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HIST 143 - Gunderson - Fall 2023: Gale Virtual Reference Library

Research guide for HIST 143: History of the United States

Gale Virtual Reference Library

The Gale eBooks (Gale Virtual Reference Library) contains hundreds of reference e-books, including specialized history encyclopedias with entries on many U.S. History topics.

Encyclopedia Examples

Or choose a specific Encyclopedia, then use "Search Within Publication" to find specific topic.

How to Search Gale Virtual Reference Library

The search box default is "basic search". This is a keyword search and often the best search. You can also change the drop down menu to "subject", for fewer results but sometimes better results.

Look at "Filter Your Results" on right side of results page. Try Filtering by Subject and Document Type. The "excerpt" document type can include primary sources, sometimes excerpts, and sometimes the entire document.

Also look at "Search Within" to find a more specific topic within your search results.


Search Examples

Search for a topic, then use "Search Within" from your results page to limit to more specific topic.