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The Gale Virtual Reference Library

Using the Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library provides searchable, full-text, online versions of specialized encyclopedias, handbooks and reference sources. Topics: biography, business, crime, cultures, endangered species, health, popular culture, religions, sciences, and much more.

Designed specifically for student, faculty, and researchers, Gale’s eBook platform, GVRL, delivers titles covering the most-studied subject areas using technology built for today’s student workflow. GVRL is optimized for search, accessible simultaneously from any device, integrated with Google, and loaded with tools to encourage bookmarking, downloading, sharing, and more.

Seamless User Login — After authentication, users can sign in to use, save, and share content using their Google Account credentials (including Gmail) and gain access to additional tools without having to remember a separate password.

Integrated Google Tools — Once logged in, users can easily share and download articles — including their highlights and notes — using Google tools that include Gmail, Drive, Docs.

Improved Access — Students and faculty can access Gale resources via apps available for free download through the Chrome Web Store.  These product apps provide an additional way for users to easily access Gale products from their tablets and mobile devices.

PDFs are DRM-free, so users can easily download content – to read later on their computer or mobile device.

Indexing is done at multiple levels so users can zoom directly to the information they need.

Information is easy to find via discovery services; with MARC records; and through Gale’s InterLink technology, which connects  InfoTrac periodicals to eBook content.

The mobile-optimized interface makes GVRL easy to use and accessible anywhere, on any device.

Interface and article-level language translation delivers content in more than twenty languages, including  Arabic, Bahasa Indonesian, Bahasa Malaysia, Bengali, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese.    

Users can listen to content (including translations) via ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology, ideal for commuters or those with blindness or low vision.

Popular web navigation iconography and a high-contrast color palette make content even more accessible to people with disabilities.

Cover-to-cover PDF format delivers a colorful, visual, more book-like experience.

GVRL offers a consistent experience to students, faculty, and researchers with unlimited simultaneous access—no check-in or check-outs and no special readers or software required.

Save links to favorite resources, knowing that the content will remain accessible for years to come.

Recent upgrades include:

Simple sign-in: Users can sign in with their Google credentials (including Gmail) to access Google tools like Drive without having to remember a separate password.

Responsive design optimization: For researchers on the go, responsive design enhancements optimize the user experience to any browser size, device, or smartphone screen size. Now, there's no more pinching and scrolling.

Accessibility improvements: Improvements based on Web Content Accessibility Guidelines make content more easily available to a wider range of people with disabilities, including those with blindness or low vision.

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