Statewide Electronic Resources Blog

Using Google to Access Your Statewide Gale Cengage Resources

Gale is streamlining access to its electronic products through web apps in the Chrome Store and has enabled a seamless user login with Gmail accounts so students can access all Gale Cengage statewide resources directly from their Google Account, and easily share and download content.

  • Improved access: Schools and libraries can provide students with access via web apps to the In Context resources which will be for free download through the Chrome Web Store and Google Apps for Education
  • Integrated Google Sign-In: After authenticating into a Gale In Context product, users can now login with their Gmail account to easily share and download articles using Google Apps for Education tools like Google Drive and Google Docs
Gale to Google Path Tip Sheets:

Google Tools (On-Demand Videos):

  • Using Google Drive with your Gale Resources (3:13)
  • Using Google Classroom with your Gale Resources (5:01)
Gale to Google Path: Google Drive is currently available in the following statewide products:
  • Biography In Context, Gale Virtual Reference Library, InfoTrac products including PowerSearch, Literature Resource Center, Opposing Viewpoints In Context,Research In Context,Science In Context, U.S. History In Context, and World History In Context.
Gale to Google Classroom Integration is currently available in the following statewide In Context products:
  • Biography In Context, Opposing Viewpoints In Context, Science In Context,U.S. History In Context, and World History In Context

 

 

 

This post was written by mheroux on October 8, 2015

Gale Business Collection and General BusinessFile ASAP

Gale’s Business Collection was introduced in August 2015 and added to your Gale common menu and Galesites pages at that time.  Use Business Collection to search nearly 4,000 leading business & trade publications including content from Predicasts Overview of Markets & Technology (PROMT), a premier multi-industry database covering broad international coverage of over sixty manufacturing and services industries useful for competitive intelligence, as well as international company profiles and all business and management topics. Your users will also be able to take advantage of tools in Business Collection such as Topic Finder, which helps to generate ideas for research paths and inquiries, and InterLink, which makes content even more relevant by linking it directly to related articles from GVRL.

Business Collection replaces General Business File ASAP, which was removed from your Gale common menu and your Galesites pages as of September 30, 2015.  You can also find your geolocation link for the new Business Collection on our MBLC link generator to update links that you have created on your own electronic resources web pages.  (For libraries handle their own authentication, mainly academic libraries, they will go to Gale’s support website page to find their link.)

An archive of a recent Massachusetts only webinar to introduce you to the Business Collection is available.

 

This post was written by mheroux on October 8, 2015

Gale Artemis Literary Sources

Gale Artemis Literary Sources provides an unprecedented, seamless research experience that helps students find a starting point, search across a wide array of materials and points in time, and discover new ways to analyze literary information from Gale resources.  It provides workflow tools and features that will enhance your Gale Literature Collections experience, including topic finder, term frequency graphs, search assist functionality, mobile compatibility, and interface translation, along with an easier and more dynamic search.

Gale released Gale Artemis Literary Sources for Massachusetts libraries on October 1, 2015.  Artemis allows users to cross-search and analyze in new exciting ways all of the Gale literary content that is licensed statewide.  This means that both the content from Literature Resource Center, which already includes Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, as well as the seven GVRL literature-related products in one search.  Your users will see Gale Artemis: Literary Sources as a new product choice on your Gale common menu and Galesites pages, in addition to Literature Resource Center with its responsive design platform. As of Oct. 1, Gale Artemis: Literary Sources will also be available on our link generator for libraries to create links on their own database and subject-based web pages.  Note: Libraries that license additional Gale literary content on their own will automatically have those products also become searchable in Gale Artemis!

Please also note that as of Oct. 1, Contemporary Literary Criticism Select was retired as a standalone product by Gale, so be certain to remove any links you have on your  web pages for CLC Select (Gale has automatically removed these links from your common menu and Galesites page).  An archive of a recent Massachusetts only webinar to introduce you to Gale Artemis Literary Sources is available.

Gale introduced a responsive design (device neutral friendly) platform spring 2015 for many of its resources with the introduction of Research in Context for middle schoolers and replacing InfoTrac Junior products.  On October 1, Literature Resource Center was also moved to the responsive design platform.  Neither of these requires changes on your website.

Gale Artemis Literary Sources provides an unprecedented, seamless research experience that helps students find a starting point, search across a wide array of materials and points in time, and discover new ways to analyze literary information from Gale resources.  It provides workflow tools and features that will enhance your Gale Literature Collections experience, including topic finder, term frequency graphs, search assist functionality, mobile compatibility, and interface translation, along with an easier and more dynamic search.

