Self-Education Resource List

The internet is an invaluable resource to self-educated learners. Below is a list of some of the most helpful sites out there including opencourseware materials, free libraries, learning communities, educational tools, and more.

Including links to individual classes would make this list too long. So, I’ve added umbrella links that will help you find the material you need with just a little searching. For example, instead of listing individual classes, I’ve provided links to college opencourseware websites and course directories. From there, you’ll be able to find the individual subjects you’re interested in.

If you know of an umbrella-type link that should be included, please email me here:

Free Books Online


Read Print


Online Books Page



Many Books

Google Books


Internet Sacred Text Archive

Christian Classics Ethereal Library

Audio Books


Literal Systems


Free Classic Audio Books

Gutenberg Audio Books

Research & Articles

Google Scholar


Archive Grid

Directory of Open Access Journals

Government Resources

Library of Congress

National Archives

Public Libraries

Free Ed

Reference Sites

Librarian’s Internet Index

Library Spot







Self-Ed Blogs & Sites

Academic Blog Portal

Stingy Scholar

Pick the Brain

Best Free Training

Autodidact Project

John Taylor Gatto

Audidactic Press

University OpenCourseWare



UC Berkeley



John Hopkins Bloomberg

Utah State University

University of Washington

Carnegie Mellon

Notre Dame

UC Irvine

OpenCourseWare Map

More Free Online Courses

Free Course Directory

About Distance Learning


About U

Annenburg Media


Berklee Shares


Covenant Worldwide


Suite 101 U


OER Commons

GCF Learn Free



Free Mind





Open Textbook Movement

Textbook Revolution

Creative Commons Education

Make Textbooks Affordable

Open Text Book



Purdue Online Writing Lab

Guide to Grammar & Writing

National Novel Writing Month

Learning Communities

Learn Hub



Second Life in Education

Organizing Your Library

Library Thing



Great Books

Harvard Shelf of Classics

Harvard Classics in 15 Mins

Lectures on Harvard Classics

Great Books Lists

Great Books Lessons

Educational Podcasts

iTunes University

The Education Podcast Network

Educational Videos

Teacher Tube

Academic Earth

OpenVideo Project





Expert Village


How Do I?

YouTube Education

UC Berkeley YouTube

MIT YouTube

EGS YouTube

Vanderbilt YouTube

USC YouTube

Washington University YouTube

Duke University YouTube


Language Learning



Live Mocha

BBC Languages

100+ Online Language Classes

56 Comments on "Self-Education Resource List"

  1. Drake Mallard February 26, 2009 at 6:03 am · Reply

    Stanford has a YouTube channel at

    You can also find handouts and other stuff at each course website, like

    I don’t think they meant it to be OCW, but I’ve found it pretty useful.


  2. Nicholas February 26, 2009 at 8:39 am · Reply

    Great list, have tweeted it also, though it is missing

  3. Mattresses February 26, 2009 at 8:55 am · Reply

    Thanks for this list of resources. They are all excellent.

    I would include W3 schools on this list as well. Excellent site that teaches you the ins and outs of coding.

  4. Nic February 26, 2009 at 11:57 am · Reply

    Thanks for the good link but I think you should add

  5. Borren Dullstremsdotter February 26, 2009 at 3:54 pm · Reply

    Add Academic Earth ( if it isn’t on your list. Also, add because he’s the best Religious Studies professor alive on the planet. See his blog too.

  6. Norden February 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm · Reply

    I agree with Nic. should be on this list somewhere. Maybe under reference sites or tools. is pretty new but looks interesting. It is an academic networking and social bookmarking site – so it looks like a source for great resources.


  7. Vyasamoorthy February 26, 2009 at 6:06 pm · Reply

    Great compilation. Neat categorization. I was led to this by a friend who was searching for University of Third Age (U3A) resources. Thanks a million.

  8. Winston February 26, 2009 at 8:23 pm · Reply

    Getting an education is a lot more than having the resources — otherwise public libraries would have put the universities out of business a hundred years ago. Education is having someone guide you in using these resources.

