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Educator Resources

A showcase of the resources we have available for educators in our catalog.

Alabama Virtual Library


"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."

You can access AVL through this link:

Access should be provided to users of all internet services within the state of Alabama, but in some areas the website may ask for an AVL username and password in order to get in. In those cases, visit one of our physical locations here and we will be happy to generate a login for you.

Preschool and Elementary Resources

Britannica School Elementary

  • Four Age-Appropriate Encyclopedias
  • Current Magazine and Journal Articles
  • Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate and Student Dictionaries and Thesauri (Audio Pronunciations)
  • World Atlas
  • Learning Materials Correlated to the Alabama State Standards

Encyclopedia of Alabama

The Encyclopedia of Alabama is a free, online reference resource on Alabama’s history, culture, geography, and natural environment. It was developed by the Alabama Humanities Foundation and Auburn University with generous financial support from across the state.


EXPLORA Elementary Schools

  • Simple Search
  • Easy-to-Browse Categories
  • Topic Overviews

GALE Kids Infobits

  • Graphic Interface
  • Subject-Based Topic Tree Search
  • Full-Text, Curriculum-Related Magazine, Newspaper and Reference Content
  • Current Events, the Arts, Science, Health, People, Government, History, Sports, Etc.

PebbleGo Animals & Science

  • More than 200 Animal Articles
  • Correlated to Science Standards
  • Educational Games
  • Audio and Video
  • Read-Aloud Capabilities


  • Learn 100 Languages
  • An Average of 9,500 Instructional Phrases Per Language
  • Create Personalized Courses
  • Over 6,000 Downloadable PDF Phrasebooks
  • 600,000+ Hours of Downloadable Audio Lessons
  • Learn Sign Language with 20,000 Instructional Videos

Middle and High School Resources


Academic Search Premier

  • Full Text and Images
  • Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Psychology, Religion & Theology, Etc.
  • Magazines, Journals, and Periodicals.



EXPLORA High Schools

  • Simple Search
  • Easy-to-Browse Categories
  • Topic Overviews

Gale Opposing Viewpoints

  • One-Stop Source for Information on Social Issues
  • Access Viewpoint Articles, Topic Overviews, Statistics, Primary Documents, Links to Websites, and Full-Text Magazine and Newspaper Articles

Gale Literary Sources

Simultaneously search literary resources such as:

  • Literature Resource Center
  • LitFinder
  • Contemporary Authors
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography
  • Literature Criticism Online
  • Twayne's Authors Series
  • Scribner Writers Series

Gale Power Search

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • General OneFile‚Äč
  • Opposing Viewpoints In Context
  • Student Edition

Medline Plus

Extensive Information from the National Institutes of Health and Other Trusted Sources on Over 650 Diseases and Conditions

Oxford Scholarship Online

  • Business & Management
  • Computer Science
  • Economics & Finance
  • Mathematics
  • Public Health & Epidemiology
  • Social Work