Resource of the Month
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
If you are
interested in learning more about a previous "Resource of the Month,"
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.
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 (http://library.wichita.edu/colldev/electrondatabase.htm).
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
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
of Gale Virtual Reference Library
ability to navigate a list of subjects and eBooks
citation generator (APA, MLA, tagged format)
download, print, or e-mail articles
How to Cite InfoTrac and GaleNet Sources:
For assistance with Gale Virtual
Reference Library, contact Wichita State University Libraries'
Research Services Desk at 978-3584.