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Sustainability Resources for Faculty and Students: Databases & Collections


OneSearch (To log into our databases off-campus you'll need to use your email or Canvas login.)

Search most of Skyline Library's article databases and book catalog to find a wide range of articles from academic journals, popular magazines, newspapers and reference sources, e-books & other documents, plus print books available in the library..



Click on “Advanced Search” to search by keyword, title, author, subject, or ISBN/ISSN, user tags as well as to limit results by library, format, publication date, content, audience, or language.


Sustainability Databases

GreenFILE (EBSCOHost) 

GreenFILE draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology.

Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more.

Articles come from academic journals, magazines, newspapers & other sources, plus e-books, related to the environment.

Click on the link above to open a new database window.

To search for more than one "concept", click on Advanced Search below the Search box.

 For example:

“food scraps” OR waste AND 

compost* OR recycl* AND

college* OR universit*

Click the “Search” button to begin a search.

Environmental Studies (Gale in Context) 

Focuses on the physical and social aspects of environmental issues. Has portals based on topic, organization, state and province.

Deals with issues like earth systems, global change, land and water use, populations, legislation, and more.

Overviews provide essential information, supplemented by academic journals, news, case studies, conferences, statistics, and multimedia.

General Science and Global Issues Databases

Access Science encyclopedia

Online version of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology. Encyclopedia articles are very useful as you begin your background research.

*Subscription through Cañada College but Skyline College students have access to a limited number of titles by logging in with their SMCCD login credentials. Please contact a librarian if you have any questions. 

CQ Researcher 

The CQ researcher provides lists of topics that link directly to articles that may be just right for your research project. Begin browsing the category Environment, Climate and Natural Resources.


Global Issues (GALE)

The Global Issues database offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. It includes hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of sources for analysis of these issues. This database includes a range of multimedia sources including podcasts, video, and interactive graphs.


Science (Gale)
A general science database, also great for background information.


JSTOR - Scholarly journals archives

Includes important academic journals, including many historical journals (no current issues) going back to 1838. Best for in-depth academic journal articles on all historical topics except recent history and articles published within the last 3 – 5 years.

Science Magazine

One of the world's leading scientific journals, published weekly. Issues from 1997 to present.

Open Education Resources (OERs) & Open Access (OA)

