Trial access to Business Insights: Global

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Business Insights: Global, provided by Gale Cengage Learning, is available on a trial basis through October 31, 2012. BI Global provides all of the same content of Business Insights: Essentials (the new interface for Gale’s Business & Company Resource Center) PLUS almost 1,000 Case Studies  as well as global country and industry information.

Business Insights: Global Features

  • Case Studies from Gale’s CaseBase collection, as well as cases from partners worldwide
  • Interactive LiveCharts for economic and business indicators and user-generated custom charts for use in reports and presentations
  • Global industry research reports for specific industries within specific countries
  • Global company and country overviews full of detailed information, as well as interactive rankings and stats, with quick links to associated news, case studies and academic journal articles

Access to this trial is available through the library’s  New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

Scribner Writers Series available in Gale Virtual Reference Library

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Twenty-two titles from the Scribner Writers Series has been added to the Literature subject section of the Gale Virtual Reference Library available now through the UMass Libraries’ web site.

The Scribner Writers Series delivers online access to numerous Scribner publications: American Writers, African American Writers, Ancient Writers: Greece and Rome, British Writers, European Writers, Modern American Women Writers, Supernatural Fiction Writers, Writers for Young Adults and many others. In total the series contains more than 2,000 original, scholar-signed biocritical entries. Each entry averages 15-20 pages in length and includes a concise essay, hyperlinks for cross-referencing, and biographical information that places the author’s work in personal and historical context. Many authors examined from multiple perspectives through two, three or sometimes four essays.

Coverage of literary topics includes African Americans, Writing and Nature; Beowulf and Anglo-Saxon Poetry; The Bible as Sacred Literature; The Female Detective; Gay and Lesbian Mystery Fiction; The Gothic Novel; Renaissance and Short Fiction; Greek Lyric Poets and many more.

The Scribner Series consists of the following titles:

African American Writers 2001 2nd ed.
African Writers 1997 1st ed.
American Nature Writers 1996 1st ed.
American Writers 2012
American Writers Classics 2003
American Writers Retrospective
Ancient Writers: Greece and Rome 1st ed.
Books of the Bible 1989 1st ed.
British Writers 2002
British Writers Classics 2003
British Writers Retrospective
European Writers 1983
Latin American Writers 1989 1st ed.
Latino and Latina Writers 2004
Modern American Women Writers 1991 1st ed.
Mystery and Suspense Writers 1998 1st ed.
Poets: American and British 1st ed.
Science Fiction Writers 1982 2nd ed.
Supernatural Fiction Writers 2003 1st ed.
World Poets 2000
Writers for Children 1988
Writers for Young Adults 1997 1st ed.

Access these titles through the Literature Subject Section of the Gale Virtual Reference Library or through UMass Lowell Library’s Literature Database Subject webpage.

RDS Business Suite available from the MLS

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The the Commonwealth of  Massachusetts through the new Massachusetts Library System (MLS) is providing regional affiliated libraries, including UMass Lowell, with access to multiple Gale Cengage online databases. The newest edition of these available resources is the RDS Business Suite.

RDS comprises three separate business information databases that can be searched through one single interface: Business & Industry, Business & Management Practices, and TableBase.

Business & Management Practices (BaMP) content focuses on practical approaches to management processes and methods. BaMP offers highly-focused coverage from more than 300 current professional and trade journals containing information relevant to the fields of management, planning, production, finance, marketing, information technology and human resources; as well as an additional 1,000+ more general business journals and newspapers.

Business & Industry (B&I) is a broad-based business information database that focuses on facts, figures, events and market information about companies, industries, products and markets.  It covers all industries and is international in scope.  B&I draws content from over 1,800 trade and industry publications, regional, national and international newspapers, business dailies and newsletters.

TableBase is a database comprised of tabular information of a strategic nature. Every record has a unique table title. Many of the table records also have textual content which supports the data in the tables.  The tables provide information such as: market share, market size, capacity, production, imports, exports, sales, product and brand rankings, forecasts, healthcare statistics and demographics.

The Massachusetts Library System (MLS) provides services to 1,700 Massachusetts libraries of all types and sizes throughout the Commonwealth.  MLS was established in 2010 to consolidate the services of six former regional library systems. An Advisory Committee agreed to renew Gale database previously subscribed for state-wide library access by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. In all MLS is providing 13 Gale databases, including the RDS Business Suite, through June 30, 2012.

