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Welcome to the Academy Library! Our goal is to offer unlimited support to our students. We have resource databases that are available online and access to virtual and internet libraries. Not only that, if you have a question, no matter what time of day or not, you can contact a librarian for immediate answers.

Robert Hudson | Director of Library | Tel: (251) 626-3303

24/7 Librarian

Now you have access to a Librarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Type your question in the box to the right. Questions are answered in real time by Dr. Hudson or librarians with subject expertise in a wide range of disciplines.

Online Public Access Catalog

Anyone can access the Academy’s Online Public Access Catalog and search the books that are available on campus. Additionally, students may check out books and have them mailed.

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Resource Databases

You may access the resource databases through any of your online courses in the Course Management System. At the top of each course, there is a link in the Course Home that will take you to information about the Academy’s Online Library. Click on the Academy Online Library link. From that page, you will be able to access the databases. You may also access the resource databases by following the links below.



EBSCOhost databases are the most-used online information resources for tens of thousands of institutions worldwide. Among the many databases to select, it includes SportDiscus which deals exclusively with sport.

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A helpful group of databases, this one is strong in the area of Law and Literature but has a wide variety of resources available. User-friendly with several other databases listed that may be selected and searched separately.

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The available databases include ABI/INFORM Complete, GenderWatch, and Hoover’s Company Profiles, as well as several other databases. These databases provide information on a variety of topics ranging from gender issues to Fortune 500 company profiles.

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Dissertations Database Of ProQuest

All United States Sports Academy Ed.D dissertations are in print in our Library. Digitally, you can look them up using ProQuest’s Thesis and Dissertation database. USSA dissertations are available on this database from the 1990s to current but usually only a 25 page preview is offered for free, with a charge for the full dissertation.

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Other Resources

In addition to the database links provided above the Academy library offers access to other resources that can be very useful when conducting research. These resources can be accessed by clicking on the provided links.


Access to free academic articles on medical topics is provided by the National Library Medicine.

Alabama Virtual Library

A consortium of academic and public libraries in Alabama has combined resources to provide access to a number of electronic databases.

Internet Public Library

A free, online resource provided by a number of large public libraries.

Directory of Open Access Journals

A site devoted to academic journals that provide free, full text access to articles on a variety of topics.

Medical Journals

A collection of free access medical journals with full text articles.


PLOS ONE features reports of original research from all disciplines within science and medicine.

Another resource that students should consider is the use of inter-library loan through a library near where the student lives. Almost any library will participate in an inter-library loan program. These programs are coordinated by the Library of Congress through its digital resources (OCLC). Anyone can access the OCLC system by going to World Cat. When a search for a book is conducted and the book information is found there is a “find in a library” link that can be clicked on. This will take you to the OCLC system and allow to locate libraries that have the book. You can then go to your local library and ask for the book to be delivered to that library for you to check out.