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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

Enhanced Gale Access My Library App for Android Devices

The enhanced version of Gale’s Access My Library (AML) app is now available on Google Play for Android devices, as well as on iTunes for IOS. The two versions are in sync, meaning no matter what the device, users will find the same fast, helpful features. Already have AML? Users that downloaded the previous version will need to update to the new app.

Enhancements include a faster library search and a more intuitive resource display and more.  Users will find:

• An attractive new interface to spark user interest
• All local libraries — public, school, university, and more – displayed from one app. (No more downloading separate apps for different library types.)
• Driving directions to every library within the selected range
• “My Libraries”: users store multiple library links in the app
• “My Clippings”: users highlight and save a clipping (with citation)
• “My Articles”: users save an entire article to read or share later

For questions regarding Access My Library®, contact Gale Technical Support or call Gale at 800-877-4253.

This post was written by mheroux on May 1, 2015

Tips for Using Machine-Generated Citations

Tips for using  machine-generated citations:

Vendors of electronic resources that have user tools built into their products to easily create machine-generated citations include some form of a disclaimer with their citations, basically reminding the user that the generated citation is basically a guide. These citation generators utilize a wealth of metadata. While all vendors regularly communicate with publishers of style guides to generate useful citations, it is ultimately the responsibility of the user to compare the machine-generated citation with the latest version of the style guide that they are basing the citation on for the most current formatting conventions. In many cases it is fine as is, but this is another example of helping users to become more digitally literate and not just cutting and pasting information, whether it be a quote or the citation for it.

If you have questions or concerns about a citation in a particular product, the vendors are always happy to address them directly with you.  Contact information for statewide vendors is available on our MBLC website 24/7.

Database Citation examples

This post was written by mheroux on December 23, 2014

Highlights, Notes and Parenthetical Citations in Gale Cengage Products


Highlights and Notes is the perfect tool for anyone conducting research in Gale’s e-book or database products and needing to take notes without opening a separate program.  This valuable tool allows users to highlight text within an article (using various colors selected by the user), add notes to highlighted sections, and retrieve/utilize them from a new “Highlighted Articles” page.  Highlights and Notes can be easily viewed, printed, downloaded, or sent via email from within the product being used.

Follow these simple steps to use the Highlights and Notes tool.


  1. Select the text you’d like to save, then click Highlight
  2. Assign a color to the highlighted text, there are six options.
  3. To add Notes, click on the tab, enter the text and click “Save”
  4. To view all of your highlighted sections, click the Highlights and Notes button.
  5. The Highlighted Articles page shows all of your highlighted sections and notes, including the name of the source publications.

Parenthetical Citations

The highlighting feature will display the article name and the publication title when using the Highlighting feature in Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) in a folder called Highlighted Articles. Upon first release of the feature, using Gale’s citation tool, the researcher has the option to also create full citations, including date and page information with a choice between two citation formats – MLA 7th edition and APA 6th edition.  This  parenthetical citation feature will be added to other Gale products in the future.




This post was written by mheroux on December 17, 2014

Topic Finder – Gale Cengage Visual Search Tool Replaces Term Clusters

Topic finder is the new name for the Term Clusters  searching tool available  in Gale Cengage’s periodical resources that generates a visual representation of search results by topic and subtopic.
A user can begin a search using Topic Finder from the gold tool bar at the top of the screen, or apply the visual tool to view results from a search in progress from the left hand sidebar where other limiting options appear.

Like term clusters, topic finder returns a wheel or circular visual display, with an option to alternatively pull up a tile display.  Either choice results in a heat map, with larger segments (darker reds and oranges)  representing the more popular and frequent terms that match your results, while smaller segments)  yellows and greens represent fewer hits on those terms. In the tile view, clicking on the large tiles enables the user to view narrower terms.

Topic Finder analyzes key aspects of results, including the first 250 words of a full-text article, article titles, and subject headings. Citation only results are also evaluated.

wheel and tile views

wheel and tile views



This post was written by mheroux on December 3, 2014

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