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 Edition. Research 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