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.

Logo image for Academic Search PremierFull text and images from over 4,600 journals (more than 3,900 peer-reviewed titles) covering biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, and religion & theology.

Audience: 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

Logo image for Alt Health WatchAlt HealthWatch focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers libraries full text articles for more than 180 international and often peer-reviewed journals and reports. In addition, there are hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts.

Audience: College and General Public

Logo image for Book Collection: NonfictionBook Collection: Nonfiction is a rich research database for school and public libraries. A cross-curricular database, it provides content representing a wide spectrum of works. It contains informative abstracts and searchable full text for more than 4,100 popular nonfiction books. The database includes full text entries on core subject areas, as well as information on careers, health, sports, adventure, technology, and life skills.

Audience: Middle School through College and General Public

brit_academic2.jpgBritannica Academic delivers fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information. The rich combination of the insightful 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 gives your library three sites in one: Children, Young Adults, and the Reference Center for older students and adults. Patrons can choose the age-appropriate level that works best for them, and will find it easy to conduct research, complete homework assignments, and work on special projects. Start with one of three encyclopedias. Move on to current magazines, thousands of up-to-date, curated, articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, and recommended Web sites. Instantly define words with Merriam-Webster’s pop-up Dictionary and Thesaurus.

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 unique content to explore. Nonfiction, cross-curricular content in Britannica School is updated daily by Britannica's 100+-member editorial team with new and revised articles and multimedia — at least 1,200 pieces of content per month — to keep users informed and engaged.

Audience: Elementary School through High School

Logo image for Business CollectionProvides coverage of all business disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, as well as business theory and practice. Users will understand the activities of companies and industries worldwide through business and trade publications, complemented by a selection of international, U.S., and regional news publications.

Audience: High School, College, and General Public

Logo image for Business Insights EssentialsBusiness Insights: Essentials integrates detailed company and industry news by bringing together articles from periodicals, company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, and chronologies.

Audience: High School, College, and General Public

Logo image for Business Source PremierFull text articles and images from nearly 2,300 periodicals and other sources covering business, marketing, management, MIS, POM, economics, finance, banking, accounting, and much more. Data monitor Company Profiles are also available.

Audience: High School, College, and General Public

contemporary authors online.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

dictionary of literary biography.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. The database 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

Logo image for EBSCO Discovery ServiceEBSCO 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

Logo image for EBSCOhostMenu 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 AlabamaFree, online resource on Alabama history, culture, geography, and natural environment.

Audience: All

Logo image for ERICERIC, the U.S. Department of Education Educational Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and resources. It contains more than 1.3 million records.

Audience: College, Educators, and General Public

Logo image for Ethnic NewsWatchEthnic NewsWatch™ (ENW) features newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing researchers access to essential, often overlooked perspectives. With titles dating from 1970, ENW presents a comprehensive, full-text collection of more than 1.8 million articles from more than 315 publications offering both national and regional coverage. The database now also contains Ethnic NewsWatch: A History, which provides historical coverage of Native American, African American, and Hispanic American periodicals from 1959-1989. While the content may mirror mainstream media coverage, the viewpoints are decidedly unique. Ethnic NewsWatch delivers hundreds of important ethnic press publications. The voices of the Asian-American, Jewish, African-American, Native-American, Arab-American, Eastern-European, and multi-ethnic communities can be heard. Titles include Kurdish Life, Asian Week, Jewish Exponent, Seminole Tribune, Appalachian Heritage, The Boston Irish Reporter, Chinese America, The Filipino Express, Hmong Times, and many more.  

Audience: High School through College, and General Public

Logo image for ExploraEngaging interface for schools and public libraries. Provides students with easy-to-use features and age-appropriate content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books.

Audience: Elementary School through High School and Educators

Logo image for Funk and Wagnalls New World EncyclopediaGeneral encyclopedia for K-12 students includes full text articles; its 25,000 encyclopedic entries are searchable by subject or keywords.

Audience: Middle School through College and General Public

Logo image for Gale Literary SourcesUsers will be able to cross-search Literature Resource Center, LitFinder, Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Literature Criticism, Twayne’s Authors, and Scribner Writers.

