Research Databases

Search the LWTech Library Learning Commons research databases for quality scholarly/peer-reviewed articles, reference materials, news articles, images, and much more. Each database holds different types of information related to specific subjects and in various formats, including journals, magazines, articles, eBooks and more! Library supported databases are available anytime/anywhere, unless otherwise noted.

This page describes

  1. The research databases to which the library subscribes.
  2. Selected open access/public domain databases.
  3. Open access/public domain databases available through the LWTech Primo interface, and 4) information about public library database offerings.

Do you have suggestions for additional open access databases? Please e-mail your librarians with your requests.

Subscribed Databases

The following databases are subscribed to by the LWTech library. Accessing these requires a student/employee ID number.

Open Access/Public Domain Databases

The following databases offer open access or public domain resources for free.

Databases Available via the Public Library

The King County Library System (KCLS) provides access to a wide variety of databases for any of its cardholders. These databases may provide additional help as resources during academic research. Many of them require a library card, available for free through your KCLS branch, to access. Please email us if you have questions or comments about these databases.

Check out the King County Library System Databases

Open Access Databases Directly from Primo

In addition to those open access and public domain databases listed above, the following table includes a list of all the open access databases available directly through the library catalog, Primo. This list was last updated in Fall 2017.

LWTech Primo: Central Index Open Access Databases
African Electronic OA Journals (Sabinet)

The Sabinet African ePublications (SA ePublications) service has been available online to clients with great success since 2001. This service is the most comprehensive, searchable collection of full-text African electronic journals available on one platform which focuses on information originating from or pertaining to Africa.

AgEcon Search: Research in Agricultural and Applied Economics 

AgEcon Search: Research in Agricultural and Applied Economics collects, indexes, and electronically distributes full text copies of scholarly research in the broadly defined field of agricultural and applied economics including sub disciplines such as agribusiness, food security and supply, energy and natural resource economics, environmental economics, policy issues, international trade, and economic development. Content includes conference presentations, working papers, journal articles, government documents, and theses and dissertations.

AIP Journals

AIP Publishing’s portfolio comprises 19 highly regarded, peer-reviewed journals, including the flagship journals Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, and The Journal of Chemical Physics, in addition to the AIP Conference Proceedings.

AIP Open Access

AIP Publishing actively supports sustainable models of access that ensure the integrity and permanence of the scholarly record. Options include “Gold” open access, whereby publication is funded by an article processing charge paid by the author or another sponsor, or the hybrid option, Author Select. In both AIP Publishing’s Gold and hybrid options, our authors retain their copyright and publish their work under a Creative Commons license.” “Gold” open access journals include AIP Advances, APL Bioengineering, APL Materials, APL Photonics, and Structural Dynamics. “Green” open access journals include Acoustical Society of America, American Association of Physics Teachers, AVS: Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing, Laser Institute of America, and Society of Rheology.

American Economic Association Journals

Established in 1885, the AEA is a non-profit, non-partisan, scholarly association dedicated to the discussion and publication of economics research. The Association supports established and prospective economists with a set of career-enhancing programs and services.” Journals include: American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, and AEA Papers and Proceedings.

American Memory

American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.

Arxiv

Open access to 1,289,981 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics

Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)

BHL is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries, including the Smithsonian Institute, that cooperate to digitize the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global biodiversity commons.

Bioline International

Bioline International is a not-for-profit scholarly publishing cooperative committed to providing open access to quality research journals published in developing countries. BI's goal of reducing the South to North knowledge gap is crucial to a global understanding of health (tropical medicine, infectious diseases, epidemiology, emerging new diseases), biodiversity, the environment, conservation and international development. By providing a platform for the distribution of peer-reviewed journals (currently from Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, India, Iran, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda and Venezuela), BI helps to reduce the global knowledge divide by making bioscience information generated in these countries available to the international research community world-wide.

BioMed Central

For over 15 years, BioMed Central has been making scientific research freely accessible and discoverable through partnerships, innovation and collaboration with the scientific community. Dedicated to open research, they now publish over 290 quality peer-reviewed journals in Biology, Clinical Medicine and Health.

