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Library Support for Shifting to Online Teaching

Ebooks & Articles

 The BCcampus Open Education "Virtual Lab and Science Resource Directory" lists free science resources designed to support remote science education.

 "How to Quickly (and Safely) Move a Lab Course Online" (Chronicle of Higher Education) shares resources and advice for instructors.


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The library subscribes to JoVE, a peer-reviewed scientific video journal. It features videos of scientific experiments from top laboratories around the globe, allowing scientists, faculty, and students to see the intricate details of cutting-edge experiments. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and the need to move to remote teaching and learning, JoVE is making all of the content that the UA Libraries subscribe to fully accessible off-campus. This includes lab-related COVID-19 resources. Faculty can set up remote access by following directions in this PDF: Download the Faculty Remote Access Setup Guide. Need more help? Schedule a Remote Access Setup Session – JoVE’s customer success team is available to help you set up remote access to the UA’s JoVE content. JoVE also can map syllabi and provide faculty with relevant videos to enhance their classes.   

SAGE Research Methods supports research at all levels by providing material to guide users through every step of the research process. It features more than 1000 books, reference works, journal articles, and instructional videos by world-leading academics from across the social sciences, including a large collection of qualitative methods books. The site is designed to guide users to the content they need to learn a little or a lot about their method. The Methods Map can help those less familiar with research methods to find the best technique to use in their research.

Other Free-to-Use Resources

Interactive Simulations in OASIS
These are free or openly licensed.


This open educational resource project, out of the University of California Davis, offers a variety of lab experiments, visualizations/simulations, demonstrations/techniques, case studies, interactive applications, and worksheets for archaeology, biology, chemistry, geosciences, math, medicine, physics, and statistics. From the LibreTexts home page, use the “Explore the Libraries” tab to find additional course materials. Unless otherwise noted, LibreTexts content is licensed CC BY-NC-SA 3.0.


Virtual simulations for science courses and labs
This Google Doc is being crowd-sourced. All content is free or openly licensed. 


PhET Interactive Simulations
PhET simulations for science and math are a project of the University of Colorado Boulder. They have a CC-BY license.


Dissemination of IT for the Promotion of Materials Science (DoITPoMS)

This Cambridge University project offers videos, standalone simulations, and more. Content is licensed CC BY-NC-SA.


Simulations and Virtual Labs
Colorado School of Mines Library’s OER LibGuide has a nice roundup of simulations and virtual labs. These are free or openly licensed.


Library Help

Reach out to your librarian. Also see subject guides and course guides for specific library resources for your courses.