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Last Updated: July 12, 2023

Explore Gale Literature

Gale Literature is a cross-search platform designed to search all your library’s Gale literary databases in one simple landing point. Users will discover authors, literary works and movements, book reviews, and more. Join this session to explore the tools and features available in this valuable resource to optimize literature research.

Duration: 30 Minutes
thank you again everyone for being on the line

today. We're talking about gale

literature today. My name is

Amber Winters and I am your gale training


So I have a quick agenda here for everyone. So first

I'm gonna talk a little bit about what

gale literature is to be more specific.

Today. We're talking about the cross

search platform as opposed to one specific

resource. So we'll talk about that

today. We'll spend the majority of the time actually

walking through the resource though. So you can get a feel

of some of the different work flows.

that your users are going to be experiencing

and I will save time at the very end for any questions

that you may have and I do have some closing

information for you as well. if you do

have questions before the end of the session,

feel free to go ahead and ask those in the Q.

And A. And I should be able to keep up with that

as we're moving along today. If

it does get a little bit jammed up in the Q. And A. You

notice your question hasn't been answered?

Don't worry about it, it will be answered

at the very latest at the end of the session

today, So

let's go ahead and get started talking about

gale literature again, this is the cross search

platform that we're talking about today.

before we get started, if you're looking for

a webinar that's specifically about one

of the different resources, we do already

have those pre created

on the support site for you to take a look

at you get the support site information at the very

end of this session. But again today we're talking

about our cross search platform and this is going

to cross cross search

through all of the gale literature resources.

You here, see here on the screen now

you may or may not have access to all of these,


Your institution could certainly vary. You may

have access to maybe two

or three, Maybe you have three or four, maybe you do have

all of them. But all of these will be cross

search on the gale literature. Cross search

platform and I will note here

that the platform is only going to search through

the resources you currently currently have access

to. So you don't need to worry about your patrons

or your students. searching

and then maybe hitting a wall because we found something

in, let's say they alerted her lip finder

and you don't have access to it. It's only going

to search through the resources that you currently

have access to.

and a couple of key features of the platform

before we just dive right in the first I want to

mention are our person and our work searches.

these are really helpful to narrow down contents

because scale literature. Again, you saw how many

resources it's searching through all at once

is going to pull back a huge amount of content.

So if your users are going in, Oftentimes

it's better to have something specific in mind

that they want to search for that way.

They're not in inundated with a

huge amount of results. So the person in

work search is a really nice way to do that

if they have a specific individual or work

in mind that they can search just for that

and really narrow down what they're looking for

in addition to that we include related resources

on the the home page of gale literature.

So we'll take a look at that and that's going

to give related resources that

your institution currently has access

to. So it's going to be resources that aren't

searched within gale literature but

that might be helpful or might be supplemental for

your users. So they'll see that here

on this platform as well.

And finally a new feature that we've just

added are some really great topic pages.

So again, these are helping your users filter

down to content they're looking for as

simply as possible because again, this

is a huge cross search. They're going to pull

a lot of content so we have these nice

topic pages that are going to curate results

related to some of the most search,

some of the most used topics

that are currently in research, both

for the secondary level students

as well as

excuse me, post secondary

and your kind of general researchers that you're going to find

maybe in a public library setting.

So we do have those topic pages prec

created where we organize all of our results

nice and easily so users can access

that really. Similarly,

now. I just want to start to click through this resource

here. I think we don't need to spend too much time talking

about it while I'm switching over

to my other screen. Do we have any questions?

I haven't seen any pop into the Q and A. But

I do want to make sure I hit those.

Ok, I don't see any, so give me one

quick second here. I got logged

out of my instant. Let me sign back in.

There we go.

So this is the gale literature home page and

I want to go over kind of the layout of

the land a little bit before I really dig in. So

we do of course have our basic

and advanced searches up here in the

the banner up top here but down

underneath we have some other really nice goodies

that are found on this page here. So we'll talk

about our toolbar in one second.

But underneath that

it's giving you just a little bit about what this resource

is, it will certainly be helpful

for your users so they understand exactly

what they're alert looking through

and then down underneath. Again, as I mentioned,

you have access to this nice

related from gale feature

so yours will most likely look different than

mine. This is only showing what your institution

has access to. So one

great feature, I like to point out gale book and books

and authors is not cross searched.

through good literature, but it's oftentimes handy

as your users are starting to look for different books

to read. So we do include that here under

the related literature. Resources, you'll

see often times quite a few different

archives and things are found here as well. So if

you do have access to those we

may include them here at the bottom. Your users will be able

to see that

They can click into any of these and it's

going to pull them forward into that resource

so they can kind of move their research forward.

