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 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.
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The following databases are subscribed to by the LWTech library. Accessing these requires a student/employee ID number.
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.
Academic Core; Applied Design; Architectural Technology; Digital Gaming & Media; Mechanical Design; Multimedia Design & Production
This academic database platform provides access to "different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making." Currently, access is only available on-campus, and off-campus access is in development. Email email@example.com for more information and updates.
Allied Health; Nursing; Public Health
The Reference database includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, fact books, almanacs, biographies, and other reference resources. Note: available in library search.
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.
Academic Search Premier, Applied Science & Technology, Associate Programs Source, Biomedical Reference Collection, Health Source: Nursing/Academic, and AHFS Consumer Medication Information.
This 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.
Business DTA/MRP; Computer Science DTA/MRP; High School Programs; Nursing; Public Health; Social and Human Services
This 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.
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
Find global information in this database on topics related to business, economics, education, government, health, international studies, politics, science, social issues, sports, STEM and more from a variety of news media featuring newspapers, videos and web-only content. Note: currently only available on-campus.
Explore and research topics across Washington State. This resource contains news sources from across the state including: the Bellingham Herald, Chinook Observer, Chronicle, Columbian, Daily Herald, Daily News, Daily Record, Daily World, Kitsap Sun, News Tribune, The Olympian, Seattle Times, Spokesman-Review, Tri-City Herald, Yakima Herald-Republic and more.
Search more than 30 years of Seattle area history with The Seattle Times Integrated Collection. With coverage from 1985 – current, the Collection contains full-color newspaper pages, individual full-text articles and content only published online.
This database is a resource for up-to-date worldwide news stories, legal cases, hot topics, people, corporate/company information and consumer information. Contains magazines, newsletters, newspapers, news wire feeds, and company dossiers. Note: partially available in Library Search. You can still access the old platform by visiting LexisNexis.
Accounting; Business DTA/MRP; Business Technology
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.
This 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.
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
The following databases offer open access or public domain resources for free. These are not integrated into Library Search. See the following section for additional open databases that are contained within Library Search.
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 Online offers journals covering the Humanities, International Law & Biology. This collection includes open access articles. Brill’s ebook 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.
The Chemical Society of Japan publishes articles, in all fields of chemistry, including theoretical and physical chemistry, analytical and inorganic chemistry, organic and biological chemistry, and applied and materials chemistry. This resource includes only the free content.
“Far more than a search engine, the 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.”
ERIC is a well-known collection of education research and information sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education. The database includes bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials.
A simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
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.
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.
BORA (Bergen Open Research Archive) is the institutional repository of the University of Bergen in Norway. The repository contains scientific works created at the university, including Master's theses, Doctoral theses, articles and other Open Access works such as research reports, working papers and conference proceedings. Subject areas cover a range of academic interests, including Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Psychology and Medicine and Dentistry.
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.
This collection contains The Cranfield Collection of E-Research – CERES, a digital repository of the research conducted at Cranfield University. Materials include journal articles, theses and dissertations, book chapters, working papers, and technical reports. Subjects covered include Engineering, Library Science, Management, Health, the Applied Sciences, and more.
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.
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 catalogs, 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.
DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.
DiscoverArchive is a digital repository providing open access to scholarly research, by faculty, students and staff at Vanderbilt University. It serves the university in the preservation and dissemination of research in a wide range of subject fields.
This collection contains the research publications and student theses found on the DiVA portal, hosted at the Uppsala University Library. DiVA is the centralized archive of a group of 30 Scandinavian universities. Materials include theses, dissertations, and other academic publications.
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.
eScholarship provides offers original scholarly works including journals, books, working papers, conference proceedings, and paper series.
HAL is a multi-disciplinary open access archive of published and unpublished scientific research papers and doctoral dissertations. Documents are contributed by teaching and research institutions in France and abroad, as well as public or private research centers. Documents from TEL (theses-en-ligne) are also included.
HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
This collection contains the full text open access portion of the Iowa Research Online (IRO) repository. Research and scholarly output included in IRO has been selected and deposited by the faculty, researchers and students of the University of Iowa. It includes several scholarly journals, theses and dissertations, conference papers, post prints and other materials.
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.
This collection contains the open access records of the Kent Academic Repository, the institutional repository of the University of Kent.
This collection contains the records of Leeds Beckett University Repository, the institutional repository of Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Metropolitan University). Some records are embargoed and require a subscription for full text access. This collection includes Leed's research database and does not include OER content.
Libertas Academica is the publisher of 83 international, peer reviewed scientific, technical and medical journals. Libertas is principally a publisher of open access journals that apply the CC-BY-NC license for published articles, although the Clinical Medicine Reviews series operates under the traditional subscription or pay-per-view model.
Loughborough's IR contains over 12,000 full-text items and includes journal papers, book chapters, conference papers, theses and audiovisual material.
The first collection contains the open access materials of the LSE Research Online collection, the institutional repository of the London School of Economics and Political Science. It contains research produced by LSE staff and doctoral students. The works span the range of the social sciences and include journal articles, book chapters, books, working papers, conference papers and other materials. The second collection contains the online archive of PhD theses for the London School of Economics and Political Science. It contains completed and examined theses from doctoral candidates who have studied at LSE in an open access platform. The works span the range of the social sciences.
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).
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.
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.
OAPEN is an online library and publication platform that collects open-access books in the humanities and social sciences from throughout Europe.
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.
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.
The Open Textbook Library provides a growing catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks.
Peer-reviewed. Openly licensed. 100% free. And backed by additional learning resources.
OpenEdition is an online platform for the humanities and social sciences. Includes eBooks and Journals.
