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Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) Abstracts and full text articles from thousands of academic and peer-reviewed publications.

AccessScience An authoritative and dynamic online resource that contains incisively written, high-quality reference material that covers all major scientific disciplines. An award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, it offers links to primary research material, videos and exclusive animations, plus specially designed curriculum maps for teachers.

Alabama Coal Mine Fatalities, 1898 - 1938 consists of 2188 records compiled by the staff of Birmingham Public Library's Government Documents Department using available annual reports of Alabama mine inspectors from 1898 through 1938.

Alabama Decorative Arts Survey This database contains digitized images of the Decorative Arts Survey photographs and survey sheets.

Alabama Episcopal Church Registers The Alabama Episcopal Church Registers database lists confirmations, baptisms, marriages and burials for more than 14,000 people in sixteen Alabama parishes for the period of the 1830s to the 1970s.

Alabama Inventors Database Includes inventors who lived in Alabama at the time they received their patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The Government Documents Department of the Birmingham Public Library compiles these records and updates the database on an ongoing basis.

Alabama Legal Forms Take the law into your own hands and create accurate, reliable legal documents with no hassle with Gale LegalForms. It offers Alabama-specific "attorney forms" – officially approved forms actually used by law firms. Many of the forms and documents are available in Word and Adobe format so you just need to simply "fill in the blanks."

Alabama Mosaic 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.

Alt HealthWatch (EBSCO) Focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness, offering full-text articles for more than 180 international, and often peer-reviewed journals and reports.

Ancestry (available only inside the library) In celebration of Alabama's bicentennial, Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) is now available for use at all Alabama public libraries. This puts billions of genealogical resources at the fingertips of any Alabama resident with a library card.

Birmingham Black Barons One of the most successful baseball teams in the Negro Leagues, played from the 1920's until the 1950's. The team played their home games at Rickwood Field. This database is a keyword index to articles that appeared in local newspapers including the Birmingham News, the Birmingham World and the Birmingham Reporter. The Government Documents Department of the Birmingham Public Library is compiling this database which is being updated regularly.

Black Freedom Struggle in the United States This website presents primary source documents from several of the time periods in American History when the river of the Black Freedom Struggle ran more powerfully, while not losing sight of the fierce, often violent opposition that Black people have faced on the road to freedom. This website contains approximately 1,600 documents focused on six different phases of Black Freedom: Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860), The Civil War and the Reconstruction Era (1861-1877), Jim Crow Era from 1878 to the Great Depression (1878-1932), The New Deal and World War II (1933-1945), The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (1946-1975), and The Contemporary Era (1976-2000)

Book Collection: Nonfiction (EBSCO) A rich research database for public libraries, it contains informative abstracts and full text for more than 2,000 popular nonfiction books. The database includes full text entries on social studies and science, as well as information on careers, health, sports, adventure, and technology.

Britannica E-Books Over 325 Britannica e-books on subjects like biographies, geography, government, history, literature, math, philosophy, science, and sports.

Britannica Academic Edition Encyclopædia Britannica Online includes the complete encyclopedia, as well as Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, Britannica Student Encyclopedia and the Britannica Book of the Year. Through this service, you can find more than 118,000 articles, updated and revised by Encyclopædia Britannica editors and contributors; over 14,000 illustrations, including photographs, drawings, maps, and flags; and more than 215,000 entries--including definitions, pronunciation guides, and word histories.

Britannica Public Library Edition Includes two unique home pages -- one for children and another for adults -- that will serve an entire library community with a single product. Britannica Online Public Library Edition contains 4 full encyclopedias, the Encyclopædia Britannica, Compton’s by Britannica, Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia, and Britannica Concise Encyclopedia each covering the research needs of a different age group. Along with this encyclopedia content, Public Library Edition contains full-text magazine articles, Web sites that have been reviewed and verified by Britannica editors, a homework help section for students, a world atlas, Merriam-Webster dictionaries and thesauri for children and adults, a Spanish-English dictionary, video and audio content, daily content updates, and more. Audience: general public.

Britannica School Edition Offers teachers and students access to three complete encyclopedias, the Encyclopedia Britannica, the Britannica Student Encyclopedia and the Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia that ensure consistency with classroom-topics and age-appropriate language. Teacher and student tools are also included such as video, media, journals, magazines, interactive activity guides, lesson plans, an Internet guide and downloadable student activities. The School Edition has 118,000 articles, 22,000 images, 2,000 video clips, 24,000 biographies and detailed maps of 196 countries. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary and Thesaurus and Spotlight features are also a part of this resource.

