AVL Database Descriptions

Alabama Virtual Library provides free access to numerous reliable online research databases for all Alabama residents.... Click on an AVL resource below to view its description. To view AVL's Collection Policy, please click here.

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Access Common Core resources, access content that is curated for the AVL Hub, and search collections that curated by digital librarians.

Audience: Educators

oed_sm_3.jpgThe Oxford English Dictionary is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words - past and present- from across the English-speaking world. The Oxford English Dictionary provides the history of individual words, and of the language, from classic literature and specialists periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.

Audience: High School through College and General Public

or_sm_2.jpgOxford Reference Online spans 25 different subject areas and brings together 2 million digitized entries from across Oxford University Press' Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Companions.

Audience: High School through College, and General Public

oso_sm_3.jpgOxford Scholarship Online provides access to books across the scholarly list of Oxford University Press. Subjects range from the humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, and law.

Audience: High School through College, and General Public

pebblego_logo.jpgPebbleGo Animals is an animal database designed specifically for K-3 emergent readers and researchers. PebbleGo Animals features nearly 300 articles on animals, audio and video of animals, educational games, and read aloud functionality.

Pebble:Go Dinosaurs features over 125 articles on different dinosaur species, scientifically accurate illustrations, and interactive games, and read-aloud functionality.

PebbleGo Science lets beginning researchers explore the world around them. PebbleGo Science features nearly 250 science articles, activities, science videos, and read-aloud functionality.

Audience: Pre-Kindergarten to 3rd Grade

povrc_200_sm.pngPoints of View Reference Center provides access to content that assists students with developing persuasive arguments and essays, a better understanding of controversial issues, and analytical thinking skills.

Audience: High School through College and General Public

eps_200_sm.pngPrimary Search provides access to popular children's magazines, easy to read encyclopedic entires, and an image collection.

Audience: Elementary School

Logo image for ProCitizenProCitizen assists individuals with preparing for the U.S. Naturalization Test with 100 informative videos,  practice exercises, and quizzes.

Audience: General Public

pdc_200_sm.pngProfessional Development Collection provides educators, professional librarians, and education researches with access to full-text electronic information.

Audience: College, Educators, and General Public

Pronunciator600-x-400_5.jpgPronunciator provides individuals with the tools to learn 98 languages as well as sign language. Pronunciator provides access to instructional phrases, quizzes, structured drills, live teachers, audio lessons, and more.

Audience: All