They won't need to authenticate into that resource

because they're already signed in with

Gil literature. So it'll automatically log

them into whatever resource they clicked

into here

now scrolling back up, I want to go into

these tools we have in this toolbar here because

even without running our basic search,

we've got some really powerful tools right here that

are going to help us out. So the first one is this

what's inside button with this little

box icon?

And this is going to show me what exactly is

being searched within gil literature.

So you notice my list is a little bit smaller

than what I showed you on my slides because this is

all my instance has access to

but I can actually click on one of these.

and I can search within this resource. So even

though I'm on gay literature which is our cross search

platform, if I decided I really

just wanted to take a look at what we have available

within gale Literature Resource Center,

I can click on that and search and

it's just going to pull forward content from that resource.

So if they did click into gale literature but

they are actually looking for information just

from one resource they

can do that right here on this platform. Of course they can

certainly just sign directly into

gay literature Resource center.

but they can do it this way if they already clicked

into gale literature and don't want to kind of take

that step back, they can click into the what's

inside and run their search for through

one specific resource here.

Now I'm going to jump back to the home page just

so we kind of have one landing spot as

we go through today. So I just clicked

on my banner up top and it's pulled me back

forward here

So next to my what's inside button,

I have a browse topics option. And this

is where those topic pages I mentioned are

going to be found.

and this is a new feature that we've just added.

Again, just another layer of organization

for your users.

So they can click into that browse topics

and they're pulled forward to the screen. That's showing all

of the different topic pages we have

created here on this platform.

So you'll see they have the option to filter their topics

here. We have them all

listed down underneath and I can click into any

of these topics

on the left hand side. We also have the different

topic categories that we can click into.

I could choose to narrow down what I'm looking at

with this drop down here. So it defaults

to showing topics which is going to be all of our topics.

But I can change it to just showing works

or I can change it to showing authors

but we'll leave it as topics today.

And let's take a look over our left hand side

here. So let's say I really want to narrow it down specifically

to cultural identity. Maybe I'm doing

a research project on that or something

similar to that. You'll see when I click now

into just cultural identity. It's

pulling up all of the topic pages we

have created relating to

that topic. Now I do want to mention.

These are not all of the topics we

have within our resources about

cultural identity. These are some of

the top searched in the tap used

topics. So we've created this information

to help individuals who may be starting

to kind of take a look at, Excuse me,

some of the the most popular

topics we've pulled that forward, so I can

click into any of these let's

say, brazil, Brazilian literature

today, when I do that.

This is our topic page here. So at the top

I have an overview about my topic

down underneath?

I have all of my related results. So

instead of seeing just the basic search results


I see all of this nice and organized. I see

I have a lot of biographies related to this

topic, some news reports, a

lot of primary sources and literary

works. You're going to see a lot of literary

works if you have access to Gale

literature lip finder, it's going to have a lot

of full texts. So again, your

results are most likely going to be different than mine

based on what resources you have access

to. But you'll start to see all of this content

and as I scroll down,

you'll see. I've got these different content buckets

that I've really completely organized my

results here. So I'll be able to scroll through

find exactly what I'm looking for

and then at the very bottom of our topic pages, we

do include a related topics section

here. So if I want to move forward. just

strictly using my topic pages, I don't even

want to run a search. Maybe I just want to click through that

way. I can do that by using these related

topics down below.

Now, are there any questions about these

topic pages, how they're formatted? Anything

like that

Ok, No questions. So we'll go ahead and keep

going again. I'm going to bounce

back to the home page as we kind of click

through these different features just so we have

one landing point. So next to our

browse topics, we have our person

search and our work search.

They both have their own button. They're also found under

the advanced search option, but

we have pulled them forward here just because they are

so powerful and they are used

fairly frequently. We want to make sure they're

clear and easy to find.

So I wanna click into person search today

just so we can take a quick look here.

And this this feature is really

handy if your your

users has someone that's specific in

mind. Of course they'll be able to just run for that

run a search for that person. But

it's also really nice if they're maybe looking for

a specific category of individual

maybe there um

doing a project on, let's say women

authors or maybe hispanic women authors

or african american

authors or whomever. they

can narrow that down here underneath using these search

limiters. So I can click in

maybe again, I do want to click into female.

maybe I want to change my ethnicity here.

See I can scroll down. So let's say hispanic american.

So we're running a project on hispanic

american. Female authors.

So I'm going to put that in there.

run my search here.

and now it pulls me forward to this really nice

list of individuals here. So you're going

to see as I start to scroll down

all of these individuals I can actually click

into and this is going to pull me forward results

related to these people.

And on the right hand side here you'll see the number

of results I have for each individual. So some

individuals will have more content

than others, but you'll be able to see here

exactly what's available and then you can really

easily just click through and find content that

way. The

work search looks very similar to that.

