Featured Video

A brief introduction to the University of Alabama’s website redesign. Learn about some of the newest features we’ve added to the libraries’ website.

  • Mega Menu for navigation
  • OneSearch to help users discover resources
  • Clean and streamlined design
  • Check out our newly designed hours, directory, and databases pages

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Getting Started with your Research

Watch this video to learn about Scout, the library’s catalog, our databases, and Acumen!

Look at some of the key differences between scholarly and popular sources

An overview of the basic search function of UA Libraries’ Discovery Search Tool, Scout.

Advanced Research Skills

Advanced Searching in Scout

Learn to use the advanced search options in UA Libraries’ Discovery Tool, Scout

Boolean Operators

AND, OR, NOT, three words you can use in searches that will tell a search engine EXACTLY what you are looking for!

Using Limiters

When you’re searching and working on your research, sometimes you need to try multiple approaches

Refining Your Search

Watch this video to learn to use the limiters in Scout in order to eliminate results that don’t fit within your search parameters

Subject-Specific Research

View a demonstration of the Hoover’s Online database


View a demonstration of searching for a topic in the FASB Codification using the Accounting Research Manager database

This tutorial will show you how to use some of the advanced search options that CINAHL Plus with Full Text offers

Services at the Libraries

How distance education students can request materials through Interlibrary Loan

How to access library resources from off-campus

How to renew a book online