BioScientifica Journals

Bioscientifica's publishing portfolio includes high-impact subscription titles, open-access journals and online resources.” Journals include: Journal of Endocrinology, Endocrine-Related Cancer, European Journal of Endocrinology, Journal of Molecular Endocrinology, Endocrine Connections, Reproduction, Endrocrinolog, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports, Echo Research and Practice, BiosciAbstracts, and Hormone-Related Cancer.

BMJ Open Access and Free Journals

BMJ Open is an online, open access journal, dedicated to publishing medical research from all disciplines and therapeutic areas. The journal publishes all research study types, from protocols through phase I trials to meta-analyses, including small, specialist studies, and negative studies. Publishing procedures are built around fully open peer review and continuous publication, publishing research online as soon as the article is ready. BMJ Open aims to promote transparency in the publication process by publishing reviewer reports and previous versions of manuscripts as pre-publication histories. Authors are asked to pay article-publishing charges on acceptance; the ability to pay does not influence editorial decisions. All papers are included in MEDLINE/PubMed and Science Citation Index Expanded (Web of Science).

Brill

Brill Online offers journals covering the Humanities, International Law & Biology. This collection includes open access articles. This resource includes Open Access content, from Brill’s ebook collections and series. The collections cover a wide range of subject areas, including: Humanities (Asian Studies; Language and Linguistics; Middle East and Islamic Studies; Slavic and Eurasian Studies; Social Sciences), Law, and Science.

DataCite

DataCite is a leading global non-profit organization that provides persistent identifiers (DOIs) for research data. Their goal is to help the research community locate, identify, and cite research data with confidence. They work on several fronts to achieve this goal. They support the creation and allocation of DOIs and accompanying metadata. They provide services that support the enhanced search and discovery of research content. And they promote data citation and advocacy through our community-building efforts and responsive communication and outreach materials.

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)

The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Academic publishers are invited to provide metadata of their Open Access books to DOAB. Metadata will be harvestable in order to maximize dissemination, visibility and impact. Aggregators can integrate the records in their commercial services and libraries can integrate the directory into their online catalogues, helping scholars and students to discover the books. The directory is open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access and should contain as many books as possible, provided that these publications are in Open Access and meet academic standards.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Technical Reports

The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) has served the information needs of the Defense community for more than 70 years. They provide the general public and industry with access to unclassified, unlimited information, including many full-text downloadable documents, through this website.

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
EU Bookshop

The EU Bookshop website, provides a single access point to publications from the European Union institutions, agencies and other bodies, published since 1952. The vast majority of titles on EU Bookshop are authored by EU institutions. Some titles are produced jointly with partner publishers and/or other international organizations. Others are written by individuals working for EU affiliated institutions. The site is managed by the Publications Office of the European Union in Luxembourg. Most publications can be downloaded from the site free of charge in PDF format. A small percentage of the publications are for sale.

Europeana

Explore artworks, artifacts, books, videos and sounds from across Europe.

HathiTrust Digital Library

HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

INFORMS Journals

With over 12,500 members from around the globe, INFORMS is the leading international association for professionals in operations research and analytics. INFORMS promotes best practices and advances in operations research, management science, and analytics to improve operational processes, decision-making, and outcomes through an array of highly-cited publications, conferences, competitions, networking communities, and professional development services.

Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

This collection contains the publications of the Inter-American Development Bank, the major source of support for Latin American and Caribbean economic development, social development, and regional integration. The IADB conducts research primarily on economic and social topics and produces a wide array of publications in the relevant areas.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Videos

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 189 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.

David Rumsey Historical Maps

The collection focuses on rare 16th through 21st century maps of North and South America, as well as maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. The collection includes atlases, wall maps, globes, school geographies, pocket maps, books of exploration, maritime charts, and a variety of cartographic materials including pocket, wall, children's, and manuscript maps. Items range in date from about 1550 to the present.

Farber Gravestone Collection

The Farber Gravestone Collection is an unusual resource containing over 13,500 images documenting the sculpture on more than 9,000 gravestones, most of which were made prior to 1800, in the Northeastern part of the United States. The late Daniel Farber of Worcester, Massachusetts, and his wife, Jessie Lie Farber, were responsible for the largest portion of the collection. This online version of the Farber Gravestone Collection is sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society. The web site and online image database have been created by David Rumsey and Cartography Associates.

