Gale Discovery Resources

Updated 3/9/2018

This document will show you how to take advantage of the expanding avenues for discovery of Gale resources.

Gale promotes discovery of its online products and databases within library discovery services, the open web and in the classroom - adding value and increasing usage by researchers, educators and students.

Library Discovery Service

We provide content for indexing to many commonly used library discovery services and environments:

To find out which Gale databases are indexed by provider and which utilize Gale Direct Linking, see the Gale List of Databases by Discovery Partner.

Gale List of Databases by Discovery Partner

To aid in discovery, and in compliance with the Recommended Practices published by NISO's Open Discovery Initiative, Gale is pleased to publish the ODI Conformance Checklist, demonstrating our support of ODI and of industry standards that promote transparency and collaboration.

Discovery Partner Guides

We have the following Discovery Partner guides available to assist with configuraiton of Gale in your discovery service.


Gale provides title lists for products according to the KBART( Knowledge Base and Related Tools (KBART) recommended practice) along with other standard formats (XLS, XLSX, HTML, CSV, and XML.).

Gale Title Lists

Gale title lists in other formats are available under Additional Gale Title Lists.

Gale makes available or delivers updated KBART title lists to discovery partners on a monthly basis.

Customers can ensure their eBook holdings are updated by reviewing and maintaining their knowledgebase and discovery service settings. This work can be faciliated with the assistance of discovery vendor support teams.

Best Practices to Assure the Full Value of Gale Resources in Library Discovery Services

Customize the Installation

Customize the installation.  Do some searches using the discovery interface to see where the Gale resources are appearing in the results.  If they are notably missing, some tweaks in the administrative settings may help. Your discovery service provider’s support team will be able to provide assistance.

Select Gale Databases in the Configuration

Be sure you have selected Gale products in the discovery service configuration tool, and consider making Gale databases part of the discovery service default set those to be searched every time a search is executed.  This will allow them to surface well in search and results displayed.

Check Your Gale Holdings in the Knowledgebase

Check that Gale resources and eBooks are properly included in the discovery partner's knowledge base. This can require customer initiation and maintenance as controlled by the discovery service provider's administration access points, and can be facilitated by work with the discovery service provider's support teams.

Set Up Desired Linking

Make sure linking is set up as desired.  In some library discovery services, administrators can set the order of the full-text links that appear in the discovery service result list. It is important to think about the order because preferences vary as do default settings of the discovery partners.

Reduce Clicks to Documents with Gale Direct Linking
Using Gale Direct Linking, the Gale Direct link  below goes directly to the document full text using its numeric identifier which is readily recognized when it hits the Gale platform - increasing accuracy of linking and getting the user to the desired document with minimal clicks! Also see Gale Direct Linking and Discovery Services .

Customize with Icons and Widgets
Consider adding widgets for Gale Primary Sources, custom collections and your library’s unique resources to your discovery layer menu to aid in research of content. Some discovery services include options for customizing link displays with icons. These settings can be configured with assistance from the discovery service's support team. Consult our discovery parter giudes for more information and visit for access to widgets, icons and other free resources.

Review Usage to Help Tweak Discovery Service Configuration

Look at Gale usage reports before/after implementation of discovery services.  Many reasons can contribute to changes  in usage after a discovery service or Federated Search implementation.  For example, changes might stem from different  user behavior such as doing searches in the discovery layer before they access Gale, but there may also be technical or administrative issues that need to be examined.

MARC Record Policy

Gale provides free MARC cataloging for most of its subscription database products (with the exception of the  Digital Archive Collection MARC record sets, which are fee-based).  Customization of the MARC 856 field links with the library location ID is available for most MARC sets.

Find instructions on obtaining MARC records here:

Inbound Open URL

Gale supports Open URL linking, a standard designed to enable linking from information resources outside of Gale to full text found in Gale databases. With Open URL linking, Gale resources are more accessible to researchers starting from library discovery services, abstracting and indexing databases, and other services that use IOURL linking.

Also see How do I construct an OpenURL for Gale content?

Open Web

Google Scholar

Gale content is found among results in Google Scholar, and Google has indexed the scholarly full text of Academic OneFile content, making it even more discoverable in Google Scholar.   Please see our Google Scholar Configuration Guide for additional details.

  • If the IP of the user is recognized as being associated with a subscribing institution when they choose  a Gale article in Google Scholar, they will have access to the article.
  • If IP authentication is not possible, the user will be prompted for sign-on information  where they see an abstract or preview of the desired article.  
    All Gale subscribers will be set to "on" for the option to link to Gale content via Google Scholar -- however, this setting can be changed in Gale Admin.  

    Users are also encouraged to set up Library Links in Google Scholar to aid in discovery of Academic OneFile content from Gale.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Google Chrome Extension

With the new Opposing Viewpoints in Context Chrome Extension, you can provide learners with a path from Google to authoritative content from your library’s Gale resource.

The Opposing Viewpoints in Context Chrome extension (beta) is available through the Chrome Web Store. Here is a quick video about the Chrome extension.


Cengage Learning and MindTap Discovery

Gale resources can be made discoverable from courses using Cengage Learning MindTap.This includes the ability to search certain Gale resources from within the MindTap application.  For more information, contact your Gale sales representative, customer care representative or Gale technical support.  Alignment of library resources within the course can significantly increase usage of the library resources and promote enhanced learning.

Learning Management Systems

Another way to enhance the discovery and use of Gale resources is to include search widgets in learning management course sites such as Moodle, Blackboard and Canvas. To use the wide array of widgets, which are well aligned with common courses, contact your customer care representative or explore available widgets and tools on

Even more help for Gale discovery and usage

As a subscriber to Gale resources, you can use for access to hundreds of free resources to ensure you get the most out of your investment. Select from website widgets, direct access URLs, database icons, promotional materials, training resources, or your own personalized website.

Sign in with your Gale LocID for an experience customized to your current Gale resources.