This updates the Instructions for Opening Citation and Bookmark Links in Statewide Electronic Resources blog entry section on Gale Cengage resources. It’s now easier than ever to use Gale content from bookmarked or citations links from the Gale Cengage statewide licensed products. Users can simply click on a bookmarked linked and see the article without authenticating! Also, when using Gale’s streamlined citation service (which includes EasyBib citation export capability), the URL below the citation can also be used to access the article it references without authenticating.
What is a Gale Bookmark?
A “Bookmark” is the “Web address” (or URL, which stands for “universal resource locator”) of the specific page of the Gale collection you are viewing. What is special about this Web address is that you can come back directly to this same page — with its dynamic database content — even when your current search session is over. This allows you to easily refer back to and share with others the information you found in a Gale collection.
How to Copy and Paste a Bookmark
Navigate to the page you wish to Bookmark then click the Bookmark tool. In the Bookmark window that appears, you’ll see the actual Bookmark URL, beginning with http://. Simply copy the URL and paste it where needed into an electronic application (word processing editor, e-mail message, HTML editor, etc.). When the user comes across the Bookmark URL in an electronic application, they can simply click on that URL and see the article, no authentication needed!
Another great way to share information is using the “Share” feature on Gale. Simply click on the Share service that you are registered with (hundreds of choices, e.g. Delicious, Facebook, Google, MySpace, Twitter, etc.). and your service opens up with the link already embedded.
Simply click on “Citation Tools” and the citation(s) will be highlighted (selected), ready for you to copy and paste it into another application. The Document URL created through this tool, will take the user to the article, no authentication needed!
When Authentication Is Required
Please note that users will be required to authenticate if they try to initiate new searches from the article or clicking around from the link (meaning doing anything other than just retrieving the article using the link). For libraries using geolocation, the easiest thing to do is to direct the students to log into any of the Gale databases from your library’s database web page where you have established the geolocation URL’s for your library (i.e http://libraries.state.ma.us/login?db=gale&locid=xxxx or http://galesites.com/menu/xxxx where “xxxx” is your unique Gale location ID).
This post was written by mheroux on March 21, 2014