Since starting my second degree, I have been learning of some incredible resources. I can't believe I did not know of some of these sites before. If you are doing research, even in your everyday life, check out some of the links below.
Google Scholar: This is an incredible way to look for academic articles and books. You just go to google, type ‘scholar’ into the search bar and click the first link. Then, you search your key words. The only hits you will receive will be credible sources. It is amazing. I always knew you could type ‘.edu’ or ‘.org’ in the search box, but did not know of this scholar tab on google. It has since changed my life.
Questia: This is another fantastic site to do research. All of your citation information will be immediately listed and you can preview the articles. They also have tools for citations and a ‘writing center’.
Purdue Owl: This has been a tool I have used since high school as a citation guide. Written by Purdue University, it is a trusted and easy to use source.
TED: Overall, the best educational videos out there. They combine educators with amazing illustrators to create a fantastic presentation.
Adobe: If you are a photographer, artist, illustrator, designer, creative, you need Adobe. I think it is stupid expensive, so I work on a free trial until they won't let me. They have a student discount but its not great. Try to get your hands on it though. Its possible your school's art department has a computer lab where it is available.
Airdrop: If you have an apple device, learn how to use airdrop. It is the best thing about an iPhone, I think. You can turn on Airdrop (it works like bluetooth) and share files with the person (or computer) next to you. All you need it wifi and it downloads in seconds. No waiting, no data usage. Its revolutionary.