GVRL (Knowledge Ontario)


The colleges currently own a limited selection of Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) that were purchased under the Knowledge Ontario (KO) eResources deal. Some additional titles were added to this list in January 2013 when OCLS renegotiated some of the subscriptions that were originally obtained through KO. Gale also offered access to an additional 15 ebooks for free in 2013 after being named "best overall database," by Library Journal. All of these titles are listed below. These titles are not subject to Gale's usual hosting fee.



Some colleges have reported that the institutional UID in Gale access URLs prevents seamless automatic inclusion in discovery tools. You can either export all titles in CSV, batch replace the generic placehold ("loc_id") with your college's UID, and import back into your discovery tool; or you can ask your discovery tool vendor to do this for you.

Access Details: 
Unlimited Authorized Users, Unlimited Concurrent Access, IP Authentication, Remote Access
Content Types: 

Title Lists

KO Purchases
  • American Decades, 10 Volume Set
  • Encyclopedia of World Biography, Edition 2, 17 Volume Set and Supplement, Volumes 18-23
  • Encyclopedia of Religion, Edition 2, 15 Volume Set
  • History Behind the Headlines, 6 Volume Set
  • UXL Encyclopedia of Alternative Energy, 3 Volume Set
  • UXL Encyclopedia of Drugs & Addictive Substances, 5 Volume Set
  • CaseBase 2
  • Novels For Students, 16 Volume Set
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, 4th Edition, 6 Volume Set
  • New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, 6 Volume Set
  • Scholarships, Fellowships & Loans, 29th Edition,  3 Volume Set
  • American Law Yearbook, Edition 2011
  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations, 13th Edition,  5 Volume Set
  • Encyclopedia of Education, 2nd Edition, 8 Volume Set
  • Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film,  4 Volume Set
Free eBook Giveway
  • American Decades 10V Set (2001) isbn 9781414411163
  • American Law Yearbook (2011) isbn 9781414463407
  • Casebase 2 (2012) isbn 9781414490489
  • Encyclopedia Of Education 8V 2Ed (2003) isbn 9780028658827
  • Encyclopedia Of Religion 2 15V (2005) isbn 9780028659978
  • Encyclopedia Of World Biography 2 17V + Sup 18-23 (2004) isbn 9780787691240
  • Gale Encyclopedia Of Medicine 6V 4Th Ed (2011) isbn 9781414486918
  • History Behind The Headlines 6V Set (2004) isbn 9780787691592
  • New Dictionary Of The History Of Ideas 6V (2005) isbn 9780684314525
  • Novels For Students 16V  (2007) isbn 9781414427935
  • Schirmer Encyclopedia Of Film  4V (2007) isbn 9780028661001
  • Scholarships, Fellowships & Loans 3V 29Th Ed (2012) isbn 9781414463322
  • Uxl Encyclopedia Of Alternative Energy 3V (2007) isbn 9781414405070
  • Uxl Encyclopedia Of Drugs & Addictive Substances 5V (2006) isbn 9781414406190
  • Worldmark Encyclopedia Of The Nations 5V 13 Ed (2012) isbn 9781414490908

MARC Records

MARC Records: 

Log in to the Gale Admin platform with your administrative credentials, and navigate to the Discover Services section. For more information, please visit the “MARC Records” page on the vendor’s Gale Support site. MARC records can also be downloaded from the Gale Support site directly on their “MARC Records: Resources” and "MARC Records: eDirectory" pages, although these will not include your institution’s unique URL (if applicable). For assistance, please contact the vendor's technical support line directly. Contact information can be found in the Vendors directory in ERMA.

Usage Stats


Two methods: 1) Request directly from vendor; 2) Login to Gale Usage Portal (http://usagereports.galegroup.com/cognos8) using either Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox browsers. Navigate to Gale Customer Reports tab to access the available default reports. You can also produce custom reports, email reports, set up recurrent statistics collection and more. Please see attached PDF for more detailed instructions.