This collection contains Opus, the research repository of the University of Bath. The repository showcases the research publications of those affiliated with the University of Bath, from all departments, in a full range of academic disciplines.
This collection contains OAR@Oakland, the institutional repository housing the intellectual, scholarly and creative work produced by the Oakland University Community. All materials should be open access.
This collection includes Open Access articles from academic and research journals provided by Oxford, all available free of charge.
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.
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.
RMIT Research Repository provides free, searchable access to RMIT University research publications. Subject matter focuses on Science, Engineering, Health, Design and Business. This collection includes only those records from the repository which include electronic full text of peer-reviewed published articles and conference papers, books and book chapters, as well as other forms of research produced by RMIT staff.
This collection contains ROAR – Research Open Access Repository, the institutional repository of open access publications at the University of East London. As a research archive, it contains the scholarly work created by members of the university community in all fields. Some recent publications may be embargoed.
SHAREOK is the joint institutional repository for the University of Oklahoma Libraries (OU) and Oklahoma State University Libraries (OSU). It serves as the home for the intellectual output of both communities, and will ultimately include digital dissertations, faculty publications, digital special collections, open access publications, open educational resources and more.
Open access journals spanning disciplines of humanities, social science, technology, law, bioscience, environmental science, medicine, nursing and education.
This collection contains the institutional repositories of Texas Technical University. It includes digital works by the faculty, researchers and students of Texas Tech University, covering a wide range of subject areas.
This collection contains the research publications contained in UCL Discovery, the institutional repository of the University College London. Materials include journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, and theses, covering the full range of disciplines researched at UCL.
This collection contains Unitec Research Bank, the digital repository housing the research produced by Unitec students and staff. Subject areas include: Accounting and Finance, Architecture, Design and Visual Arts, Education, Medical Imaging, Osteopathy, Social Practice, and others. All materials should be open access.
The University of Adelaide is a leading research intensive university with libraries that support world class education and research across a full range of academic and professional disciplines. Part of that support activity is the University of Adelaide Press. The University of Adelaide Press was launched in 2009 by author and Nobel Prize winner J. M. Coetzee. The University of Adelaide Press publishes high-quality texts by academics across Australia and world-wide. With the newer internet and digital book technology, those books are accessible in simultaneous print and (with a couple of exceptions) free PDF editions. The books are subject to external peer-review in line with government research quality requirements (such as HERDC and ERA in Australia).
The collection housed on the Atrium, University of Guelph's open access digital repository, includes all masters and doctoral theses submitted to the University since July 2011. Subject areas cover the full range of academic interest.
VU-DARE is the Digital Academic REpository of VU University Amsterdam containing full-text publications of VU researchers. VU-DARE is part of the national NARCIS archive, an initiative of the Dutch universities to maximize the publication of their research results in open access. The repository includes research papers, journals, doctoral dissertations and other scholarly works produced by the faculties and research institutes of Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. The repository also encompasses internal university documents and a small number of manuscripts and early printed works from the University's collections.
This collection contains the open access records of ZORA (Zurich Open Repository and Archive), the repository containing the scholarly output of the University of Zurich. Research comes from the university’s faculties of: Theology, Law, Arts, Economics, Medicine, Science, and other.
Korea Science was launched in January 2008 by the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI), the national scientific and technical information center in Korea. KISTI's mission is to provides access to Korean science and technical information for people outside of Korea. Korea Science offers journal articles on subject ranging from Astronomy to Telecommunications. Most of the content is produced by public organizations including the Korean government, universities, R&D institutes, scholarly associations, and news media.
This collection contains the open access records of LSHTM Research Online, the institutional repository of research conducted by the staff of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Subject areas include Epidemiology, Immunology, Global Health, and more.
PAGEPress is an Italian publisher of peer-reviewed,Open Access, online scientific journals covering several scientific fields including medicine, biology, zoology, agriculture, and others.
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) 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).
ScholarWorks@UVM serves as the repository for the scholarly and creative works of University of Vermont faculty, staff, students, and their collaborators. Subject matter covers a range of fields with special emphasis on health sciences, Vermont history, agriculture and mycology. ScholarWorks@UVM is a service of the UVM Libraries.
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.
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.
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.
This collection contains the digitized manuscripts and copyright-free books from the Upper Austrian Regional Library. Regionally significant (mainly historical) literature from the 16th – 20th centuries are included, as well as medieval manuscripts and autographs.
Records in this collections represent various collections available online through American Memory, Global Gateway, and elsewhere on the Library of Congress website.
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.
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.
Project Gutenberg offers over 54,000 free eBooks: Choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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. To start accessing electronic resources today, go to the KCLS College Portal:
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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.
You can discover eBooks owned by the LWTech library via Library Search or using the links below.
This collection includes automotive, chemistry, material science, computers, engineering, health, science, software development, and more. Skillsoft Books was previously Books24x7.
Note: As of Summer 2018, Skillsoft Books is not yet included in Library Search, but Books24x7 is still included and usable. Title lists are identical between Skillsoft Books and Books24x7.
This collection includes accounting, career development, computers, criminology, medicine, culinary arts, history, human resources, nursing, project management, and more. Ebook Central replaced ebrary in April, 2017.
A multidisciplinary reference eBooks database, Credo’s specific focuses include Business, Science, Health, and Psychology.
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).
The library provides access to streaming video through Kanopy. This video platform, similar to YouTube and Netflix, provides a large selection of academic movies, documentaries, and shows. Note that some Kanopy titles appear in Library Search.
We also have access to Kanopy through KCLS for use of 5 titles per month. Please use the KCLS access first since we pay for each title used through our Kanopy account.
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!
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