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The resources on this page are suggestions in case you are having difficulties finding reading materials to get you started.

Remember: You are supposed to take charge of your own extensive reading experience. You can explore these suggestions but, once you get started, you should find other materials and sources.

These resources are likely appropriate for English-language learners at intermediate and advanced levels.

Suggested Sources and Resources for Extensive Reading


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Public Libraries

Libraries are always a good resources for a broad range of interests. Librarians can help you find materials that match your needs.

Leveled English (“Easy English” Sites)

Please read this carefully first. “Easy-English” or leveled materials are not considered authentic materials, so they are not necessarily the best materials for extensive reading. The links below are provided for anyone just starting to read extensively. If you choose to get started with leveled materials, you should move on to more challenging, authentic materials as soon as you are ready.

News in Levels has news and articles in “easy English.” You can select the same passage at three levels of difficulty.

The Times in Plain English has summaries of the news and is written in easier-to-understand English.

Newspapers and Magazines

In Your Area

Consult your local library. A librarian can help you find materials such as local newspapers and other publications, podcasts, videos, and so on.

Major newspapers and magazines

BBC News (focuses on UK)


The Guardian UK

The Guardian US

The New York Times

Time Magazine

USA Today

Wall Street Journal

Washington Post

Other Major Newspapers from Around the United States

Anchorage Daily News

Boston Globe

Chicago Sun Times 

Chicago Tribune 

The Dallas Morning News

Los Angeles Times 

Miami Herald 

New York Post 

Portland Oregonian 

Rocky Mountain News 

San Antonio Express 

San Diego Union Tribune 

San Francisco Chronicle 

Seattle Times

Star Tribune (Minnesota)

News, Current Events, Entertainment, Pop Culture

Buzzfeed has news and entertainment.

The A.V. Club – news for movie, TV, music, book, and gaming fans.

The New York Times (education) – current events.

Voice of America – news, science and technology.

Vox – a variety of topics in articles and videos.

QZ – tech.

Architecture and Design

Apartment Therapy – a blog about interior design.

Biber – a website about architecture and design.

De Zeen – website about architecture and design, including a magazine, courses, talks, and so on.

Life of an Architect – articles about design, technology, education, and culture by architect Bob Borson.

Visualizing Architecture – by artchitect Alex Hogrefe

Blogs: Food

Cakes by Noah – cakes, gluten-free recipes.

Coco Cake Land – recipes, tutorials.

Cookie and Kate

Don’t Go Bacon My Heart – savory comfort food.

Food without Borders – international cuisine.

Humming High – Michelle Lopez; recipes.

Minimalist Baker

Swank Food – recipes.

Blogs: Travel

A Broken Backpack – travel blog

Drew Binsky – travel blog.

Lily’s Travel Plans – travel blog.

Nomadic boys – travel blog.


CooolCatTeacher – an educational blog by Vicki Davis

EdTech 4 Beginners – a blog about educational technology.

Edutopia – a comprehensive educational website, blog, and online community.

PBS Education – a site for educators.

The Innovative Educator – a blog about innovative technologies and ideas for teachers by Lisa Nielsen.

WeAreTeachers – a community of educators.

Food, Living, Travel and Style

Design for Mankind – blog about design, parenting, marriage, work, and travel by Erin Loechner.

MyDomaine – Recipes, career tips, and travel guides.

The Spruce Eats – Various recipes and food-related topics.

Trip Savvy – travel magazine.

Be More with Less – a minimalist blog, a place to help you simplify your life.

A Cup of Jo – a blog about style, design, food, motherhood, and so on.

History, Art, Culture

History Article Topic Locator organizes topics by magazine in's network.

The (Topics page) lets you choose among many topics in history.

On This Day has articles on American history and much more.

Smithsonian Institute website has a large collection of articles on art and design; history and culture; and science and nature; technology.

Smithsonian Magazine includes topics such as history, archeology, travel, arts and culture, science, and people.

Medical and Nursing Resources

Official Governmental Sites

Center for Disease Control (CDC) is the official US government health protection agency.

MedlinePlus has health information for the public.

The Open Nursing Journal has full-text nursing articles.

Unofficial Sites and Blogs

Correctional Nurse.Net is a blog by a nurse educator. She blogs about issues in Correctional Nursing.

NursingCenter has a number of resources, including journals and articles.

The Nerdy Nurse is a blog by Brittney Wilson, who blogs on various healthcare- and nursing-related topics.

WebMD is a source of health and medical information for the public.

Money and Investing

A Wealth of Common Sense – investing blog.

Crossing Wall Street – stock market blog. 

Investopedia – money, markets, investment.

Profit Trends – a blog about the market’s emerging and disruptive trends.

The Balance – money matters.

Trade of the Day – a blog focusing on short-term trading.

Wealthy Retirement – a retirement blog.


1x – a site about photography with articles by various contributors.

Digital Camera World – a photography website including reviews and buying guides, tutorials, and other photography-related content.

Joe McNally’s Blog – blog by Joe McNally.

The Phoblographer – a blog for amateur and professional photographers.

Science and Technology

Lifewire – technology magazine.

Live Science – tech, health, Planet Earth, strange news, animals, history, culture, and space.

NASA Science – space exploration and science news and articles..

Science Daily – research news; hundreds of topics including health and medicine, technology, biology, zoology, environmental sciences, society, education and learning, and more.

Science Magazine – various topics.

SciTech Daily – biology, chemistry, Earth, health, physics, space, and technology articles. 

SciTech Daily Resources Page lists a large number of online resources.


ESPN – sports news.

Bleacher Report – extensive sports coverage.

Clutch Points – sports, news, editorials, podcasts, and so on.

Eurosport – based in the United Kingdom, this site covers sports such as soccer, cycling, snooker, winter sports, and so on.

Grantland – sports and Hollywood.

Sky Sports -- based in the United Kingdom, Sky Sports covers F1, cricket, golf, tennis, rugby, and so on.

The Midwest Sports Network – coverage focuses on the American Midwest, but includes stories from around the world.

Yahoo Sports – sports coverage and opinion pieces on a variety of sports, including football, soccer, and hockey.

Peer Reviewed Journals

Note. Journal articles are often difficult to reach because they are behind paywalls, so you should contact the library for those. However, there are a number of free journals where you can get the full text (often in a PDF document). Here are some resources:

APA journal articles – psychology.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) – search open-access journals by title, subject.

Scientific Reports – browse peer-reviewed journal articles in the areas of physical, earth and environmental, biological, and social sciences.'s list of Open Source Journals for Educators.

Wikipedia's list of open-access journals also has a large collection of links.

Various Topics

ThoughtCo is a source for education and information, including science, tech, math; humanities; arts, music, and recreation; learning resources for students and educators.

Wellness and Fitness

Blogilates – fitness.

Carrots ‘N’ Cake – nutrition, fitness, and wellness.

Fit Bottomed Girls – nutrition, fitness, and wellness.

Verywell – healthy living

Weighty Matters – health and fitness.

My Fitness Pal – a web site about weight loss, fitness, nutrition, recipes, and so on.

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