Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

Vendor: 

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

eBooks are purchased and available for perpetual access, subject to ongoing hosting fees.

All of the colleges have access to a collection of free titles on GVRL. See the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) Free Titles resource page for details. 

Platform: 

GVRL

Some colleges have reported that the institutional UID in Gale access URLs prevents seamless automatic inclusion in discovery tools. You can either export all titles in CSV, batch replace the generic placehold ("loc_id") with your college's UID, and import back into your discovery tool; or you can ask your discovery tool vendor to do this for you.

Access Details: 
Unlimited Authorized Users, Unlimited Concurrent Access, IP Authentication, Remote Access
Content Types: 
eBooks

MARC Records

MARC Records: 
Yes

Sign into Gale Support by entering your unique Location ID, and then visit the MARC Records page for ebooks. For assistance, please contact the vendor's technical support line directly. Contact information can be found in the Vendors directory in ERMA.

Usage Stats

COUNTER: 
Yes
SUSHI: 
Yes

Two methods: 1) Request directly from vendor; 2) Login to Gale Usage Portal using either Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox browsers. Navigate to Gale Customer Reports tab to access the available default reports. You can also produce custom reports, email reports, set up recurrent statistics collection and more. Please see attached PDF for more detailed instructions.

Subscribing Colleges