Thomson Gale and xrefer Form Strategic Partnership

Jun 25, 2004

Thomson Gale, a part of The Thomson Corporation, and xrefer, provider of online ready reference services to libraries, have entered into a strategic partnership for distribution in the United States and Canada of the xreferplus service in conjunction with Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Thomson Gale will distribute xreferplus as an added, ready-reference component of Gale Virtual Reference Library into academic, public, school, military, and government libraries in the United States and Canada. A selection of Thomson Gale titles will also be made available to current and future xreferplus customers worldwide, whether they subscribe directly from xrefer or purchase xreferplus as part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

xreferplus features full-text, aggregated content from hundreds of reference books, with 1.8 million entries covering every major subject. By combining content from multiple publishers, including Houghton Mifflin, Wiley and HarperCollins, with cross-referencing technology, xreferplus is designed to deliver authoritative answers quickly.

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a platform that works 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 encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research with cross-searching capability.