Answered By: Kelly Bradish
Last Updated: Jul 24, 2015     Views: 333

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Go to Gale Virtual Reference Library (UCA/password needed if you are off campus)

On the home page (pictured), you will find the following options for beginning your research: 

  • Browse by eBook
  • Browse By Subject
  • Basic Search
  • Advanced Search & Subject Search

Browse by eBook: The eBooks available in our collection are displayed by subject on this home page. Use the arrows on the right and left of each subject group to scroll through the entire collection of titles in that subject. Or select the View All option to view the covers of all titles available in that subject. To access the table of contents of the title you want, select the title cover.

Browse by Subject: On the left of the home page, you will see a list of subjects. Select one to view all titles in that subject. You will be taken to an A-Z list of title in that subject.

Basic Search: To search all eBooks in our GVRL collection, enter a word or phrase in the search box located in the banner at the top of the page. As you enter the first few letters or a word in the search box, Search Assist will suggest terms. Click on a term from the list and then hit Enter or click the magnifying glass icon to begin your search.

Advanced Search and Subject Search: Go to Advanced Search by clicking the button underneath the Basic Search bar. Advanced Search combines criteria such as keyword, document title, publication title, author, subject, image caption, or entire document. You can also limit the search results by date, title and more. From the advanced search, a Subject Guide Search is available in the grey banner bar. Searching a subject will take you to a list of subjects matching the term entered.

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