The links above will allow you to jump to different content areas on this page.
The Gale Virtual Reference Library is an online collection of over 400 electronic reference books.
Please note: Most reference resources within the Gale Virtual Reference Library provide a Listen Feature. For more information, please navigate to the Selecting a Section Title or E-Reference Book portion of this page.
You can access the Gale Reference Library from here or from the Libraries' homepage by performing the following steps:
Below are access key combinations to assist you with navigating the Virtual Reference Library without the use of a mouse.
ALT + access key + ENTER
ALT + SHIFT + access key
CTRL + access key
S - Skip Navigation
1 - Basic Search
4 - Advanced Search
6 - Help
9 - Contact Gale
0 - Accessibility Details
The Basic Search page, which also serves as the database homepage only has one heading - Basic Search. You can bypass all of the navigation links and get to the edit field by pressing 'E' followed by the ENTER key or by using the Access Key 1. The Basic Search function allows you to search for words in the publication title, keywords or the entire publication.
To perform an Advanced Search, use the Access Key 4 followed by the ENTER key to navigate to the Advanced Search page.
The layout of the Advanced Search page is as follows:
Row 1: Combo box with search limiters, edit box for search terms
Row 2: Combo box with AND, OR or NOT to refine search, combo box with search limiters, edit box for search terms
Row 3: Combo box with AND, OR or NOT to refine search, combo box with search limiters, edit box for search terms
There is a button to add rows to your search query, followed by the Search button and a Clear button. Below these buttons you can limit results by time period of publication (using radio buttons and combo boxes), publication title (using an edit field), subject area, target audience, publication language and to include only documents with images (using combo boxes).
On the homepage, below the Basic Search edit field, there is a list of 17 general subjects with expandable tree menus. You can TAB through the subjects, press ENTER on one that fits your needs and a list of links to all available reference resources related to the subject you have selected will be provided. These are also formatted as links, so you can simply TAB through them as well, pressing ENTER on a title that you would like to further explore.
After entering your search terms and selecting the 'Seach' Button, opening up a list of results, you can TAB through the entire page or you can press INSERT + F7 to get a list of the titles and reference sources, since they're also links. Please note, that you are going to have to use the DOWN ARROW quite a bit to get past all of the language selections and links on the Narrow Results menu.
Each record includes the following feature:
There are two headings on the results page.
Once you've selected a title from the results page, you can utilize the Listen feature, metioned in the first section of this guide, by pressing ALT + L followed by the ENTER key.
There are varying numbers of headings on a record page, depending on the layout of the article. Headings that appear on every record page include:
From the Tools menu you can: