Gale Virtual Reference Library voted Best Overall Database

Gale, part of Cengage Learning has announced that its eBook platform, Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), was voted Best Overall Database by the readers of Library Journal magazine. The company plans to commemorate the win with an unprecedented giveaway.

“We’re so excited to hear that our customers love GVRL so much that we want to show our love back in a big way,” said Nader Qaimari, Senior Vice President of marketing, Cengage Learning. “That’s why we’re doing the incomprehensible and giving away one of our top products for free. Everyone should have access to this amazing resource.”

Non-GVRL customers – all U.S. school, public and academic libraries, as well as Canadian public and academic libraries – will be receiving a collection of 15 of the most popular eBooks. As a thank you for their support, existing GVRL customers can select one free eBook from a list of yet unpublished titles. Current customers can contact their Gale sales representative to select their title, and new customers can sign up at

The November 1st issue of Library Journal presents the list of “Best Databases” as voted by readers in several categories. GVRL was selected as the “Best Overall” for its depth and features – it hosts more than 9,000 full-text titles from Gale and more than 80 other publishers. GVRL’s user-friendly features include an interface that is available in more than 30 languages, ReadSpeaker technology (text-to-speech functionality) for 19 languages, article translation capability, a multi-page viewer for a book-like experience, and the ability to download articles as PDFs to ereaders or MP3 players. Gale also offers promotional help for customers including widgets, MARC records and other tools.

Cengage Learning’s Questia, the premier online research and paper-writing tool for students, also secured a position on the “Best Databases” List – it was voted “Best Upgrade” for the latest enhancements to its website. Questia recently expanded its online library, added an interactive reader and improved navigation to cut down on research time. Its online collection now includes over 33 percent more non-fiction books, literature, academic journals and research periodicals providing more scholarly resources for students. In addition to integrated tools for note taking, organizing research, citing sources, creating footnotes and building bibliographies, Questia added research tutorials to guide students and to help them write better research papers faster.

For more information on GVRLor Questia, please visit or contact Kristina Massari at

(ACCESS 83, December 2012)