Resources for Students

The following resources were collected from professors, school websites, and current students who found these to be helpful and useful. We will do our best to regularly update these resources for your access. 

College Planning (Prospective and Current College Students)

  • Let's Go to College: Applying to College 

    SoCal CAN's student-led virtual hub of resources provides students with various resources to help them prepare for college. The 'Applying to College' section shares important information for first-year students to track, along with understanding gap years and leave of absences. 


  • Peterson's Test Prep, College Finder, Scholarship Search

    "Peterson’s is the world’s leading educational services company dedicated to furthering education after high school and beyond. From culinary school to medical school--and everything in-between--Peterson’s helps you discover, prepare for, and fund your education."


  • Assist 

    Assist is a website for prospective and current college students to use to what classes they should complete in their major to transfer to another college. This is great planning for students at a community college, but also for any student interested in transferring from one 4-year to another. 


  • Los Medanos College Transfer Major Explorer

    LMC's Transfer Bound tool is an alternative tool to explore different majors across UCs and CSUs. The Transfer Bound tool allows you to select by area of interest and then shares campus-specific information. The results allow you to click on the schools where your program of interest is offered and redirects you to the school's website.


  • Minority Serving Institutions (MSI)

    "MSIs are institutions of higher education that serve minority populations. They are unique both in their missions and in their day-to-day operations. Some of these colleges and universities are located in remote regions of the country, whereas others serve urban neighborhoods. Learn more about MSIs to help you select a school:


    • Historically Black Colleges and Universities​
      "The letters “HBCU” are an acronym for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. They are schools that were founded on the belief that every individual deserves access to a college or higher education in the early 1800s."

    • Hispanic-Serving Institutions
      "Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) are defined in Title V of the Higher Education Act as not-for-profit institutions of higher learning with a full-time equivalent (FTE) undergraduate student enrollment that is at least 25 percent Hispanic."

    • Tribal Colleges and Universities
      "Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) provide a rich tapestry of the American Indian experience, as well as a vital pathway to the future. The foundation of culture and tradition makes the TCUs unique in their missions and is an invaluable strength in providing high-quality education and successful outcomes."


    • Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions 
      "The AANAPISI program provides grants and related assistance to AANAPISIs to enable such institutions to improve and expand their capacity to serve Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islanders and low-income individuals."


Financial Resources & Scholarships

  • MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide

    "MALDEF is pleased to provide you with this extensive list of scholarships, including many that do not inquire about immigration status or require a valid social security number. The overview of scholarships provided includes website links that you are advised to visit for more complete details as it is not practical to list every requirement of each scholarship."


  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund

    "HSF empowers families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete higher education while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional students as possible."


  • Scholarships for Asian-Pacific American Student

    "Fastweb is celebrating students with Asian-Pacific heritage with the following list of scholarships, all of which celebrate the value of a student’s diverse background. Please note that the following scholarships for Asian Pacific American students are listed according to deadline, with the earliest deadline appearing at the top of the page. Deadlines that vary will appear at the bottom of each list."


  • APIA Scholars

    "Our vision is to see that all Asian and Pacific Islander Americans have access to higher education and resources that cultivate their academic, personal and professional success regardless of their ethnicity, national origin or financial means."


  • United Negro College Fund

    "UNCF is the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members. Each year, we award more than $100 million in scholarships to students attending more than 1,100 schools across the country, including our prestigious network of 37 HBCUs."


  • Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Scholarship Program

    "The program will award a $10,000 scholarship to one exceptional HBCU senior per year, who has demonstrated high academic achievement, strong leadership skills, commitment to community service and unmet financial need."


  • Scholarships for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

    "Historically Black Colleges & Universities represent some of the oldest institutions of higher education operating in the United States. Being accepted into an HBCU is a great honor; allowing for students to be in an environment that provides a connection to black history, celebrates black culture, and offers outstanding programs. Although HBCUs are well known for making college accessible for low-income students, the cost of attending continues to be a roadblock for potential students.
    In an effort to support these students, has created a guide that lists 50 scholarships available for HBCU students, how to land them, and where to find more information."



  • Amazon

    Convenient, fast shipping. Students have the option to rent textbooks.
    Click here to learn about Prime Student.


  • Chegg

    Chegg offers textbooks sales, along with study materials, plagiarism check, internship searches, and more!


  • Ebay

    You can purchase textbooks and other educational and reference texts on Ebay with the Buy It Now option. You can also bid on textbooks, but just be aware that the highest bidder takes the item.


