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.

asp_200_sm.pngAcademic Search Premier provides access to full text journals, magazines, and other resources. Subjects include biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion and philosophy, science and technology, and veterinary science.

Audience: College and General Public

AccessScience_Logo_sm-2.pngAccessScience is an online resource that contains written reference material that covers all major scientific disciplines. AccessScience offers links to primary research material, videos and animations, and specially designed curriculum maps for teachers.

Audience: High School, College, and General Public

Logo image for Alabama MosaicAlabamaMosaic (Alabama's Digitization Project) is a work in progress. A number of collections are available for browsing and searching. More collections will be added in the near future. The purpose of AlabamaMosaic is to make unique historical treasures from Alabama's archives, libraries, museums, and other repositories electronically accessible to Alabama residents as well as scholars throughout the world.

Audience: High School through College and General Public

ahw_200_sm.pngAlt HealthWatch focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. Alt HealthWatch provides access to full text articles for more than 190 international and often peer-reviewed journals.

Audience: College and General Public

ebc_200_sm.pngBook Collection: Nonfiction provides access to abstracts and searchable full text for thousands of popular nonfiction books. Book Collection: Nonfiction includes titles on careers, health, adventure, sports, technology, life skills and more.

Audience: Middle School through College and General Public

brit_academic2.jpgBritannica Academic delivers fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information. The combination of Encyclopedia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools provides the variety of reliable sources that students need to consult when conducting thorough research.

Audience: College

Logo image for Britannica LibraryBritannica Library combines three sites in one: Children, Young Adults, and the Reference Center - where users can conduct research, complete homework assignments, and work on special projects. Britannica Library lets users choose the age-appropriate level that works best for them.

Audience: General Public

Original_Sources2.jpgBritannica Original Sources provides access to more than 420,000 works of classic, primary reference sources in world history, U.S. history, political science, law, literature, science, mathematics, social science, philosophy, religion, and language arts.

Audience: High School, College, and General Public

Logo image for Britannica SchoolBritannica School offers thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites, and three separate encyclopedias. Choose from three user-friendly learning entry points Elementary, Middle, and High School for a wealth of content to explore.

Audience: Elementary School through High School

bie_sm.jpgBusiness Insights: Essentials provides access to company and industry information, articles, and statistical data. Users can access brokerage reports, investment research, SWOT reports, corporate chronologies, full text periodicals, and more.

Audience: High School, College, and General Public

bsp_200_sm.pngBusiness Source Premier provides access to full text and searchable cited references for top journals covering a variety of business disciplines. Topics include accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, management information systems, and operations management.

Audience: High School, College, and General Public

ca_sm.jpgContemporary Authors Online provides access to current biographical and bibliographical data on more than 120,000 modern authors.

Audience: Middle School through High School, College, and the General Public

dlbc_sm.jpgDictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online provides access to biographical and critical essays on the lives, works and careers of the world's most influential figures. Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online includes more than 16,000 articles and thousands of images, the online collection of Dictionary of Literary Biography (volumes 1-348), Dictionary of Literary Biography Documentary Series (50 volumes), and Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook (23 volumes.)

Audience: High School, College, and General Public

​​eds_200_sm.pngEBSCO Discovery Service brings together the most comprehensive collection of content—including superior indexing from top subject indexes,​ high-end full text and the entire library collection—all within an unparalleled full-featured, customizable discovery layer experience. - EBSCO Website

Audience: All

ebh_200_sm.pngEBSCOhost is a menu of full text databases provided by EBSCO. Databases can be searched individually or (by marking the selection boxes) can be searched simultaneously in related groups.

Audience: Middle School through College, and General Public

Logo image for Encyclopedia of AlabamaThe Encyclopedia of Alabama is a free, online resource on Alabama history, culture, geography, and natural environment.

Audience: All

eric_200_sm.pngERIC (Education Resources Information Center), provides access to indexed and full-text education literature and resources. Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education.

Audience: College, Educators, and General Public

Logo image for Ethnic NewsWatchEthnic NewsWatch provides access to full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press. Ethnic NewsWatch provides researchers access to essential, often overlooked perspectives.

Audience: High School through College, and General Public

explora_200_sm.pngExplora provides an engaging interface for schools and public libraries. Students have access to age-appropriate content from popular magazines and reference books.

