New Online Library Resources: Dictionary of Literary Biography and Something About the Author

City Tech library now has access to two new online databases: Something About the Author and the Dictionary of Literary Biography. (Those links will ask you to use your CUNY login if you’re off campus.)

Something About the Author provides access to all volumes ever printed in Gale’s Something About the Author book series, which examines the lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults. This includes content from both the main series (over 200 print volumes) and the Something About the Author Autobiography Series, totaling more than 290 volumes, 20,000 entries, and nearly 30,000 images.

The Dictionary of Literary Biography provides reliable information on authors and their works in an easy to understand, engaging format, while placing writers in the larger perspective of literary history.

While you were away … New Gale resources at the library

Through the CUNY consortium, the City Tech Library now has access to two new Gale databases:

Furthermore, the following two databases were supplemented with their respective “Part 2” counterparts:

The following two series have been added to the Gale Virtual Reference Library:

  • For Students Series (includes: Drama for Students; Novels for Students; Poetry for Students; and Short Stories for Students)
  • Scribner Writers Online (includes: American Writers Series; British Writers Series; and more)

If you’re having difficulties accessing the databases or e-books, check out the library’s instructions on accessing electronic resources from home. If you’re still having trouble, don’t hesitate to ask a librarian!

On Trial: Business Insights: Global

Logo: Gale Business Insights: Global | Research. Analyze. Interpret. Understand

Until Saturday, April 7, 2012, we have trial access to the brand new database Business Insights: Global from Gale. You can use it to research and analyze companies, industries, and economies around the world. It provides you with robust data sets, visualization tools, and case studies to help you interpret a global business landscape.

The database is available only from on-campus, so you must access it from the library or elsewhere on campus.

Your feedback is greatly appreciated in assessing trial databases. Please contact Prof. Allie Verbovetskaya at with your comments, questions, or concerns about Gale Business Insights: Global.

Gale Virtual Reference Library got a facelift!

The new year is young but it’s already brought a lot of changes to the City Tech Library! We’re very excited about one such change in particular:

Screenshot of new GVRL platform
Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

The very popular Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) has been upgraded to a sleeker and shinier interface. The functionality remains the same — with improvements, actually, to the overall searching experience. We hope you’ll find that the new interface will encourage you to stay longer, search deeper, and find what you need faster.
The new look is engaging and inviting… so take some time out to search in GVRL today!
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Prof. Allie Verbovetskaya at

New Gale Virtual Reference e-encyclopedias

Our digital reference collection just keeps expanding! You can find these Gale digital encyclopedias either by title in the CUNY Catalog or within Gale Virtual Reference (use the advanced search and search by publication title:
The Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer: A Guide to Cancer and Its Treatments, 3rd Edition
Encyclopedia of Geography
Encyclopedia of Research Design
Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Communication
Encyclopedia of Social Networks
Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World

    Twayne Authors series has moved

    Twayne Authors Series can now be found in a different database, GALE VIRTUAL REFERENCE. Our old link to Twayne has been removed. Catalog records for the individual books will be updated soon to reflect the new location.

    Database news

    Our free databases from the New York State Library change every fiscal year. Here’s an update:

    New from Gale:
    Academic OneFile (general periodicals)
    General OneFile (general periodicals)
    Health Reference Center Academic (health)
    No longer available: Health and Wellness Resource Center and ProQuest Platinum.