Japanese Historical Maps

The Japanese Historical Map Collection contains about 2,300 early maps of Japan and the World. The collection was acquired by the University of California from the Mitsui family in 1949, and is housed on the Berkeley campus in the C.V. Starr East Asian Library. Represented in this online collection are over 1,900 images of maps and books from this Collection. The maps were selected by Yuki Ishimatsu, former Head of Japanese Collections at the East Asian Library, and scanned and put online by David Rumsey and Cartography Associates. The project was initiated by Peter Zhou, Director of the East Asian Library. Funding and project management is provided by Cartography Associates and the East Asian Library.

Library of Congress Digitized Serials

The serials in this collection are available through Chronicling America, American Memory, and elsewhere on the Library of Congress web site.

Library of Congress Maps, Atlases

This collection includes maps and atlases from the Library's Geography and Map Division offered through the Map Collections page in American Memory.

Library of Congress Motion Pictures

This collection offers records from the motion pictures collections at the Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcast, and Recorded Sound Division in American Memory. Notable offerings include movies made by Thomas Edison and his staff; films chronicling the life of Theodore Roosevelt; early animations; films made for the Westinghouse company and other movies documenting Americans at work and leisure; films of of San Francisco before and after the 1906 earthquake, and films of the Spanish-American War. Movies still protected by copyright are not included.

Library of Congress Photos

This collection offers many collections of photographs including Washington as It Was: Photographs by Theodor Horydczak, 1923-1959; Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America: Photographs by Samuel Gottscho and William Schleisner, 1935-1955; "Suffering Under a Great Injustice": Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar; Taking the Long View: Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1991; Glass negatives from the Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright; Selected civil war photographs, 1861-1865; Lomax Collection of Photographs Depicting Folk Musicians, and more.

Library of Congress Posters

This collection the Library's By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943 and World War I poster collection. The former offers posters produced by various branches of the Work Projects Administration.

Library of Congress Printed Ephemera Selections

This collection offers An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera containing primary source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and covers key events and eras in American history. It offers a variety of posters, notices, advertisements, proclamations, leaflets, propaganda, manifestos, and business cards.

Library of Congress Selected Digitized Books

This collection offers selected digitized books available in many separate collections within American Memory and some individual books that are not part of American Memory. Two collections included are American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920 comprised of narratives by Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels in the colonies and the United States and the Kraus Francis Drake Collection consisting of primary and secondary materials concerning Sir Francis Drake.

Library of Congress Sheet Music

Curated by the Library's Music Division, this collection includes Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1870-1885 offering sheet music registered for copyright during the years 1820 to 1860 and 1870 to 1885. Music for the Nation is part of the Library's American Memory gateway to its vast resources of digitized American historical materials.

Library of Congress Still Visual Materials

This collection offers visual materials other than photographs and posters from several separate collections including the Tissandier Collection of Visual Materials documenting documents the early history of aeronautics in Europe; Cartoon Prints, American, 1766-1876 encompassing several forms of political art; Fine Prints, Japanese, pre-1915 held by the Library's Prints and Photographs division, dating from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries; Cartoon Prints, British (bulk 1780-1830) including etchings, engravings, mezzotints, aquatints, and lithographs. Many are hand-colored.

Linda Hall Digital Library

The Linda Hall Library Digital Collections provide access to significant rare and fragile materials from the collections of the Linda Hall Library. Nearly a quarter million digitized images from the History of Science Collection offer researchers the opportunity to view such items as books, maps, photographs, and manuscripts. Also featured are collections inspired by the Library's exhibitions.

Maney Online Open Access & Free Journals

Taylor & Francis publish high quality, rigorously peer-reviewed open access research across all disciplines.

Medknow

At Medknow we specialize in publishing peer-reviewed STM journals. Open Access Policy: The majority of our journals provide immediate free access to the full text of articles. Authors can self-archive their published articles. Most of our journals do not charge the author or author’s institution for article submission, processing or publication, the costs of publishing the journal are borne by the society or institutional owner of the journal (‘Platinum’ open access). Open access increases the visibility and accessibility of the published content.

