Instructional Resource Center Links

IRC

Welcome to the IRC!


Operational Objectives
  1. The IRC will assist students requesting or needing remedial help.
  2. The IRC will monitor student interests and issues to determine emerging educational needs.
  3. Given the time-constrained, commuting nature of our student body, the IRC will provide as much information and assistance by website and email as possible.
  4. The IRC will promote a satisfying educational experience to Pillar students.
 
Literature

Bartleby: 
http://www.bartleby.com/

An Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.

The History Place, Great Speeches Collection: 
http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/previous.htm

The History Place covers more than 50 famous speeches from American and world speakers.

EServer, Accessible Writing: 
http://eserver.org/

A unique website where writers, artists, editors, and scholars gather to publish and discuss their works.

Glossary of Poetic Terms: 
http://www.poeticbyway.com/glossary.html

Features pronunciations, cross referencing, as well as numerous examples and quotes.

Great Books Index: 
http://books.mirror.org

From Aristotle to Shakespeare to Mark Twain, all the classics from every time period are listed here in an easy to use index.

Labyrinth Pedagogical Materials: 
http://labyrinth.georgetown.edu/display.cfm?Action=

Provides links to past and current pedagogical materials. 

Internet Public Library, Literary Criticism: 
http://www.ipl.org/div/litcrit/

A public service organization and learning/teaching environment at the University of Michigan School of Information.

Luminarium: 
http://www.luminarium.org
 
Contains English literature: early 17th century (1603-1660).

PAL: Perspectives in American Literature: 
http://www.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/TABLE.html

A research and reference guide maintained by Dr. Paul Reuben, Professor of English at California State University Stanislaus.

Perseus Digital Library: 
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu

An evolving digital library engineering interactions through time, space, and language.

Voice of the Shuttle: 
http://vos.ucsb.edu/

Provides a structured and briefly annotated guide to online humanities resources and points toward the transformation of this discipline as it interacts with sciences and social sciences with new digital media.



Grammar

Grammar: 
http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/practicegrammar/test/
 
Determine in which area of grammar you need help the most. Take one of the grammar exams/exercises on this link. 

Common Errors in English: 
http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html

Concerned only with deviations from the standard use of English as judged by sophisticated users.

English Works Index: 
http://aaweb.gallaudet.edu/x15824.xml

A general English site that provides free English tutoring, writing advice, and online writing and reading resources to undergraduate and graduate students.

Exercise Central: 
http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/exercisecentral/

A large collection of editing exercises available online that provide practice for mastering the skills of editing grammar, style, punctuation, and mechanics.

Guide to Grammar and Writing: 
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/

Search activities and guides by word, paragraph, essay, and research paper level, take quizzes and participate in polls on the interactive site.

yourdictionary: 
http://www.yourdictionary.com/

Dictionaries including: language, multilingual, 'nyms & such, translation, specialty and a highly organized search.

Virtual Salt: 
http://www.virtualsalt.com/

The site contains definitions and examples of more than sixty traditional rhetorical devices.



Languages

Englishpage: 
http://www.englishpage.com/

Advanced English lessons included weekly lessons; grammar, vocabulary, verbs (and more) workshops; dictionaries, and a thesaurus.

Learn Hebrew: 
http://www.learn-hebrew.co.il/

Seventeen lessons and three appendices as well as resources sections.

Learn New Testament Greek: 
http://www.ntgreek.net/

An evolving online textbook for beginning New Testament Greek.



Study and Research Guides

Documents in the News: 
http://www.lib.umich.edu/government-documents-center/explore/browse/documents-in-the-news/250/search/

Current events research organized alphabetically on everything from affirmative action to Nigerian religious riots to the 2000 Yugoslavian elections.

Practice Tests: 
http://www.testprepreview.com/

Your Source for Free Practice Tests! Here you'll find a lot of resources and information about the test preparation process. Hopefully you'll learn the right methods of preparing for the test in your future. 

Research, Writing, and Style Guides for Students (MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, Harvard, CGOS, CBE): 
http://www.aresearchguide.com/styleguides.html

Provides the necessary tools for students to conduct research and to present their findings.

Study Guides and Strategies: 
http://www.studygs.net/

Information on preparing to learn, studying, classroom participation, reading skills preparing for and taking tests, writing basics, math and science, and using the web.

Citation Machine: 
http://citationmachine.net/

Want to avoid plagiarism? Have difficulty in remembering how to use the MLA rules when citing an article from a journal on the web, as opposed to an article from a printed source? Don't know how to cite a website, or other online material? Then, let Citation Machine help you to cite your sources correctly. 



Christian Resources

Bible Gateway: 
http://www.biblegateway.com/

A free service for reading and researching scripture online, all in the language or translation of your choice.

Bible Study Tools: 
http://www.biblestudytools.com/

From Crosswalk.com, it contains a Bible search, online studies, projects, encyclopedias and more.

Blue Letter Bible: 
http://www.blueletterbible.org/

3,560,000 links onsite to over 165,000 pages of concordances, lexicons, dictionaries, commentaries, images, and Bible versions.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library: 
http://www.ccel.org/

Classic Christian books in electronic format, selected for your edification. There is enough good reading material here to last you a lifetime, if you give each work the time it deserves!

Credenda Agenda: 
http://www.credenda.org/

Credenda Agenda is a bimonthly periodical exploring all areas of life from a Biblical, classical Protestant perspective.

Revival, Richard Riss: 
http://www.grmi.org/Richard_Riss/

This home page serves as a source for information bearing upon Revival and Christianity in general.

SOON Online Magazine: 
http://www.soon.org.uk/content.htm

This paper is designed to assist those who are learning English. It is written in easy English and has a restricted vocabulary of about 1500 words.

Star 99.1 FM: 
http://www.star991fm.com/

Our ministry partner features the best in Contemporary Christian Music.

Gospelcom: 
http://www.gospel.com/

Over 300 individual online ministries working to use technology and the Internet to reach the world with the message of Jesus Christ.


Writing Resumes and Cover Letters

http://www.career.vt.edu/jobsearc/resumes/formats.htm#samples
A variety of sample resumes in .doc format.