  9. Taylor at Household Management 101 February 27, 2009 at 10:07 am · Reply

    What a great list, very helpful. I am definitely going to explore some of these.

  10. Amarnath March 6, 2009 at 2:16 am · Reply

    good work

  11. Zero March 9, 2009 at 9:50 am · Reply

    A) You have Read Print linked twice.
    B) Try replacing one of them with Scribd.

  12. Hucbald March 13, 2009 at 11:08 pm · Reply

    Awesome. Both the post and the comments. Bookmarked!

  13. James March 14, 2009 at 5:41 am · Reply

    There is a meta-subject guide
    Pinakes which lists several dozen broad category guides and a half dozen multi subject guides.

  14. MarkS March 14, 2009 at 9:49 am · Reply

    Another great book resource for the Kindle is

    Just don’t get addicted to online learning and neglect the other areas of your life. 😉

  15. James May 17, 2009 at 6:12 pm · Reply

    I’d like to link our sites together — your stuff is good and I think we’d find common ground. Please let me know if you’re intrested.

    You can also find me on Huffington Post as James M. Lynch, Paying it Behind, etc.

  16. Jerry June 13, 2009 at 10:35 pm · Reply

    Hello Jamie,
    This is an interesting site.
    I added it to my interesting sites page
    Interesting Sites

  17. Zoltan - Self-esteem dude August 20, 2009 at 11:07 pm · Reply

    Very detailed list of educational courses and resources. There are a growing number of people who go online first to find basically anything. Self education is the best if you have the persistence to do it yourself. Thanks for the info

  18. Yee Shun Jian | August 22, 2009 at 7:09 am · Reply

    Awesome list of resources on self-education you got there, Jamie!

    Stumbled! =)

    Shun Jian
    Personal Development for the Book Smart

  19. anon September 3, 2009 at 12:47 am · Reply

    also those TED (tech, education, design?) videos if ppl don’t know about them 😛

  20. Coach Steve Toth September 5, 2009 at 11:49 am · Reply

    Great list! Please also add, free coaching tools, community and breakthrough courses

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  22. Luxury Car Service London January 17, 2010 at 10:12 am · Reply

    Great self education resource list, I really like this detail post and going to add in my bookmark list at delicious list.

  23. Intuitive reader February 1, 2010 at 8:58 am · Reply

    Thanks Jamie for sharing the information with us. Self education is important to grow and learn. There is always something new you can ad to your repertoire.

  24. Charles February 6, 2010 at 9:48 pm · Reply

    Here another great resource I thought you might be interested in Jamie.

    It’s called Simply Charly ( – an educational suite of websites for students and teachers that brings to life, in a compelling and engaging manner, some of the world’s most prominent historical figures.

  25. Online Marketing tanácsadás February 10, 2010 at 7:50 am · Reply

    In the new internet era self-education has become the most powerful tool that the new generation needs to have. Acquiring up-to-date information has never been more essential. I wish we had such powerful “weapons” for learning 20 years ago.

  26. Loan modification March 14, 2010 at 7:34 am · Reply

    The problem with the abundance of information technology is that kids get lost in this variety. They do not really learn how great these innovations are. Education system needs to be reformed before our kids will change as well.

  27. Blog of ideas March 20, 2010 at 8:07 am · Reply

    This is a great list! is a site featuring MIT’s public lectures where a lot can be learned.

  28. Stephen Patton March 25, 2010 at 6:12 pm · Reply

    Nice blog.

    For all those Scholars… I just wanted to let you know that I am working on that will host around 200,000 free eBook and Audiobooks titles.

    The site is in development and we hope to launch Q3’10.
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  29. Chiptuning May 3, 2010 at 8:56 am · Reply

    Very useful links, thanks for sharing! These stuff are really helpful since I am working on my thesis 🙂

  30. Angie May 20, 2010 at 9:34 am · Reply

    Interesting article! 🙂

  31. johnk July 12, 2010 at 9:30 am · Reply

    I am interested in your site and about what are doing ; helping people of all nations , is very useful; thank you for sharing…many thanks!

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