eBook Gale Virtual Reference Library

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  • Original Copyright 2004 | Published/Released October 2003
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2004
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With electronic reference books from Gale and our publishing partners, researchers can instantly access thousands of eBooks on virtually any subject. These trusted, authoritative reference works are available 24/7 through our state-of-the-art Gale Virtual Reference Library platform, providing an unprecedented combination of functionality and features.

References in eBook format provide a wide range of benefits. They save shelf space and can be searched individually or as a complete collection. Online access makes popular titles available to multiple users and your library users can link to reference content through your OPAC or directly from the Table of Contents or Index pages.

Give power to your users with even more advantages of eBooks:

  • Thousands of full-text eBooks from Gale and our publishing partners
  • Authoritative references, updated and in electronic format
  • 24/7 access from any Internet-connected computer
  • No more damaged pages or missing volumes
  • Cross-searchable with select periodical databases and Gale Resource Centers
  • ReadSpeaker technology (text-to-speech) allowing text to be read aloud to users and downloaded in MP3 format
  • No special reader or hardware required
  • Unlimited simultaneous use
  • Ability to print, e-mail and download articles
  • On-demand content translation into 11 languages

There are other eBook providers in the marketplace, but none provide the unique combination of content and usability offered by Gale Virtual Reference Library.

For a guided tour of Gale Virtual Reference Library and a list of titles please visit www.gale.com/eBooks .

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"In a time of ’Go digital or go home,’ GALE VIRTUAL REFERENCE LIBRARY is the perfect product for accomplishing just this in the reference environment." LIBRARY JOURNAL, February 2012

— Library Journal

"It allows librarians to build digital reference collections title by title, just as we’ve done for decades with print collections. Representing more than 80 publishers, offers more than 7000 digital reference books from the classic to the contemporary. A recent upgrade makes the product even more appealing." LIBRARY JOURNAL, February 2012

— Library Journal

"As one of the world’s premiere publishers of print and ebook reference titles, Cengage Learning’s GALE VIRTUAL REFERENCE LIBRARY (GVRL) has the potential to be as vast and content-rich as your library’s budget will allow." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, October 2010

— School Library Journal

"As far as content goes, however, Gale represents the gold standard in reference works. Moreover, libraries have total flexibility to construct a collection that perfectly meets the needs of their constituencies." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, October 2010

— School Library Journal

"As e-books begin to replace print books in libraries, the e-book platform has become an increasingly important tool for academic and public libraries. The GVRL is an excellent e-book resource for reference materials created by many of the largest reference material publishers and would be a welcome addition to many university, community college, and secondary school libraries, as well as public libraries. The content is accessible through an easy to use user interface and delivered in high quality PDF, full text, or even mp3 format. The content available covers all of the major academic disciplines and is easily married to most library ILS and proxy servers." OUTSELL, February 2011

— Outsell