Business Collection Provides coverage of all business disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, as well as business theory and practice. Users will understand the activities of companies and industries worldwide through business and trade publications, complemented by a selection of international, U.S., and regional news publications.

Business Index 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 Insights: Essentials Company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, histories, chronologies. Detailed news and information on companies and industry.  

Business Source Premier (EBSCO) Provides full text for more than 2,300 business-related journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles, and is updated daily.

Chilton Library The world's most comprehensive and trusted automotive repair database with easy-to-follow, step-by-step repair guidance on thousands of cars and trucks from 1940 to the present.

Civil Rights Digital Library Promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement by helping users discover primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale.

Duolingo Free science-based language education platform.

Digital Collections Birmingham Public Library'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, Alabama.

DigitalLearn.org is a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy. Feedback from public library staff directed PLA to develop courses on the most basic skills, such as using a computer, navigating a web site, and searching. Modules are video-based with narration, 6 to 22 minutes long, written at the 4th grade reading level, and help learners practice skills like using a mouse and setting up passwords. Nearly all modules are available in Spanish as well as English.

EBSCOhost Full text articles, abstracts, and citations from magazines, newspapers, academic and professional journals, trade publications, reference works, travel guides, ERIC(r) the Educational Resource Information Center, etc. Daily news updates. General reference, current events, business, consumer health, general science, and multi-cultural periodicals. Images and maps. Electric Library Full text from popular magazines, reference books, travel guides, newspapers, and broadcast transcripts. Find topics, pictures, and maps by subject. Many options for sorting results include relevance, date, reading level. Has a "go to best part" feature.

Encyclopedia of Alabama An ever-growing, comprehensive source of information on Alabama's history, culture, geography, and environment.

ERIC Educational Resource Information Center. Full text of more than 2,200 digests. Citations and abstracts from over 980 educational and education-related journals.

Ethnic NewsWatch Information about ethnic groups in articles, editorials, and reviews. Newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic and minority press.

First Search (OCLC) Worldwide library catalog identifies libraries that own items searched. Comprehensive reference service available only though libraries. Databases, links to the World Wide Web, over 10 million online full-text articles, full-image articles from over 4,000 Children.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

Gale In Context: Elementary Meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

Gale Virtual Reference Library Gale Virtual Reference Library delivers a wealth of eBook reference content in a database format, allowing libraries to choose exactly which titles to make available to their patrons. The sources that Gale Virtual Reference Library offers in eBook format include multi-volume encyclopedias, biographical collections, business plan handbooks, company history compilations, consumer health references, and specialized reference sources. Subjects covered include Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science.

General OneFile Millions of full-text magazine articles on business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature, art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, etc. Images.

GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects. Multidisciplinary by nature, GreenFILE draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for approximately 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records. Audience: high school through college, general public.

Health InfoNet of Alabama is a free, award-winning consumer health information service of the Alabama public and medical libraries.

Health Source: Consumer Edition Richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Health Source: Consumer Edition features searchable full text for nearly 150 journals. This database is updated on a daily basis.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition Provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features abstracts and indexing for nearly 850 journals. This database is updated on a daily basis.

History Reference Source 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.

Homework Alabama Alabama's Free Live Online Homework Help Service: HomeworkAlabama.org. This service offers free homework help from subject specialists. Available Everyday from 3 p.m. until Midnight! Free Tutoring - Math - Science - Social Studies - English, Grades 4-12 and College Intro. HomeworkAlabama.org is provided free of charge to all residents of Alabama by APLS (the State Library of Alabama) and your local Public Library with a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Image Collection via MasterFILE Premier an Image Collection of 592,000 photos, maps & flags

¡Informe! (Revistas en Español) Spanish magazine articles. Searchable in Spanish. Some articles in English. Current events, business, health, technology, culture, etc.

Jefferson County Probate Court, Loose Records (1852-1936) An Index for Boxes 1-637 (Birmingham) and Bessemer - 1916-1936. The microfilmed "loose records" are located in the Jefferson County Courthouse. Records that were not filmed can be accessed only through the Records Room of the Probate Court in Birmingham, AL. The Birmingham Public Library does not have this set of microfilm.