25 new Gale Virtual Reference titles added

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25 new Gale Virtual Reference titles have been added to the MBLC statewide database license. This brings the total Gale eReference titles available to 75. Highlights include the entire 21 volume set of the History in Dispute series, four encyclopedias of medicine, two encyclopedias of law and much more. 

The complete collection is listed below with new titles highlighted in bold.

• Arts
o Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians , 6v, 2001
o Contemporary Fashion , 2nd ed.,  2002
o International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers , 4th ed.,  4v,  2001
o VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever , 2007 ed.,  2006

• Biography
o American Men & Women of Science , 22nd ed.,  8v,  2005
o Business Leader Profiles for Students , 2v,  1999

• Business
o Encyclopedia of Business and Finance , 2nd ed.,  2v,  2006
o Encyclopedia of Small Business , 2nd ed.,  2v,  2002

• Environment
o Beacham’s Guide to the Endangered Species of North America , 6v,  2001
o Pollution A to Z , 2v,  2004
o UXL Encyclopedia of Landforms and Other Geologic Features , 3v,  2004

• General Reference
o Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations Dictionary , 37th ed.,  4v,  2006

• History
o American Decades , 10v,  2001
o American Decades Primary Sources , 10v,  2004
o American Eras , 8v,  1997
o Ancient Greece and Rome: An Encyclopedia for Students , 4v,  1998
o Dictionary of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict , 2v,  2005
o Encyclopedia of Espionage, Intelligence and Security , 3v,  2004
o Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa , 2nd ed.,  4v,  2004
o Fashion, Costume, and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear through the Ages , 5v,  2004
o Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History , 2v,  1999
o Harlem Renaissance , 2001
o History in Dispute , Vol. 1 : The Cold War: First Series,  2000
o History in Dispute , Vol. 2 : American Social and Political Movements, 1945-2000: Pursuit of Liberty,  2000
o History in Dispute , Vol. 3 : American Social and Political Movements, 1900-1945: Pursuit of Progress,  2000
o History in Dispute , Vol. 4 : World War II, 1939-1943,  2000
o History in Dispute , Vol. 5 : World War II, 1943-1945,  2000
o History in Dispute , Vol. 6 : The Cold War: Second Series,  2000
o History in Dispute , Vol. 7 : Water and the Environment Since 1945: Global Perspectives,  2001
o History in Dispute , Vol. 8 : World War I: First Series,  2002
o History in Dispute , Vol. 9 : World War I: Second Series,  2002
o History in Dispute , Vol. 10 : The Crusades, 1095-1291,  2003
o History in Dispute , Vol. 11 : The Holocaust, 1933-1945,  2003
o History in Dispute , Vol. 12 : The American Revolution, 1763-1789,  2003
o History in Dispute , Vol. 13 : Slavery in the Western Hemisphere, circa 1500-1888,  2003
o History in Dispute , Vol. 14 : The Middle East Since 1945: First Series,  2004
o History in Dispute , Vol. 15 : The Middle East Since 1945: Second Series,  2004
o History in Dispute , Vol. 16 : Twentieth-Century European Social and Political Movements: First Series,  2004
o History in Dispute , Vol. 17 : Twentieth-Century European Social and Political Movements: Second Series,  2004
o History in Dispute , Vol. 18 : The Spanish Civil War,  2005
o History in Dispute , Vol. 19 : The Red Scare After 1945,  2005
o History in Dispute , Vol. 20 : Classical Antiquity and Classical Studies,  2005
o History in Dispute , Vol. 21 : Revolutionary Russia, 1890-1930,  2005
o Learning About the Holocaust: A Student’s Guide , 4v,  2001

o Renaissance: An Encyclopedia for Students , 4v,  2004
o St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture , 5v,  2000
o U.S. Immigration and Migration Reference Library , 6v,  2004

• Law
o Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law , 2nd ed.,  2v,  2006
o West’s Encyclopedia of American Law , 2nd ed.,  13v,  2004

• Literature
o Contemporary Novelists , 7th ed.,  2001
o Contemporary Poets , 7th ed.,  2001
o Gothic Literature: A Gale Critical Companion , 3v,  2006
o Literature and Its Times Supplement 1: Profiles of 300 Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events that Influenced Them , 2v,  2003
o Literature and Its Times: Profiles of 300 Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events that Influenced Them , 5v,  1997

• Medicine
o The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine , 2nd ed.,  4v,  2005
o The Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer , 2nd ed.,  2v,  2006
o The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders , 2nd ed.,  2v,  2006
o The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine , 3rd ed.,  5v,  2006

