Research Databases

EducationExplore DatabasesSearch 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 on and off campus, unless otherwise noted. You can begin searching most databases using Library Search. The library search interface is also called Primo. Items unavailable in Library Search are noted in the descriptions below.

Restricted to LWTech - Article Databases

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

Automotive Databases

Both ALLDATA and Mitchell 1 provide articles and other information related to automotive services. As of August 2021, the college provides access to Mitchell 1's TruckWorks Plus package. Note: ALLDATA is only accessible on campus.

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Image and Art Database

The Artstor digital library includes more than 1.9 million high-quality images from many cultures, ranging from paintings to photography to other fine art and architectural mediums. Note: available in Library Search.

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Academic Core; Applied Design; Architectural Technology; Digital Gaming & Media; Mechanical Design; Multimedia Design & Production

Article Databases

The CINAHL academic database platform provides access to key journals, evidence-based care sheets, and quick lessons for nursing and allied health professions. CINAHL is available through EBSCOhost.

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Allied Health; Nursing; Public Health

Article Databases

The Cochrane Library academic database platform provides access to "different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making."

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Allied Health; Nursing; Public Health

Reference Database

The Credo Reference database includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, fact books, almanacs, biographies, and other reference resources. Note: available in library search.

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Article Databases

The EBSCOhost is an academic resource providing full-text newspapers, magazines, case studies, images, and scholarly/peer-reviewed journal articles covering major areas of research. Note: available in library search.

Current article databases include

Academic Search Premier, Applied Science & Technology, Associate Programs Source, Biomedical Reference Collection, CINAHL, Health Source: Nursing/Academic, and AHFS Consumer Medication Information.

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Current Issues Database

The Issues and Controversies database looks critically at crucial issues we face today, exploring the multiple faces of hot topics. Issues and Controversies offers original in-depth articles made to inspire thought-provoking debates. Note: unavailable in Library Search.

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Business DTA/MRP; Computer Science DTA/MRP; High School Programs; Nursing; Public Health; Social and Human Services

Health Reference Database

The Health Reference Center database has up-to-date information on the complete range of healthcare topics. Contains full-text sources and videos demonstrating medical procedures and live surgeries to ensure comprehensive answers to health care questions. Note: unavailable in Library Search.

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Dental Assistant; Dental Hygiene; Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer; Medical Assisting; Medical Billing and Coding Professional; Nursing; Occupational Therapy Assistant; Physical Therapist Assistant; Pre-Nursing DTA/MR; Public Health; Social and Human Services

Online Newspaper

Students and employees at LWTech have complete access to The New York Times. Visit their website and create an account using your college email to get full access.

Article Database

ProQuest is an academic resource providing full-text newspapers, magazines, case studies, images and scholarly/peer-reviewed journal articles covering major areas of research. Note: available in Library Search.

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Physical, Life, and Health Sciences

The ScienceDirect database offers full-text scholarly/peer-reviewed journal articles across the physical, life, health and social sciences. All articles are peer-reviewed, and ScienceDirect also includes open access journals. Note: some journals included in ScienceDirect contain open access articles. Note: available in Library Search.

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Biology DTA/MRP; Dental Assistant; Dental Hygiene; Environmental Horticulture; Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer; Nursing; Occupational Therapy Assistant; Physical Therapist Assistant; Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP; Public Health

Restricted to LWTech - Streaming Video Databases

The Ed.Flicks video database features Early Childhood Education video collection. Provided by ChildCareExchange, these videos are accessible on-campus and off-campus.

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Early Childhood Education

Kanopy is a video platform similar to YouTube and Netflix, providing a large selection of academic movies, documentaries, and shows. Some Kanopy titles appear in Library Search.

Note: KCLS also provides access to 5 Kanopy titles per month as well. Learn how to log in to KCLS to find Kanopy in our instructional video.

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Academic Core; Applied Design; Architectural Technology; Digital Gaming & Media; Mechanical Design; Multimedia Design & Production

Open Databases in Library Search

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 Search platform. Specifically, these databases are integrated through the Primo Central Index technology. This list was last updated in October, 2018.

Note on descriptions in these lists
Descriptions used above were taken from the database websites, or from Ex Libris, the company that built and manages Library Search.


BIBSYS Brage contains open access material from more than 50 higher education and research institutions in Norway. Brage consists of research-papers, masters theses and reports from the main universities and colleges in Norway. The documents are Open Access and freely available to the public.

Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Technical Reports

Publically available scientific and technical reports conveying results of research sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Defense, development, test and evaluation efforts on a wide range of topics. Collection includes both citations and many full-text, downloadable documents from mid-1900s to present.

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.


EconPapers provides access to RePEc, a large collection of working papers in Economics. EconPapers is hosted by the Swedish Business School at the Örebro University School of Business. Most papers are accessible without authentication.

HathiTrust Digital Library

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

Karger Open Access Journals

Karger Publishers in Basel, Switzerland, is a globally active medical and scientific publishing company, covering all fields of medical science, with a strong focus on basic and clinical research. The Karger Journals package encompasses over 100 peer reviewed journals, including a growing number of Open Access journals.

Norden Publications

Norden Publications, provides online access to the publications of the Nordic co-operation, an extensive forum for regional collaboration including Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Aland, as a single repository. The research-based analyses focus on a range of topics, including; climate and environmental studies, green growth and bioeconomy, sustainable development, health and social welfare, education and research, and labour and employment the Arctic. Most content is Open Access.