Audience: High School through College and General Public

Logo image for Gale PowerSearchAllows a user to search Gale's General OneFile, Student Edition, General Reference Center Gold, Gale Virtual Reference Library, and Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center at the same time.

Audience: Middle School through College and General Public

virtual reference library_0.jpgA database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office).

Audience: Middle School through College and General Public

Logo image for InforTrac General OneFIleA 'mega-content' database indexing over 6,000 periodicals, newspapers, and newswires with backfile coverage from 1980 to present, updated daily. The database includes full text articles for 3,000 periodicals, 89 wire services and business press releases. OneFile offers single source searching for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics.

Audience: Middle School through College and General Public

Logo image for General Reference Center GoldGeneral interest database offering a single search interface to find the latest content covering current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.

Audience: Middle School through College and General Public

Logo image for GreenFILEGreenFILE offers well-researched information. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for approximately 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.

Audience: High School through College and General Public

Logo image for Health InfoNet of AlabamaHealth InfoNet of Alabama is a free, award-winning consumer health information service of the Alabama public and medical libraries. This website is designed as a service for online users and a gateway to quality information resources. If you don't find what you're looking for here, please call your local public library and ask for Health InfoNet assistance.

Audience: High School through College and General Public

Logo image for Health Source: Consumer EditionConsumer health information on health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. It provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines.

Audience: High School through College and General Public

Logo image for Health Source: Nursing/Academic EditionHealth Source: Nursing/Academic Edition provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.

Audience: College, Medical Professionals, and General Public

Logo image for History Reference CenterHistory Reference Center features cover-to-cover full text for more than 650 historical encyclopedias and other non-fiction books. The database also includes full text for nearly 60 leading history periodicals; 58,000 historical documents; 43,000 biographies of historical figures; more than 12,000 historical photos and maps; and 87 hours of historical film and video.

Audience: High School through College and General Public

Logo image for Image Collection via MasterFILE PremierMasterFILE Premier also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps & flags.

Audience: General Public

Logo image for InformeProvides access to Spanish- and Portuguese-language scholarly journals and magazines. The database offers a wide range of content both from and about Latin America.

Audience: All

kids info bits.jpgKids InfoBits features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

Audience: Elementary School and Middle School

Logo image for Library, Information Science &Technology AbstractsLibrary, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) indexes more than 560 core journals, plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.

Audience: Media Specialists, College, and General Public

literature criticism online.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

literature resource center.jpgLiterature Resource Center provides access to more than 160,000 entires with in-depth biographical, bibliographical, and contextual information on authors' works and lives. The database includes access to literature criticism, biographies, topic and work overviews, news, primary sources, literary works, images, links to audio interviews, and reviews.

Audience: High School, College, and General Public

litfinder.pngLitFinder 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

 

masultra_se_200x100.jpgMAS Ultra Student Edition provides access to full-text biographies, primary source documents, reference books, an image collection, and expanded full text backfiles for key magazines.

Audience: High School, College, and General Public

Logo image for MasterFILE PremierDesigned specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest. It also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps & flags.

Audience: General Public

Logo image for Medline PlusMedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 650 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials. MedlinePlus is updated daily.

Audience: General Public

Logo image for Military and Government CollectionMilitary & Government Collection provides full text for nearly 300 military and general interest publications. Designed to bring current news to all branches of the military.

Audience: Military Personnel and General Public

Logo image for Newspaper SourceNewspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 US & international newspapers. It also contains selected full text for 389 regional U.S. newspapers. Full text TV & radio news transcripts are also provided.

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

Logo image for Opposing Viewpoints in ContextDrawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, OVRC features continuously updated viewpoints, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

Audience: High School through College and General Public

oxfordenglishdictionary.jpgThe Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It 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. The OED covers words from across the English-speaking world, from North America to South Africa, from Australia and New Zealand to the Caribbean. It also offers the best in etymological analysis and in listing of variant spellings, and it shows pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Audience: High School through College and General Public

OxfordReference.jpgOxford Reference Online Premium brings together language and subject reference works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource. The Core Collection contains over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. It is a fully-indexed, cross-searchable database of these books, giving subscribers unprecedented access to a comprehensive information resource. The Premium Collection offers all of the above, plus added functionality and more detailed information across a broad subject range from titles in the world-renowned Oxford Companions Series, to enhance the coverage already provided by the award-winning Core Collection.

