External Resources for Online Students 

UW-Parkside is here to support all students in their academic and professional goals. Online students are Parkside students. Throughout your time as a student, you may need to seek help from others if you encounter a challenge. Seeking help is one of the most effective learning strategies you can use to support your success.   

If you need assistance or referral to resources, your Parkside professors, academic advisors and Student Services staff are here to help. They are your frontline resources and should be your first step when seeking assistance. This page also includes other supplementary resources that may be helpful to you. 

Keep in mind that many of the resources listed are external to UW-Parkside. They are not affiliated with UW-Parkside; the university has not vetted them and does not endorse them. If you approach an external resource, be cautious when offering personally identifiable information. Be discerning when you disclose any information about yourself and do not share financial information, like your credit card number, unless you are certain you are purchasing a legitimate product or service in a secure environment. 

Academic Advising

Parkside Academic Resource Center (PARC)

Educational Opportunity Center  


Available to students, faculty, and/or staff with UWP credentials 

Parkside Academic Resource Center (PARC) - student success resources  

Parkside Academic Resource Center (PARC) adjusting to online courses 

Online tutoring through NetTutor. Use your UWP credentials to login  

NYT Academic Pass – free access to the New York Times digital edition for all students/staff/faculty 

Mango Languages - language learning system—free to all students/staff/faculty for about 70 world languages. 

OverDrive - Allows students/faculty/staff to obtain free current academic and other eBooks online or via the Libby App.  

LinkedIn Learning (accessible for free with UWP login credentials) - tutorials and workshops covering hundreds of topics

Free online courses, tutorials, or textbooks 

Kahn Academy - free online courses and practice

CK-12 Online - custom STEM textbooks for free, with animations and interactive activities

OpenStax - free online textbooks

Project Gutenberg - free e-books and textbooks  

Crash Course - A youtube channel for delivering free online learning resources  

Wikiversity - a Wikipedia-sourced platform for free online course materials

Coursera - open access online courses  

Modern States - online general education courses, recognized by the American Council on Education 

Citation/Writing Assistance 

ZoteroBib - machine-generated citations  

Excelsior Online Writing Lab - assistance with citation formatting 

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) - offers global support through online reference materials and services for creating citations, cover letters, major-specific writing help, and general writing advice 

Grammarly - AI writing assistance 


A Guide to Creating an Ergonomic Workstation for Studying

HowToStudy.org - studying, writing, and testing tips

Quizlet - free study app for digital flashcards to memorize, review, and learn new ideas  

Better Explained - resource that seeks to explain mathematical concepts through visuals 

Organization/Time Management 

Zotero - collect, organize, and share online research

Trello - a project-management tool with a free tier feature-rich enough to use for students to plan out classwork 

Community Support 

Library finder - find your local library to access onsite workshops and learning opportunities, as well as site-specific online resources

6 Tips for Navigating Group Work in an Online Class

How to Stay Motivated as an Online Student


Campus Technology Services

Wisc-Online - basic computer skills course  

GCFLearnFree - basic computer and technology tutorials 

Free File Converter Pro - File conversion made easy


Student Health  

Always call 911 first if you or someone you know is experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency or may be a danger to themself or someone else. 

Find tips and tools for everything, from your mental and physical health, to friendships and finding balance. Use your UWP credentials to login at YOU@UWP  

Community Support 

United Way Impact 211 - connects you to expert, caring help in accessing local community resources. Every call is completely confidential

Kenosha Resources for Families - Local resources for family caregivers 

Services and Support Groups Available for Moms


Sleep Foundation - How to Sleep Better

Brain Basics - Understanding Sleep

Your Guide to Healthy Sleep

Domestic Violence 

The National Domestic Violence Hotline

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families Domestic Abuse Information 

U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) 

Physical Activity 

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

This 15-Minute Workout Hits All of Your Major Muscles Without Any Equipment 

A 20-Minute Daily Exercise Plan for People Too Busy to Work Out

Planned Parenthood delivers reproductive health care, sex education, and information worldwide 

Stress Management: How to Reduce and Relieve Stress 

Caffeine Safe Limits - calculate Your Safe Daily Dose



Student Counseling

Always call 911 first if you or someone you know is experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency or may be a danger to themself or someone else. 

UWP recommended resources for online counseling and support  

Online counseling with UWP credentials at Mantra Health


988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline - trained counselors will listen, understand how problems are affecting clients, provide support, and connect clients to resources if necessary: 988 or 1-800-273-8255 

The Trevor Project - trained counselors provide confidential assistance focused on suicide prevention efforts for LGBTQ Youth: 1-866-488-7386

The Trans Lifeline - peer support and crisis hotline serving transgender people: 1-877-565-8860  

SAMHSA National Helpline - the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) operates a free helpline to provide people with answers about common mental health conditions, including substance abuse disorders. The helpline can also help people navigate treatment options: 1-800-622-4357

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness - offers educational programs, advocates for individuals and families affected by mental illness, and operates a helpline

800-950-6264 (phone) or text "Helpline" to 62640, or chat. 

