The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources. It is primarily a group of online databases that have magazine, journal, and newspaper articles for research. Through the AVL, an equitable core of information sources is available to every student and citizen in Alabama, raising the level of excellence in schools and communities across the state.
The Alabama Virtual Library uses geo-location technology to authenticate Alabama residents, which allows most Alabama residents to access AVL from their homes without the need for a username and password.
If the geolocation technology is unable to "recognize" a user as an Alabama resident, then residents may login with an AVL Card. AVL Cards may also be used to gain access when a resident is traveling outside the state. Visit your CACC library to request an AVL (remote access) card.
Academic Search Premier--a leading multidisciplinary research databases which provides acclaimed full-text journals, magazines, and other valuable resources
Alabama Libraries--online catalogs of many Alabama libraries
Alabama Mosaic--AlabamaMosaic 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.
Britannica Academic--The combination of Encyclopædia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools provides the variety of reliable sources that students need to consult when conducting thorough collegiate research.
Britannica E-Books--E-books on the following topics:
Business Collection--provides full-text coverage of all business disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, as well as business theory and practice
Business 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
Business Source Premier--Full text articles and images from nearly 7,600 periodicals and other sources covering business, marketing, management, MIS, POM, economics, finance, banking, accounting, and much more. Datamonitor Company Profiles are also available
Ebscohost Search--Simultaneously search:
Encyclopedia of Alabama--resource on Alabama history, culture, geography, and natural environment
Ethnic NewsWatch--features newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing researchers access to essential, often overlooked perspectives
Gale Literary Sources--Simultaneously search:
Gale PowerSearch--Allows a user to search Gale's Professional Collection, General OneFile, Student Edition, LegalTrac, Expanded Academic ASAP, General Reference Center Gold, Gale Virtual Reference Library, and Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center at the same time
History 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
Informe--Full text for 50 general interest Spanish-language and bilingual periodicals and El Neuvo Herald (Miami). Users must formulate queries in Spanish because indexing and thesaurus terms on based on Spanish terms
Medline Plus--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 trial
Opposing Viewpoints in Context--supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Informed, differing views help learners develop critical-thinking skills and draw their own conclusions
Oxford English Dictionary--guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world
Points of View Reference Center--designed to provide students and schools with a series of controversial essays, presents multiple sides of a current issue, and essays provide questions and materials for further thought and study
PubMed--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
Serials Solutions--a reference tool to determine which full-text electronic magazines and journals are available through the AVL licensed databases
Why use the AVL rather than just an internet search engine? The databases on the AVL website have been reviewed and evaluated by experts and are considered valid and reliable.
Is there a fee to use the AVL? No, AVL resources are provided to all Alabama citizens by funding from the Alabama Legislature.
Where can I get an AVL card? At your CACC library!