Free Online Resources and Tools

Publicly Available Resources

Listed on this page are various resources for general and special interest needs. Each category includes a list of relevant links. Refresh the page to close open sections.
Reminder: Free to access does not mean free from copyright. Cite all sources!


Need to find people, businesses, or services? Try these!

General Reference: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, & More

Use these resources for background information and quick references.

Open Access Journals & Books

Open Access resources are those that are available online for free access and use. Most of those listed here are major scholarly publishers, offering peer-reviewed materials online for FREE!!!

Business & Consumer Resources

Education Resources: Find information on colleges, financial aid, etc.

Teaching & Learning Resources

Employment & Workplace Resources

See also our Career Information & Job Seeking Resources page for more.

Energy & Environment

Health & Nutrition Resources

Language Resources

Map Resources

News & Weather

Local News & Weather:

National Weather:

National & Worldwide News:


  • All You Can Read – a directory of over 22,000 local, national, and international newspapers and magazines from over 200 countries.

Louisiana State Agencies & Organizations

Federal Government Resources

General Information & Directories:

Census, Demographics, & Statistics:

Government & Law:

Law Enforcement & Crime:

Health, Medicine, & Social Services

Military & Defense:

Science & Technology:

Social Security & Government Benefits:

Taxes, Government Spending:

National Organizations

Demographics & Statistics:

Government & Politics:

Global Organizations & Resources

Miscellaneous Resources & Tools

Need to find area or zip codes, calculators, time zones, etc?

Internet Search Tools

Search Engines & Directories – Contrary to popular belief, search engines do not search the entire World Wide Web. They collect information about websites using proprietary methods; some search other search engines (metasearch engines), some search for specific types of information or file types. Some will even customize searches to the user, his/her location, etc., meaning that two people using the exact same search tool and terms can get very different results! For best results, construct your search terms carefully and use a tool that’s appropriate for your needs.

  • 360Daily: searches video on the web
  • AOL Search
  • Ask: “Q&A” platform
  • bing
  • a business directory
  • Dogpile: a metasearch engine; searches Google, yahoo! and Bing, among others
  • DuckDuckGo: “The search engine that doesn’t track you.”
  • Education World: education-based includes other resources and tools
  • Entireweb: boasts “ultra-high-performance information retrieval.
  • freesound: “aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio files released under Creative Commons licenses.”
  • FindLaw: search for legal resources
  • Google
  • Healthline: health and medical information, resource and tools
  • Infospace: a metasearch engine, searching Google, Yahoo! and bing
  • LYCOS: in addition to searching, this offers a variety of options and resources
  • MSN: Microsoft’s web portal
  • Millie: Northern Light: a business research source.
  • Political Information: “a search engine for politics, policy and political websites”
  • Startpage: this search engine protects users’ privacy
  • the U. S. Government Information Portal
  • WolframAlpha: a “Computational Knowledge Engine,” that answers questions, does math, unit conversions and more
  • Yahoo!
  • Yippy: clusters results, allows users to set preferences