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Alabama Resources

Alabama Libraries

A collection libraries and institutions within Alabama that provide collections and other services for doing research.

Alabama Mosaic

Alabama Mosaic is a repository of digital materials on Alabama's history, culture, places, and people. Its purpose is to make unique historical treasures from Alabama's archives, libraries, museums, and other repositories electronically accessible to Alabama residents and to students, researchers, and the general public in other states and countries. 

Birmingham Public Library Digital Collection

BPL's Digital Collections were created to preserve and make available the local history of Birmingham and the surrounding area. These resources may help students, teachers, genealogists, historians and interested citizens learn more about the history of Birmingham.

Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970; Alabama

Produced for over a century, more than 660,000 Sanborn maps chart the growth and development of more than 12,000 American towns and cities. Sanborn maps are large-scale plans of a city or town, drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch. They were created to assist fire insurance companies as they assessed the risk associated with insuring a particular property. The maps list street blocks and building numbers including numbers in use at the time the map was made and previous numbers.

Encyclopedia of Alabama

he Encyclopedia of Alabama is an online resource on Alabama history, culture, geography, and natural environment. This site offers articles on Alabama's famous people, historic events, sports, art, literature, industry, government, plant and animal life, agriculture, recreation, and so much more.

Alabama Legal Forms

Welcome to Alabama Legal Forms Library. There are several ways to use this resource. Explore using the buttons below or search by keyword in the searchbox.

Business Index ASAP

Management issues, economic indicators, business theories and practices, activities of companies and industries worldwide. Full-text articles, images, and citations from academic journals and trade magazines.

Business Source Premier

Part of EBSCOhost Web. Full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles, Full text back to 1886, Searchable cited references back to 1998, Marketing, Management, MIS, POM, Accounting, Finance and Economics.

GPO Monthly Catalog

Covers all types of U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; and documents issued by executive departments(Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.)

Military & Government Collection

Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals, and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites. 

Proceedings First

An OCLC index of worldwide conference proceedings.  Covers every published congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received by The British Library Document Supply Centre

Reference Solutions

The premier source for residential and business information for business and research.

Social Security Express

Get information about your social security benefits, apply for benefits and more. Sign In or Create a my Social Security account. 

Education, Test Prep. & Career


ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, contains more than 1.3 million records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966.

Homework Alabama and

Free Tutoring - Math - Science - Social Studies - English Grades K3-12, College Intro, and Adult Learner

Available Sunday through Thursday from 3p.m. until 10 p.m.

Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life.

Professional Development Collection

Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This database also contains more than 200 educational reports. Professional Development Collection is the most comprehensive collection of full text education journals in the world.

Tuition Funding Sources

Tuition Funding Sources is a private website designed to help students find scholarships, college and career information.  Offering $41 Billion in scholarship awards along with a career personality test and detailed college and career information.

Vocational and Career Collection

Part of EBSCOhost Web. Full text of articles in over 360 trade and industry related periodicals.

Foreign Language

EBSCO Deutsch

ERIC, das Education Resource Information Center enthält über 1.300.000 Datensätze und Links zu mehr als 323.000 Volltext-Dokumenten bis zurück in das Jahr 1966.

EBSCO Espanol

EBSCOhost Web contiene el texto completo de revistas y títulos revisados por pares de: Academic Search Premier, Alt HealthWatch, biografía de referencia del Banco (HW Wilson), Colección de Libros: No Ficción, Business Source Premier, ERIC, GreenFILE, Fuente de la Salud - Edición del Consumidor, Fuente de la Salud : Enfermería / Academic Edition, Historia del Centro de Referencia, Lexi-PALS Guía de drogas, el MAS Ultra - School Edition, MasterFILE Premier, Militar y la colección de Gobierno, Fuente de periódicos, la colección de Desarrollo Profesional, Regional Business News, profesional y Colección Carrera.

EBSCO Français

ERIC (Educational Resource Information Center) contient plus de 1 300 000 entrées, ainsi que des liens vers plus de 323 000 documents en texte intégral remontant à 1966.

Mango Language Learning

Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more


Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios,salud,tecnología,cultura,temas de actualidad y otras materias

Health & Medical

Alt Health Watch

Part of EBSOhost Web offering 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. Featureing an index and abstracts going back as far as 1984, and full text going back as far as 1990

Health Source: Consumer Edition

Part of EBSCOhost Web containing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Health Source: Consumer Edition provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic

This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.

Medline Plus

Web site for the National Institutes of Health, produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues offering reliable, up-to-date health information.  Audience: Patients and their families and friends


Over 21 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

Journals and Magazines

Publication Finder

Find publication resources available from the library's collection. (This link is only available by going through the Alabama Virtual Library website)

Literature Resources


Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world, supplemented by the scholarly materials of the Scribner Writers Series and Twayne's World, U.S., and English Authors Series.

Lit Finder

Covering world literature and authors throughout history, LitFinder contains a wealth of literary works including over 150,000 full-text poems and 800,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays. For students or patrons seeking a deeper view into literature, LitFinder also includes secondary materials like biographies, images, and more! From Shakespeare's sonnets to poems by Donald Hall or short stories from Edgar Allan Poe to works by Annie Proulx, LitFinder has you covered.

Twayne Authors

Features the content of more than 600 books that comprise three series - United States Authors, English Authors and World Authors.

Magazines - General

Academic Search Premier

Full text and images from over 4,700 journals covering biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion & theology, etc.