Audience: Elementary School through High School and Educators

ebh_200_sm.pngFunk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia provides access to over 25,000 records that cover an array of topics. Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia contains images and offers brief biographies as well as information in a variety of subject areas.

Audience: Middle School through College and General Public

gvrl_sm.jpgGale eBooks provides access to encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Audience: Middle School through College and General Public

itof_sm.jpgGale General OneFile offers single source searching for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: art, business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, and more.

Audience: Middle School through College and General Public

msic_sm.jpgGale in Context: Middle School combines Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and more. Categories include cultures, government, people, world and U.S. history, literature, and more.

Audience: Middle School and High School

ovic_sm.jpgGale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints covers social issues of today. Informed, differing views helps learners to develop critical thinking skills and to develop their own conclusions. Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints offers periodical content that covers current events, news and commentary, economics, environmental issues, political science, and more.

Audience: High School through College and General Public

gls_sm.jpgGale Literary Sources cross-searches Literature Resource Center, LitFinder, Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Literature Criticism, Twayne’s Authors, and Scribner Writers Series.

Audience: High School through College and General Public

g-scrib_sm.jpgGale Literature: Scribner Writer Series provides access to signed essays on the lives and works of authors from all around the world and from all time periods.

Audience: Middle School through High School and General Public

g-twayne_sm.jpgGale Literature: Twayne’s Author Series provides access to introductions to the works and lives of major writers of the world and the context of the time period in which they lived.

Audience: High School through College and General Public

itbc_sm.jpgGale OneFile: Business provides coverage for business disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, and more. Users will understand the activities of companies and industries worldwide through business and trade publications, and by a selection of international, U.S., and regional news publications.

Audience: High School, College, and General Public

ppfa_sm.jpgGale OneFile: Fine Arts provides access to over 10 million articles on drama, art history, music, and filmmaking. More than 250 journals covered in Wilson Art Index, the Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM), and other databases are available in full text.

Audience: High School, College and University, and General Public

ppgl_sm.jpgGale OneFile: Gardening and Horticulture provides horticultural enthusiasts with access to more than 3 million articles from over 100 journals, and access to over 20 reference titles from Delmar.

Audience: High School, College, and General Public.

stom_sm.jpgGale OneFile: High School Edition provides access to cross-curricular content aligned to national and state curriculum standards. Students can access news content including full-text newspapers and periodicals. Gale OneFile: High School Edition also provides access to videos, images, and audio selections.

Audience: Middle School through High School

pphi_sm.jpgGale OneFile: Home Improvement provides access to more than 4.5 million articles from over 200 home improvement focused titles that cover topics including tool and material selection, zoning requirements, architectural techniques, and more.

Audience: High School, College, and General Public

ppth_sm.jpgGale OneFile: Hospitality and Tourism provides access to topics on the cultural and economic aspects of travel and tourism. Gale OneFile: Hospitality and Tourism offers content for both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Audience: High School, College, and General Public

ifme_sm.jpgGale OneFile: Informe Academico provides access to Spanish- and Portuguese-language scholarly journals and magazines. Gale OneFile: Informe Academico offers a wide range of content both from and about Latin America.

Audience: All

ppgs_sm.jpgGale OneFile: Science helps researchers remain current with the latest developments in particle physics, advanced mathematics, nanotechnology, geology, and more.

Audience: High School, College, and General Public

ppvc_sm.jpgGale OneFile: Vocations and Careers provides access to magazines and journals that aid in researching a vocation, finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career. Users can access hundreds of current periodicals, from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.

Audience: High School, College, and General Public

psx_sm.jpgGale PowerSearch provides access to periodical, reference, multimedia, and primary source information.

Audience: Middle School through College and General Public

gf_200_sm.pngGreenFILE covers the environmental effects of individuals, corporations, and governments and what can be done to minimize negative impacts. GreenFILE provides access to thousands of open access full-text records from scholarly, government, and general interest sources.

Audience: High School through College and General Public

Logo image for Health InfoNet of AlabamaHealth InfoNet of Alabama is a free, consumer health information service of the Alabama public and medical libraries. Health InfoNet of Alabama is designed as a service for online users and a gateway to quality information resources.

Audience: High School through College and General Public

hsce_200_sm.pngHealth Source: Consumer Edition provides access to full-text consumer health magazines and reference books, and searchable full text for current health pamphlets.

