Resource of the Month
January 2007

Each month WSU Libraries' Department of Collection Development features a "Resource of the Month" designed to highlight some of the library's new, interesting, under-used, large, unique, or otherwise noteworthy collections and resources.  You can learn more about the "Resource of the Month" on this website, from the display in the reference area, by attending a workshop (if available), or by contacting the Reference Desk at 978-3584.

If you are interested in learning more about a previous "Resource of the Month," check the archive.

Gale Virtual Reference Library delivers reference content in a database format.  No more waiting for someone to finish using the reference book you so desperately need for that research paper.  Gale Virtual Reference Library provides unlimited access.  Search a single title or several titles at once.  This simple to use database allows users to find terms through a keyword search using the basic search.  A more advanced search is available which supports searches that combine criteria by:  title, keyword, image captions, full text, source titles, and ISBN.  Results can be limited by source or publication date.  They can also be limited by reading level or selected from a subject list.

Upcoming Workshops

No workshops are scheduled at this time.

How Do I Access Gale Virtual Reference Library?

There is a link on the WSU Libraries' website under Electronic Resources / Electronic Databases.  You have the option of looking for it under the subject links or the alphabetic links (  If you are accessing Gale Virtual Reference Library from off-campus you will be prompted to enter your myWSU ID number and password for authentication purposes.

Why Should I Use Gale Virtual Reference Library?

Searching is simple.  You can search one source at a time or several sources all at once.  Results are displayed in HTML-based text and graphics format at the article level.  Articles can then be printed, e-mailed, or displayed as PDF pages with just a single-click.  Search results can be sorted by article title, source, or by relevance. 

A wide range of subject areas are covered:  arts, biography, business, education, environment, general reference, history, information and publishing, law, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, nation and world, religion, science, and social science.  Reference materials include encyclopedias, handbooks, almanacs, dictionaries, yearbooks, etc.

Gale Virtual Reference Library also allows the user to view an eBook without performing a search.  It is easy to navigate.  A link, "How to Cite," gives you the ability to save the citation for the selected record in APA, MLA, or plain text.  You can also export the bibliographic content to EndNote.  Up to 50 documents may be selected from a results list or while viewing to create a "Marked Items List."  Your search history can be viewed and can be cross-referenced.

Features of Gale Virtual Reference Library

  • ability to navigate a list of subjects and eBooks
  • "breadcrumb" navigation
  • citation export
  • citation generator (APA, MLA, tagged format)
  • download, print, or e-mail articles

Related Websites

For assistance with Gale Virtual Reference Library, contact Wichita State University Libraries' Research Services Desk at 978-3584.

Updated: December 05, 2008     Contact Dept of  Collection Development    Collection Development Home Page