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Virtual Reference Library

Database Information


"Virtual Reference Library is your single source for eReference aimed at the needs of students, researchers, professionals and general readers. Now you can offer more than 7,000 authoritative, full-text titles—from Gale and a host of premier publishing partners—within 18 subject areas researchers study most." --
Gale Website

Database Features
Access over 7,000 full-text titles within 18 subject areas, including arts, history, literature, and medicine
Includes reference texts from more than 80 publishers, including ABC-CLIO, Facts on File, and Peterson's
Ebooks viewable on iPads and iPhones

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

Virtual Reference Library

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.