Thomson Gale Expands Virtual Reference Library, Launches Science Resource Center

Aug 13, 2004

Thomson Gale, part of The Thomson Corporation, has added more new content to its Gale Virtual Reference Library platform and has launched Science Resource Center.

The Gale Virtual Reference Library platform now offers 155 eBooks available for collection building. The additional Thomson Gale titles are: U*X*L Encyclopedia of Science, U*X*L Encyclopedia of World Biography, American Inaugurals: The Speeches, The Presidents, and Their Times, Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, Harlem Renaissance, Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Holidays, Contemporary Theatre, Film, & TV, (volume 55). Also included are two titles from publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Encyclopedia of Aquaculture and Encyclopedia of Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues in Biotechnology. Gale Virtual Reference Library is a platform that is designed to work like a standard database and allows librarians to create a customized online reference collection that's available to patrons remotely 24/7. Included in the Gale Virtual Reference Library are many encyclopedias, biographical collections, business plan handbooks, company history compilations, consumer health references, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research with cross-searching capability.

Thomson Gale's Science Resource Center is a science database with content that is directly correlated to national and state science curriculum standards. Science Resource Center reflects curriculum trends and focuses on key concepts taught in classrooms, including earth science, the history of science, life science, physical science, science and technology, science as inquiry, and space science. Science Resource Center combines Thomson Gale's proprietary reference resources, full-text journals, multimedia, and links to Web sites that focus exclusively on science topics. This coverage is collected from: three core proprietary references from Thomson Gale: Gale Encyclopedia of Science, Macmillan Science Library, and UXL Encyclopedia of Science, along with additional proprietary reference titles; full-text science magazines and journals, including the New York Times Science section, offering both general and scholarly resources; multimedia records, including pictures, illustrations, audio clips, and video clips; links to Web sites chosen for their content and curriculum relevancy; and a Science Standards Search that links to national and state science standards, with correlated results identified and ready for review. Science Resource Center is powered by Thomson Gale's InfoTrac platform.