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  • Janice's & Deb's Advice For Researchers

    Recently returned researcher Janice ( Ashling ) has some suggestions I thought worth repeating for one and all on another thread.
    Debra Arif also contributed some information of interest.

    If you live in the USA you can get free access to the Gale Collection and thousands of other resources at home, work or elsewhere by asking your local librarian to give you a Virtual Library card. It takes about 2 minutes to fill out a form, and then your librarian will assign you a password. Best of all it's entirely free.

    Each state has their own Virtual Library website. You can't get past the home page without logging on with your name and password. For example purposes, here's the link to the Alabama Virtual Library:
    http://www.avl.lib.al.us/

    If you can't access the link it means you need to get your password from the library first. You'll probably need to go there in person to prove your state of residence with your regular library card. If you don't have one of those you'll need an ID like a driver's license and a piece of fairly recent snail mail to show you still live in the library's area, i.e. the city and/or county it serves.

    Here's a bit from the FAQ:
    Visit your local public library to request an AVL (remote access) card. K-12 students/staff in public schools may obtain a card from their school library.

    Renewal - Cards should be renewed every 3 years at the issuing library. If a patron moves, a new card may be obtained from the public library or school system where the patron resides upon expiration. When a patron continues to reside in the same community or attend school in the same school system, cards are not "reissued"; they are simply "renewed". A message will notify the patron 30 days before the card expire. Note: access may be denied (at any time) by AVL if access is abused.

    Retrieve my Password - Contact the issuing library or the AVL Help Desk for your log on information.


    After your first log on, the website will recognize your computer--so you don't have to sign in every time. It's a bit overwhelming slogging through a zillion pages of info at first, but you'll soon get the hang of zooming in on the area you need.

    Enjoy.

    Best,
    Janice
    ***********************

    Just to add to your post, this can also be done in the UK too but not all libraries have access to the same Gale databases. Gale has a LOT of different databases and each individual library must purchase these databases separately and they are quite costly to them (university libraries usually subscribe to a larger number). That is why no two libraries have the same combination of Gale databases. The one containing the letters is called 'Nineteenth Century Collections Online'
    It is possible to ask your library to apply to Gale for a free trial of a certain database you are interested in. Lists of the available databases are available from Gale and a trial usually lasts about a month but must be done through a library or institution.

    Debs
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    There's a list of Gale databases on their website here.
    There's about 89 different ones included in this list and it doesn't include the latest ones we've been discussing plus others.

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    • #3
      Sweet, I now have Gale access (by acceptably nefarious means).

      Let the eyestrain begin!

      "The Men who were not the Man who was not Jack the Ripper!"

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