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How to Use the Library Databases

This library research guide provides an introduction to using the library databases.

Gale Databases

Gale eBooks (formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library) is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.

Gale Literature Resource Center   Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. The optional MLA International Bibliography module adds citations for hundreds of thousands of books, articles and dissertations from 1926 to the present, linked to full text where available.

Gale in Context Opposing Viewpoints   Contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues, featuring continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

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Using Gale Virtual Reference Library - The Basics


Using Gale Virtual Reference Library - Browsing & Searching

Citations in Gale Databases

To cite a source, look to the right for "Citation Tools."

citation location in gale


After clicking on "Citation Tools", make sure to select which citation style you need, as indicated below. Click on the "Select" button to change the citation style, and then you may export it to RefWorks or copy and paste into your works cited/reference list.


how to cite in gale


We always recommend double-checking auto-generated citations, as sometimes they are incorrect or improperly formatted.