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Last Updated: August 23, 2023

Curate Text Sets for Research Projects with Gale Resources

Learn how to curate digital content from your Gale resources to create text sets and support research projects. Utilizing a variety of workflow tools, in this session, we’ll explore best practices to share ready-to-go content with students and teachers.

Duration: 30 Minutes
Hello and welcome to curate content sets for research projects with Gale resources. I'm Tammi Van Buren, I'm your guild trainer. And today for this session we will be using the q and a box for any questions that you may have and I encourage you to ask

those questions throughout the session.

In today's session, we are going to share with you how you can easily curate content from your guild resources to create content sets or text sets to build background knowledge and vocabulary for units of study research projects and literary studies.

A brief agenda for our curate content sets for research projects session, we're going to start with talking about what is a content set or text set, and then why would you use them, and then we're going to spend the majority of our time today, exploring

Gale resources, we're going to look at search options content within the resources resource features and tools and workflow tools that you have available.

And then again I encourage you to through throughout the session to feel free to ask questions, I will stay on the line at the end if there's any additional questions and I will also leave you with where you can go to find training materials, and who

you can reach out to for any additional support. If you're looking for that one on one support.

Let's first talk about content sets, or you may refer to them as tech sets. What is a tech set.

So that we're all on the same page. So what is a tech set. Now a tech set is could be various content or tax, or even media that's focused on a specific topic.

So this can be a video a novel, it could be a chapter from a textbook reference text, it could be periodical articles like magazines or newspapers, or even an E book.

So think about that whole tech set, and all of those options that you have.

Why would you use a tech set.

Why would you use it in, maybe in your classroom or maybe you have courses you're coming from to us from higher ed or maybe that public library you have, you might have students that are coming into your library or patrons that like to focus on a specific

topic, why you would use it is you would want to build that topic knowledge and background knowledge your, you want to expand vocabulary, and then especially for students that develop those high level literacy skills.

The goal is to prepare users or students for content on the same or a supporting topic. So let me give you an example, this will probably help explain it a little bit more.

Let's say you are a teacher, and your students will be reading a novel a civil war, or I'm sorry, the civil rights novel, so they're focusing on one topic, you've, you've picked a novel.

It's a civil rights novel, and you want. So what you're going to want to do is you would want to build your text set around the topic of civil rights, so you'll want to select your topic, or that that novel anchor text, however you refer to it, target

text. Before you start building this text set. Okay, so keep that in mind as we work through this session. Now I have a little bit more information for you before we jump into the resources.

I was doing my own research and found this great article from one of our resources, Gale one file educators reference complete, and it provided a framework for designing your own text sets, so I thought I'd share this today and model the training, after

this for text framework. Now, the for text framework, if you're not using this you have a different approach or different model, it won't affect the training today, all the tools, I'm going to show you are available in all of your resources and the concept

concept is the same. So whatever I'm sharing today You do not have to follow this for text framework, but I'm just using it as a guide and a way to keep us all on the same page.

So in this vortex framework.

The first text that is suggested from this article is digital or visual tax. So this could be video clips, fantastic for your guild resources because you have all those multimedia content available.

So it could be a video clip. And this is a great way to motivate your students or engage your patrons in this subject.

The second text is actually a collection of informational texts. So, it's the second text is a set of differentiated informational texts, again it's to build that knowledge that background knowledge before reading the target text so remember when I gave

you the example, you want to first pick out the target text so you're going to want these two text sets that we've gone over to support your target text, and that could be any of it could maybe you call it an anchor text, it could be your topic of study,

however you refer to it. This is what everything is built around so you're. This text is influencing these previous the digital or the informational text selections.

And then finally the last text in this framework which I think is a great idea.

Is your contemporary text, and this is to extend that understanding and help, you're working with students remember I'm using the example of a teacher, working with students connect, extend that understanding and help students synthesize and connect even

further to that content.

All right alright let me know if there are any questions throughout the session or if you want any additional information. But right now, let's curate a tech set.

