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Telework: Library and Web Resources for Professional Development

Resources and tips for Highline College employees engaged in teleworking during the current coronavirus situation.

Highline Learning and Teaching Center Resources

The Highline College Learning and Teaching Center has a list of resources related to professional development and teaching excellence

Highline Library E-Resources for Professional Development


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Articles, E-Books, and Streaming Video:
While engaging in telework, you can still undertake professional development using the many e-resources available through the Highline Library.  These resources include access to professional and scholarly journal articles, e-books, and streaming videos

PLEASE NOTE: whether on-campus or working online, Highline librarians and staff will be accessible to answer any questions you have in using Library resources. 

Looking for ideas to incorporate culturally responsive teaching methods into your online courses? Our Culturally Responsive Educators Guide provides a wealth of online resources, ranging from streaming videos to articles.

Using OneSearch:  this is our main interface to finding and retrieving e-resources in the Library.  You have access to over 100 databases, e-book collections, and streaming video databases. 

Using OneSearch
Tips on How to Use OneSearch  (a word document providing providing step-by-step guidance on using Highline Library's OneSearch)

OneSearch Video Tutorial (a Youtube video created by Highline librarians)

These resources are limited to Highline students, staff, and faculty so at some point in using them you will be asked to log in with your Highline login and password.   While students use these resources extensively for their research, they are also quite useful for Highline employees looking for information related to their work at Highline. 

OneSearch is an especially rich resource for professional articles from periodicals like:

Journal of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars
New Directions for Teaching and Learning
College Student Affairs Journal
Community College Review
New Directions for Community Colleges
Journal of College Student Development
Community College Journal
Teaching English in the Two Year College
Journal of College Counseling
Journal of College Science

and thousands more.

Find articles on topics such as

  • community colleges AND advising AND guided pathways
  • higher education AND Title IX AND compliance
  • higher education AND students AND customer service
  • at-risk students AND retention AND colleges
  • new student orientation AND community colleges

and many more possible searches.  Notice that the above examples used keywords and key phrases and not entire sentences.  This is because, to put it plainly, computers are stupid.  To search them effectively you need to identify what you want to know, break it up into keywords and/or phrases, and enter them in the search boxes.   And if you have trouble in getting relevant results, ask a librarian

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Access to King County Library System (KCLS) Online Library

The Highline College Library has partnered with the King County Library System (KCLS) to provide free and automatic access to the entire KCLS Online Library to every Highline College employee and student.

WA State eLearning Council

The WA Professional Development site acts as "a central location for accessing online higher ed professional development opportunities for Washington state.  It lists training opportunities available to all CTC professionals in WA .  Also, "if you are a CTC faculty or staff member in the state of WA who will be providing professional development for your own higher ed institution, you can now open that training to other faculty and staff from around the state."

Specific Databases of Interest

Selected Highline Library Databases

Databases A-Z by Title     Databases by Subject

Best Databases for Scholarly Articles

  • Academic Search Complete (Ebsco) A scholarly, full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. Covers virtually every academic subject.
  • Academic OneFile (Gale) Academic OneFile is an extensive database of peer-reviewed full-text scholarly content across the academic disciplines. Over 9,000 full-text periodicals.
  • Science Direct (Elsevier)  Search for articles from 1200 Health & Life Sciences journals, 500 Physical Sciences journals, and 750 Social & Behavioral Science journals. Multidisciplinary database.
  • Business Source Complete (Ebsco) Business Source Complete is a comprehensive scholarly database covering all disciplines in business  It contains nearly 2,000 peer-reviewed journals, company profiles, case studies, industry reports, SWOT analyses, trade journals and more.
  • Business (Gale OneFile)  "Gale OneFile: Business contains full-text coverage of all business disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, and business theory and practice.
  • ERIC (Ebscohost) ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and resources. The database contains more than 1.3 million records and provides access to information from journals and documents.


