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Better Than Google

Gale Virtual Reference Library is listed on the first page of our database offerings.  The description says that it is "a general interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface."  This rather bland explanation does not indicate the wonderful sources of information it contains.In fact, Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), was voted “Best Overall Database” by the readers of Library Journal magazine. GVRL’s user-friendly features include an interface that is available in more than 30 languages, ReadSpeaker technology (text-to-speech functionality) for 19 languages, article translation capability, a multi-page viewer for a book-like experience, and the ability to download articles as PDFs to ereaders or MP3 players.
 Click on the access button and you will find e-books, along with the venerable Gale databases.  What is the difference between e-books and databases you might ask?  Items marked GVRL contain subject collections of electronic books, or e-books.  They are the same as print sources, but have been transported to the on-line realm.  They are searchable, as print books are, but are easier to use and accessible for home use.  For example. click on GVRL Religion and you will find the complete sets of Encyclopaedia Judaica and the New Catholic Encyclopedia, which can be searched together or separately. Two great, reliable sources that can now be searched at your convenience.  It is much better than having to come in to the library and page through their indices. Now, for a more dynamic experience, try the Gale databases listed along with the GVRL collection.  For example, using Opposing viewpoints in Context, you can do a search on the issue of Junk Food.  You will be delighted with what it turns up, magazine articles, news stories, statistics, books, videos, editorials, websites and even more.  Unlike the e-books which share the static nature of print, databases are updated and changed frequently.  You will get a multi-media experience, which is really fun to use.  But there is no need to choose your own sources, Power Search can do that for you. Power Search is able to search across all the Gale products we subscribe to.  Type in, say Barack Obama, in the search box and you will be presented with a plethora of books, articles, news stories, images, video, audio, editorials, and websites to look at. The beauty of GVRL and its Power Search is that by searching the Gale electronic resources in one place, you can get the results in a single organized list.  What could be better than that?  Certainly not Google!

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