• Multicultural Studies
o Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America , 2nd ed.,  3v,  2000

Nation and World
o Blackbirch Kid’s Visual Reference of the United States , 2003
o Blackbirch Kid’s Visual Reference of the World , 2002

• Religion
o Encyclopedia of Religion , 2nd ed.,  15v,  2005

• Science
o American Men & Women of Science , 22nd ed.,  8v,  2005
o Biology , 4v,  2002
o Real-Life Math , 2v,  2006
o World of Earth Science , 2v,  2003

• Social Science
o Encyclopedia of Population , 2v,  2003
o Gender Issues and Sexuality: Essential Primary Sources , 2006
o Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources , 2006

Twayne Authors Series added as a new subscription database

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The Twayne Authors Series combines Twayne’s U.S. Authors, Twayne’s English Authors, and Twayne’s World Authors. Each of these individual titles provides literary criticism for approximately 200 authors, bringing the total number of authors covered in the Series to nearly 600.

The Twayne Series offers criticism by scholars on hundreds of years of literature–from ancient Greece to the modern era. It provides critical introductions to the lives and works of writers, to the history and influence of literary movements, or the development of literary genres.

Each title entry in Twayne Authors is structured in a consistent format: All titles feature elements such as a chronology, a biography, a comprehensive critical analysis, and an annotated bibliography. Major works of authors are discussed and analyzed in depth. The discussions of each author in the series generally cover between 175-200 printed pages.

Three primary search paths offer different approaches to discovering information about authors and their works:

  • Authors A-Z. Enables the user to quickly select an author name or topic from a comprehensive list to find critical discussion, chronologies, bibliographies, and other information on an author’s works and literary career.
  • In Depth Search. Enables the user to design a specific search using such criteria as Author Name, Genre, Time Period, Gender, Nationality (for Twayne’s World Authors), and Full Text.
  • Research Ideas. View curriculum related topics then select from a variety of authors writing within those topics as research starting points.

Links to this database can be found in the library’s web site, either from the front page alphabet list of resources or the Literature database subject page.

Gale GreenR database trial

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Gale’s environmental database, GreenR: Global Reference for the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources, is available for extended trial access through November 27, 2009.

Please visit the Database Trials & New Resources page for a linking  and further information.

The Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources focuses on the physical, social, and economic aspects of environmental issues. Topic, organization, and country portals form research centers around issues covering energy systems, health care, agriculture, climate change, population, and economic development. Portals include authoritative analysis, academic journals, news, case studies, legislation, conference proceedings, primary source documents, statistics, and rich multimedia. Use Browse Issues and Topics, World Map, Basic Search or Advanced Search to explore the database.

Gale Powersearch 2.0 webinars

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Gale’s new Powersearch 2.0 platform was released for Massachusetts regional library users on Tuesday, Sept. 1.  For those who would like to gain more familiarity with the new functionality, the MBLC has arranged for two Massachusetts only webinars to help regional members become more familiar with the new features. One important new aspect of the new platform that will be examined are the many customization opportunities for libraries to push meaningful content to users.

These webinars do not require advance registration.

The Massachusetts only webinars will be conducted by Stacey Knibloe on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 11AM and Tuesday, Oct. 6 at noon. Instructions for logging on are provided below.  You just need access to the Internet and a separate telephone near your computer.


Prior to the conference, please visit to prepare your computer for the web portion. You will need administrator privileges to install the plug-in.  If you experience any technical difficulties please contact our service provider’s help desk at 1-800-866-0888.


Primary Dial-In: 1 (866) 394-9513 (this is a toll-free call)

Passcode: 9722341#



Prior to logging into the meeting, ensure popup blocker is turned off on your browser.

1. Dial the audio conference dial-in number noted above and enter the passcode as prompted.

2. Click on this meeting URL:

3. On the Meeting Center page, enter your name and e-mail address.

4. Click on the “Sign-in” button.

5. Accept the Terms and Conditions and click “Join” to enter your conference.

6.  Should your computer require any updates to accommodate web conferencing, an additional message will be displayed. Follow the instructions to prepare your computer for the meeting. These updates should take 5 to 10 minutes to complete.


1. Copy and paste the following URL in your web browser:

2. Copy and paste the Meeting Key: 70541837085689

3. Click on the “Sign-in” button

4. On the Meeting Center page, enter your name and e-mail address.

5. Click on the “Sign-in” button.

6. Accept the Terms and Conditions and click “Join” to enter your conference.