Cambridge University Press Chooses Gale's Virtual Reference Library

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Thomson Gale, part of The Thomson Corp., and Cambridge University Press, one of the largest academic and educational publishers in the world, have joined forces to publish some reference titles electronically on Gale's Virtual Reference Library.

"With Gale's Virtual Reference Library, Thomson Gale has built an interface and delivery system different from any other e-book platform and has it to the next level of usability--delivering reference content in a database format," said John Barnes, executive vice president of strategic business development at Thomson Gale.

This library is a platform that works like a standard database, allowing librarians to customize online e-book reference collections available to patrons remotely at any time. Included in its offerings are many acclaimed encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, and specialized references for multidisciplinary research with cross-searching capability. It also makes access to and use of reference content easy, leaving collection development choices to librarians.

These first titles from Cambridge will be available early this year:

* A Dictionary of Literary Symbols

* The Cambridge Dictionary of Statistics (second edition)

* The Cambridge World History of Food

* The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy (second edition)

* The Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Disease

* The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English

* The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English

As You Like It, Shakespeare

Thomson Gale has also added another digital resource to its collection: Shakespeare.

As the only global, online environment for scholarly Shakespearean research, The Shakespeare Collection incorporates general reference data, full-text scholarly periodicals, reprinted criticism, primary source material, and the full-text annotated works from The Arden Shakespeare, the world's most recognized scholarly edition.

Details of the collection include:

* Arden's fully annotated scholarly editions of the complete works of Shakespeare, along with their introductions and appendixes

full-text journals focusing on literary and interdisciplinary topics, such as the Renaissance, Elizabethan studies, early modern English studies, film studies, and performance studies

* selected criticism formerly reprinted in Thomson Gale's Shakespearean Criticism

reference materials providing background and context, including Scribner's Shakespeare: His World, His Work, His Influence and Encyclopedia of the Renaissance, as well as biocritical essays on Shakespeare's contemporaries and Shakespearean actors, actresses, and directors

* photographs, line drawings, maps, and other illustrations covering performance, theater, life, and times. …