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ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry

Full-text business magazines and newsletters with a trade or industry focus.

Academic OneFile
Scholarly database for research in all the academic disciplines.

Access Video

Online videos from PBS, BBC, History Channel, A&E, and more. Thousands of streaming documentary, performance, how-to and educational videos.

Factory-correct automotive diagnostic and repair information on domestic and foreign cars and trucks from 1982 to the present. Includes diagnostic flowcharts, maintenance schedules, technical service bulletins, wiring diagrams and parts and labor for estimates.

America's GenealogyBank

Search national historical newspapers, books, pamphlets, genealogies, obituaries and the complete American State Papers.


Ancestry Library Edition
Genealogical information and records including the U.S. and Canadian Census, the Washington State Death Index 1940-1996 and the Social Security Death Index.

AP Stylebook Online

Writing guidelines for spelling, language, punctuation, usage and style from the Associated Press.

Art Source

Art-related articles and research from over 750 journals covering art, architecture, design, costume, crafts, and more. Includes 63,000+ images.

Associations Unlimited
Directory information for U.S. and international associations.

AtoZ the World

Information about 175 countries including culture, history, customs, food, religion, maps, and other facts.

Aula de padres
Su amplia base de datos incorpora contenidos sobre el cuidado y la salud de los hijos. Spanish language parenting and child-care information.

Biography and Genealogy Master Index
Index to 700 biographical dictionaries.

Biography in Context
Information about people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.

Birds of North America
Find information for over 700 species of birds nesting in the USA and Canada. Includes image and video galleries showing behaviors, habitat, nests, eggs, and nestlings, as well as recordings of bird songs and calls.

Video picture books paired with related nonfiction books for preschool and elementary age children. Includes some books in Spanish.

Booklist Online
Book reviews from the American Library Association.

Britannica Online for Kids
Elementary, middle, and high school students can find out who, what, when, where, why, and how.

Britannica Online Reference Center
Find authoritative articles on a broad range of subjects. For high school students and adults. Includes the complete encyclopedia, world atlas and data, timelines, dictionaries, quotations, Britannica Kids encyclopedia and more.

Business Insights: Global
Information about companies and industries including financial data, industry rankings, statistics, and magazine articles.

Business Plans Handbook

Sample business plans for entrepreneurs and small businesses seeking funding. Real-world examples of plans from a wide variety of manufacturing, retail, and service industries.
Do-it-yourself mechanics have access to photographs, diagnostics and step-by-step repair procedures, maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and technical service bulletins for automobiles and light trucks, some dating as far back as 1929.

Computer Database
Articles about computers and technology.

Consulta es una base de datos en español. Busca artículos de revistas, títulos de referencia, mapas y más. Consulta is a one-stop information source in Spanish. Find magazine articles, reference material, maps and more.

Consumer Reports
Make better purchasing decisions using product reviews, ratings, news and comparisons from Consumer Reports magazine.

Independent testing and evaluation of vitamins, supplements, and nutritional products.

Consumers' Checkbook
Evaluations and ratings of the quality and prices of Puget Sound service firms and stores, such as auto repair shops, hospitals, plumbers, banks, and insurance companies.

Country reports deliver an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.

Statistical information for business research, new businesses, marketing, and sales. Locate businesses, analyze markets, target customers and more.

Diccionarios de español y cuatro diccionarios bilingües. Spanish language dictionaries and 4 Spanish Bilingual Dictionaries.

Dictionary of American Regional English

The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) focuses on words, phrases and pronuciations that vary from one part of the U.S. to another. The DARE explores the local character and diversity of English across America.

Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970

Detailed historic maps showing streets and building footprints for Seattle (1884-1951), other Puget Sound cities, and cities of the entire United States.


The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5) is used to diagnose and classify mental disorders.

100% full-text magazine and newspaper articles, books, photographs and maps.

Foundation Directory Online
Interactive and searchable database for grant seekers and fundraisers from the Foundation Center covering 100,000 grantmakers. Both the Foundation Directory Online and the Fundraising Resource Center print collection are available only at the Central Library. For more information call 386-4636.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
Interactive and searchable database for individual grant seekers such as artists, students, writers, and researchers from the Foundation Center. Both the Foundation Grants to Individuals Online and the Fundraising Resource Center print collection are available only at the Central Library. For more information call 386-4636.

Freegal Music

MP3 music files for download or streaming. Millions of songs in hundreds of genres. Stream up to 3 hours per day, download up to 5 songs per week.

General OneFile
A one-stop source for magazine articles on a wide range of topics.


A searchable database of private foundations and religious funders that are currently accepting grant proposals. Additional information includes articles and tips for the grant seeker, links to state funding, and deadlines for federal grants.

HeritageQuest Online

Genealogy books and serials, U.S. City Directories, and the complete U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1940. Digitized images are fully searchable and printable. Powered by Ancestry.

History Study Center

History references, full-text journals, primary sources, pictures, maps, and videos.


Stream movies, TV shows, music albums, and comics to your mobile device or computer.

Kanopy Streaming

Streaming films with over 30,000 titles including The Criterion Collection, Great Courses, and thousands of independently produced films.

