Ultimate Engineering Resource List for College Students
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This article was originally completed by Paulina Guzek.
Anytime a college student needs to locate a piece of information, their first instinct is to “Google it." Overtime, these searches can lead to reoccurring resources that can be saved as favorites and accessed directly.
As a senior engineering student, I have discovered many valuable online resources to get me through challenging problems, interdisciplinary projects, and various other hurdles. This is a compilation of the resources I have found helpful throughout my educational journey.
These online calculating tools are great for running quick calculations if a calculator isn’t handy or for tracking down a useful equation.
WolframAlpha is one of my personal all-time favorites. This website is easy to use and gives great results. The basic site is free, but can be upgraded to access different features and analytical tools. There is also an app, which can be purchased for $2.99.
Engineering Toolbox has lots of useful conversions and equations organized by the topic they pertain to, so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. The website is filled with tables, figures, and other relevant information.
These resources offer free tutorials and videos. Khan Academy is great for grasping difficult concepts, while CAD Tutor and Autodesk Knowledge Center are built for civil engineering students working in AutoCAD.
Khan Academy is a wonderful source of online tutorials for all school subjects at all levels. The website is organized by subjects and topics, so it is easy to navigate. Most topics are covered by multiple videos (1-2 overview videos and 1-2 videos with examples).
Slack is a phone and desktop app that is perfect for large groups. Slack allows for the creation of “channels," subgroup chats, within a group. This resource is unique in that it allows users to “pin” documents to the channel and create polls directly in the chat.
The typical university bookstore can break the bank, especially for engineering students. These websites are alternatives to bookstore. Most have free return services and each one is set up similarly (look up by ISBN and/or book title).
The following websites are useful for engineering students who want to take a break from homework but still satisfy their inner nerd. These resources keep you up to date with news and emerging technologies within the engineering industry.
TED Talks cover a wide range of topics (not specific to engineering or science) that make for a perfect 20-minute break.