SCIS selects items for cataloguing entirely at its discretion. Our cataloguers exercise the final say in what is selected for inclusion in the SCIS database.
Our selection criteria are as follows:
- Resources that are informational, educational, for literacy and used in schools.
- Resources that are:
- appropriate for students from preschool to the final year of schooling (including vocational education in schools and accelerated university programs), or
- Support pedagogy or teachers’ professional development.
- Resources of any format: the resources described above can be in all formats, including physical books, ebooks, audiobooks, websites, apps, digital videos, kits, music notation, maps, posters and charts, DVDs and CDs.
Items SCIS does not catalogue (except under exceptional circumstances with the approval of SCIS management) include:
- Resources more than 10 years’ old
- Resources with content rated for audiences aged 15 and over, being of a strong sexual nature or containing graphic violence
- Resources that express a clear agenda or bias in relation to a controversial issue, or (at SCIS’s discretion) whose authors express such
- Materials produced by a school for local use
- Non-commercial materials published for a small audience and not for general use
- Resources with no publication details
- Segments from television programs
- Copies of resources that may cause copyright or licensing issues, including:
- backup copies of computer software
- photocopies of complete works
- copies (including dubbed copies) of original commercially produced video recordings.
SCIS may also choose not to catalogue a resource on the grounds of the quality, recency, usability or authoritativeness of content. This is especially likely to be the case for online content.