Freegal There’s an App For That!

Below are marketing materials for promoting the new Freegal Apps for Android and Apple devices.  Freegal App How to Install and Use









New Criticism eBooks for GVRL

The following have just been added to the Literature section of Gale Virtual Reference Library:

Contemporary Literary Criticism Vol 322

Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism Vol 257

Poetry Criticism Vol 128

Poetry Criticism Vol 129

Short Story Criticism Vol 166

Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism Vol 266

Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism Vol 267


Also added:

Contemporary Musicians, Vol. 73


Freegal Updates

Freegal total us today they are going to change the number of songs one can download each week from 3 to 5.  Patrons should be see this change very soon.

Also, a new interface is coming soon to Freegal. It will be more graphic driven and new search engine to make finding songs much better. another feature to be added is a If you Like This..

Freegal continues to add the songs from Ioda.  In total, they will be adding 3 million songs.  The additions start in October and will continue until all 3 million songs have been added.

Watch for these changes occurring before the end of the year.

New Literature & Music Criticism

We just added new title to our Literature Criticism Online:

Contemporary Literary Criticism Vol 312

Contemporary Literary Criticism Vol 313

Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism Vol 247

Poetry Criticism Vol 122

Short Story Criticism Vol 157

Also, we have a new volume for Contemporary Musicians, Volume 71 in the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

New eReference Books in GVRL

We have update the Gale Virtual Reference Library with updated titles and a selection of new titles to expand our online reference collection.  Over the next couple of weeks, those books which are new, I will be providing an in-depth look at them to give you an idea of their contents.

African – Americans

African American Almanac 11th Ed.

Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 65 -90

Black Literature Criticism

American History

Encyclopedia of American Law, 3rd ed.

Greenwood Encyclopedia of Clothing through American History, 1900 to the Present, The

Guide to U.S. Elections, 6th ed.

Working Americans 1770-1869: From the Revoluntionary War to the Civil War

Working Americans 1880-2007 Volume VIII: Immigrants

Working Americans 1880-2009 volume x: Sports and Recreation

Best of..

America’s Top-Rated Cities 2010

America’s Top-Rated Smaller Cities 2010


Encyclopedia of World Biography Supplement, Volume 28 -30

Newsmakers Cumulation 2007 – 2011


Business Plan Handbook Volume 12 – 20

Encyclopedia of Small Business, 4th ed.

Money, Second Edition, The Encyclopedia of

The Value of a Dollar, 4th ed

 College and Eduction

College Blue Book, 38th ed.

Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans, 28th ed.


Encyclopedia of Food & Culture, 1st Ed, 3V

Food in Context

The New Complete Book of Food, Second Edition

Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life, 2nd ed.


Climate Change in Context

Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy

Environmental Encyclopedia 4


Encyclopedia of Medicine

The Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health: A Guide for Seniors and Their Caregivers

The Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests, 2nd ed.

Jobs and Careers

Career Information Center, 9th ed.

American History

Checks and Balances: The Three Branches of the American Government

Law and Legal

American Law Yearbook 2008 – 2010

Encyclopedia of Crime & Justice, 2nd Ed

Encyclopedia of Everyday Law, 2nd ed.

Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States

National Survey of State Laws, 6th ed.

Supreme Court Drama, 2nd ed

World Encyclopedia of Police Forces and Correctional Systems


Contextual Encyclopedia of American Literature

Contextual Encyclopedia of World Literature

Drama for Students, Volume 25 – 28

Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels: [Two Volumes]

Epics for Students, 2nd ed.

Literature and Its Times, vol. 1-7

Novels for Students Volume 27 – 36

Poetry For Students Volume 28 – 38

Short Stories for Students Volume 27 – 33

The Greenwood Library of World Folktales [Four Volumes]: Stories from the Great Collections

Twenty-First Century Novels: The First Decade

World Literature and Its Times, vol. 1-8


Contemporary Musicians, Volume 62 – 70


World Religions Reference Library


Experiment Central

Scientific Thought in Context

World History

Countries of the World and Their Leaders Yearbook 2011

Encyclopedia of World History: Governments

Encyclopedia of World History: War

Governments of the World: A Global Guide to Citizen’s Rights and Responsibilities

Database – Dictionary of Art and Dictionary of Music and Musicians

Just as the names imply these databases contain information about art, artists, music and musicians.  They are designed for middle school students and up. We have had these databases since 2003.

New Portals to Music and Art Databases

Oxford University Press (OUP) has launched two new portals that will take users into expanded and enhanced versions of its art and music databases, including the Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The Dictionary of Art and Encyclopedia of Popular Music.  On our A-Z list we are still calling them Dictionary of Art and Dictionary of Music and Musicians.  Name changes are very difficult to deal with as patrons and staff learn the names and have problems remembering the new names so we are sticking to the old names for now.

 Dictionary of Music and Musicians integrates online music resources. A number of changes have been made, including:

  • New structure – now groups together all Grove articles on a single subject (e.g. Mozart or Paris) under one search result. The first article linked to by a search result is now the primary Grove Music Online article on the subject and is subject to a regular updating and revision program.
  • Improved search functionality – has grounded the new search in authority files and taxonomies developed by the Grove editorial team and tailored to research in music. Both browsing and searching can now be limited by a subject classification.
  • More frequent updates – is increasing the number of major updates to three per year.
  • New partnerships – three new partnerships will offer subscribers links to both Grove and each of the new partner sites. (We currently don’t subscribe).

Dictionary of Art
Oxford Art Online is the new gateway for the redesigned Grove Art Online. Through Oxford Art Online, users will now be able to cross search and browse a suite of art reference publications simultaneously with Grove Art Online. In addition to upgraded site functionality and a new graphic design, other new features include:

  • The ability to search and browse for Grove images and image links in a single place. Users will find more than 5,000 images available from OUP’s new image partners – the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Art Images for Collection Teaching (AICT) and the Artists Rights Society.
  • Help for students and educators through the new Tools and Resources feature, including lesson plans from MoMA, new thematic guides on major topics in art history and new timelines of world art.
  • More than 85 new and updated articles with death dates for distinguished contemporary artists, along with expanded articles on important artists, architects and collections based on new research.
  • Provide links to websites for external images which is pretty cool.

Tip: Highlighting of search terms can be turned off just by clicking the “Highlight on/off” link up at the top of the page.

Wow Factor: Both provide timelines. The Art database provides beautiful photos as well as an in-depth timeline by continent. Access to it is easy to from the Timeline link in the right hand column of the home page. The Dictionary of Music timeline is a little hard to locate – it’s under “Learning Resources”. Once there you will find several timelines including Women in Music and Contemporary Music.

 Disappointed:  What is disappointing is the lack of audio samples.  In order to get audio samples we would need subscriptions to Classical Music Online or the Database of Recorded Music (DRAM). Direct links from Grove articles to those sites would be provided, allowing readers to access relevant sound recordings available through these two outstanding resources.

 Usage Statistics: This is one of the original databases we purchased when the Virtual Library started.  It is interesting to see the usage growth of these two databases:

2004-05            2007-08

Art             744 visits            3,914 visits

Music        594 visits            3,645 visits