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Module 4: Using Gale Virtual Reference Library

This tutorial introduces students to the Gale Virtual Reference Library database, covering doing a basic search, refining that search, and options and limiters available to complete the first step in the research process. To successfully complete this tutorial, a student will score at least 8 out of 10 on the quiz at the end.

Approximate time to complete: 30 minutes

Measurable Objectives

Upon completing this tutorial, students will be able to:

  • define what Gale Virtual Reference Library is
  • identify how Gale Virtual Reference Library fits into the research process
  • construct a search using truncation, Boolean operators, and/or phrase searching
  • locate information about a specific title within the collection
  • identify the difference between a keyword and a document title search

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Relevant ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education:

  • 2. The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.
  • 2.2.d. Constructs a search strategy using appropriate commands for the information retrieval system selected (e.g. Boolean operators, truncation, and proximity for search engines; internal organizers such as indexes for books.)
  • 2.2.e. Implements the search strategy in various information retrieval systems using different user interfaces and search engines, with different command languages, protocols, and search parameters.