Thomson Gale Offers Customized Collection-Creation Tool in Virtual Reference Library; Adds Content to Databases

May 27, 2005


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Thomson Gale, part of The Thomson Corporation, has announced the newest enhancement to Gale's Virtual Reference Library, the eBook Subcollection Manager. Thomson Gale has also announced new enhancements and additional entries to several of the company's online databases including Thomson Gale's Virtual Reference Library, Business & Company Resource Center, and Social Science Electronic Data Library.

The eBook Subcollection Manager tool allows librarians to create customized subcollections of their eBooks intended to help guide users to the most-needed resources. The Subcollection Manager allows librarians to organize their eBook collection as they would an actual reference desk, while opening up the reference collection to simultaneous users who can access the volumes at any time.

Among its features, the Subcollection Manager offers librarians the flexibility to create a small collection in new subject areas or areas that are popular among patrons; creates better links from subject sites, course pages and homework areas; provides content to young users based on appropriate reading levels; and creates a link to cross-search all volumes in a series

Each subcollection has a unique URL that patrons can link to from the library's home page, class syllabus or other resource page. The easy-to-use tool is available free to all Virtual Reference Library customers through a new module of IT Config customization and administration program.

Thomson Gale has also announced new enhancements and additional entries to several of the company's online databases including Thomson Gale's Virtual Reference Library, Business & Company Resource Center, and Social Science Electronic Data Library.

Major 21 st-Century Writers is now available in eBook format through Thomson Gale's Virtual Reference Library and the title has no print equivalent. Major 21 st-Century Writers is a revised edition of the 5-volume print set Major 20 th-Century Writers, 2nd Ed., and is based on selections from Contemporary Authors and Contemporary Authors New Revisions series. Designed for smaller school and public libraries, Major 21 st-Century Writers is a source of detailed biographical, critical and bibliographical information on authors studied at the turn of the 21st century.

Other recently published titles available through Thomson Gale's Virtual Reference Library are: Canadian Parliamentary Guide 2005 (Thomson Gale); Children's Literature Review, Volume 103 (Thomson Gale); Contemporary Authors, Volume 229 (Thomson Gale); Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television, Volume 61 (Thomson Gale); Ethical and Socially Responsible Investment: A Reference Guide for Researchers (K.G. Saur); Thinking for a Living: The Coming Age of Knowledge Work (K.G. Saur); and Work Culture Transformation: Straw to Gold -- The Modern Hero's Journey (K.G. Saur).

Notable Corporate Chronologies and International Directory of Company Histories, Volumes 67-68, have been added to Business and Company Resource Center. Business and Company Resource Center contains company profiles, including information drawn from the following databases: American Wholesalers and Distributors Directory; Brands and Their Companies; Consultants and Consulting Organizations Directory; Graham and Whiteside Major Company Series; Publishers Directory; Telecommunications Directory; Ward's Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies; and Ward's Business Directory of Private and Public Companies in Canada and Mexico.

Eight new studies that provide descriptive and comparative data on the behavioral and social consequences of HIV, AIDs, and sexually transmitted diseases are now available in Sociometrics' Social Science Electronic Data Library, for which Thomson Gale is the exclusive worldwide distributor. The Archive of Behavioral and Social Research on HIV/AIDS is part of the project entitled "Promoting Evaluation, Teaching, & Research on AIDS" (PETRA). This archive, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, includes data sets that have been selected by a panel of scientist experts in the field of HIV/AIDS research.

The purpose of PETRA is to provide access to the best data sets on the prevalence, incidence, correlates, and consequences of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. The datasets included in PETRA have been made a part of Sociometrics' original AIDS/STD data archive, developed in 1994. The eight datasets that have been added to the original 11-study collection will be available in Social Science Electronic Data Library mid-June 2005, and include: 1990-92 National AIDS Behavioral Surveys (NABS I) (Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco); 1996 National Sexual Health Survey (NSHS) Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco); 1997-98 Urban Mens Health Study (UMHS) (Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco); 1990-92 NABS I Complete Sample) (Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco); 1992 National AIDS Behavioral Survey (NABS II) (Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco); 1999 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention); 2000 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention); and 2001 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

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