These two databases are for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. and World History. The databases contains full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.
  • Literature Resource Center (Gale)
    Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.
Nursing and Allied Health
  • CINAHL Complete (EBSCO) CINAHL® (Comprehensive nursing & allied health resource) Complete is the world’s most comprehensive source of full-text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 1,300 journals.
  • Health Reference Center Academic (Gale)
    Health Reference Center Academic provides access to medical and professional periodicals, health and fitness magazines, and reference books and pamphlets.


  • APA PsycArticles (Ebsco) Full text articles from more than 100 APA (American Psychological Association) journals.
  • Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection (Ebsco) "Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection is a comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods.
Social Work
  • Encyclopedia of Social Work (Oxford) The Encyclopedia of Social Work is a continuously updated online resource that contains over 400 overview articles on key topics ranging from international issues to ethical standards.


  • Science Direct (Elsevier) Search for articles from 1200 Health & Life Sciences journals, 500 Physical Sciences journals, and 750 Social & Behavioral Science journals. Multidisciplinary database.
  • Science Reference Center (Ebsco) More than 200 full-text science periodicals including Aviation Week, Discover, New Scientist, and Astronomy along with more than 800 reference books. Also includes more than 270,000 high quality images from National Geographic, UPI, Getty, NASA, Nature Picture Library and more

LinkedIn Learning (formerly

LinkedIn Learning (formerly is an online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. The Highline Library has partnered with the King County Library System to make LinkedIn Learning available to Highline employees and students.

As a Highline College employee, your campus email login now allows you  free access to the entire KCLS Online Library. Students also have this free access, so you can use KCLS databases with your classes. Please do not create a direct link but instead go to the page to access LinkedIn Learning.


For directions on how to access LinkedIn Learning, please see this document.

Free College Courses for Professional Development

(a general starting point for free online college courses in a variety of subject areas)

(free online classes from the Univ. of Washington)

Selected Classes of interest (some are archived)
Becoming a Resilient Person - The Science of Stress Management (This course gives you the permission to take care of yourself by learning the skills to manage stress and optimize well-being).
Introduction to Public Speaking (In this class, we will study the principles of public speaking, and critically examine our own and others’ speeches through interactive practice).

(free online courses from Harvard University)

Selected Classes of interest (some are archived)
CS50's Introduction to Computer Science  (An introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming)
American Government: Constitutional Foundations (Learn how early American politics informed the U.S. Constitution and why its promise of liberty and equality has yet to be fully realized.)

Other Classes of Note from Different Colleges/Universities)
High Impact Business Writing   /   Secret Sauce of Great Writing  /   Communicating Strategically  /   Successful Negotiation (Essential Strategies and Skills)  / 

Professional Development - Selected Web-Based Resources

Faculty Focus (Magna Publications)  "free newsletter and website that’s dedicated to higher ed and instructors ... Faculty Focus publishes articles on effective teaching strategies for the online and college classroom."

Inside Higher Ed  "a leading digital media company serving the higher education space. Since our founding in 2004, we have become the go-to online source for higher education news, thought leadership, careers and resources."

Selected Blogs

Educause "EDUCAUSE staff synthesize current topics and invited guest-bloggers share their thoughts on a wide variety of issues and themes important to higher education."

Higher Education Today  "This blog from the American Council on Education features short takes on current news along with longer thought pieces from the Council’s senior leadership"

Diverse Issues in Higher Education  "This blog provides a look at education from many different angles. As the name suggests, it highlights the issues of concern to minorities in education."

Academic Tech Tips  "This blog takes a look at the newest tools and trends that professors and administrators can use in schools. It also provides some help on common tools and how to get the most out of them."

Selected Podcasts (Education)

Higher Ed (NPR)

dotEDU (American Council on Education)

Podcasts  (Lumina Foundation)

Teaching in Higher Education (Association of College and University Educators)

2019 Podcast Favorites (Teaching in Higher Ed)

Teaching in Higher Ed  (Teaching in Higher Ed)

Top 10 Downloaded Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast Episodes (Teaching in Higher Ed)

Selected Video Sources

TED Talks   (Possible subjects of interest:  Science, Social Change, Communication, Health,  Personal Growth, Society, Collaboration)

Free Ivy League Courses (Free online courses from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale)

Khan Academy  (Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more)


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