Finding and Using Ebooks

Highlights electronic books available through the University of Arkansas Libraries

About Gale Ebooks

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Gale Ebooks (formerly known as Gale Virtual Reference Library) hosts:

  • individual books purchased and owned by the Libraries
  • individual books purchased and owned by the Arkansas State Library as part of the statewide Traveler project
  • books from Gale literature and other databases; these titles are generally owned outright as well. 

The Basics: Gale Ebooks

Where can I find them?

Most are in the library catalog and in QuickSearch. 
Pro tip: Use the QuickSearch Format Type filter for "Reference" to limit your results to online dictionaries and encyclopedias like those in Gale Ebooks. 

How many simultaneous users?

Titles are licensed for unlimited users. 

Do I need a special account?

No. You can create a personal account to save items and make notes. 

Are there download or print limits? 


Can I read offline? 

Individual entries or chapters may be downloaded in PDF format or sent to Google Drive or Microsoft One Drive

Is special software needed? 


How long may I check a book out to read offline?

Individual entries or chapters may usually be downloaded and kept indefinitely.  

Read Online

Read Gale Ebooks online in HTML format.  Each entry will have tools to

  1. Save, share, and cite an entry or chapter.
  2. Citations in various formats for the entry and the containing book.

Gale Ebook tools

Read Offline

Use the toolbar to download an entry in PDF or send it to Google Drive or Microsoft One Drive.

Gale Ebooks tools

Linking for Classroom Use

Multiple users are allowed to read the ebook at a time. This platform allows you to link to individual chapters or entries easily.

There is no need to Athenize Gale links.  Use the :Get Link" icon in the upper menu to get a permalink that will work for your off-campus students. 

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