To find books and government documents in USA Libraries' collections, use SOUTHcat: USA Libraries' Catalog.
USA students and faculty have free access to the full-text of USA dissertations. Choose "Dissertations & Theses @ University of South Alabama" from the ProQuest database list or type "south alabama" in the School name/code search box on the Dissertations Abstracts search screen.
Subject encyclopedias and handbooks have a wealth of background information that can provide you with a strong foundation upon which to build your research. To find a subject encyclopedia or handbook, search SOUTHcat for your keyword(s) and "handbook" or "encyclopedia".
Ex.: "chemical engineering" handbook
Part of Google's library-scanning project. Only books in the public domain are shown in full text. Others may have just a citation or show selected pages from the book. Remember, you can check SOUTHcat to see if we have a book you find in Google Books if the full text is not available.
If the USA Libraries don't have the book or article you're looking for, you can place a request for it via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). The link below will take you to the ILL page.