  • AMSER: Materials in the Applied Math and Science Educational Repository are free for use and adaptation. Most resources are at the high school and community college levels.
  • OpenStax: This resource allows instructors to pull from a range of learning objects and organize the material to create their own courses. It offers textbooks, journal articles, learning objects, and assignments. Once organized, the material can be viewed as either a PDF or EPUBS document for distribution to students.
  • COOL4Ed: Part of the California MERLOT program, it has a great index of Open Source course materials, including reviews by UC, CSU and CCC faculty.
  • Khan Academy: This resource offers open educational resources primarily in mathematics and science but has expanded to include other subject areas. These 3,000 plus online videos are self paced and allow students to focus on the specific lessons they need help with.
  • MERLOT: This massive resource offers access to learning objects, full course curricula, open access journals, assessment tools, open textbooks, discipline-specific pedagogical resources, and more. Material is peer reviewed, and reviewer and user comments are accessible to all.
  • OASIS: Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 75 different sources and contains 176,005 records. OASIS is being developed at SUNY Geneseo's Milne Library.
  • OER Commons: Searchable open access repository of educational resources including full university courses, complete with readings, videos of lectures, homework assignments, and lecture notes; interactive mini-lessons and simulations about a specific topic, such as math or physics; adaptations of existing open work; and electronic textbooks that are peer-reviewed and frequently updated.
  • OpenOregon: Browse or search the table to find out what Oregon community college instructors are using to reduce textbook costs in their courses. If you see a name and email address, feel free to contact that person about their class.
  • Open Washington: Open Educational Resources (OER) network. This website has a comprehensive list of resources, information, and all the tools needed to adopt, remix, or author your own OER.
  • Phet Interactive Simulations is a project at the University of Colorado Boulder. PhET's mission is "To advance science and math literacy and education worldwide through free interactive simulations."
  • Smithsonian Open Access where you can download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images—right now, without asking. With new platforms and tools, you have easier access to nearly 3 million 2D and 3D digital items from our collections—with many more to come. This includes images and data from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo."
  • BCcampus: has a curated collection of open textbooks that align with the 40 highest enrolled post-secondary subject areas in British Columbia.
  • College Open Textbooks: A collection of colleges, governmental agencies, education non-profits, and other education-related organizations that are focused on the mission of driving awareness, adoptions, and affordability of open textbooks.
  • Community College Consortium: is an Open textbook collection more focused on Community College level materials, although many of them do contain those as well.
  • LibreTexts: Is a multi-institutional collaborative venture to develop the next generation of open-access texts to improve postsecondary education at all levels of higher learning.
  • OpenStaxCollege: Great source of peer-reviewed textbooks. Tend to lean more toward the sciences. Usually have additional resources such as ppt slide shows and tests to go along with textbook.
  • Open Textbook Library: This library is a tool to help instructors find affordable, quality textbook solutions. All textbooks in this library are complete and openly licensed.
  • Open TextBook Store: calls itself a “Store,” but they are not a publisher. It provides freely and openly available math textbooks created by Washington CTC faculty.
  • Academic Earth: Find lectures and videos from some of the most respected instructors in the world.
  • Boundless: provides a number of open course packages (47 course packages in Biology alone) in 22 discipline areas.
  • Bridge to Success: Materials, mostly study skills, to support students transitioning to college.
  • JHSPH Open Courseware: offers open materials and images from more than a hundred courses developed by the faculty of John Hopkins University.
  • LearningSpace from Open University: All of the learning materials presented on this site are CC licensed, but don't confuse "Learning Spaces" with the full Open University- their licensing/copyrights are different.
  • Lumen Learning: Use Lumen’s OER course materials to improve affordability, access, and student success. Lumen provides a simple, well-supported path for faculty to teach with open educational resources inside your LMS.
  • MIT OpenCourseWare: Offers approximately 2,000 courses in a range of disciplines, which include lecture notes, online textbook material, assignments and exams with answers, and multimedia. The course content is downloadable, with the exception of the video materials, through iTunes.
  • MITx: These MIT course are open to everyone and include recorded lectures, course material, and assessments.
  • OCW Utah: Open education course materials aimed at a high school level.
  • Open Courseware: An independent search engine that indexes open education classes from places like MIT, Yale and UMass.
  • Open Course Library: WA Open Course Library project offers 81 of Washington's most enrolled courses. There are a lot of great readings in these course files. Great community college content
  • Open Yale Courses: provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University.
  • Saylor offers full courses online. It can be really helpful to use the reading lists from Saylor to find and organize your courses.

Academic Journals Online: Their mission is to accelerate the dissemination of knowledge through the publication of high quality research articles using the open access model.

ACS Publications Editor’s Choice: List of peer-reviewed research articles from ACS journals selected by ACS editors and made available for free.

BioMed Central: Open Access scholarly journals in biosciences.

BMJ Open: Open access articles on medical research from all disciplines and therapeutic areas.

Digital Commons Network: Full text access to journals.

DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals: DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Elsevier Open Access Journals: All articles in open access journals which are publishers by Elsevier have undergone peer review and upon acceptance are immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download.

NIMH: An extensive and growing collection of our NIMH’s statistics on the prevalence, treatment and costs of mental disorders; includes sections on mental health-related disability and on suicide.

Oxford Open: List of fully open access journals in science.

Philpaper: Open access archive in philosophy.

PLoS: Public Library of Science: Open access scientific and medical literature.

PubMed: Large biomedical database maintained by the National Library of Medicine.

Sage Open: Open access journal with original research and review articles in an interactive, open access format. Articles span the full spectrum of the social and behavioral sciences as well as the humanities.

Scientific Research Publishing: Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP) is one of the largest Open Access journal publishers. It is currently publishing more than 200 open access, online, peer-reviewed journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines.

Springer Open: This link includes Springer’s portfolio of 160+ peer-reviewed fully open access journals across all areas of science ranging from very specialized titles to SpringerPlus, our interdisciplinary open access journal that covers all disciplines.

Wiley Open Access: Wiley Open Access is a program of fully open access journals. All research articles published in Wiley Open Access journals are immediately freely available to read, download and share.

Flipster - Flipster Digital Magazines

New York Times

Skyline College Library offers online The  New York Times accounts for all students, staff, and faculty. This includes unlimited access via mobile apps on tablets and smart phones. accounts are good for one year for eligible Skyline College community members only (current students, staff, and faculty), after which accounts need to be renewed.

Faculty are eligible for a New York Times in Education account. New York Times in Education provides curated content for a range of disciplines on how to incorporate news content from the New York Times into your curricula.

For instructions on how to register or re-register for your complimentary New York Times account, please visit our New York Times Guide.