So I'm going to switch gears and we're going to look at two product families Today we're going to look at one resource from each, and we're going to start with an in context product.

Now what I love about one of the many things I love about our Gale In context products, is that they all have fantastic topic pages, and when you're building a tech set being able to go to one location, focused on one subject to pull your content together

for your tech set really makes it a little bit easier plus you have some great filtering options that are available. So let's do some searching before I do, I'm going to start with a basic search I do want to show you below on this product so if you all

again, all of our Gale In context resources have topic pages, even Elementary, we have high school. Opposing Viewpoints you're going to hear me talk about a couple of these today too but we're going to spend our time today for today's session in gallon

context Middle School, and below on the middle school page, we do have the subject categories that once you click into if I were to click into government it would take me to the whole list of topic pages I have related to the subject of government, I

have the option to browse all topics here, but if I'm coming in here as a teacher, more than likely, I'll probably do a basic search because I've already picked out my target text so I know where I want to go.

I may browse those topic pages to kind of see what else is available, but I know that we're going to take a look at civil rights today. So, when I start my search.

The nice thing is search assist really helps me out here, because it's showing me in this list below the ones, the, the terms at the top of this list that are in bold are actually connected to topic pages so we have topic pages on all of these subjects.

So really helps me quickly jump to a topic page related to the term I'm interested in. So we're going to go to civil rights movement.

With our topic pages we have an image and an essay overview at the top but what it is is this coat information on the Civil Rights Movement has already been curated for you or for your students if they're accessing this topic page but for you for today's

purposes we're talking about building out a text set. So all of this content is already curated for you. You can see everything that we have on the page and this quick snapshot right in the middle of right in the middle of the page and then as I scroll

down, each box is organized it's showing the top three that we have available for example reference has 323 but we're showing you three there you have images, videos, and the list goes on.

I remember we do have multimedia within your Gil resources. So, for that first tech set.

We have video, we have audio we have images, right here, available for you all. So let's go into video.

Now remember that first one is a visual it's it's we really want to engage our users into the content that we're teaching them that we want them to focus on for that target set that background knowledge they need to know.

Great way to do that is utilizing the video content that you have available in your resources.

The videos aren't extremely long I mean here's one that's five minutes this one below is three minutes here's six minutes so looking at that content we have 29 different videos to choose from.

I really liked this newsreel of the 1963 civil rights march on Washington. So now what can I do with this content while I've reviewed it I took a look at the video.

I really like that it has closed captioning that I need it has a great transcript that content most importantly is what I'm focusing on is perfect for what I want to include in my text set.

So I want to keep this information.

I'm building out my lesson plan on this unit, and I want to save this text as well you have a couple, you have two options. I'm going to share with you today, the easiest is to use get link.

Get link creates a persistent URL right back to this content. So if I want I'm a teacher and I want my students to be able to access this video, all I have to do is share this link with them, and they can go directly to the spot and access this video

and watch it. Whenever I create that assignment. The easiest way to do that, I would think, is to maybe put all of that information into a Google Doc, or a Word doc, and I did start one as a model today.

So here's the one I started.

Of course I would want to add way more information about what I would do with that digital or visual text once I sign it to students, but here's a just a way for me to organize that content that I'm pulling from my Gale resources and all I have to do

is add that link.

Of course I would clean this up a little later, but add that link to my page, and my document and then I can move on and do some additional exploration.

So let's go back into middle school.

Maybe I want more than one video, maybe I definitely like the my father Martin Luther King Jr. had another dream.

And I want to share this also. Well, you still have that option to grab the link the persistent URL of course it's going to be different because we'd be taking our users back to a different spot within the resource, copy it, paste it into your Google

doc or Word doc and you have that ready to go when you're ready to assign the work for your students.

Another thing is, so we found our video content we found our digital and visual. Let's take a look at the second tech set the informational texts.

So I'm going to go back to my civil rights movement topic page right back to the, to the home here and take a look at what content I have available. And for informational text you variety of content everything here is informational nonfiction reference

so you're going to find great content and your guild resources. So let's go into reference.

