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Ben 2nd year English University College

Oxford and Cambridge are so similar that they are often talked about in the same sentence. Here's a joint outreach website from both Universities with resources and events...


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The Bodleian Library Shakespeare first Folio digital facsimile

Shakespeare's plays were published together for the first time in the First Folio. Without this book many of the Shakespeare plays we read today wouldn't have been preserved!...

Al Jazeera English

Reading the news with an analytical eye can be a great way to develop critical thinking skills. Why not try comparing a news source like Al Jazeera with news coverage from...

Algorithmic Puzzles Anany Levitin and Maria Levitin

A useful introduction to algorithmic concepts. This is accessible without requiring a prior knowledge of Computer Science and would be fun for anyone who likes problem solving...

The broom of the system, David Foster Wallace

The name of the main character Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman might make you intrigued enough to read this book. But if not you, you may want to try this book out if you're...