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eBook User Guide

Accessing Gale Virtual Reference Library eBooks

Gale Virtual Reference Library eBooks


  • Available for most computers, laptops, or mobile devices with an active Internet connection
  • When viewing a chapter/article, click Listen to have it read aloud to you
  • See tutorials


  • Active Internet connection and web browser is required to download the PDF but not to read it later
  • Available for most computers, laptops, or mobile devices able to read PDFs
  • No special ereader app required; use the PDF reader of your choice, such as Adobe Reader, iBooks, etc.
  • Can download one chapter/article at a time but cannot download whole book in one step
  • Can email up to 50 PDFs at one time (if it does not exceed the limit for your email system)
  • On Apple devices, after downloading PDF, click Open in iBooks or another PDF app
  • Can download to a computer, connect your ereader to the computer, and then copy the PDFs to the ereader
  • For Kindle
    • Save PDF on a computer, then transfer to the device or use Amazon's Send to Kindle option
    • Kindle and some other ereaders can convert to eReader Format before emailing
      1. Email to your address
      2. Type Convert in the subject line before sending the email to use ereader features such as variable size font, annotation, or Text to Speech
  • Can keep PDFs indefinitely
  • See tutorial to Download PDF to Your eReader

Gale Virtual Reference Library eBooks Tutorials

Tutorials on Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale Group)
Download PDF to Your eReader PDF or Adobe Captivate video
Basics Adobe Captivate video
Bookmark Your Favorites Adobe Captivate video
Browse & Search Adobe Captivate video
How to Browse eBooks by Chapter PDF
Listen to Your Articles Adobe Captivate video
Perform Complex Searches Adobe Captivate video
Search Tips PowerPoint or PDF


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