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Online catalogs of many Alabama libraries

Alabama Libraries

  • Alabama's Digitization Project
  • unique historical treasures from Alabama's archives, libraries, museums, and other repositories

Alabama Mosaic

Annals of American History (Britannica)

  • 2,100 entries from 1493 to the present
  • speeches, essays, biographies, and editorials

Annals of American History

Auto Repair Reference Center (EBSCO)

  • automotive repair information supplied by Nichols Publishing, the former publisher of Chilton
  • most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles
  • approximately 25,000 vehicles covered from 1954 to present
  • over 100,000 factory drawings and step-by-step photographs
  • over 65,000 technical service bulletins & recalls issued by the original equipment vehicle manufacturer
  • wiring diagrams for easy viewing and printing
  • specifications & maintenance schedules

Auto Repair Reference Center

Biography Reference Bank (HW Wilson)

  • biographical information on approximately half a million people, from antiquity to the present
  • thousands of images

Biography Reference Bank

Britannica Online Public Library Edition (Britannica)

  • two unique home pages -- one for children and another for adults
  • contains 4 full encyclopedias, each covering the research needs of a different age group
  • full-text magazine articles
  • homework help section for students
  • world atlas
  • Merriam-Webster dictionaries and thesauri
  • Spanish-English dictionary


Britannica Public Library

Business and Company Resource Center (Gale)

  • detailed company and industry news
  • articles from periodicals, company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, and chronologies

Business and Company Resource Center

Business Index ASAP (Gale)

  • articles and images from academic and business journals
  • management issues, economic indicators and business theories and practices


Business Index

Business Source Premier (EBSCO)

  • Full text articles and images from nearly 7,600 periodicals
  • business, marketing, management, MIS, POM, economics, finance, banking, accounting, etc.
  • Datamonitor Company Profiles


Business Source Premier


Simultaneously search:

  • Alt HealthWatch
  • Book Collection: Nonfiction
  • Business Source Premier
  • Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia
  • GreenFILE
  • Health Source - Consumer
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic
  • History Reference Center
  • Lexi-PALS Drug Guide
  • MasterFILE Premier
  • Military & Government Collection
  • Newspaper Source
  • Regional Business News
  • Vocational & Career Collection


EBSCO Search

Enciclopedia Juvenil (Britannica)

comprehensive, Spanish reference resource for ages 6-12

Enciclopedia Juvenil

Enciclopedia Universal en Español (Britannica)

comprehensive Spanish-language reference tool for older students and adults


Enciclopedia Universal en Español

Encyclopedia of Alabama

Free, online resource on Alabama history, culture, geography, and natural environment

Encyclopedia of Alabama

Ethnic NewsWatch (Proquest)

  • newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press
  • a comprehensive, full-text collection of more than 1.8 million articles from over 315 publications
  • voices of the Asian-American, Jewish, African-American, Native-American, Arab-American, Eastern-European, and multi-ethnic communities

Ethnic NewsWatch

Gale PowerSearch (Gale)

Simultaneously search:

  • Expanded Academic ASAP
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • General OneFile
  • General Reference Center Gold
  • LegalTrac
  • Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
  • Professional Collection
  • Student Edition


Gale PowerSearch

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale)

encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Informe (Gale)

Full text for 50 general interest Spanish-language and bilingual periodicals and El Neuvo Herald (Miami)


Literature Resources from Gale (Gale)

search environment, designed specifically for literature research, that searches Gale Literature databases at the same time

Literature Resources from Gale

MedlinePlus (U. S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health)

extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 650 diseases and conditions



Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center (Gale)

  • one-stop source for information on social issues
  • access viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford University Press)

  • guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past
  • traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books

Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford Reference Online Premium (Oxford University Press)

  • language and subject reference works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource
  • fully-indexed, cross-searchable database of these books

Oxford Reference Premium

Serials Solutions (Serials Solutions)

a reference tool to determine which full-text electronic magazines and journals are available through the AVL licensed databases

Serials Solutions

SIRS Government Reporter (SIRS)

  • current & historic government documents
  • landmark & recent US Supreme Court decisions

Quick Start Guide

SIRS Government Reporter

SIRS Issues Researcher (SIRS)

  • general reference database
  • articles explore social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political, & global issues

Quick Start Guide


SIRS Issues Researcher

SIRS Knowledge Source (SIRS)

  • search SIRS databases simultaneously
  • full-text articles

Quick Start Guide


SIRS Knowledge Source

SIRS Renaissance

  • Architecture & Design, Culture, Literature, Multimedia, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy & Religion, and Visual Arts

Quick Start Guide

World Data Analyst (Britannica)

  • online tool lets students analyze countries at a glance
  • detailed statistical comparisons of countries around the world, using both the most recent statistics and historical figures
  • create tables, charts, and even export the information to a spreadsheet for printing and data crunching





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