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Gale Ebooks (formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library) is the library’s collection of over 2,000 Gale electronic reference books, selected and permanently-owned by the library, providing background information on a number of different topics.

Gale Ebooks is a collection of reference books.  Use it to find:
-Background information on many topics
-Encyclopedia entries
-Dictionary entries



Use the search box to conduct a basic search.  You can also access the list of over 2,000 reference book titles by clicking “Title List” below the search box.  You can also browse titles by discipline (art, business, etc.) on the left side under “Browse Collections.”

Tips: Use “Or,” “And,” and “Not” to get different results.
School OR violence will get you all results containing “school” or “violence.”  More results.
School AND violence will get you all results containing “school” and “violence.”  Fewer results.
School NOT violence will get you all results containing “school” WITHOUT “violence.” Even fewer results.
“School violence” in quotation marks will treat your search as a phrase – both words together.



Search results are sorted by relevance.  Unless you specify otherwise, the database will try and find results that contain your search terms in the titles.  You can further limit your search results by selecting a different facet on the right side:
Document type:
By default, everything is already sorted by document type automatically in Gale.  But you can select which specific reference type/source type you want in your search results: topic overviews, biographies, critical essays, etc.

Publication date:
Choose a range of dates for your search results.  For example, you can show results published from the last 12 months, last 5 years, last 10 years, etc. 

Each article in the database has been “tagged” with different subject headings.  For example, an article about a recent school shooting might be tagged with “school violence,” “school shooting,” “school bullying,” etc.  You can click relevant subjects and that will pull out all the articles from your search results that are tagged with that specific subject heading.



Clicking on an article will open it in either Full-text, or PDF (using Adobe Reader).  At the top right, you can send the article through email, download it to your computer, or print the article.  Click on “Cite” to access your bibliographic citation for the article.  You would cite the article using MLA if it is for English 101 or English 102, and you would cite the article using APA for other classes.


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