Because I want to show you some of the filter options that you have available because sometimes finding content at a certain reading level. Quickly finding content for tech sets, could be challenging well we've made it really simple for you because you

have these great tools within all of your Gale resources. So, the get link is going to be an all of your resources. These filters are going to be in all of your resources so it's all there for you ready to use.

And now that you're aware of what's there, it makes it really simple.

Okay so question came in. If a student accesses a shared link.

Will they have to be logged into the database to see the information, great question about authentication. So, the links that you're providing with get link here.

Now it's a little bit larger because we have more content here on the page. But this link will directly take your students to the spot, or like the videos I use get link to take my users directly into a video, they will be able to access that video without

having to log in, in any, any way that they normally would. They'll still be able to view that video without having to log in. So, no authentication is needed for that, if they choose to do some more exploration within the resource itself so maybe they

want to go a little deeper they want to do a search of their own, they want to look at maybe some images at that time they would have to authenticate.

So to view the video that you've linked out. No, they will not have to login, but to explore further. Yes, they will have to login however they typically login, is what they will have to do.

So thanks for that question Sandy let me know if there's any more questions about that authentication.

I'm happy to answer those today. So reference, we're in the reference section. Now I'm going to show you how to filter down some content you have a lot of great categories over here publication date subjects document type publication title, we're going

to touch and do a few of these. In the next resource we're going to jump into. But for today we're going to look at Lexile measure and content level now Lexile measure, you can multi select different ranges of Lexile measures.

But I love content level because you are already the content levels are already aligned to a range of Lexile measures. So if looking at that, this, this informational text and trying to create or pull together curate text, that becomes a little bit more

challenging at with each reading. So I, with that in mind, I would want to pull together or filter down to level threes and level fours because level three is at our middle school level that 851 to 1100, but I want to challenge my students with some little

higher level reading also.

Now if you this could go the other way to if you have students that maybe aren't ready for that challenge or maybe a level three is challenging for them, then you could filter it the other way and see what we have available for the level threes and the

level twos, completely up to you. Level ones and twos are elementary so Level One is, as early elementary level two is upper elementary, so those are geared more towards you know if you're finding content within this resource, it is more at that that

elementary reading level but you may have users that need that. So level three and level four I'm going to apply those filters. And the nice thing is it applied the filter to not only reference but to all of my content types.

So now if I know I want informational text, and it could be in any of these areas maybe I'm in reference now but I decided that I want to jump into magazines or newspapers, it's already filtered down to that level three or level four.

So we filter down let's go into.

I want to show you another feature. So it is sorted by relevance, but let's say I want the newest information, I can do that, I can click newest, and it'll adjust for me on the screen.

And I want my users to build their background knowledge and vocabulary on civil rights and here is a great topic overview of civil rights here's one below on the civil rights movement.

So both topic overviews, I'm going to click into civil rights here and take a look at it. so you have this great article.

It's definitely already looking at it thinking yes this is definitely one I want to use my tech set. This one happens to have some great text features this has been written by our folks at Gale so it has some fast facts you're seeing history fight for

civil rights, I want to scroll down because I want to show you at the bottom.

Remember we talked about what text sets, why you would use them to build that vocabulary, we have it built right into this article, so definitely one, I would want to use it within my text set because it has everything I'm looking for and checking off

all those boxes for me. So again, I could use that get link. Another option is maybe I want the entire document, I not only do I want the link to add it to my Google Doc, when I'm ready to teach that lesson, or two, or assign that that reading for my

students, but I also want to hold on to the entire article. Well, you do have some options where you can send it to Google Drive Microsoft one dry, email, download or print.

They're also up here in this contextual toolbar. Send to download and print are here. Send to has Google, Microsoft OneDrive and email all included.

So all different ways that you can keep this content and curate this content. When I think of curating content. I always think of the get link because it is a great way to directly link to specific content within the resource and a quick and easy way

to share that in an assignment.