Anonymous Self-Help Groups 

Alcoholics Anonymous 

Narcotics Anonymous 

Gamblers Anonymous 

Overeaters Anonymous

National Eating Disorders Association 

Anxiety & Depression Association of America - dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and co-occurring disorders 

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

Financing & Grants for Substance Abuse Treatment

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Resources 

4 Ways to Avoid Isolation as an Online Student

Educational Opportunity Center

Community Resources  

Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day - Free PDF cookbook of inexpensive, nutritious recipes

Feeding America - to locate a nearby food bank, food pantry, or other food assistance

USDA National Hunger Hotline - call the USDA National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-348-6479 or (1-877-842-6273 for Spanish) 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - food stamps, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). As long as you meet the rules for SNAP, you have a legal right to the benefit. 

Food Shopping and Meal Planning

The Student’s Guide to Nutrition 

USDA Nutrition - make healthy eating choices

The Student’s Guide to Nutrition


Office of Multicultural Affairs

Genders and Sexualities Advocacy Center

Center for Adult and Returning Students

DACAmented and undocumented students

Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 

Human Rights Campaign - The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where every member of the LGBTQ+ family has the freedom to live their truth without fear, and with equality under the law

NAACP - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a civil rights organization in the United States. The NAACP works to remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes  

ACLU - The American Civil Liberties Union works in the courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States  

AAUW - The American Association of University Women (AAUW) advances gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy 



Career Resources

Career One Stop - Find your local job center  

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Workforce Programs offering training programs and job search assistance  

Indeed - job search board  

LinkedIn - job search board and professional networking tool  

Glass Door - job search board 

The Muse - job search resources and tools

Job Scan - applicant tracking system resource  

Mature Workers 

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) - offers resources and tools for mature job seekers

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) - job training program for older Americans 

Improve networking and presentation skills with Toastmasters

Military and Veteran Success Center (MVSC)

Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E) - vocational rehabilitation services for veterans with service-connected disabilities

Veterans Employment & Training Services - employment assistance for veterans  

Center for Veterans’ Issues - provides housing and supportive services to help improve the quality of life for all veterans, their families, and the communities in which they live and serve  

Wounded Warriors Project - through a range of programs and services, we’re transforming the way America’s injured veterans are empowered, employed, and engaged in our communities 

Vet Friends - helping vets connect with military friends  

Veterans Administration National Center for PTSD

Veterans Crisis Line - call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1; or text 838255; Crisis Text Line: text the word 'Home' to 741-741 



Financial Aid  



Medicaid Transportation - funded by Federal and State tax dollars, call MTM at 1-866-907-1493 to schedule and receive Medicaid Transportation services. 

State of Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board - various grant and scholarship opportunities and eligibility criteria

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) - If you're struggling to meet monthly utility payments, like gas or electricity, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a home energy assistance program that could help. You should also investigate state utility assistance programs.  

MyFreeTaxes - helps people file their federal and state taxes for free, brought to you by United Way 

Homeless Shelters Directory 

YoungStar - Wisconsin's childcare quality and improvement system 

Child Care - Find childcare in your state  

WI Energy Assistance  

Money Skill - free online personal finance course

Investing for your future - home-study course for those interested in learning about investing 

Your Money, Your Goals Toolkit - prepare yourself to make smart financial decisions by using this toolkit 

Green Path Financial Counseling Services—free individualized financial counseling  

Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF, or W2 in Wisconsin) - helps low-income families with children achieve self-sufficiency

Career One Stop Scholarship Finder

Free legal guidance through Legal Action in WI  

Federal Bonding Program - free employment insurance for individuals, per employer  

Primary source of reentry information and guidance at National Reentry Resource Center  

Clean Slate Clearinghouse - information on record clearance policies 

Reentry Program finder - find local support services to help with reentering into the workforce 

Restoration Rights Project - limits on use of criminal record in employment, licensing, and housing

Career Center 

Career One Stop - use the Department of Labor’s site to explore careers, search for jobs, complete assessments, access resources, find training, and find local help  

Career One Stop Skills Match assessment 

Career One Stop Work Values Matcher assessment 

VIA Character Strengths - free assessment to explore strengths and how they can be applied in your career 

O*NET Interest Profiler - free interest assessment, linked to profiles for 900+ occupational profiles for exploration

Career Cruising - create a profile to complete an interest assessment and explore career options which are a match for your interests (username: WDA1, password: careers) 

Occupational Network (O*NET) - U.S. Department of Labor’s career exploration tool for learning tasks, education, growth, expected, and more for 900+ occupations 

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) - U.S. Department of Labor’s official site for cataloging careers  

Skill Explorer - review occupations that are a match for your skills  

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC): networking and entrepreneurial resources throughout Wisconsin

Accessibility Services  

Job Accommodation Network - guidance on job accommodations and disability employment issues

Rights for students with disabilities in post-secondary education

Find a local Aging and Disability Resource Center for support and guidance related to caregiving and long-term care needs  

Independent Living locator

Programs for people with disabilities 

National Rehabilitation Information Center - information for independence

Americans with Disabilities Act, including how to file a complaint

The ADA - Your Employment Rights as an Individual With a Disability

Resources for Americans with Disabilities

Looking for something else? Check out campus logins and tools, view the list of offices and services, or contact your advisor.

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