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 General Reference Center

Database Information


"General Reference Center is a general-interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface to enable searching of newspapers, reference books and periodicals, many with full-text and images. This database can be used to find the latest on current events, popular culture, business and industry coverage, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies and more." --
Gale Website

Database Features
Indexes more than 5,600 titles including more than 4,000 in full text
Full-text Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service newspaper articles
Archives New York Times and The Christian Science Monitor newspaper articles
More than 20 reference books

Search Operators
Connectors: AND, OR, NOT
Wildcards: * = one or more characters (e.g. comput*), ? = exactly one character (e.g. wom?n)
Proximity: <search term> N# <search term> = search terms must be specified number (#) or fewer words apart

Database Access

General Reference Center

Video Tutorials

Using Gale's PowerSearch - Basic Search
Demonstrates how to use the Basic Search options in Gale Databases.


Using Gale's PowerSearch - Advanced Search
Demonstrates how to use the Advanced Search options in Gale Databases.


Introduction to Databases
Explains why you should use databases when conducting academic research.