Gale Virtual Reference Library has officially launched on an upgraded platform, bringing enhancements to Gale Virtual Reference Library’s interface and functionality. The following changes were made: a search within results; enhanced sidebar functionality; enhanced document display with "Tools"; MLA and APA Citations; number of documents on the tab name; persistent "Search Within This Publication"; and results always sorted by relevance.
Gale has also announced the Gale Directory Library, a new online resource from Gale, to search classic directories. With titles such as Ward’s Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies, Encyclopedia of Associations and Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media, searching, finding, and retrieving important company, person and publication information is enabled. The first title to go live on Gale Directory Library is Ward’s Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies, in its 50th edition. Gale Directory Library provides support for directory titles that will be added throughout 2007 and 2008. Each title can be searched individually by its own data fields, but also can be cross-searched with a library’s entire directory collection. With Gale Directory Library’s data export feature (coming to the platform in August), data can be extracted for mailing lists, as well as for analysis and charting.
Gale has also announced the complete International Directory of Company Histories is available as an eBook on Gale’s eBook platform, Gale Virtual Reference Library, or as a stand-alone online resource. Previously only volumes after Volume 59 were available digitally; with the addition of Volumes 1-58, the entire Directory is available online. Like the print versions of this series, users of the digital version can: find basic background history of a company, written by professional and independent writers to provide balanced and fair information; research merger and acquisition activity over time; determine the impact of particular sales and marketing campaigns; ascertain the effectiveness of executive leadership; and develop a list of entries and print, email or download articles for future reading.