Thomson Gale Enhances Several Offerings

Jan 18, 2005

Thomson Gale has released The Shakespeare Collection digital resource, has made updates to the History Resource Center: World online database, has made its Book Review Index available online, and has announced that the Cambridge University Press will publish some of its reference titles electronically on Gale's Virtual Reference Library.

Thomson Gale, a reference publisher and part of The Thomson Corporation, has announced its latest digital resource, The Shakespeare Collection, an online environment for scholarly Shakespearean research. Using its database technology, Thomson Gale's The Shakespeare Collection is designed to bring together general reference data, full-text scholarly periodicals, reprinted criticism, primary source material, and the full-text annotated works from The Arden Shakespeare. As with all of its resources, Thomson Gale has gathered an advisory board of scholars lead by Prof. Peter Holland, chair of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and former director of the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Specifically, The Shakespeare Collection offers: The Arden fully-annotated scholarly editions of the complete works of Shakespeare, together with their introductions and appendices; Full-text journals focusing on a range of literary and interdisciplinary topics, such as the Renaissance, Elizabethan studies, Early Modern English studies, film studies, and performance studies; Selected criticism formerly reprinted in Thomson Gale's series Shakespearean Criticism; Selections from Primary Source Microfilm's (a Thomson Gale imprint) Four Centuries of Shakespeare, The Prompt Book collections, including content from The Folger Shakespeare Library Collection in Washington D.C., The Harvard Theatre Collection, The Shakespeare Library Collection in Birmingham, England, and The Shakespeare Centre Library Collection in Stratford-upon-Avon, England; The Gordon Crosse Theatrical Diary, which offers an eyewitness account of Shakespeare productions for more than 60 years; The First Folio, key Quarto and major editions and adaptations from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries; Selected works by Shakespeare's contemporaries as well as other works available during Shakespeare's time; Reference materials providing background and context, including Scribner's Shakespeare: His World, His Work, His Influence and Encyclopedia of the Renaissance, as well as biocritical essays on Shakespeare's contemporaries and Shakespearean actors, actresses and directors; and Photographs, line drawings, maps and other illustrations covering performance, theater, and life and times.

Thomson Gale's History Resource Center: World online database, formerly known as History Resource Center: Modern World, has been updated with double the content of the original. Coverage now extends back to 3,200 B.C.E. and beyond into pre-history and the database has also been re-indexed in an effort to improve the efficiency and accuracy of search results. Designed to meet a wide range of needs, History Resource Center: World includes primary source material; full-text articles from academic journals; links to ABC-CLIO's Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life; annotated links to screened Web sites; historical news sources from Keesing's Record of World Events; specially selected images; a millennia-spanning chronology; and more. Much of the content is updated daily. This database also delivers full-text content of proprietary sources from Thomson Gale, Macmillan Reference USA and Charles Scribner's Sons, including Civilizations of the Ancient Near East and Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. In an attempt to ensure that this collection supports the most researched themes, Thomson Gale has assembled a board of librarians and history faculty to help create History Resource Center: World. Additionally, Thomson Gale enlisted a team of 22 area-specialists to select appropriate documents that illustrate the themes and events in world history. To enhance the scope of research results, History Resource Center: World may be obtained and cross-searched with Thomson Gale's other database, History Resource Center: U.S.

Thomson Gale has made its Book Review Index available online in an effort to help ease research. Book Review Index Online electronically indexes reviews from 1965 to the present, making them accessible for school, professional or personal use. Libraries also may choose Book Review Index Online Plus, which provides more than 634,000 full-text reviews as well as links to others. Book Review Index Online allows users to search for reviews by multiple search options including author, date, illustrator, audiobook reader, review length, reading level, review source, review type, reviewer, title and title of review. In addition, Book Review Index Online connects users directly to full-text articles for customers subscribing to InfoTrac OneFile or Expanded Academic ASAP and supports full-text access via links to library holdings and bi-directional OpenURL linking. For a free trial of Book Review Index Online, sign up at

Thomson Gale has also announced that Cambridge University Press, an academic and educational publisher, is partnering with Thomson Gale to publish some of its reference titles electronically on Gale's Virtual Reference Library. The first titles Cambridge will make available through Gale's Virtual Reference Library are: A Dictionary of Literary Symbols, The Cambridge Dictionary of Statistics, 2nd edition, The Cambridge World History of Food, The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, 2nd edition, The Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Disease, The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English, and The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English. These titles will be available through Gale's Virtual Reference Library in early 2005.

Gale's Virtual Reference Library is a platform that works like a standard database and allows librarians to create a customized online eBook reference collection that's available to patrons remotely 24/7. Included in Gale's Virtual Reference Library are many encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, and specialized references for multidisciplinary research with cross-searching capability. Gale's Virtual Reference Library is designed to make access to and use of reference content fluid, placing collection development choices for ereference entirely in the hands of librarians.