Alright so let's, there's another area I want that maybe you wouldn't think about to use as a in your tech set, and I really think it's a great idea, and that is using primary sources so in your in context resources, you're going to find great primary


The primary sources. If you can just think about it if you could get a letter or a memoir, or a personal account from someone that was, you know, in this case, the civil rights movement or civil rights in general, to get that personal account would be

a fantastic tool to really make that connection to your target text.

And this particular what we have available the 14 primary sources, I found a great one. The rest of Rosa Parks from December first 1955, and this is actually a personal account so the document type is a personal account.

And really the if you, you know, I'm sure you all are aware of our civil rights and the history behind it, but this was a catalyst for the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and then really brought that national attention to the civil rights.

So here you have that statement right right at the top of the page.

Again, a great tool to use a primary source in your text set and they're here, available in your guild resources.

All right now, if I were maybe I'm building a text set for I use Middle School is my example, but let's say I'm building a tech set for high school students, or maybe at the higher ed level, I have a course that I'm teaching and I want to build those

texts sets out, or even at my public library patrons that come in and I know there's a hot topic, and I'd like to build some texts around that I have some maybe I can pull some print tax and I also want to offer these digital, the digital content that

I have available. So great ways to think about how you can use these tech sets. There's other resources that you have in the in context suite, that would be geared more towards those older users, you have Gale and,Gale for specifically looking at

the topic of civil rights, I would definitely suggest, Gale In context High School. Gale In context Opposing Viewpoints, which gives both sides of the issue it really covers our hot topics or social social issues.

So that's a really great one and it's used at all levels we see it at middle school, high school at the academic higher ed level and definitely in our public libraries to, and then US history Gale In context US history.

Those are all from the in context sweet that would really support that additional learning for those users that are at a higher older level. So something to consider you may have access to those in your library, and definitely ones I would suggest.

So there's a whole nother product family I want to talk to you about today and bring that into our text sets because if you remember, one of the things I mentioned was periodical content.

Gale general one file, or one file product family is focused on and designed for periodical content. So you're going to find academic journals, newspapers, magazines, there's some multimedia here too.

And it is being updated just like our other Gale resources are being updated throughout the day. This one is continuously being updated as soon as content is available and that's fantastic talk about getting information into your users hands right away.

I'm using Gale Gen one file or any of the one file product family is a great tool to use. So, For this I want to share with you another feature and other tool that you have available to quickly find that content to build out your texts that and that's

Search and advanced search, you have some options so you can enter in your term, but you have some search options and search engine options here on the right hand side, and we do give you a little explanation of what that field, what the search engine

will look for. So for keyword contain these terms and key fields does not search entire document.

Basic Search here is the same as using the basic search bar at the top of the page, entire document will look for the term that you enter in through the entire document and subject will look for that specific subject, and then the list goes on.

But I'd like to cover those top four. And if you notice when I click on subject here, the explanation of what the search will look for is on the right hand side.

Now I'm going to stick with keyword.

And I'm going to start to type in the civil rights movement

and search assist again pops up and I'm going to select this first one. The reason why is because once again search assist is helping me out. It put quotations around my term, well why would I want to make sure that this term is in quotations well below

we have some search tips, we have some information on operators and information on special characters, and there's one on quotation marks. So the reason why I love that searcher sits puts my term into quotation marks, is because it's telling the search

engine to look for documents with all of these terms in this exact order. And that's really what I want because I really want information on the civil rights movement.

so it's done for me. I click search.

And it pulls back, all of that content.

Now, I've showed you that feature of advanced search, and remember with advanced search. It can be as simple or as in depth as you want it you have a lot of choices on there, I just wanted to show you one option for today.

Now, what does take us right into books, but you can see we have magazines academic journals over 11,000 newspaper articles, images, and even some videos within this resource to based on on the civil rights movement term that we use, but that's a lot

of content right which is fantastic. We really want all of that content, but let's start to drill that down a little bit. And for this time we're going to go let's take a look at magazines because we're looking for informational texts, but I really want

to pull in some periodical content.