I will click into that

right here in my toolbar

So you'll see the same formatting here

You'll see I can't choose my type of work

here. I can also use it, choose

a time frame. So if I just want to look through

a specific century, I have that option

here as well.

but I want to point out our full text

limiter option.

So if I click into that and run my search,

I'll be able to see all of the full text content

we have in here. Again, depending

on the resources that

you have available. Many of them do

have full text poems, short

stories, plays, even

some speeches, things like that.

So you do have the option to limit that right

here within the cross search option.

Um I do have access right now to 190,000

full text pieces of information.

again, that will most likely be different for you

depending on what you have access to.

and I'm going to jump back home for the

last time here

You see we have a couple more tools listed here

on this right hand side. I'll take a look

at those in a second, but I do first just want to run

a search. So if you have users coming

in who are just planning on running that basic

search, they don't know exactly what they're looking

for.they maybe they don't really want

to browse, they can just start off

with a search here. So today I'm going to search one

flew over the cue's nest.

And you'll see as I start to type here,

I have a few options that are bolded up top

Any predictive text that's bolded

is actually a topic page. So just

like we took a look at what just like

we saw when we clicked into this browse topic

section, if you run a search and there's

a topic page, it's going to pull that forward as

well. So I'll click into my topic

page here.

Now when I do that I will pull

that full topic page experience forward.

Since this is a work

a lot of times you'll get these quick facts about

the author when it was published,

all that good stuff on this left

hand side. Again we have a nice overview

of the specific topic. so of course

this is going to be an overview of both

the work and the author.

now, down underneath. Again we have all of

our different bits of information,

pre organ for us. So we can really

easily just start to click through

again at the very bottom, we do have a related

topics page here,

Well, let's go ahead and click into one

of these little content buckets here today. I'm going

to click into topic and work overviews

now when I do that it's going to pull forward but looks like

a basic search. So if I were to

search for something that didn't have a topic


It would look like this with all of my

results pulled here, it does default

to sorting by relevance

if they want to, they can drop this down

and choose to sort by newest or by oldest

or by document title if they want to.

But it does again default to showing

relevance first.

Now, once I'm in this here, I do want to point

out if your users are interested

in where exactly this content is being pulled,

we're going to show them down underneath the

entry where they're found. So this particular

entry is found within Gil literature lit finder.

If I scroll down, you'll see there's one here from

Literature Resource Center

and I can just start to scroll down to see where all of this

content is pulled from.

on this right hand side here, I also have some

great filters that are going to help me out as I start

to research the one I really like to point

out is the subjects here. So this is going

to narrow it down even further than

my basic search. Remember my search was just

for the work itself, but now

I can narrow it down a bit further here

Maybe I want to talk specifically about

freedom related to this book,

pessimism. You'll see all that great stuff. I

can click and navigate through here,

I also have the option to narrow down just

to peer review journals.

when I do that, you'll see it's pulling forward my

literature criticism first

and I'll be able to click through this

and what's great is our peer reviewed bits

of information are listed as

peer reviewed. You'll see this nice little checkmark

here. So if your users are looking for peer

reviewed content, they'll always just want to find that checkmark

and they'll be ready to go.

But I want all of my information today. Not just

my peer review journal. So I'm

going to jump back to topic and work overview

since that's where I was previously.

underneath this, I also have the option

to click into a topic finder or

a term frequency chart. So I can start to

see the frequency of this

work being talked about. If

I decided to click into my topic finder here,

that search that it already ran

is going to pull forward here and I'm going to get

some related topics

and I can click into any of these

and it's going to narrow down my results. So just

three results here as opposed to

everything I saw on the previous page.

So this is a nice way to both

narrow down results but also to make

different interconnections between different

topics here.

I'm gonna hit the back button because I want to stay

on my results page.

And I'm just going to click into my first one here,

an explanation.

And when I do that, this page is going

to look exactly how it looks and whatever resource.

this was pulled from.

Excuse me. So this one is pulled from lip finder.

so it would look exactly like this if I were to

have run the search within the native resource

as well. And what's great is now that I'm

on this page. I have all of the same

tools that I would have had within

gay literature lit finder. I have it here on

my gay literature platform. So if I wanted

to, if I found some great content that

I either want to save for myself or maybe

I want to forward along to colleagues or to

group members. If I'm a student,

I can hit my send to button up top here

This is going to let me send this bit of information

over to my drives or I can choose to

email it maybe to myself or

to again maybe a colleague or a group


I can also download this bit of content

or print it out to save it for later if that works

well and

I have this great get link feature here and this

button actually follows me along throughout the full

session. So as I'm finding different bits

of content, I want to save for later. If

I don't want to put it in my drive, I don't

want to email it, I can just pull this nice

quick get link. It is a persistent

URL that's going to pull me back to this

exact page so I can copy and paste this

and put it wherever I want to go.

