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MeL Minute: Updates to Gale Virtual Reference Library

This week's MeL Minute covers a variety of recent updates to Gale Virtual Reference Library. GVRL contains encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research including the Study of Science--Earth Science, Geography and Geology c. 2017 and the Life & Career Skills Series--Employment, Personal Finance, Health & Wellnes and Social Skills, c.2015. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office).

Enhanced book viewer – a new and improved cover-to-cover book viewer will replace the Flash-based viewer, increasing browser compatibility and supporting use of the book view on all mobile devices.

Reading level indicators – the addition of three reading levels (Lexile, Guided Reading Levels/Fountas & Pinnell, and Accelerated Reader) allows users to more easily find content suitable to their reading level.

Topic Finder – the addition of Topic Finder to Gale eBooks on GVRL helps users narrow their research and offers a visual way to explore their library’s eBook collection.

Other updates:

  • recommended articles – “More Like This” suggestions help users continue to find relevant content once they are in an article, supporting their exploration of the topic
  • improved search – updates to the search formula increase the relevancy of results and emphasize the most important elements, letting users quickly find what they need
  • updated MARC records – eBook MARC records will utilize direct linking, helping users get into a book more quickly from your library’s catalog (currently they are taken to the “About this Publication” page; GVRL will now take them to the book’s Table of Contents)

Brought to you by Deb Renee Biggs and Sonya Schryer Norris, Library Consultants at the Library of Michigan

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