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Gale Adds More than 700 STEM, Early Lit Titles to Virtual Reference Library

Gale will add approximately 750 new books focused on STEM, healthcare and K-12 topics to its e-book platform, Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), as a result of signing four new publishers.

The bulk of the new material is STEM content, with "more than 360 titles from Taylor & Francis, one of the world's leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, e-books, textbooks and reference works spanning all areas of humanities, social sciences, behavioral sciences, science, technology and medicine," and an additional 300 titles from "World Scientific, a leading international STEM publisher for the academic and special markets," according to a news release.

"The addition of this new material answers customer demand for more STEM content and is another example of the transformation of GVRL beyond a reference platform to a dynamic research experience for all types of users — from kindergarten to college and beyond," said Frank Menchaca, senior vice president of global product management for Gale, in a prepared statement.

Adding to its early literacy content, GVRL will offer an additional 80 titles from K-12 publisher Mitchell Lane covering countries, economics, government and world cultures. These resources are suitable for students in grades 4-8 and "designed to meet the needs of common core skills instruction," according to a news release.

Features of Gale Virtual Reference Library include text-to-speech technology, the ability to browse books online, article translation, downloading of articles as PDFs to work offline and unlimited concurrent users and downloads.

More information is available at cengage.com.

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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