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Below is a list of a mix of repositories that hold discipline content, websites, and links to resources and ancillary materials. 

The SCC guide specifically lists resources by discipline. 

Administration of Justice


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  • Registry of Anthropological Data Wiki: Links to many digital anthropological collections.

  • Smithsonian's Department of Anthropology: Links to Collections and Archives, Online Databases, Online Exhibits, and more from the Smithsonian Institution.

  • AAA Anthropology Resources on the Internet: A list of internet resources from the American Anthropological Association, divided into general subject areas.

  • American Memory: American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity.

  • Free Online Anthropology Videos and Video Clips: "A list of online videos and video clips for anthropology or cross cultural classes. These can be used for online classes, hybrids, classroom presentations, or outside assignments."

  • World Images: The WorldImages database provides access to the California State University IMAGE Project and contains approximately 100,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery. The images can be located using many search techniques on the left hand toolbar, from QuickSearch to Advanced and ADA Searches.

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  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Image Gallery: 375,000 images from the museum collection - available for free with creative commons or public domain licenses.
  • process.arts: " is an open online resource sharing day-to-day practice and research of art, design and media. The site encourages users to openly share and use creative commons licensed content and support others in doing the same."
  • The Guggenheim Museum: The Guggenheim offers art catalogs, essays on art history and more all freely available online.

Art History



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  • BioInteractive: BioInteractive offers lectures on biology topics, such as; human evolution, genetics, and reporting scientific results, that range from 30-60 minutes. They also have a collection of holiday lectures and talks that cover a range of topics, for example, "AIDS: Evolution of an Epidemic", "Potent Biology: Stem Cells, Cloning, and Regeneration", and "The Immune System: Friend or Foe."
  • Biology Labs Online: Biology Labs Online is an open access web site that offers a series of 12 interactive, inquiry-based biology simulations and exercises designed for college and AP high school biology students.
  • Virtual Biology Lab: Virtual Biology Lab is a free, online educational resource provided for educational purposes. VBL simulates natural environments with the way life responds to changing conditions.
  • Web Adventures From Rice University: This website offers interactive games that will teach students about the Scientific Method, Cholera, or the Pox Virus as if they were the scientist researching the disease.
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  • OER Business: A collection of resources provided by Dallas TeleLearning, a part of the Dallas County Community College District.
  • GlobalEdge Online Course Modules for International Business: These modules focus on issues pertinent to international business and include a case study or anecdotes, a glossary of terms, quiz questions, and a list of references when applicable. Subject areas covered include: Doing Business In; Culture; Exporting; Market Research and Entry; Functions; Legal Aspects; Agricultural Business; Institutions and Trade; Microfinance; and Entrepreneurship.
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  • Chemical Principles, 3rd Edition: A CalTech title, this is an introductory college-level text for General Chemistry.
  • LibreTexts Core: includes modules on the core information in the fields of organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry, and analytical chemistry.
  • WebSpectra -Spectroscopy Problem Solving: This site was established to provide chemistry students with a library of spectroscopy problems. Interpretation of spectra is a technique that requires practice - this site provides 1H NMR and 13C NMR, DEPT, COSY and IR spectra of various compounds for students to interpret.

Computer Information Science


Culinary Arts

Early Childhood Education

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  • American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: This is a site dedicated to "Assisting parents and families in understanding developmental, behaviorial, emotional and mental disorders affecting children and adolescents."
  • Child Development Institute: A site "designed to provide the information and tools parents need to understand their unique child/children and to enable them to help each child develop into the successful human being they were meant to be." Has useful sections about Ages/Stages, Development, Health/Safety, Psychology, and more.
  • Developmental Psychology Links by Subtopic: From the Social Psychology Network, links related to infancy, adoption, childhood development, child protection, parenting, adolescence, and more. Organized by topic.
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English as a Second Language


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  • MIT Open Coursware - Earth Sciences: MIT also offers a wide variety of open courses on earth and environmental sciences. Course component are available for reuse in the classroom or by students to review concepts.
  • Courses from Penn State: The Department of Geography at Penn State offers a variety of course material online in several subject areas.
  • World Regional Geography: GEOG 101 World Regional Geography is a free online course concerned with the physical and human characteristics that make the regions of our world distinctive.
  • KQED Geology Resources: Blogs, images and videos highlighting local geological news, history and places of interest. Constantly updated.

Health Education


  • History of the Mass Media and Journalism: "This class-based tutorial takes you through American history through the vision of the nation's mass media. It includes videos, a gallery of photos and publications from the past, as well as readings and exercises. Features include a history of photography and a video and essay explaining plagiarism."


  • Mis Cositas: Resources for Spanish, French, and Chinese. Includes: Videos, thematic curriculum units complete lesson plans, student worksheets and resources, downloadable materials collections with activities, manipulatives and mini-posters over 40 virtual illustrated picturebooks organized thematically, as well as a list of vetted links.
  • ASCCC RFP 1 Resources - Italian and Spanish
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Legal Assisting

  • A Book of Remarkable Criminals : A 19th century book with short chapters on various criminals and their crimes. (Also available online through Project Gutenberg.)
  • Juvenile Justice: A companion web site for the Frontline (PBS) program of the same name. Includes facts and statistics, a review of the "adult vs. child" debate, and four case studies (with video clips).


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  • American Institute of Mathematics Approved Textbooks​: Groups open textbooks by course title. All the books have been judged to meet the evaluation criteria set by the AIM editorial board.
  • OpenTextBookStore (OTS): This websites mission is to aid "educators frustrated with the time involved in finding adoptable open textbooks, with the hope to make open textbook adoption easier for other faculty." This site is not a publisher, but a "listing site for publicly available open textbooks, maintained by a teacher. Print copies are made available through third party print-on-demand companies." Many of the courses have course packages available through, which provides free online homework for several open math textbooks.
  • MathIsPower4U: 5000+ free mini-lessons and videos covering arithmetic through calculus, differential equations, nursing applications, and statistics. 
  • CK-12: Free online textbooks for K-12, useful in college algebra classes.
  • Virtual Math Lab: Created by West Texas A&M University, the Virtual Math Lab provides tutorials for College Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Beginning Algebra, and Math for the Sciences.
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Theatre Arts