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High School Student Guide to M. Louis Salmon Library

Where are the Journals?

On the Salmon Library website (, under Articles & Databases, click the Journals tile to search for full-text online & hard-copy journals by journal title.  UAH provides access to over 40,000 unique journal titles. If you are not sure about the different types of periodicals (scholarly vs. popular) or what peer review is, you can find more information here

High school students also have access to numerous online resources via the Alabama Virtual Library (AVL).

If you do not have a specific journal title you are wanting to search, click Online Databases to find articles online.  This page allows you to search databases by subject area or alphabetical order.  We also have provided a list of some quick start databases, which are great places to find academic research sources. Some popular databases include:

PDF or HTML Full-text?

PDF (Portable Document Format)


When used within a database, the PDF Full-Text option will allow users to see an article or resource as it originally appeared on the page.  This makes documenting a resource easier as one can easily identify page numbers and sections.


HTML (Hypertext Markup Language)


When used in databases as HTML-Full-Text, the user will receive the text of an article or resource as a block of text.  Paragraphs will usually be defined; however, many times pages will not be indicated and images will not be included.


The Verdict:


When you have a choice, choose the PDF format as it will make citing the resource easier.



Did you know?

Many databases offer free personalized accounts so that you can save searches and articles to help organize your research.  For example, with the EBSCO databases, your account allows you to:

  • Save preferences
  • Organize your research with folders
  • Share your folders with others
  • View others' folders
  • Save and retrieve your search history
  • Create email alerts and/or RSS feeds
  • Gain access to your saved research remotely