive collection of free audio books read by volunteers with the goal of recording every book in the public domain.
    • Wikisource
      A Wikimedia Foundation project to create a growing free content library of source texts, as well as translations of source texts in any language.
    • List of digital library projects
  • Textbooks

    • Boundless
      Disrupting the big textbook publishers by offering textbooks online, for free.
    • OpenStax CNX
      A global knowledge sharing community that breaks information down into small, easily-digestible chunks.
    • The National Academy Press
      A large collection of textbooks, most can be downloaded for free as PDFs, or baught in print.
    • Textbook Revolution
      Free, open source textbooks.
    • CK-12
      CK-12 Foundation provides a library of free online textbooks, videos, exercises, flashcards, and real world applications for over 5000 concepts from arithmetic to history.
    • Wikibooks
      An open-content textbooks collection that anyone can edit.
  • World Classics

  • Recommended Reading Lists

  • Book Catalogs & Communities

    • Open Library
      An online project intended to create "one web page for every book ever published".
    • Goodreads
      Discover and share books.
    • LibraryThing
      LibraryThing is a social cataloging web application for storing and sharing book catalogs and various types of book metadata. It is used by authors, individuals, libraries, and publishers.
    • Read Print
      A free online library.
  • Shop for Books

    • Amazon
      Look up books, ebooks, and audio books on Amazon.
    • Barnes & Noble
      Look up books, ebooks, and audio books on Barnes & Noble.
    • Google Play Books
      The book store in Google's Google Play.
    • iBooks
      Deticated Apple products book store (iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod touch, etc).
    • AbeBooks
      Millions of new and used books, rare books and out of print books.
    • Book Depository
      International bookstore, worldwide free delivery.
    • Kobo
      Large selection of eBooks.
  • Subscription Based eBook Services

    • Oyster
      Subscription based access to 1 million books, or buy books individually.
    • Scribd
      A modern library of books, audiobooks, etc. Subscription based access to the whole library.
    • Kindle Unlimited
      Amazon's subscription based ebook service.
  • Book Price Comparisons

    • SlugBooks
      SlugBooks is one of the easiest way to compare textbook prices.
    • AddAll
      A book search and price comerparison site.

Skills, Topics, Hobbies, Personal Development

Educational resources for common skills and topics of study.

  • Mathematics

    • Khan Academy Math

      Khan Academy's Mathematic section.

    • Brilliant: Excel in math and science

      Learn from wiki pages and problems written by a community of mathematicians, scientists, and engineers.

    • Expii

      The Wikipedia for adaptive and interactive education. Contains lots of interactive learning modules for Math and Science topics.

    • Encyclopedia of Mathematics

      The Encyclopedia of Mathematics wiki is an open access resource designed specifically for the mathematics community.

    • Better Explained

      Descriptions of a variety of math topics from arithmetic to calculus using examples and historical connotations. Includes graphs and diagrams.

    • Mathematics Stack Exchange

      Mathematics Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for people studying math at any level and professionals in related fields.

  • Programming

    • Open Source Society University

      Path to a free self-taught education in Computer Science.

    • Udacity

      Find free online courses, make a career change, or get a new job by completing a Nanodegree program. Self paced online learning with code reviews.

    • Free Code Camp

      Learn to code by joining an education based community of developers working on nonprofit open source projects solving real world problems.

    • Codecademy

      Codecademy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 9 different programming languages including Python, Java, PHP, JavaScript, and Ruby, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS.

    • Code School

      Learn to code in the comfort of your browser with video tutorials, programming challenges, and screencasts.

    • TreeHouse

      Treehouse is an online interactive education platform that offers courses in web, mobile and business development.

    • MIT: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

      MIT's computer science coursware.

    • Stack Overflow

      A language-independent collaboratively edited question and answer site for programmers.

    • Programmers Stack Exchange

      A question and answer site for professional programmers interested in conceptual questions about software development.

    • Atom

      A hackable text editor for the 21st Century

    • Sublime

      Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose.

    • Vim

      Vim is a highly configurable text editor built to enable efficient text editing.

    • Emacs

      An extensible, customizable, free/libre text editor.

  • Finance

  • Language Learning

    • Duolingo

      Learn languages completely free, without ads or hidden charges. It's fun, easy, and scientifically proven.

    • Lingvist

      Claim to be able to teach you a language in 200 hours.

    • Verbling

      Verbling is an online platform where language learners take lessons with professional teachers. All teachers are approved based on certification and experience.

    • Memrise

      The Memrise community uses images and science to make learning languages easy and fun.

    • Busuu

      Busuu is the world's largest social network for language learning. Connect for free with native speakers worldwide on your computer, tablet or mobile.

    • Readlang

      Learn a language by reading whatever you like.

    • BaBaDum

      A really well made language game.

  • Drawing & Painting

    • CG Master Academy

      Computer Graphics Master Academy (CGMA) is a leading provider of online digital art education. Through our CG Master Classes, and inexpensive Master Workshops, we provide comprehensive instruction for Concept Art, Illustration, and Entertainment Design.

    • Draw a Box

      A free exercise based approach to learning the fundamentals of drawing.

    • Ctrl+Paint

      Teach yourself digital painting for free.

    • Drawspace

      Drawspace offers diverse downloadable and printable drawing lessons featuring Brenda Hoddinott's unique and highly acclaimed style of teaching.

    • Save Loomis

      Andrew Loomis was an American illustrator, author, and art instructor, these are his instruction books.

    • Google Art Project

      Virtual Museum & Art Gallery

    • WikiArt
      WikiArt is an online, user-editable visual art encyclopedia.

    • Oxford Art Online

      Oxford Art Online offers access to the most authoritative, inclusive, and easily searchable online art resources available today.

    • MyPaint

      MyPaint is an easy-to-use painting program which works well with Wacom graphics tablets and other similar devices.

    • Inkscape

      Inkscape is professional quality vector graphics software which runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

    • GIMP

      GIMP is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program.

    • Photoshop

      Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Systems for Windows and Mac OS.

    • Illustrator

      Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor developed and marketed by Adobe Systems.

  • Fitness & Health

  • HowTo + DIY

    • Instructables

      Instructables is a place that lets you explore, document, and share your DIY creations.

    • Make

      Makezine celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will.

    • wikiHow

      Crowdsourced information on how to do just about anything.

  • Meditation

    • Meditate.io

      Learn the Styles of Meditation that will take your Practice to the Next Level

    • BASIC Mindfulness

      Learn to meditate in a secular scientific framework.

    • OpenSit

      OpenSit is a free community for people to share and deepen their meditation practice.

    • The Dharma Overground

      The Dharma Overground is a resource for the support of practices that actually lead to beneficial, fundamental mental, perceptual and emotional transformations.

  • Magick

    • Thelemapedia

      Thelemapedia is the original encyclopedia of Thelema and Magick focusing on the works and philosophy of Aleister Crowley.

    • IAO131

      The Philosophy & Psychology of Thelema, Occultism, O.T.O., and Magick

    • Ultraculture

      Blog with a focus on magick, mysticism, mythology, esoteric spirituality, shamanism, witchcraft, psychonautics and any tradition or tool that you can use to change your reality for the better.


Educational and "edutainment" video channels.


List of lists similar to Web Study List.


WEBSTUDYLIST.COM is a curated list created by Brynjar Harðarson that overviews some of the main knowledge and educational resources available online.

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