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Resources to help navigate an alternative teaching environment

Library Response to Covid-19

The libraries are open with limited staffing, with most library employees working from home at any given time. Our current hours are 8:30-4:30 Monday through Friday. Access to the library is available by appointment only.

We have adjusted many of our services to accommodate safety and hygiene protocols and we are trying to provide as much access and normalcy as possible. Please contact for more information.

The library has compiled a list of open and free resources available to help you with the transition to online and alternative courses. Some of these resources are always open and free (OER), while others are currently being made free to help the community at large in this unprecedented time.

The Library encourages you to provide your students with online alternatives for library research instruction. These modules include digital learning objects (DLOs) that you can use in Blackboard. There should be something appropriate for each class assignment. Librarians are available to help with the selection and alignment of digital learning objects (DLOs) to particular assignments. Please contact Jamie Witman,, for help with the modules, and other online tools and resources.

Please also let your students know that our research guide titled Library 101 for Students with information specific to CCBC is always available. Librarians check the information desk email throughout business hours. Please send questions or have your students send questions to

Students can also video or text chat with a librarian using Zoom. Students can reach us from the banner on the Library Homepage or the Library 101 for Students guide.

Please also see this link from the Office of Instruction and the Department of Online Learning for resources for both faculty and students to assist in navigating an online environment: Alternative Instruction Guidelines.

If your students are in need of a laptop please contact Heather Griner at

Online Resources

Kanopy - Video Streaming

Films Available for Free: Kanopy has put together a collection of films that you can watch and share with your students at no cost for the next 30 days, as well as the Great Courses. Also see the Kanopy Spotlight section for a continuously updated list of free films.

JSTOR Public Health Journals 26 newly released Public Health journals are available for free through June 30, 2020.Topics addressed include Epidemiology, Health Policy and Administration, Occupational and Environmental Health, Health Equity and the Culture of Health, Aging, Bioethics, and Health Promotion.
JSTOR Covid-19 Articles Articles relevant to the COVID-19 crisis, highlighting more than 6,000 articles from more than 500 journals. Free for all to read through June 30, 2020.
Project MUSE Vetted research in the humanities and social sciences, from a variety of distinguished university presses, societies, and related not-for-profit publishers.
ScienceDirect: Advanced STEM/Social Science Textbooks ScienceDirect is making some of its textbooks openly available for two months. You can refine the list using the Domain titles on the lefthand side.
Academic Virtual Classroom Resources

Includes expanded access until April 30 of the following: Bloom’s Literature, Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center, Films On Demand: Master Academic Collection, Issues & Controversies, Today’s Science, World News Digest, Writer’s Reference Center.

Username: distancelearning2
Password: trial

ProQuest Research Companion 10 online learning modules on topics of research, critical thinking, and academic integrity.


Cengage Unlimited Cengage is providing free access to Cengage Unlimited through the end of the current academic term for US students attending colleges affected by COVID-19. This includes the entire Cengage catalog of eBooks, online courseware, study tools, and more.
RedShelf To ensure that all students have access to their course materials amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, Redshelf is partnering with the publishing community to provide you with up to 7 free eBooks from participating publishers.
National Emergency Library Collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.

JoVE creates the ultimate solutions for advancing research and science education by making and publishing videos of scientific experiments from the top laboratories around the globe.

JoVE Biology, JoVE Social Psychology, JoVE Science Education,JoVE Lab Manual - Introductory Biology
Netflix Educational Documentaries  Netflix has made a selection of documentary features and series available on YouTube.
TI Graphing Calculator Software Free for 6 months from Texas Instruments.


OpenStax Allies Many OpenStax Allies are offering free use of their platforms through the end of the spring semester for new customers transitioning to online teaching as a result of the COVID-19 virus.
OpenStax Tech Scout Search the specifics of all of OpenStax's technology partners to find the best option for your course. Use the filters to select what’s important to you, and see the products that match what you need.
Open Learning Initiative In light of the dramatic impact COVID-19 is having on education, we’re making all of our courseware free for affected institutions. Our OER courseware combines interactive textbooks with learning activities, assessments, and rich simulations.
Teaching & Learning Online Resources from MERLOT and Skills Commons In response to the recent developments due to the coronavirus, SkillsCommons and MERLOT have created this FREE online resource to help both Teachers and Students prepare to start teaching and learning online.
Lumen Learning Offering free access for the remainder of the semester. Waymaker is OER that combines personalized learning tools to strengthen learning. OHM draws from thousands of interactive assessment questions to help students master math and other quantitative skills. Both allow for customized courses, learning content, and access to online learning.
PhET Free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science, and mathematics simulations
Biology Simulations Simulations and virtual labs for biology topics including evolution, ecology, and cellular energetics.
American Chemistry Society ChemMatters Magazine available online. In addition to chemistry, there are article that are biographies of chemists, and historical articles.


Microsoft Teams Available through CCBC's Office 365 supscription. MS Teams allows individuals and groups to chat, meet online via web conference (Teams of 10 to 10,000), call others online via VoIP, and collaborate by sharing and accessing files, e.g. MS Office doc - Word, PPT, Excel files, etc in real time. Check Sharepoint for training and instruction documents.
SoftChalk CLOUD Browse and search for lessons from educators on SoftChalk Cloud Repository
Jing  With Jing you can create free recordings of your screen of up to 5-minutes and upload them direct to your free, integrated account. Also includes an option to create annotated screenshots. TechSmith is offering free access & expanded usage of tools that help enable business and educational continuity through June 30, 2020.
Vialogues Provides a method for facilitating an asynchronous conversation in text around a video. Link a YouTube video straight into Vialogues and ask your students a discussion question. As they view the video, they type their comments, which are synced with the video and playback in real time for later viewers.
Screencast-o-matic A web-based screencast tool to record anything on your screen! Create videos up to 15 minutes in length that may be downloaded as high quality .mp4 files or uploaded direct to your free YouTube account -- free and no downloads!
Flipgrid Flipgrid allows you to post questions—either written or via video—and learners have to respond. You set the amount of time for their video response. After you view their video, you can give written or video feedback using a rubric. Flipgrid has a simple one but you can use your own, and you can allow for peer to peer responses -- as learners can see and comment on videos.
Graphing Calculator App App for Windows, Android, and iOS devices. Graphing Calculator Emulator.