Gale Primary Sources - Basics

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


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Gale Primary Sources

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is an integrated research environment that allows users

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to search across all the Gale Primary Source collections.

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Gale Primary Sources unifies our extensive digital archives

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and enables researchers to make

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never before possible research connections.

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The easiest way to uncover Primary Source material

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is to perform a basic search using the search box

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found on the home page

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and in the banner of most other pages.

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When more than one database or collection is available,

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you can search across multiple collections.

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First, select the database

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or collections you want to search

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and then enter a search term.

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Notice that as you enter the term,

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the search assist feature suggest possible search terms.

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Click the small arrow below the search box

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to turn search assist on or off.

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Use advanced search to perform more complex searches.

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Your search results are arranged by content type.

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Content types may include monographs, manuscripts,

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newspapers and periodicals, magazines,

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photographs, maps, images and/or video.

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The number of results found

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for each content type is displayed.

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Click on the keywords and context link

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to see your search term highlighted in the text.

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Click the full citation link

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to jump to the document citation.

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Click view all or select a content type

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to see all results for that content type.

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In the banner of every page,

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you'll find additional tools and features.

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Click the sign in link to access or create

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a free Gale user account.

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When you create a user account,

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any documents or tags you add to your personal folder

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can be saved permanently to your account.

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Note, your email address will not be made public

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

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

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Click tools and then my folder

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to access any documents or tags you've saved.

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We'll take a closer look at saving documents

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and creating tags in the documents module.

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Click tools and then search history

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to view a list of previous searches.

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From here, you can re-execute a search

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or revise a previous search.

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The number of results found for each search is displayed.

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

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To modify a search, click the revise link.

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

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To change the language that the interface uses

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when displaying menus, links and instructions,

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click the language that appears at the top of the page

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and then select a language

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from the select your language window.

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Note, only menus, links and instructions are affected.

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Documents are not translated.