So magazines that's over 3000 magazines that I have available. What I'm going to do is actually use my filters again.

So this time, I actually want to choose I want to filter down.

What the publication date so what content is being back when it when it was published Simon a select past year and apply that filter it automatically applies it for me and again applies it to everything remember our newspaper articles were at 11,000.

We're at 839.

So it really helps me drill down very quickly.

Looking at the magazine content I have available. Here's a great one that just is from December 16 2020, it's a brief article I even have the Lexile measure their.

I click into it this is African American women of the civil rights movement. Definitely one I would want to create a get link, and put post into my Google Doc.

Now it is at a 1300 level Lexile. If I have users that are at that middle school level I can still pull in this content for them. What they may want to do is listen to the text being read out loud to them.

So, if they're reading level may not be at this 1300 level Lexile measure, then they can listen to that content being read out loud to them and still comprehend still understand still be able to contribute to a class discussion or small group discussion,

just by clicking the listen button, it takes the text, text and turns it to speech so they can listen to that content.

Just another tool and feature I wanted to share with you.

Okay, so let's go back to our results, we're going to look at one more area for this I'm going to remove the date and open it all back up again, and this time we are going to so we've got we've we have our digital, we have our informational texts, we

knew our target text before we started building our text set. So the last one is looking at contemporary based on the model that we're using for this training. So looking at contemporary text, I'm going to go into news for this one.

And now remember contemporary text in the suggestion of this, this for model or this for framework on text set is extending that understanding. So we want our students to make that additional connection, this is after they've read the target text that

you've assigned to them. This is the last thing they're going to do to kind of bring it all back together. So, looking at news, I really think that editorials are a great tool for that final connection.

So, I have 11,000 news articles. That's a lot. So what I'm going to do is one of my favorite filters is a document type.

And I'm going to take a look at all the editorials that I have is still 165 but that's definitely less than 11,000. So and apply that editorial and looking at this page.

I found a great one.

And here it is the editorial the Black Panther experience so this author, Maggie West actually made a connection to. She's watching documentaries on the civil rights movement and the connection to the movie The Black Panther, which, as you know, comes

from Marvel Comics. Part of that Avengers series, definitely can make that connection, you're going to have users and students that have that are familiar with this movie.

So, what a great way to bring it all together to extend that understanding and also to really get your students engaged and make that connection to the real world because really that's what the end goal is with these texts that's right it's it's maybe

you're doing it for a research project but you want it to be that learning to continue. It's not like it ends when your unit ends or the research project and so this is a great way to continue that connection.

Alright, so let's say I built out my, my Google Doc, I added in all of my links, here's my working one I wanted to have it ready to go so I can add it to my lesson plans and then that way, all I have to do is come in here, grab the content and assign

it to my students. Again, remember, I'm using the model of a teacher today.

This is what I came up with. So here's my finished document, I added an image but I gave some information on what I would want to do and this is if I were teaching the class.

what I might want to do one for that learning so because we are building all of these texts around the target text. I'm going to want some assignments to go along with those texts sets so I may want to do an anchor chart as a whole group or set up some

class discussions after all of these informational text readings, or small group discussion so I'm maybe you want to make posters I mean the ideas are endless and you all know what works best in your classrooms, or if your media specialists that are working

with teachers, you know, what they're doing, within their classroom so this is how I've organized my content so I have it. I have easy access right back to those documents that I've linked out.

What about if you were using another system, and you wanted to share that content. Let me give you two other examples.

So maybe you're using a learning management system, your higher ed, you're using Canvas school g Blackboard or your K 12 and you you're using any of those also I know canvas and schools are really popular.

What could you do well you, you could actually create a page. So just like your google doc or Word doc that you've created the page will hold all of your content, until you're ready to pull it into your assignments.

Media specialists that have access to Canvas or schools or any learning management system can do the same thing and the nice thing is within their learning management system if they've created a page they can easily share that with their teachers or their

faculty members, so that it's ready and available and you've completely built it out.