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

oxfordscholarship.jpgOxford Reference Online offers full-text access to 89 academic monographs in Business & Management, Mathematics, Public Health & Epidemiology, and Social Work.

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. It features more than 200 animal articles correlated to life science standards, animal audio and video, carefully leveled text, educational games, and innovative read-aloud capabilities. Web access from school or home makes PebbleGo an ideal K-3 resource. PebbleGo features easy-to-use searching tools, and introduces early learners to database and research concepts.

PebbleGo Science lets beginning researchers explore the world around them. Aligned to Next Generation Science standards and supportive of STEM instruction, PebbleGo Science covers key topics in life, physical and Earth and space science along with engineering and technology. Expertly-leveled text, simple navigation and read-aloud audio recorded by professional voice-over artists make PebbleGo Science an indispensable tool for early elementary instruction.

Audience: PreK-3

Logo image for Points of View Reference CenterProvides students and schools with a series of controversial essays and presents multiple sides of the issue.

Audience: High School through College and General Public

Logo image for ProCitizenProCitizen helps you prepare for the U.S. Naturalization Test with 100 informative videos,  practice exercises, and quizzes.

Audience: General Public

Logo image for Professional Development CollectionDesigned for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. It also contains more than 200 educational reports.

Audience: College, Educators, and General Public

Pronunciator600-x-400_5.jpgLearn 100 languages with Pronunciator. Each language course has on average 9,500 instructional phrases. Many languages also have live teachers to provide one-to-one instructions. It allows users to learn any language, in virtually any other language. Learn sign language with 20,000 instructional videos. This resource has four types of ESL (American, Australian, British, and Canadian) for speakers of 55 non-English languages.

Audience: All (Pronunciator English User Manual) (Pronunciator Spanish User Manual)

Logo image for PubMedPubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, provides access to over 11 million MEDLINE citations back to the mid-1960's and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.

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

Logo image for Regional Business NewsThis database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. This database is updated on a daily basis.

Audience: High School through College and General Public

Logo image for Research in ContextResearch in Context combines the best of Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history.

Audience: Middle School and High School

Logo image for Scribner Writer SeriesThe Scribner Writers Series includes 1,564 essays on authors of all nationalities and time periods. Many authors are seen from multiple perspectives in two, three, or even four essays--a broad bio critical overview as well as specialized treatments. Each essay includes a concise introductory preface and a biography placing the author's work within a personal and historical framework.

Audience: Middle School through High School and General Public

student edition.jpgDesigned to help students complete school assignments and find general information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more. The database offers full text articles from 325 magazines, newspapers, and reference books most often selected by libraries for this age group.

Audience: Middle School through High School

Logo image for Twayne's Authors SeriesThese series offer literary criticism and in-depth introductions to the lives and works, history and influence of literary movements, and the development of literary genres. The electronic publications contain the full text of lengthy articles for 600 authors, 200 each for individual World, US, or English authors. The series supports literary interpretation from high school through college.

Audience: High School through College and General Public

Logo image for Vocational and Career CollectionVocational & Career Collection is designed for vocational and technical libraries servicing high schools, community colleges, trade institutions and public libraries. The collection provides full text coverage for nearly 340 trade and industry related periodicals including American Machinist, Pediatric Nursing, Wireless Week, Drug Store News, Reeves Journal, Hotel and Motel Management, Restaurant Business, Advertising Age, and many more.

Audience: Middle School through College and General Public

vocations.jpgVocations and Careers Collection provides access to magazines and journals that aid in researching a vocation, finding an appropriate institution of learning, job searching, and maintaining a career. Access hundreds of current periodicals, from general career guides to highly specialized industry journals.

Audience: High School, College, and General Public

Logo image for WorldCatSearch the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world.

Audience: College