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

The NASA Scientific and Technical Information (STI) Program was established to support the objectives of NASA’s missions and research. The Mission of the STI Program is to support the advancement of aerospace knowledge and contribute to U.S. competitiveness in aerospace research and development. This program is essential to help NASA avoid duplication of research by sharing information and to ensure that the U.S. maintains its preeminence in aerospace-related industries and education. The NASA STI Program acquires, processes, archives, announces, and disseminates NASA STI and acquires worldwide STI of critical importance to NASA and the Nation. The STI Program is a critical component in the worldwide activity of scientific and technical aerospace research and development. Collected from U.S. and international sources, STI is organized according to content prior to being added to the NASA Technical Reports Server. The NTRS is a world-class collection of STI that includes over a million bibliographic records and a growing number of full-text documents. A public interface is available through the NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS).

National Academies Press Free eBooks

The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academy of Sciences to publish the reports of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States. The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and medicine, providing authoritative information on important matters in science and health policy. The institutions served by the NAP are unique in their ability to attract leading experts in many fields to join panels and committees charged with providing policy advice on some of the nation’s most pressing scientific, technical, and health-related issues.

NYPL Digital Collections

This site is a living database with new materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more.

Open SUNY

The mission of Open SUNY Textbooks is to provide an academic-friendly publishing model and infrastructure which supports faculty adoption, remixing, and creation of open educational resources (OER) and courses. We are dedicated to improving student learning outcomes and addressing the affordability of course materials.

Open Textbook Library

The Open Textbook Library provides a growing catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks.

OpenStax Digital Textbooks

Peer-reviewed. Openly licensed. 100% free. And backed by additional learning resources.

PAGEPress
Public Library of Science (PLoS)

PLOS was founded in 2001 as a nonprofit Open Access publisher, innovator and advocacy organization with a mission to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.

PubMed Central (PMC)

PubMed Central (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg offers over 54,000 free eBooks: Choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

Purdue University Press Open Access Journals

Purdue University Press, founded in 1960, is the publishing arm of Purdue University. Dedicated to the dissemination of scholarly and professional information, the Press provides quality resources in several key subject areas including business, technology, health, veterinary medicine and other limited disciplines in the humanities and sciences.

QScience Journals

QScience.com is the innovative and collaborative, peer-reviewed, online publishing platform from Hamad bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press).

SciELO Brazil

SciELO Brazil is a selected collection of Brazilian scientific journals.

SciELO Chile

SciELO Chile is a selected collection of Chilean scientific journals.

SciELO Livros - Open Access

Scientific Electronic Library Online is a model for cooperative electronic publishing of scientific resources on the Internet. This collection contains approximately 290 Open Access academic books. The peer reviewed works are published by a number of publishers and cover the range of the natural and physical sciences.

SciELO Mexico

The Information Center for Public Health Decision (Gac) National Institute of Public Health (INSP) assisted in the development of SciELO Mexico through the selection of publications and funding for electronic publishing of biomedical journals.

SciTech Connect

SciTech Connect is your connection to science, technology, and engineering research information from the U.S. Department of Energy.

SCOAP3

SCOAP3 is a one-of-its-kind partnership of over three thousand libraries, key funding agencies and research centers in 44 countries and 3 intergovernmental organisations. Working with leading publishers, SCOAP3 has converted key journals in the field of High-Energy Physics to Open Access at no cost for authors.

Smithsonian Research Online

Smithsonian Research Online is a set of services to the research community both within and outside the Smithsonian Institution. Managed by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the program assists in capturing the research output of Smithsonian scholars and making it available to Institutional management as well as scientists and historians world-wide.

Springer Open Access Journals

SpringerOpen, launched in June 2010, includes Springer’s portfolio of 200+ peer-reviewed fully open access journals across all areas of science.

Wiley Open Access 

Wiley Online Library hosts the world's broadest and deepest multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities. It delivers seamless integrated access to over 6 million articles from over 1500 journals, over 20,000 online books, and hundreds of reference works, laboratory protocols and databases.

World Bank Open Knowledge Repository

The World Bank is the largest single source of development knowledge. The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) is The World Bank’s official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products.

Note on Descriptions

Descriptions used above were taken from the database websites, or from Primo.