Maybe you're coming from a public library, and you're using, or even an academic I know also uses live guides and you want to build a live guide. Here's one I created on the topic focus is diversity, equity and inclusion instruction, and I use all of

our literature resources, I use the tool get link, and I created this live guide. Maybe you're coming to us from higher ed, and you're the librarian on campus, and you know that your nursing students every year work on a project on diseases.

And you know that they're going to need resources for putting or pulling that research together and putting it together for their project, you can pull it all into a live guide, and then be able to share, when your students are doing that searching you'd

be able to share this live guide for them. So another way to use text sets, coming from a public library, maybe you're using a, you have a programming page and you want to add this tech at a tech set to your programming page, and pull it all together

there on your website, maybe that's a route that you want to take any library website you could do this on. So just some ideas on how you can save and share your content that you have available when you're building out these texts sets curating your content

for your users.

All right, let me see if there's any questions, what content level are the topic overviews written at Great question, Jacqueline, let me go back and show you so our, our topic overviews Well, let me, let me clarify and need some clarification.

Topic overviews, or do you mean the topic page that the essay overview on the topic pages, because it's a little different. And when you're in you're in context resources.

You do have those content types available.

Let me go back into middle school. So if we go to that homepage, if you mean this overview the essay overviews.

They are written at it depends. So this one's a level four, but we have been adding you're going to see this on the topic overviews, the ability to change the Lexile measure so I can change it from a level four to a level three.

That is in your in context resources, only that you have that capability to change that Lexile measure. Now if you're talking about topic overviews the document type of topic overviews they're going to be at all levels and it really depends on which resource

you're in. Same with your when you're in any of your one file resources there's great topic overviews there, but their articles their documents and they're going to vary what Lexile measure they're at.

So hopefully that answers your question Jacqueline let me know if you have any more questions.


Lori I'll reach out to you know live guides is not a part of Gale, we do have access to it it's a different, it's a subscription that you can access. Oh good Jacqueline I'm glad that that work, but it is a subscription I believe you can purchase it's

just one that that I have available to me. I think because I work on these types of things and like to model it for you so no live guide is something separate from Gale, but it's a great way to share your grit your guild content so something to consider.

So with that, if there are any quite more questions let me know.

Yes, I will come back. Can you share again the four components of a quality text set so I'm happy to share the information that I found in our resource on that article I'll go back to that I'm going to go through these first slides, or these last slides

and then I'll go back to that one and share with you.

Do these give multiple viewpoints on issues.

Help me out Patty, what, what is do these give multiple viewpoints on issues do you mean the resources themselves. Yes, absolutely. Because we do publish our own information but we also work with fantastic, fantastic publishers and we are a global company,

you're getting all of that information within all of your Gale resources. So, especially I was exploring the general one file and taking a look at some of the biographies and some of the.

Where else is i i think i was in reference and I was really getting that global look at civil rights, not just in the US. So, you're really getting that viewpoint from all around the if you really want to look at a resource that provides looking at viewpoints,

in particular, you may have access to, or you may be interested in gaming context. Opposing Viewpoints, that's our hot topics, social issues, it really gives you both sides of the issue pro and con, and that's a great resource when you're looking at viewpoints.

To access and explore. Let me know if that answers your question petty.

Can you repeat about the pages you mentioned, and is on the left of the screen, pages I mentioned is on the left of the screen.

Rochelle on the screen that I'm on right now.

Great. Thanks, Eva.

Thank you, Patty, let me know. I'm not really sure which screen was on and what what you're talking about topic pages. Let me go back. I think that's what you're referring to.

So let me go.

Let me share that middle school one again, I do have before you folks leave I do have one more slide two more slides I want to share with you after answer this question.

So, the topic pages here are in your in context resources, I think that's what may you may be asking about so yes that topic pages are in all of your in context resources, so any Gale In context you might have, I'm in middle school right now you may have

elementary or you may have high school that topic pages are available in those resources.

All right, I'm going to look back at those questions in a moment for those of you that have to jump off the session, training materials we have guild training materials on the support site.

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