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.

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

ebsco_sm_0.jpgFunk 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

gie_sm.jpgGale In Context: Elementary provides access to leveled content that covers topics from art, geography, literature, science & technology, and more. Gale In Context: Elementary also provides access to over 16,000 images, over 600 videos, and 1,700 charts and graphs.

Audience: Elementary School and Middle School