  • Facebook Groups

  • Facebook Marketplace

    Facebook as its own version of Craigslist called Marketplace. You can search for textbooks and other college supplies. Just be careful during times of COVID-19 with in-person pickups. Be sure to select a public area or arrive with another adult for safety


  • Library Genesis

    Library Genesis is a great alternative to download full-length textbooks, anthologies, and other reading


  • Z-Library

    Z-library is home to 5.2 million books and 77.5 million articles!


Research & Writing

  • Google Scholar

    When you start college, your college email grants you access to a number of research databases where you can access reliable, peer-reviewed scholarly sources through your school's library page. An alternative source to search for reliable information is Google Scholar.


  • EasyBib

    EasyBib can help you learn how to cite in APA, Chicago, and refine your understanding of MLA with its template tool that allows you to plug in the information from the source you're citing from. Tip: Some scholarly articles already include the source citation.


  • Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

    The site provides information to help you understand citing in MLA, APA, and Chicago. This website is extremely helpful and can help you cite YouTube videos, Tweets, movies, book chapters, songs, speeches, personal interviews, and much more. There are also resources for ESL students in second language writing.

  • Grammarly

    Grammarly is a great tool to install into your Internet browser and Microsoft Office suite. This tool will mark any grammatical, spelling, and syntactical errors as you type an email or an essay. It also has a plagiarism checking feature for you to use to make sure you're not over-quoting or forgetting to cite your sources.


  • Lorem Ipsum

    Is your professor asking for a 2100-word essay and are unsure of what that looks like? The Lorem Ipsum website can give you an idea of how long your essay should be by generating a dummy-text sample according to the number of words, paragraphs, bytes, or lists you select for it to generate.

  • The Writer's Online Toolkit


         This site provides some general writing tips and advice as well as an extensive list of resources–both paid and free–         organized by writing type: Freelance, Essay/Academic, Novelist, etc.


Career Development

  • The MAPP Career Assessment

    "The MAPP (Motivational Appraisal Personal Potential) career assessment is perfect for students, graduates and working adults. You'll get a wealth of information to help find the right career that matches your unique assessment profile."


  • Los Angeles County's Student Worker Program

    "The Student Worker Program is designed to provide on-the-job training and experience while encouraging participants to obtain their educational degree or professional certification. Students gain experience working in the largest County in the nation while building employment skills, establishing a professional network, and continuing their education. Student Work positions are available to students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university with academic standing of at least a freshman, or current enrollment as a junior or senior in high school. The minimum age to apply to the program is 16 years."


  • ZipRecruiter: Jobs for High School Students

    Search for part-time jobs by your area of residence. Be sure to consult an advisor and/or parent about your selections!


  • Metro Internship Program (MIP)

    The Metro Internship Program is part of Metro’s “Career Ladder Program” initiative. The program offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students an opportunity to gain relevant work experience and job skills through a paid internship. The program enables students to learn about the transportation industry by applying classroom theories and concepts to “real world” work situations at the nation’s third-largest public transportation agency.

  • Resume Building

    "How do you record your Work Experience when you have never had a job? Actually, making a High School Student resume with no experience is much easier than it sounds—if you brainstorm thoroughly and know some tips and tricks."


Educational & Support Resources

  • Undocumented Students in Grad School

    "Group is dedicated in creating solidarity among undocumented grad students and undocu folks interested in pursuing grad school. Feel free to add others and ask questions/share insights. This space is ours, let's own it!"


  • "Leaks in the Chicana and Chicano Educational Pipeline" (Yosso & Solórzano)

    Academic institutions facilitate the flow of knowledge, skills, and students through the educational pipeline. Yet Chicana/os suffer the lowest educational attainment of any major racial or ethnic group in the United States. This brief suggests how to repair the serious and persistent leaks in the Chicana/o educational pipeline.


  • "Intern' Need Not be a Dirty Word"

    Dr. Linda Essig, Dean of College of Arts & Letters at CSULA, recognizes that internships have a history of overworking underpaid and unpaid students seeking experience. With this, Dr. Essig explains what internships should be and how to carefully search for and select an intership that will promote learning and growth.


Trade and Vocational Schools

  • Best Trade Schools

    Are you thinking about going to a trade school? This site will help you find schools based on your location or on programs. Related careers include Dental Assistant, Electrician, Medical Assistant, Veterinary Assistant, and more.