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Classics: Books


UA dissertations are listed in the Libraries' Catalog and in Scout. See also these databases:

  • Dissertations & Theses
    A database of U.S. and some foreign these from 1861 to the present; includes the full text of most these written after 1996 as well as many earlier ones.
  • Dissertations & Theses at The University of Alabama
    An index, with some full text, of dissertations and theses written at UA.
  • CRL Foreign Dissertations
    A collection of foreign dissertations housed at the Center for Research Libraries in Chicago. Request these materials via ILL.
  • EThOS
    A collection of 350,000+ dissertations from universities in the UK, including some full text.

Library Catalogs

Books at UA

Scout simultaneously searches the Libraries' catalog, 90+ databases, and some free Internet resources (includes scholarly articles).

  • Especially useful for interdisciplinary topics.
  • Use the limits on the left side of the results page to refine your search.

The Classic Catalog is a traditional catalog of library holdings: print and electronic books, films, sound recordings, musical scores, government documents, and more (no articles).

  • Most useful for simple author/title searches or highly focused searches.
  • Use the Advanced Search page for complex searching, combining keywords or subject headings.

Books at Other Libraries

WorldCat is a comprehensive catalog of books and other library materials in more than 9,000 locations worldwide.

  • Use WorldCat to find material that UA does not own.
  • Use Interlibrary Loan to borrow WorldCat material from other libraries.

CRL Databases - The Center for Research Libraries attempts to make rare scholarly resources available to scholars. It's holdings are available by Interlibrary Loan.

Copac is a union catalog of major university, special, and national libraries in the UK and Ireland. It includes the British Library and the Oxford and Cambridge Libraries.


See also the Websites & Primary Resources page of this guide.

E-Books at UA

Find e-books in the UA collections through Scout, the Libraries' Catalog, or the E-Journals/E-Books page of the Libraries' website.

E-Books on the Web

Find e-books on the Web through the digital library projects below. These books are available for reading to the extent allowed by copyright law.

  • Google Books 
    A digital library of more than 30 million books.

  • HathiTrust 
    "...a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world."

  • Internet Archive
    Books and more: "a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form."