And you'll also find that get link option on

our topic pages and our search

results pages. So if I ran a search

and find a lot of great stuff that I want to save,

I can't right now click through every single article,

but I do want to look at them later,

I can use my get link and I'll be pulled to that page

So this is another really powerful tool that

we have available within all of

our literature resources.

now, scrolling down a little bit, I will point out you

have those same features down here underneath.

So these do the same as these buttons,

we just like to add it in two different places

just for a little bit of redundancy to make sure

everyone can find what they're looking for.

We also have a citation feature. So if

you do have students clicking through these resources,

they'll be able to cite it directly.

You'll see it is showing that it came from

Gale literature lit finder, even though they've

searched it through gil literature

since it's just considered a cross search,

that's not exactly what we're going to put in our citation.

We're going to put the actual resource. So

that's already pre created for

your users

In addition to that, they can choose to edit how

they're seeing this text as well. So

they have the ability to translate. If I hit

my translate button under here, they can choose

whatever language they need

they can increase or decrease the the font size

again as needed.

They have the option to change their display

right here, so I could change the color that I'm


I can also change the font

to make it whichever font I prefer,

we do have a dyslexia fonts available

here and then I can also change the line, letter

and word spacing

so this is again just trying to increase

the accessibility as much as possible.

So every user or whatever

needs they have, we want to make sure they can access this

content. And this is one way we do that

I'm gonna pull this back to the default settings today

though and

finally they can listen to this as well. I'm just

going to pause it because I didn't hit um

I didn't share my audio with you, but

they do have the option to listen to this.

You'll see when I hit that list. And but it opens

up this little tool bar here

and you'll see. I have a a few different settings

options to make sure this is being read to me as

best it can be. I can choose

to have text highlighted as it's

being read. I can choose the different colors.

I can also choose things like the read speed.

So it defaults to a medium speed.

If I need a slower option, I have that

here. If I want to listen to it quickly, I have

a fast option here as well, but it does default

to that medium there.

So again, these tools are found within the

native literature resources, so

that finder Literature Resource Center.

Excuse me.

but we've included them here within gil literature

as well to keep that same formatting

and to make sure your users always have access

to these different tools that definitely come in handy

as they're starting to kind of run

through their research

One final feature, I'll point out is our Explorer

panel, you'll find this on all of our entries

as well. So this is going to help move

their research forward. They can start to click through

more articles like this one or

you'll see. We do include related topics here.

So maybe if we want to take a look at the author now, as

opposed to just the work,

we can certainly do that. Or maybe we want to take a look

at the movie. Maybe we want to kind

of compare that to the book or maybe

we're working through something like that. We can also take

a look at that right here on this platform

I'm going to click back to the home page. I still

haven't seen any questions pull forward.

but I do want to ask, we have about

five minutes and I do have some wrap up information

to give you but I do want to make sure

everyone knows. If you have questions, type

those into the Q and A. And I'll be able to answer

them. So let me switch back here

to my slides and again

if anyone has questions go ahead and type them in. But

I do have some contact info for

you. So moving forward, if you want to learn more,

um if you want to learn about one of the specific

literature resources as opposed to the cross

search or maybe you just want to dive deeper into the cross

search, you have access to a customer

success manager through who can really help

you out with that. They worked with Les

and with schools across the nation. So they have

a lot of great best practices that can

help you.

really target exactly how you want to

use this resource. If you don't know who

your customer success manager is, you can

just send a quick email to gil at customer success

at dot com. You're going to be forwarded to

the correct individual who can help you?

You also of course have access to your wonderful,

Sales consultant. So if you want to discuss

accessing any of the different Gale literature

resources, feel free to

reach out to them. If you don't know who your sales consultant

is, you can just go to support the

dot com forward slash

rainer and you'll be able to find that individual

and you'll also have access to a support site.

So I mentioned at the very beginning of this session,

if you're looking for webinars or other training

tools related to any of your gale literature

resources, you're going to find them on our

support site which is support dot

Gale dot com. We also have

Pre created tips sheets, resource guides.

if you're at a school we have have

lesson plans, activities, all that

good stuff. posters flyers,

you'll find all of that on our support site, which

again is support deck deal dot com. So if you're looking

to promote this resource,

don't reinvent the wheel, go to that support

site. Most likely we have things created

for you

and I do have a training survey.

If you have the time to take it, it's going to pop

up on your browser when we close out

of the session today, but I've also put it here as

a QR code, so if you have your phone handy,

feel free to scan that and fill that out

for us. it's always appreciated.

So we can make sure we're covering exactly

what you're looking for when we do run these sessions.

now. I haven't seen any other

questions come in any questions at all,

so I'm going to go ahead and end the session today

and hopefully we'll see you on sessions

in the future and please enjoy the rest

of your day.
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