EBSCOhost web contains full-text Journals and Peer-Reviewed titles from: Academic Search Premier, Alt HealthWatch, Biography Reference Bank (H.W. Wilson), Book Collection: Nonfiction, Business Source Premier, ERIC, GreenFILE, Health Source - Consumer Edition, Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition, History Reference Center, Lexi-PALS Drug Guide, MAS Ultra - School Edition, MasterFILE Premier, Military & Government Collection, Newspaper Source, Professional Development Collection, Regional Business News, Vocational and Career Collection.

Gale Powersearch

Search for any term or phrase and find articles from 1,000 of magazines, journals, newspapers and books along with videos, images and podcast content.

InfoTrac OneFile

A one-stop source 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. Millions of full-text articles, many with images - updated daily.

InfoTrac Student Edition

This database is cross searchable with E-Books, this periodical database is designed for high-school students with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more. Has over 17,295,223 articles in April 28, 2012. All articles have been published between 1980 and 2012.

MAS Ultra School Edition

Part of EBSCOhost Web is designed specifically for high school libraries, this database contains full text for nearly 500 popular, high school magazines. MAS Ultra – School Edition also provides more than 360 full text reference books, 85,670 biographies, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs and expanded full text backfiles (back to 1975) for key magazines.

MASTERfile Premier

This database is Part of EBSCOhost Web and is designed specifically for public libraries, is multidisciplinary, provides full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals with full-text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE 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. This database is updated daily.

Magazines - Specialized

Green File

Part of EBSCOhost Web - offering well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. 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 more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.

Library, Info. Science (citations)

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective 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.


OCLC index of papers presented at conferences worldwide.  Covers every published congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received by The British Library Document Supply Centre.  Database contains a wide variety of subjects discussed at the covered meetings.  (1993 to the present)


Newspaper Source

Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 (U.S.) & international newspapers. The database also contains selective full text for 389 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are also provided.

The Birmingham News

Part of NewsBank America's News. Full text articles of the Birmingham News in an electronic edition of the record of publication from April 27, 1993 to Current.

The New York Times

Enjoy complimentary access to The New York Times digital edition. Access is available through the web and through The New York Times mobile apps. The crossword puzzle is not included.


Book Collection: Nonfiction

Contains informative abstracts, searchable full text for more than 4,100 popular nonfiction books. With full text entries on core subject areas, as well as information on careers, health, sports, adventure, technology, life skills and more.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) you can browse, search and download eBook articles anytime from any Internet-connected device. The eBooks you can access are digitally reproduced from trusted, authoritative reference works from Gale and our publishing partners as selected by the Jefferson County Library Cooperative.

History Reference Center

History Reference Center offers full text from more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, cover to cover full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals, nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 78,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 113,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.

InfoTrac General Reference Center Gold

This databases contains general interest that integrates a variety of sources - newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more. Database contains 72,435,148 articles updated as recently as April 28, 2012. All articles have been published between 1980 and 2012.

Opposing Viewpoints Resources

Part of Gale Databases, Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the new solution features continuously updated viewpoint articles, 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.

Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford English Dictionary (OED), a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world. OED, updated every three months.

Oxford Reference Online Premium

Oxford Reference Online Premium service contains 100+ dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press in the Core Collection with an expanding range of key titles from the acclaimed Oxford Companions Series, plus the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.  Which adds an additional 140,000 entries.

Points of View Reference Center

Points of View Reference Center is designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. High school and undergraduate students can use Points of View as a guide to debate, developing arguments, writing position papers, and for development of critical thinking skills. Each Points of View Essay includes a series of questions and additional material to generate further thought. Also included are thousands of supporting articles from the world’s top political and societal publications.

Search Other Libraries

OCLC FirstSearch (STARS)

Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) FirstSearch, contains over 52,000,000 records from libraries around the state and covers dates prior to 1000 BC to the present. Materials/Subjects included are books, manuscripts, websites, and, internet, resources, maps, computer programs, musical scores, films and slides, newspapers, journals and magazines, sound, recordings, articles, chapters, papers, videotapes.


Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) WorldCat, contains over 179 million records from OCLC member libraries and covers dates prior to 1000 BC to the present. Materials/Subjects included are books, manuscripts, websites, and, internet, resources, maps, computer programs, musical scores, films and slides, newspapers, journals and magazines, sound, recordings, articles, chapters, papers, videotapes. Updated Daily.

Specialty Resources

Ancestry Library Edition

In Library Use Only - Use Ancestry Library Edition to to explore your family's history by accessing census records, court documents, military records, photographs, immigration records, directories and more.

Chilton Library - Auto Repair represents the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models. gives you the confidence to service or repair virtually any system on your vehicle.


(In Library Access Only), Inc. offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process.

Heritage Quest Online

Heritage Quest Online for genealogical research. Contains: Census images for decades 1790-1930, Books with family and local histories, Index of over 2.3 million geneolgy and local history articles, Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank records from 1865-1874 and US Congress records including memorials, petitions and private relief actions.

Nations of the World, 2018

Nations of the World. Nations of the World offers tremendous insight into current living conditions and social, political, and economic climates of 235 nations.

WorldCat Discovery

The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service makes it possible for library users in Jefferson County to borrow books, photocopies of articles, and government publications not already owned by the public libraries of Jefferson County. Through WorldCat Discovery, library users may search and request titles from public and academic libraries across the United States.