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10/11/2012 - New eBooks Added to INSPIRE

Several new e-books have been added INSPIRE and are available for all Indiana libraries. Each library can download MARC Records by entering the following invoice number into Gale's new Marc Record Tool:

Invoice Number: 20120731
Marc Record Tool:

Check out tips for helping patrons and students download Gale Virtual Reference Library titles available on INSPIRE to their eReader or other mobile device.

Click here for a complete listing of GVRL titles available on INSPIRE.

7/03/2012 - Indiana’s Virtual Library Unveils Enhanced Look and Functionality

Upgraded search engine boasts user-friendly interface with faster, more organized searches

Hoosiers premier resource for academic research, test preparation and career development has undergone a dramatic facelift. INSPIRE (, Indiana’s Virtual Library, now features greatly enhanced search functionality as well as an updated and easy-to-use interface.

“We believe users will appreciate new INSPIRE’s more intuitive searching capabilities that now resembles popular online search engines,” said Roberta L. Brooker, Indiana’s State Librarian. “Now is a great time for Hoosiers that have not heard of INSPIRE to test drive this complete virtual library that is accessible from their home, school or work computer.” 

The reason behind the INSPIRE’s enhanced search ability is the integration of the unique 360 Search from Serials Solutions. This technology filters data and omits search results that contain errors via its own knowledgebase and does not rely solely on the data supplied by content providers to filter searches. The new 360 Search also clusters results in order to speed up searches and better organize data. Results clustering separates search results by subtopics, dates, journals and authors so that search results are organized and easy to browse. 

INSPIRE's interface has also been completely revamped to give it a fresher look and feel and make it easier to navigate. The interface has new features such as links to INSPIRE databases, an updated advanced search and a larger search bar, all designed to enhance the user experience.

“INSPIRE is not only a search engine geared towards students, it has features designed for jobseekers, teachers, health professionals, and dozens of other professional, personal and leisure interests,” said Brooker. “For example, a database focusing on hobbies and crafts and another on home improvement were just added to the INSPIRE suite of resources in the past 48 hours.”

6/08/11 - Subscribe to Receive Latest News from INSPIRE

You can now subscribe to receive the INSPIRE eNews, updates, and the latest product information for INSPIRE by simply clicking on the exclamation mark icon on the top right-hand corner of this page. Through eNews, the INSPIRE team looks forward to sharing news about the program that will help you effectively use the resources within Indiana’s Virtual Library.  We hope students, educators and other Hoosiers will take advantage of the unique information resources via INSPIRE. eNews was developed to connect users to these valuable resources and to enhance the overall user experience.

8/18/10 - New INSPIRE Contracts Feature New Products & Cost Savings

The Indiana State Library has negotiated new contracts with Gale and EBSCO for INSPIRE databases that ensures the continuity of all INSPIRE resources during the next biennium (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2012). The new contracts represent a $60,000 savings over current expenditures and also include significant additions to the INSPIRE suite. While EBSCO will continue to provide the same databases as in the past three years (including Academic Search Premier), one stand-alone product, Teaching Books, and five new Gale resources have been added to INSPIRE, including:

  • Health and Wellness Resource Center with Alternative Health Upgrade — a rich, comprehensive resource unparalleled in the online industry. Published by Gale, it offers 24/7 access to thousands of full-text medical journals, magazines, newspapers, reference works, multimedia and much more.
  • Health Reference Center Academic – a multi-source database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources and 40 full-text nursing and allied health journals.
  • Nursing Resource Center– a comprehensive resource that nurses, students, and instructors trust to deliver quality results by preparing students for clinical exams, providing homework help, or NCLEX-RN test prep.
  • Science In Context – an in-depth, curriculum-oriented science database that provides a one-stop resource for all science-related research needs. The resource reflects curriculum trends and focuses on key concepts taught in school classrooms including biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, math, environmental science, life science, medicine, space science, computer science, technology, history of science, science and society, science as inquiry, science-related biographies and more.
  • Military and Intelligence Database – a periodical list designed to meet the content needs of libraries serving military personnel. The product includes some basic reference materials that are updated annually and over 500 titles and seven million articles; and
  • – an easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children's and young adult books. The online database includes thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment.

The Indiana State Library, with input from the INSPIRE Advisory Committee, has posted a Request for Proposal (RFP) for INSPIRE databases on December 30th. The deadline for vendors to respond is February 12th and the selected databases will be available on July 1st.

The search engine for INSPIRE will also change this summer. Serial Solutions acquired WebFeat (our current INSPIRE search engine) and is moving their users to 360 Search. The State Library is working Serial Solutions on the transition to 360 Search and will offer trainings for library staff on the new search engine beginning this spring before it goes live. More details on the trainings will be available soon.

Today we’re proud to officially announce the release of Gale’s first iPhone application. The AccessMyLibrary app uses your global position to locate public libraries within a 10-mile radius, providing access to all Gale resources subscribed by that library.

The new feature enables libraries to partner with Gale to generate library awareness, primarily among users not typically aware of libraries. It can also drive usage to your electronic resources, root traffic to libraries, and demonstrate your commitment to provide innovative technology and content to patrons.

You can download the FREE AccessMyLibrary app at the iTunes store. There is no authentication required to access the resources.

Gale has recently made several additions to its many databases found on INSPIRE. Among the most notable enhancements are:Video and podcast content available through the Small Business Resource Center - Gale partnered with to provide expert content by professional journalists and industry experts that is practical and compelling.

New content for Biography Resource Center including significant additions to the Contemporary Composers, Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Black Biography and Contemporary Theatre, Film & Television.

Over 50 new professional and scholarly journals available on Informe!

Additionally, Gale plans to role out many new features, resources and upgrades in 2010. Check out The Sizzle to stay on top of breaking news and recent additions from Gale. Gale also provides hundreds of tutorials, fact sheets and marketing materials for use at your library. Visit support. Gale to view these resources.

If you have visited INSPIRE's marketing resources webpage recently, you may have noticed several new materials available for you to help promote Indiana's Virtual Library in your library.

Specifically, check out resources that draw attention to INSPIRE's most popular new feature, the Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC). This coming spring, high school juniors throughout the state will be gearing up for their SAT's & ACT's, and TERC has them covered with practice tests, study guides, and eBooks that are essential when prepping for these exams. Help connect students to this resource with TERC bookmarks, video tutorials, and other promotional materials from Gale.

In addition to TERC, bookmarks, flyers, graphics and other promos are available for all INSPIRE products, including NetLibrary, Biography Resource Center, Kids Search, and many more. Additionally, the marketing page provides resources that assist patrons and students with properly citing INSPIRE information, and it connects catalogers to information on obtaining NetLibrary MARC records that allow patrons to directly access INSPIRE eBooks through your OPAC.

If you cannot find INSPIRE promotional items that suit your needs, the Indiana State Library can assist you in developing custom INSPIRE materials. Please contact the INSPIRE helpdesk for more information.