Norwegian Open Research Archives (NORA)

NORA aggregates scholarly content from over 50 Norwegian archives. It is a collaboration between the university libraries at the University of Bergen, NTNU, University of Troms, with funding from the Norwegian Digital Library.

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. By extending and improving access to World Bank research, the World Bank aims to encourage innovation and allow anyone in the world to use Bank knowledge to help improve the lives of those living in poverty. The OKR is updated with new content, as well as legacy reports and research. Most records include a link to the full text, some content may be embargoed.

Open Library of Humanities

The OLH publishing platform supports academic journals from across the humanities disciplines, as well as hosting its own multidisciplinary journal. Launched as an international network of scholars, librarians, programmers and publishers in January 2013, the OLH has received two substantial grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to date, and has built a sustainable business model with its partner libraries. Added in Winter 2021.

Open Research Library (Knowledge Unlatched)

The Open Research Library (ORL) is planned to include all Open Access book content worldwide on one platform for user-friendly discovery, offering a seamless experience navigating more than 20,000 Open Access books. Added in Winter 2021.


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.

Oxford Journals Open Access

This collection includes Open Access articles from academic and research journals provided by Oxford, all available free of charge.

PoPuPS: Portail de Publication de Periodiques Scientifiques

This collection contains the academic journals available on PoPuPS, the Gold Open Access journal platform launched by the University of Liège Library. Articles are mainly in English and French.

Project Gutenberg

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

Project Muse

Over 4,000 books are available through Project Muse Open Access. "Books are made open access on MUSE through a variety of funding initiatives, including Knowledge Unlatched, NEH Humanities Open Book grants, TOME, and individual publisher programs."

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.

Taylor & Francis Open Journals

Open access journals spanning disciplines of humanities, social science, technology, law, bioscience, environmental science, medicine, nursing and education.


PAGEPress is an Italian publisher of peer-reviewed,Open Access, online scientific journals covering several scientific fields including medicine, biology, zoology, agriculture, and others.

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® comprises more than 30 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. Note: not all sources in PubMed are free; please use interlibrary loan (ILL) via the Request an Article form to gain access.


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 organizations. Working with leading publishers, SCOAP3 has converted key journals in the field of High-Energy Physics to Open Access at no cost for authors.


The SPIE Digital Library covers optics and photonics. SPIE's peer reviewed journals are dedicated to advancing the science and application of light and light-based technologies. This resource includes Open Access journal content.

World Scientific Open Access Journals

The World Scientific Open Access Journals collection, includes selected articles, covering such fields as biomedical science, physics, medical science, and life sciences. All articles in this collection are available on an Open Access basis.

Unrestricted and Open Databases - Not in Library Search

The LWTech library recommends the following databases as additional places to discovery information and conduct research. Some of thee databases include openly licensed articles. These databases are not integrated into Library Search.

“Far more than a search engine, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) portal provides innovative ways to search and scan through the united collection of millions of items, including by timeline, map, virtual bookshelf, format, subject, and partner.”


Education Resouces Information Center (ERIC)

Education research found in jounal articles, books, and grey literature. Includes original research of empirical or data analyses, literature reviews, methodological works, presentations or critiques of theories, or logical models that can guide practice.

ScholarWorks - Journal of Early Childhood Scholarship & Innovative Practice

Open access repository of early childhood research published by the University of Montana.

Digital Commons - Pre-Elementary, Early Childhood, Kindergarten Teacher Education Commons

Pre-Elementary, Early Childhood, Kindergarten Teacher Education | Open Access Articles | Digital Commons Network™

Open access journal article repository related to early childhood education.

Norden Publications

Open access publications from the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Nordic Council, and associated organizations.

Taylor & Francis Online

Open access journal articles on early childhood education.

A simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines on Google Scholar and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

Library of Congress Collections of Historical Content

Records in this collections represent various collections available online through American Memory, Global Gateway, and elsewhere on the Library of Congress website.

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.

This company has two databases free to the public: 1) Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law, 2) Gun Regulation & Legislation in America, and 3) Civil Rights and Social Justice. Note: access available on campus only.

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.

Taylor and Francis contains a collection of open access journals covering research of many disciplines.

If the LWTech library does not have access to a certain resource, you can attempt to find the resource through the WorldCat catalog. Visit the LWTech WorldCat portal to explore what the world has to offer!

Public Library Databases

In August, 2018, KCLS and LWTech formalized a partnership to integrate all LWTech student and employee accounts with KCLS's digital collections. Students and employees can gain access to electronic resources and databases by using their LWTech account information (without having to register a separate library card through KCLS).

The King County Library System (KCLS) provides access to a wide variety of databases for any of its cardholders. KCLS 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. To start accessing electronic resources today, go to the KCLS Studet Portal:

King County Library System (KCLS) Student Portal

Use the following format for getting access to these databases immediately:

Login: LWTs-first.last
PIN: last 4 digits of last name

Approximately 74,000 LWTech eBooks, or electronic books, can be read across multiple devices. Individual eBooks can be accessed with an online connection, and select databases allow downloads for future offline access. LWTech's eBook collection can support student research as well as personal reading needs. 

Watch the video on how to use your LWTech KCLS student account.

eBook Collections

You can discover eBooks owned by the LWTech library via Library Search or using the links below. Librarians can assist you in finding additional eBooks freely available. For more information on how to find eBooks or how to use the various databases, please contact an LWTech librarian, or watch our three YouTube video tutorials (recorded in Fall 2017).