Kids Search This new interface is designed to offer elementary school students an easy-to-use and graphically appealing search experience, including improved functionality over Searchasaurus and Primary Search. It features better relevancy ranking, topic searching and access to a wide variety of source types. The Basic Search screen highlights Topics rather than Source Types, and includes the ability to search Images or Images/Videos, from the toolbar.

LearningExpressLibrary Skill-building and test preparation materials for standardized tests. Interactive practice exams based on official exams. Scoring and analysis of practice test responses. Basic skills, college preparatory, civil service, GED, and some specific careers.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) indexes more than 600 periodicals, plus books, research reports and proceedings.

Literary Sources Users will be able to cross-search Literature Resource Center, LitFinder, Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Literature Criticism, Twayne's Authors, and Scribner Writers.

Literature Resource Center Includes Contemporary Authors --Scribner's Writers Series --Twayne's Authors Series Biographies, bibliographies, and critical analysis of more than 120,000 literary figures from all time periods in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, history, journalism, etc. Full-text, excerpted, and commissioned essays. Explanations and overviews of prominent literary works. Links to about 5,000 Web sites on major authors and their works. Timeline placing literature within historical context. 2,300 author portraits. Search by author, title, genre, literary movement or theme.  

Live Homework Help Alabama's Free Live Online Homework Help Service: HomeworkAlabama.org. This service offers free homework help from subject specialists. Available Everyday from 3 p.m. until Midnight! Free Tutoring - Math - Science - Social Studies - English, Grades 4-12 and College Intro. HomeworkAlabama.org is provided free of charge to all residents of Alabama by APLS (the State Library of Alabama) and your local Public Library with a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Magazines Enjoy magazines, ebooks, and audiobooks all in one place; OverDrive is excited to offer OverDrive Magazines, over 4,000 popular titles supplied in partnership with ZINIO and available to read in Libby! OverDrive Magazines have no circulation cap and allow unlimited simultaneous use, so patrons can enjoy every issue of every magazine. With smart tags in Libby, patrons can be notified when each new issue is released.

MasterFILE Premier Supports the general reference questions of public library users; indexes 2,780 journals, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal; full text for over 1,840 journals, including Consumer Reports and Business Week nearly 5,000 Magill's Book Reviews, and Essential Documents in American History.

MedlinePlus Extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 650 diseases and conditions.

Merck Manuals First published in 1899 as a small reference book for physicians and pharmacists, the Manual grew in size and scope to become one of the most widely used comprehensive medical resources for professionals and consumers. As the Manual evolved, it continually expanded the reach and depth of its offerings to reflect the mission of providing the best medical information of the day to a wide cross-section of users, including medical professionals and students, veterinarians and veterinary students, and consumers.

Merriam-Webster Online For more than 150 years, in print and now online, Merriam-Webster has been America's leading and most-trusted provider of language information.

Military & Government Collection  Full text from over 330 military and general interest publications; current news for all branches of the military; includes Military Review, Parameters, Army Times, and Defense.

Newspaper Source Selected full text for over 200 regional U.S. newspapers, international newspapers, newswires, newspaper columns and other sources as well as indexing and abstracts for national newspapers. This database is updated daily. Audience: middle school through college, general public.

Oak Hill Memorial Cemetery Interments In 1871 the City of Birmingham purchased from the Elyton Land Company 21.5 acres of land for a city cemetery (later named Oak Hill). The deed was issued December 29, 1873. As the first city cemetery, Oak Hill became the resting place for virtually all of the Birmingham pioneers. Although the majority of burials at Oak Hill Cemetery date back before the 1930's, it remains an active cemetery, averaging fifteen burials per year.

Obituary Index : Birmingham Area Newspapers Ongoing project of the Government Documents Department of the Birmingham Public Library. Obituaries from three Birmingham area newspapers are included: Birmingham News Birmingham World Methodist Christian Advocate.

Occupational Outlook Handbook The premier source for career information! The profiles featured here cover hundreds of occupations and describe What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, and more. Each profile also includes BLS employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.   

Opposing Viewpoints in Context Draws on the acclaimed social issues series published by Greenhaven Press, as well as core reference content from other Gale and Macmillan Reference USA sources to provide a complete 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.  

