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Encyclopedia of Alabama: Using Encyclopedia of Alabama

This guide will help you use Encyclopedia of Alabama database located in Alabama Virtual Library (AVL).

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Using Alabama Virtual Library

Articles can be accessed through Alabama Virtual Library. Below are the ways to access Alabama Virtual Library.

  • To access AVL on-campus, simply use any campus-based computer.
  • To access AVL off-campus, please visit the Access Services Desk in the Owen Hall Library & Learning Resource Center or fill out the online registration form to register for a username and password.*

    AVL Registration Form

‚Äč* Note: Alabama Virtual Library will send you an email with your login information shortly. For immediate use, the library staff will email your temporary credentials to use. The temporary credentials will expire after one week.

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Using Encyclopedia of Alabama

To access EBSCOhost Search: 

From the Alabama Virtual Library (AVL) Homepage, click “All Resources” at the top of the page.

Then scroll through the list and choose Encyclopedia of Alabama.

The homepage will open up and look like this:

This database 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. Auburn University hosts EOA's editorial office through the Office of University Outreach, in partnership with University Libraries and the Office of Information Technology.

You can search by keyword or phrase from the search box above or you can use any of the listed subject areas. For an example, I am going to search “Phenix City, AL.” The results page will look like this:

The blue hyperlinks will take you directly to the article. The title of the article and a brief snippet will be listed for each article.

The picture above shows how the article will appear in Encyclopedia of Alabama. The title of the article and author(s) will be listed at the top of the page. At the right are some tools that allows you to print, map, or share the article to various social media sites.

Also on the right side of the article, there may be further information that is related to the article such as related articles, external links, multimedia, and/or etc.

We hope that this tutorial will help you with your use of Encyclopedia of Alabama. If you have any questions, please ask us at the Access Services Desk inside the Owen Hall Library & Learning Resource Center or click on the Contact Us tab above.