Online Databases

NEW!  Log into the RTC databases from off-campus using your Email Address and Password.  Need to find an article or an eBook from the library? Click on the database you want to use, type in your student or employee email address, and then type in your password. Students, the format of your password is usually Rtcyymmdd, with yymmdd being your birthdate.  Questions?  Call us at (425) 235-2331 or email us librarian@RTC.edu.


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Subscription Databases

Renton Technical College Library offers students, faculty and staff in-library and Internet access to these subscription databases. If you are accessing these databases from off-campus, you will be asked for your Renton Technical College identification number and your last name.

Advanced Technologies & Aerospace Articles on computers, aerospace, and advanced technology.

Auto Repair Reference Center  Review repair procedures, service bulletins, recall information, and wiring diagrams for American and foreign-made cars and trucks.

Camio  A library of pictures of mankind's "creative output", including photographs, paintings, textiles, architecture and more.

CINAHL with Full Text  Nursing and Allied Health journals and magazines. Over 600 titles are full-text.

Credo  Credo offers 600+ encyclopedias and dictionaries on health, food, history, business, music, literature, biography and more.

CultureGrams  Information on the daily life of over 180 world cultures. Also includes population statistics, maps, and pictures.

EBSCO Community College eBook Collection  Over 47,000 non-fiction books on science, the humanities and social sciences.

eLibrary  Search books, journals, newspaper, and magazine articles and television transcripts.

Gale Virtual Reference Library  Search Gale encyclopedias for information these subjects:

  • Nursing
  • Medicine
  • Biotechnology
  • Psychology and Mental Health
  • Education
  • Law
  • Multicultural studies
  • Science
  • History

Groliers  Two excellent encyclopedias.

  • Encyclopedia Americana
  • Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
  • World Newspapers

IT eBook Core Collection Over 3,000 eBooks on website and application development, computer security and much more.

History Study Center  Learn about US and world history with these books and original documents.

NoodleTools  Help in formatting your APA and MLA bibliographies.

Nursing Reference Center  This database offers current information on diseases, patient education resources, drug information, continuing education, lab & diagnosis detail, best practice guidelines, and more.

ProQuest  Journals, magazines, and reference books

  • ABI/Inform Trade & Industry
  • Family Health Database
  • Research Library
  • ProQuest Newspapers - including the New York Times and Washington Newsstand
  • Video on searching ProQuest

PQ Literature  Research authors, literary works and literary criticism.

Reference USA  Search for local and national companies in your industry. Listings include such information as phone numbers, owners names, and size of business.

SIRS Discoverer  Magazine articles and pictures on everything from current events to biology to art history. (Easy reading level.)

Statistical Abstract of the United States  A statistical picture of the US, including population, housing, businesses, imports and exports, education and much more.

WOIS  Career, education, training information.

Wayfinder  Includes WorldCat, a catalog of books and ebooks from libraries all across the United States, and dissertations and theses in WorldCat Dissertations database.


Free Databases

These databases are available free to anyone with internet access.

Congressional Research Service Reports High quality, non-partisan research on thousands of issues, places and things of interest – from battleships to Zika.  

Directory of Open Access Journals  More than 9000 free full text scholarly and scientific journals.

Drugs.com  Free pharmacology information.

JSTOR  A searchable database of thousand of journals, 1200 of them available in full text. Sign up for Register & Read to get access to free articles.

GreenFILE  Research environmental issues in this index of more than 600 journals.

HighWire Press  A free database of scientific journal articles, published by Stanford University affiliated HighWire Press.

MedlinePlus  Index to articles and webpages on health. MedlinePlus is published by NLM and NIH.

National Academy Press  The publisher of the books authored by the US National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council makes more than 4,000 of those books available free as PDF files.

Open Access Library  A search engine offering more than 125,000 online scholarly journal articles.

Microsoft Imagine Academy  Take computer classes to improve your skills and employability. Links to an information page.

ThomasNet  Allows you to search for U.S. and Canadian product manufacturers. Lists thousands of products, ranging from O rings to plastic skeletons.