Oxford English Dictionary Accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books. The OED covers words from across the English-speaking world, from North America to South Africa, from Australia and New Zealand to the Caribbean. It also offers the best in etymological analysis and in listing of variant spellings, and it shows pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Oxford Reference Brings together language and subject reference works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource. The Core Collection contains over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. It is a fully-indexed, cross-searchable database of these books, giving subscribers unprecedented access to a comprehensive information resource. The Premium Collection offers all of the above, plus added functionality and more detailed information across a broad subject range from titles in the world-renowned Oxford Companions Series, to enhance the coverage already provided by the award-winning Core Collection.

Pebble Go PebbleGo Animals & Science from Capstone includes more than 200 animal articles, correlated to science standards, educational games, audio and video, and has read-aloud capabilities

Points of View Reference Source Provides students and schools with a series of controversial essays presents multiple sides of a current issue designed to provide students and schools with a series of controversial essays. Essays provide questions and materials for further thought and study. 

Power Search (Thomson Gale) A super-powered search engine featuring innovative cross-searching capabilities, users can access all the Thomson Gale content in the library's collection by exploring one, several or all available databases simultaneously.

Pronunciator is a fun and free way to learn any of 87 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more.

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. It is the most comprehensive collection of full text education journals in the world.

PubMed comprises more than 26 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.

Red Mountain Cemetery, Records of Interments, 1888-1906 Red Mountain Cemetery, sometimes called Southside Cemetery, was used by the City of Birmingham from 1888 to 1906 as a place to bury the indigent dead. The cemetery contains 4,711 burials and was located south of the city on the site that is now Lane Park and the Birmingham Zoo. The graves were not removed, but decades after the cemetery ceased to be used, the park and zoo were built over the graves.

Reference USA Leading provider in business and consumer research. It helps users create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds and location people. Its quality information helps researchers, students and job seekers answer a wide variety of questions and saves them valuable time and money.

Regional Business News Provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. This database is updated on a daily basis.  

Sanborn Maps The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Online Checklist from the Library of Congress provides a searchable database of the fire insurance maps published by the Sanborn Map Company housed in the collections of the Geography and Map Division. The online checklist is based upon the Library of Congress' 1981 publication Fire Insurance Maps and will be continually updated to reflect new acquisitions.

Shadow Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery Interments The Birmingham Public Library Archives, in cooperation with the Shadow Lawn Memorial Gardens Maintenance and Perpetual Care Association, and supported by funds from the Association and a generous donation from CSX Corporation, has made this database available to help family members and other researchers locate and verify grave sites at Shadow Lawn. The cemetery is located at 1600 12th Street Southwest in Birmingham, Alabama. Shadow Lawn was originally deeded in 1889 as a "colored" burial ground and is the largest African American cemetery in Birmingham. The original records of the cemetery, dating from the late 1930s, are preserved in the BPL Archives and are available for research. The whereabouts of the earlier cemetery records is not known.

Student Edition Magazines, newspapers and reference books (most are full-text). Information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, etc. High school.

TeachingBooks for Libraries strives to joyfully enrich everyone's experience reading children's and young adult books.

TeachingBooks for Schools An engaging collection of resources that brings books to life.

Tuition Funding Sources A private website designed to help students find scholarships, college and career information. TFS offers students the largest scholarship database in the world with over $41 Billion in scholarship awards along with a career personality test and detailed college and career information.

Tutor.com Alabama's Free Live Online Homework Help Service: HomeworkAlabama.org. This service offers free homework help from subject specialists. Available Everyday from 3 p.m. until Midnight! Free Tutoring - Math - Science - Social Studies - English Grades, 4-12 and College Intro. HomeworkAlabama.org is provided free of charge to all residents of Alabama by APLS (the State Library of Alabama) and your local Public Library with a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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

Weiss Financial Ratings this website gives you powerful new tools to protect your finances, invest wisely, grow your wealth, and learn more about your finances.

WorldCat Discovery Worldwide library catalog identifies libraries that own items searched. Comprehensive reference service available only though libraries. Databases, links to the World Wide Web, over 10 million online full-text articles, full-image articles from over 4,000 Children.

WPA Index to Alabama Biography A Works Progress Administration project begun in the 1930’s then abandoned when funding for the WPA was curtailed. Although the index was never completed, over 97 titles such as Who's Who in America, other biographical dictionaries, and local histories were indexed by the workers. It is an invaluable tool for researching Alabama biographical sources.

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