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How do I search Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)?

Learn how to search GVRL

Search GVRL

Step 1:

Go to the library's A-Z Databases page, and select Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) from the list. (If you're off-campus, you will be prompted to login with your myPVCC username and password). You may also search the "Start Here" box on the library's homepage.

 

Step 2:

Enter your search terms and click Search. GVRL is the "academic Wikipedia." So, type in terms that would be used in Wikipedia.  For example, "alcoholism" or "Steve Jobs" or "World War II."

 

Step 3:

Review the results. Pay attention to the title of the book series out of which that entry was pulled. This is important because knowing the title of the series may give you a better understanding of how that article approaches the topic. For example, the topic of "alcoholism" appears in a book about nursing, about substance abuse, and about genetic disorders.  

 

Step 4:

Click the title of the article (in this case, "alcoholism") to read it.  

Tips!

tip

  • The "Tools" menu on the right side has options to download, email, and print the article.  This is especially helpful if you find several articles you need to save.