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Back to Work – Gale eBooks for Job Seekers

Back to Work reminder on a wall calendar

The past few weeks, we have covered the educational library resources which will help gain skills to add to your resume and pass tests in order to be hired at a job.  This week we will look at a resource which we have linked on the CAREER/OCCUPATION/VOCATIONAL INFORMATION part of the Career Resources webpage: Gale eBooks. 

This resource gives you full text, online access to many reference books which were formerly only available by visiting the Main Library.  Now, with a library card and access to the internet, you can use these books anywhere in the world! 



The ebooks are arranged by various subjects within this resource.  The two subject areas most popular with job seekers are: 

  • Business 
  • Medicine 

Let’s first look at the Business ebooks by clicking the Business heading under “Browse Collections” on the left:

Gale eBooks Business page

Many job seekers decide that they want to become their own boss instead of working for someone else.  For these entrepreneurs who want to start their own business, the Business category of Gale eBooks has great choices to help them out.  There’s the Business Plans Handbook series, which currently has 40 volumes.   

Gale eBooks Business Plans Handbook series

All 40 volumes can be searched just by clicking on the Business Plans Handbook and then doing a keyword search in the Search Within Series box on the right side of the page.   

Gale eBooks Business Plans Handbook search within series

Gale eBooks Business Plans Handbook series search results

When you click on the results of your business search, you will see exactly what was in the book – an entire sample business plan for starting that business. 

Gale eBooks Business Plans Handbook-Florist sample business plan

And there are many more business resources to use as well, such as books on Social Media Marketing, Search Engine Optimization and Leadership. 

Now, let’s look at the many Medical reference ebooks available by clicking Medicine under “Browse Collections” on the left:

Gale eBooks Medicine eBooks page

We have lots of medical related jobs in this area, with the STNAs being a particularly popular job choice right now.  In Medicine, you will find a variety of medical encyclopedias which may be useful for working with patients. 

For more on using the Gale eBooks resource, check out:

I hope you will find this career resource useful for your job seeking goals! 

Sara Churchill

Sara Churchill is the Digital Services Specialist and Assistant Supervisor in the Information Services Department at Main Library. A major fan of technology devices and computer research resources at work, she enjoys helping everyone learn to use their devices and the library's many online resources.  She loves reading Science Fiction/Fantasy books, British cozy mysteries, True Crime and other true stories, plus a past reader of horror fiction by the likes of Stephen King and John Saul (among others).  Also, she’s a big fan of Sci-fi, action, horror, spaghetti westerns, and based-on-a-true story movies.  Her blogs are for adults and the entire family to enjoy reading and trying out the many online resources free for PLYMC library cardholders to use.