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Database Guide: Gale Virtual Reference Library

Research Databases

What is a database?

A library database is a large digital collection of research material, normally peer reviewed journals, organized for focused exploration.  They normally contain paid subscription content that you cannot find on the open web. 

You can quickly access our full list of 40+ databases on the library's Databases A-Z list.


About the Guide

This guide will help you gain proficiency in researching library resources to support course objectives. Move through the tabs of this guide to find advice on searching Gale Virtual Reference Library and working with its results.

About the Research Database

What reference books are in Gale Virtual Reference Library?

  • Business Plans Handbook
  • The Affordable Care Act as a National Experiment
  • Advancing Research Methods with New Technologies
  • Comprehensive Addictive Behaviors and Disorders
  • Criminal Psychology

When would I use Gale Virtual Reference Library?

If you are looking for background information on a topic from a handbook or encyclopedia, try this database. 

How do I search it effectively?

See the tab in this database guide titled Searching for tips and strategies.

Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources

All library databases have restrictions regarding appropriate use.  Please reivew the Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources page to ensure you are in compliance.