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Open Resources

We believe that you shouldn’t have to pay for access to credible research information, or for the latest technological tools - to that end, all of the below sites and applications are free and cross-platform unless otherwise noted. This list is curated by WVC Librarians, and was greatly informed by the LifeHacker App Directory. Note that while we can recommend the below tools, we do not offer support for them. Please refer to the developers’ documentation and help resources for training and technical support.

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Courses | Databases | Mobile Apps | OER | Software | Web Tools


Courses listed in the resources below do not result in college credit, but they are very useful for mastering a new subject.


For current students, WVC has subscriptions to a variety of databases including ProQuest, Academic OneFile, and CINAHL. Log in to view the full list.

Mobile Apps

Access more details and installation options from within the App store of your mobile device.

Open Educational Resources/ OER (for Faculty)

Entries in this guide were borrowed from the Tacoma Community College's OER Project OER Finding Aids​ page.
Open Attribution Builder​


The below are installable tools that offer versions for​ Windows and OSX, and in many cases Linux as well.

Web Tools

All tools below are entirely browser-based (no installation required!). Note that many of these sites require free registration.

Last updated Oct 3, 2014.