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Last Updated: June 22, 2022

Celebrate Women in Literature with Gale Literature Resources

Women’s History Month commemorates and encourages the study, observation, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. In this webinar, we’ll honored women in literature by examining content and features in two of Gale’s literature resources, Gale Literature Resource Center and Gale Literature Criticism Online. We also shared how you can easily celebrate women writers with your users!

Duration: 45 Minutes
Okay folks, I've got the top of the hour we are going to record the session for folks who can attend and for review later. So let me get that going and we'll get underway.

Hello everybody and welcome. I'm Stacey Knibloe one of your Gale trainers. Thanks for joining me for our celebrate women and literature with Gale literature resources.

I am thrilled today to be able to gather virtually with you all to show off some great content in our literature databases. We want to, of course, show you great content but also how to find it and we've got some interesting ways to do that in the literature

databases that I want to share. And of course we want to talk about some great female writers. And then we want to talk about how you can share the content that you find with others so as students with patrons, you know, being able to push this content

out to folks and draw them into these excellent resources you're offering in your library.

Oh sorry, we've got a q amp a no civil Don't worry I'll, I'll go ahead and lower your hand I understand that can happen by accident fairly easily. As I've done it several times myself.

So let me go ahead and take care of that.

Alrighty, so we'll of course wrap up as always with support where you can go after today from help from Gale to tackle a couple questions we often we often get, we are of course recording the session so you'll be able to listen to it later.

We'll send an email follow up to everyone that will come tomorrow it will have a link to where you can find our recordings. You'll also for those who have attended will get a link to a attended certificate so hopefully you get can get some CPU time by

spending time with me this morning.

And we will again take questions throughout but our contact info will be in that follow up email as well so this question should come to you in a month or two.

You know who to come back to, so do feel free to reach out anytime to your Gale team we love to hear from you.

So Alrighty, let's go ahead and dive in with our content.

So we're going to take a look at two of Gales literature resources to examine some, some female writers, and these are two really popular resources that Gale, we did ask when you registered for the webinar, which ones you actually had access to so that's

going to inform my searches a bit kind of where that balance lies between these two resources.

Literature Resource Center was the more popular resource This is our subscription database that offers literary criticism author biographies literary journals multimedia all in one nice resource that again has been very popular.

Gale combines a lot of stuff in in a little almost one stop shopping type format.

The other resource we're going to take a look at is actually more of a ebook tool. Gale critter sorry Gale literature criticism online takes our literature criticism print series, or as I may start to call them let Chris is we abbreviate them at the in

the office, all the time, takes those print series like contemporary literary criticism short story criticism and so on, and brings them into an ebook format.

With this collection rather than being a subscription database again it's treated more like an E book tool where you choose what goes in there you choose the series that you want a lot of libraries go with like a standing order so they get all of the

sometimes libraries pick and choose the volumes they want. So this collection can really vary depending on your institution, but they all those like liquid print series live in literature criticism online so I'm lucky I of course have access to all of

the volume so you'll see in my demonstration today.

But I'll show you a quick way you can figure out what's in your collection there because it can vary everybody gets the same Literature Resource Center.

But everybody's literature criticism online can vary.

So we're going to look at the two of those, and they have a lot in common in terms of searching and things like that but I'll try to be really clear which one I'm in each time we take a look.

Then we're going to spend just a few minutes looking at our cross search platform for Literature databases, Gale offers a resource called Gale literature that isn't a database itself.

Again, it's a search platform that brings together, your literature databases from Gale into one place you can go do kind of one mega search across your, your literature collection from Gale, so a lot of folks don't realize they actually have access to

So a lot of folks don't realize they actually have access to this if you subscribe to more than one literature database from Gale, you automatically get access to Gale literature the cross search platform so I'm going to show you how to find it.

And it's kind of everybody develops their own preference, whether they like to use across search or not so just want to let you know that it's there and how to find it if you want to take advantage of it.

With that, I think we're ready to go ahead and dive in, let me just check our q amp a quickly, don't think anything's new coming. Alright so let's go ahead and dive in.

So folks, I will keep an eye on the q amp a throughout the session. It is just me today I don't have a moderator so it may take me a minute to get to them but I promise I will take questions throughout and then I'll stick around after as well if more

questions come in so.

Alrighty, let's go ahead and dive in and find some great content, whoops, did not mean to hit that advance my slide.

