Use the catalog  [http://library.ua.edu/] to locate materials of all types: books, journals, theses and dissertations, videos, newspapers, government documents, etc. Once you have obtained a call number for an item, you may go directly to the stacks to retrieve the item. The stacks of all of the University Libraries are open to the public. Use the databases [http://www.lib.ua.edu/databases/dbsearch.htm] to locate articles from journals or newspapers.
Use the catalog's basic or advanced search options to look for books by author, title, subject, keyword, etc. For assistance, ask at the reference desk or go to finding books page  on the Libraries website. [http://www.lib.ua.edu/find/findingbooks.htm]
Use the catalog's basic or advanced search options to look for print journals in the Libraries. Pick Journal Title from the drop down menu when looking for a particular journal. Electronic journals are available through the E-Journals page on the Libraries website. [http://www.lib.ua.edu/ejournals/]
Use the databases page  [http://www.lib.ua.edu/databases/dbsearch.htm] to locate articles on a particular topic. For assistance, ask a librarian  or go to finding articles page  on the Libraries website. [http://www.lib.ua.edu/find/findarticles.htm]
Use the catalog's Advanced Search option to locate theses and dissertations by UA students. Search the keyword "thesis" together with subject keywords to identify theses and dissertations on a particular topic. UA theses and dissertations may also be identified through the database Current Research at the University of Alabama. Theses and dissertations from other universities may be found through the database Digital Dissertations, available on the databases page . [http://www.lib.ua.edu/databases/dbsearch.htm]