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LRC Community Users

On Campus Only: Subscription Databases

Use our subscription databases to find articles (on site only).


  • Available for use by lifetime members of AAMU's national alumni association and the community on site only at the J.F. Drake Memorial Learning Resources Center (designated computers only).
  • You are welcome and encouraged to use our public workstations on-site by providing your photo ID with the Communuty User Library Card at the 2nd floor Course Reserves desk.
  • These computers are available for one hour, once per day.


If you are unable to visit us, you may want to use Alabama Virtual Library (AVL).

Alabama Virtual Library/Databases

Alabama Virtual Library or AVL

The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the State of Alabama with 24/7 online access to premier library and information resources free of charge. AVL provides access to several types of resources such as Dictionary/Encyclopedias, Literature, Current Events, Animals, Business, and E-Books to name a few. 

Getting started with AVL is easy! Just follow these steps to start using AVL:

  • Select one of the education levels (Elementary School, Middle School, High School, etc.) from the Resources for Alabama menu at the top of the AVL website. 
  • Next, select one of the resources that is available for the education level that you selected. Or, you can search most AVL resources by using the AVL Discovery Search. You can also search resources that aren't included in the AVL Discovery Search by clicking on Search Additional Resources and then clicking on the resource that you want to access. 
  • Once you select the resource you want to access, your browser will take you to the landing page for that resource and you can begin your search.
  • Some AVL resources have integrated search boxes in their informational pop up window. To access this feature, click on the information icon Info Icon.PNG in the resource tile and then enter your search terms into the integrated search box​.

Looking for scholarly articles? Try "Google Scholar"

Google Scholar Search

To see if we have the article:

  • Set up Google Scholar on your computer to link to Smith Library e-journal articles:
  • Go to - Click the Menu button in the top left corner - Click the Settings button.
  • Click on Library links.
  • Enter Alabama A&M University into the search bar and SAVE.