LearningExpress Library

Online learning with test preparation guides for the ASVAB, GED, GRE, SAT, TOEFL and U.S. Citizenship. Learn software, skills for career advancement, and more.

Articles in law reviews and journals, specialty law and bar association journals and legal newspapers.

LGBTQ History & Culture

A collection of primary sources covering local, national, and international LGBTQ history since 1940. 1.5 million pages of primary sources on social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world.

Literature Resource Center
Biographical information about authors and literary criticism.

Learn software and computer skills through instructional videos. The entire library, more than 1,900 courses, covering animation, audio, video, business, design, photography, programming, and more.

Mango Languages

Online language learning for 72 world languages plus English (ESL) instruction in 21 languages.

Medicina y salud
Medicina y Salud dispone de una amplia base de datos con más de 25,000 artículos y 53,000 gráficos e ilustraciones de medicina, enfermería y salud en español. Spanish language health and medical information.

Microsoft Imagine Academy

Learn technology skills online through the Microsoft Imagine Academy. Courses range from basic digital literacy to advanced IT skills. This free program is available to all Washington State residents. 

Morningstar Investment Research Center
Investment data and reports on more than 30,000 mutual funds, stocks and ETFs. Also includes portfolio management tools.

Music Index
A subject-author guide to music periodical literature.

National Newspapers

Full-text access to five major daily newspapers. Chicago Tribune 1985 - current; Los Angeles Times from 1985 - current; New York Times 1980 - current; Wall Street Journal Eastern Edition 1984 - current; and Washington Post 1987 - current.

Natural Medicines
High-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies, diets, exercise and nutrition.

New York Times (1980 to current)
A ProQuest database that provides full-text articles from the New York Times 1980 - current.

New York Times Historical (1851 - 2011)

A ProQuest database that includes the entire historical run of The New York Times from 1851-2011. Digital page and article images.

NoveList Plus
An extensive database of fiction and nonfiction for adults, teens and children, offering enhanced subject access and full-text reviews, Author Read-alikes, awards, theme-oriented book lists, Book Discussion Guides, Book Talks, and Feature Articles for a wide range of reading interests.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
An online library of current event topics--facts and arguments for and against.

Oxford English Dictionary
Guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words.

Oxford Reference Online Premium
Search language and subject dictionaries and reference books from Oxford University Press, including the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations and thesauruses.


Pressbooks is an online tool for creating high quality versions of your book in ePUB, MOBI, PDF and other formats. Use professionally-designed themes to format your book and add images, table of contents, footnotes, and more.


(Formerly PressDisplay) Thousands of U.S. and international newspapers in more than 60 languages. Newspapers are available in full-color, full-page format with a 60-day archive.

Magazine and newspaper databases in all subject areas.

ProQuest Family Health
Magazines and journals related to health and medicine.

ProQuest Learning: Literature
Full-text poetry, prose, and drama from around the world.

Puget Sound Business Journal and Book of Lists
Online access to the Puget Sound Business Journal and Book of Lists. Coverage of local business community and ranking of Seattle-area businesses.


Choose from over 100 magazines to read on iPad, Android, or other device. Please see RBdigital's help page to get started.


Search for U.S. and Canadian businesses and U.S. residents. Over 25 million U.S. and Canadian businesses and over 267 million U.S. individuals. Download up to 250 records at a time.

Resume Builder

Create a resume using an easy, step-by-step resume wizard. Call Quick Information at 206-386-4636 for access code.  

RMA eStatement Studies

Benchmark financial statements and ratios for businesses. These annual statement studies give detailed financial data for entrepreneurs and startups to plan and compare against real-world measures.

Safari Books Online
Improve your computer and business skills. Access more than 2,000 digital books on computing, databases, programming, Web design and more.

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

Find articles and information on business, construction, real estate, engineering, architecture, and more.

Seattle Times (1895 - Current)

Full-text articles from the Seattle Times newspaper - digitized, searchable, printable and downloadable. The Seattle Times Historical Archives resource (1895-1984) is made possible through a generous grant from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

SELF-e e-book collection

E-books from self-published authors. Collections include Indie Washington, featuring authors from Washington State, and LJ Select, a collection of self-published titles reviewed and selected by Library Journal.

Signing Savvy

An online video dictionary of American Sign Language (ASL). Searchable by word or phrase. Create word lists, flash cards, and quizzes.

SIRS Discoverer
Magazines and newspapers for students.

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

Financial information including stock, bond and mutual fund reports as well as coverage of industries and companies.

Standard Rate and Data Service (SRDS)

Directory of media, advertising and periodical publishers. Use this tool to find sales and contact information for a variety of media platforms and formats.  Select the type of media on the left hand side, then drill down to find company listings in the specific geography you are considering.


Research statistics, data, and related information for business. Includes information on industries, markets, consumer habits, and more.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
Statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States.

Animated, talking picture books for preschool and elementary age children. Includes some books in French and Spanish.

Value Line
Investment ratings, research, statistics, and forecasts for thousands of stocks and mutual funds.

Western Newspapers

Newspapers from the Western U.S. including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska.

WOIS/The Career Information System

Washington state information on current salaries, educational programs, schools and training requirements for various occupations. Includes tools to help you choose a career. Remote access is available - call Quick Information at 206-386-4636 for login information.


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