Gale Virtual Reference Library

Access through ELM - the Electronic Library for Minnesota.

  • Access through ELM is available inside and outside of the library.
  • Access through ELM is ISP-authenticated. In some cases, you may be prompted for a current, valid library card to authenticate your status as a Minnesota resident.

Subscription purchased by Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).


Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.

Titles include:

  • St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture
  • The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America
  • Encyclopedia of Religion
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
  • Career Information Center
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health
  • Grzimek's Animal Life: Extinction
  • Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations
  • Environmental Encyclopedia
  • Gale Encyclopedia of American Law
  • Human Diseases & Conditions
  • Encyclopedia of Public Health
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests
  • American Eras Primary Sources: Westward Expansion (1800-1860)
  • American Eras: Primary Sources: Civil War and Reconstruction (1860-1878)
  • American Eras: Primary Sources: Development of the Industrial United States (1878-1899)
  • Bioethics
  • Encyclopedia of Business and Finance
  • Shakespeare for Students
  • The Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health: Infancy through Adolescence
  • Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
  • The Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  • Encyclopedia of Small Business