Tools for Doing Your Work

If you know of other resources worth adding to this page, please let me know.

I apologize that the anchors are not working with this editor.  Until I figure this out, please navigate down the page for:

  • Mind-mapping

  • Writing and Style Support

  • Teaching and Learning Resources

Mind-mapping Software

Try FreeMind , a free mind-mapping software written in Java. The site has screenshots and an online demo. To run the demo, you may need to give your browser permission to run scripts. For what it's worth, SiteAdvisor gives the site a green light, indicating it's a safe site. The program you would end up using is a download, so you can run it while you are offline. And, as I said, it is completely free to use. Thanks goes out to my friend David for alerting me to this tool.

Writing and Style Support

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a great resource for writing of all types. I have created a list of some most of the topics you can find addressed on this site: The Writing Process, Profession, Scientific, and Technical writing, Job search writing, General Academic Writing, Research and Citations, the APA Formatting and Style Guide, Grammar and Mechanics, English as a non-primary language, Literary Analysis and Criticism, and Writing in the Social Sciences.


American Psychological Association website'sAPA Style home page Here is a link to the page on the APA website about citing electronic sources. This page has some "Style Tips" that can be applied to most college level writing.http://www.apastyle.org/previoustips.html


The College Board has a site with an array of tools and information. This section focuses on writing.


The IEspell Spell Checker to use while writing in Internet Explorer. Use this if you're working online instead of in your word processor.


This page, offered by Michigan State University, provides guidelines for citing references in APA or MLA style.

Teaching and Learning Resource

Merlot describes itself as "A Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching." With a free membership, you can:

  • browse online learning materials in your discipline;
  • find expert colleagues in your discipline;
  • view personal collections from people in your discipline;
  • get assignments you can use with your students;
  • find guest experts in the virtual speakers bureau.
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