 

This post was written by mheroux on October 8, 2015

Research in Context – New Gale database replaces InfoTrac Junior Text & Graphic Editions

Gale Cengage has expanded its “In Context” family of products to bring middle school (grades 6-8) resources into this student-friendly, mobile-responsive database named Research in Context. Research in Context.  Available on your Gale common menu and Galesites pages as of June 1, 2015,  Research in Context replaces and incorporates content from five Gale resources. Two of these, InfoTrac Junior Edition, and InfoTrac Junior Graphic Edition, are licensed statewide. Also included in RiC is content from 3 other Gale products not licensed statewide, Discovering Collection, Junior Reference Collection, and Student Resource Center Jr., all of five of which will no longer be available after September 30, 2015.

Below are answers to some questions that you might have about the introduction of Research in Context.

What does this mean for my library?

The MBLC statewide contract (funded by the MBLC and MLS with statewide and Federal LSTA funds) licenses two of the products that will be incorporated into Research in Context, InfoTrac Junior Edition, and InfoTrac Junior Graphic EditionResearch in Context will replace these two products as of October for All MLS member libraries. Between the end of May and the end of September, all MLS member libraries will see Research in Context available as an option on their Gale common menu (the menu that lists all of the Gale databases, such as when you are in one product and click on change databases) in addition to the two InfoTrac Junior Edition (text and Graphic editions).  This overlap will allow time for your staff to get familiar with the new product.

My library licenses Discovering Collection, Junior Reference Collection, and Student Resource Center Jr. directly from Gale, which I’ve already paid for.  Will Gale be issuing us any type of credit?

Yes. If your library purchases directly one of these three resources that will be also be merged into Research in Context, your library will receive credits for the unused portion of your subscription year. Gale is still working out the process for this and Gale and the MBLC will communicate that information in an upcoming message.

What does Research in Context include?

Research in Context covers the most-studied topics in literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history, as well as the social issues most relevant to this age group. It features:

*   Engaging reference, periodical, and multimedia content

*   Information from trusted sources like Gale, National Geographic, Scholastic and more

*   Alignment to national and state curriculum standards

*   New content written especially for middle schoolers including nearly 300 topic pages and overviews

Best of all, Gale’s Research in Context supports students’ workflow with a mobile-responsive design, optimized for any device and screen size, allowing students to search and find information easily on computers, tablets, and smartphones.

My library accesses the statewide resources, including Gale products from our Galesites web page.  Will Research in Context be available on that page as well?

Yes.  We will have Gale add that to the Galesites template. It will appear in the A-Z list as well as with the electronic resources by subject, K-12.  Note:  if your library does not use the standard, state-created Galesites page, Gale will not make any changes to your locally designed template. Please contact me if you have any questions regarding this. If you aren’t sure what the locally designed template looks like, you can see a sample from the public portal (your own template will have your institution name on it).

Can I link directly to Research in Context?

Yes, you will be able and encouraged to link directly to Research in Context, especially adding it to your children’s webpages.  The product code for Research in Context is MSIC and you can find your link to it on the MBLC Link Generator.

When can I add a direct link to my library’s webpages for Research in Context and when will I need to remove my links for InfoTrac Junior Edition, and InfoTrac Junior Graphic Edition?

You can add direct links on your library’s web pages to Research in Context as of June 1, if that timing is best for you and your patrons.  However, you will need to do so no later than Oct. 1, when the links for InfoTrac Junior Edition and InfoTrac Junior Graphic Edition will be deactivated. By that time, you should also have deleted any links for these two discontinued products, since they will no longer be available.

 What type of training is available for Research in Context?

There is an on-demand tutorial for Research in Context, as well as a Research in Context Tip Sheet. An archive of the Gale-led Massachusetts only webinar held in June has been posted on the Gale MBLC webinar website.

 

This post was written by mheroux on July 7, 2015

Gale Cengage’s Responsive Design Platform Update: Moves “Search Within Results” Back to Tools Box

Gale Cengage’s responsive design platform went live April 2, 2015.

The new interface has now been tweaked to make it easier for users to “search within” results. Gale has now added back the “Search within results” option into the tool box on the right-hand side of the results screen, directly below the summary of results by type of publication.  This change is due to the overwhelming response from libraries that users could no longer find the “Search within results” functionality when it had been moved  to the main search bar at the top of the screen.  Having it only visible if users knew to click on the drop down arrow to the right of the search box was not at all intuitive for users.

Overall, the responsive design platform:

  • Creates a common user experience across GVRL,  InfoTrac and In Context (except Global Issues In Context) products)
  • Improves usability for both desktop and mobile researchers
  • Increases accessibility for those with disabilities like low vision or blindness

This post was written by mheroux on May 1, 2015

 
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