Audience: High School through College and General Public

hsna_200_sm.pngHealth Source: Nursing/Academic Edition provides allied health professionals, nurses, medical educators, and researchers with access to full-text scholarly journals that focus on many medical disciplines. Topics covered are pediatric nursing, critical care, mental health, nursing management, medical law, and more.

Audience: College, Medical Professionals, and General Public

hrc_200_sm.pngHistory Reference Center covers both U.S. and world history topics and provides access to full-text historical reference books, magazines, journals, and thousands of primary source documents.

Audience: High School through College and General Public

mfp_200_sm.pngMasterFILE Premier provides access to full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents. MasterFILE Premier also includes an image collection that contains photos, maps, and flags.

Audience: General Public

itke_sm.jpgKids InfoBits provides access to age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content that coverers a broad range of educational topics.

Audience: Elementary School and Middle School

lista_200_sm.pngLibrary, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) provides indexing and abstracting for hundreds of key journals, books, and research reports. Subjects covered are bibliometrics, cataloging, classification, information management, librarianship, online information retrieval, and more.

Audience: Media Specialists, College, and General Public

lco_sm.jpgLiterature Criticism Online provides access to scholarly and popular commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals in a format that matches the look and feel of the print originals.

Audience: High School, College, and General Public

litrc_sm.jpgLiterature Resource Center provides access to more than 160,000 entires with in-depth biographical, bibliographical, and contextual information on authors' works and lives. Literature Resource Center provides users access to literature criticism, biographies, topic and work overviews, news, primary sources, literary works, images, and more.

Audience: High School, College, and General Public

litf_sm.jpgLitFinder provides access to literary works and secondary-source materials. Access more than 132,000 full-text poems, 670,000 poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays.

Audience: Middle School through College and General Public

mas_ultra_200_sm.pngMAS Ultra Student Edition provides access to full-text magazines, reference books, and primary source documents that cover many subjects including science, history, and health. MAS Ultra School Edition also includes a image collection that contains photos, maps, flags, and color PDFs.

Audience: High School, College, and General Public

mfp_200_sm_0.pngMasterFILE Premier provides access to full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents. MasterFILE Premier also includes an image collection that contains photos, maps, and flags.

Audience: General Public

Logo image for Medline PlusMedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and provides information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in a language that is easy to understand. Medline Plus provides access to the latest medical research, clinical trials, meanings of words, and medical videos and illustrations. Links to clinical trials, information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, directories, medical encyclopedias, and health information in Spanish are also available.

Audience: General Public

msp_200_sm.pngMiddle Search Plus provides access to middle school magazines. Middle Search Plus also includes thousands of biographies, historical essays and primary source documents.

Audience: Middle School

ebh_200_sm.pngMilitary & Government Collection provides access to full-text journals and periodicals pertaining to all branches of the military and government. Military & Government Collection offers current news to military members, analysts, policy makers, researchers, and students.

Audience: Military Personnel and General Public

nps_200_sm.pngNewspaper Source provides access to full text for hundreds of national U.S., international, and regional newspapers. Newspaper Source also offers television and radio news transcripts.

Audience: Middle School through College and General Public

Collaborate, explore, and create with educators around the world to improve curriculum. - OER Commons websiteLogo image for OER Commons

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

Audience: Educators

oxfordenglishdictionary.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

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

Audience: High School through College, and General Public (Oxford Reference Title List)

oxfordscholarship.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 (Oxford Scholarship Online Title List)

Logo image for PebbleGoPebbleGo 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.

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: PreK-3

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. Pronunciator provides access to instructional phrases, quizzes, structured drills, live teachers, audio lessons, and more.

Audience: All

Logo image for PubMedPubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, provides access to life science journals, online books, and more than 30 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE.

Audience: Medical Professionals, High School through College, and General Public

rbn_200_sm.pngRegional Business News provides access to full-text regional business publications for the United States and Canadian provinces.

Audience: High School through College and General Public

vcc_200_sm.pngVocational & Career Collection provides high schools, community colleges, trade institutions, and the general public with access to full-text coverage for trade and industry related periodicals.

Audience: Middle School through College and General Public

Logo image for WorldCatWorldCat provides users with the ability to search the collections of libraries in their community, as well as libraries around the world.

Audience: College