Gale Primary Sources - Basics

This tutorial covers the basics of cross-searching primary source collections, and working with results on Gale Primary Sources.

Gale Primary Sources

is an integrated research environment that allows users

to search across all the Gale Primary Source collections.

Gale Primary Sources unifies our extensive digital archives

and enables researchers to make

never before possible research connections.

The easiest way to uncover Primary Source material

is to perform a basic search using the search box

found on the home page

and in the banner of most other pages.

When more than one database or collection is available,

you can search across multiple collections.

First, select the database

or collections you want to search

and then enter a search term.

Notice that as you enter the term,

the search assist feature suggest possible search terms.

Click the small arrow below the search box

to turn search assist on or off.

Use advanced search to perform more complex searches.

Your search results are arranged by content type.

Content types may include monographs, manuscripts,

newspapers and periodicals, magazines,

photographs, maps, images and/or video.

The number of results found

for each content type is displayed.

Click on the keywords and context link

to see your search term highlighted in the text.

Click the full citation link

to jump to the document citation.

Click view all or select a content type

to see all results for that content type.

In the banner of every page,

you'll find additional tools and features.

Click the sign in link to access or create

a free Gale user account.

When you create a user account,

any documents or tags you add to your personal folder

can be saved permanently to your account.

Note, your email address will not be made public

and will only be used if you request a new password.

When you sign in, your name will appear in the banner.

Click tools and then my folder

to access any documents or tags you've saved.

We'll take a closer look at saving documents

and creating tags in the documents module.

Click tools and then search history

to view a list of previous searches.

From here, you can re-execute a search

or revise a previous search.

The number of results found for each search is displayed.

To perform a search again, click the search query link.

To modify a search, click the revise link.

You can clear the list by clicking the clear history button.

To change the language that the interface uses

when displaying menus, links and instructions,

click the language that appears at the top of the page

and then select a language

from the select your language window.

Note, only menus, links and instructions are affected.

Documents are not translated.