Alright let's dive in. So some of you may have received an email that tease this webinar with a really enticing review. So I thought I'd share that review of you.

For those of you who may have been intrigued by that we have in Gale literature criticism again remember that's the lip crypt print series that's the what I'm looking at.

Now, the way you can always tell the difference is the Gale literature criticism, always shows you a content in a PDF form.

So it mimics the print. Right. So that's what I've got in front of me, I've got that review that we teased in the to use for our webinar.

This is a review from the 1987, New York Times Book Review. It's a Toni Morrison's Beloved, and was written by Margaret Atwood, and I was inspired to go looking for this review some of you may if you're if you're on social media and and use Instagram

may follow the New York Times Book Review and, and they did an article recently of kind of famous authors reviewing other famous authors so that's kind of what sparked our inspiration for this webinar and really ended up developing into a theme for it.

So this was a really engaging review it's just you know of course it's written by Margaret Atwood it's about Tony worst, beloved, so how could it not be, but it's got some great turns of phrases that I used in the, in the tease and I thought I'd start

off with showing it to you.

So again, when you're in jail literature criticism you're really working with our print content just virtually. So we're looking at a page the review starts at the bottom of the article, get a little bit of it.

And she, you know, Margaret Atwood just starts right out. This work is a, noting Morrison's fifth novel and it's another triumph and Miss Morrison's versatility and technical and emotional range appear to know no bounds.

If there were any doubts about her stature as a preeminent American novelist and of course we'll just turn the page of her own or any other generation beloved will put them to rest in three words or less it's a hair racer.

So, the review starts really well it's of course written really well and it's these two amazing writers kind of in one place. And that's what ended up developing our theme for the webinar is, you know, certainly in almost any industry you're going to

find people writing about other people and, and that but I think it's always so much more interesting with literature and the way that different authors consider other authors and certainly the way that female writers have been kind of considered in the

literary canon, you know, we're looking back now. You know more closely more critically at the way they've been written about and, you know, it's an interesting way to come at it but this is really an excellent kind of piece of literature itself this

review, it's not too long, it's, it's, you know, about a page a page and a half or so, or sorry, on a, on a piece of paper would be columns here make it a little different but regardless, something really cool you may want to share with your users.

So let's talk about how you could do that.

There are a few different ways whenever you're in the resource of course you can always print content out you can download it and get the PDFs when you're looking in Gale literature criticism and share it in different ways that way.

But, you know, of course right now, we're maybe reaching folks more virtually than we used to write since we're not gathering doing more online classroom work doing online programming reaching folks your newsletters and really anytime, the store about

to talk about can come in handy but I think especially now. So when you find content in our databases that you want to share what you want to look for is our get link tool, and I'm going to use my little annotate tool here to circle it well let me point

to it first. It's up in the upper right hand corner the database in the toolbar, get link is going to provide me with a persistent URL that I can then use anywhere I want.

Wherever I would normally put a URL. I can take this URL just copy it. Maybe I'm working chat reference I want to share this with someone that I'm working with with that tool.

Maybe I'm an instructor I want to put this in my online syllabus, I can put it in an email, again, wherever you would normally take a URL is where you can use this get link URL.

So as an example, I've actually got it on my demonstration library web page that I've created the nipple library I'd like to go ahead and just named after my family.

But here on the homepage, we're celebrating Women's History Month I've got, I'm using get link for some other of our resources as well. But here I've actually used that get link to bring my users into read that review, so when they click on this link

they land right in the resource right on that review.

Now again, remember, we're gonna have to scroll down that first page it starts out at the at the bottom there, but there. There we go, we landed right where we want it to.

And that's how it will work for you your your users as well most of the time they'll click the link below and right in the resource and can start reading.

The get link let me pop back to the database here.

The get link is a persistent URL. And that's what it means that always brings you back to the same place. The other thing it's doing though the reason you want to use get link URL, instead of the URL that's up here in the address bar of my browser is

because the address bar link that that I've got going now is tracking my session and Gale literature criticism. So while I'm in the database it's keeping track of my search history, it's either doing some other things, and it's keeping me in my session

so that I can go back and grab things easily. However, when I leave the database, we clear out all that session Information Privacy is very important to us at Gale.

So, When you're done with the database, all of that information gets cleared out so that session information goes away.

With get link. What we're giving you as a URL that just goes to this document has nothing to do with your session. This is the link for the document so it brings you back to the same place, it doesn't recreate a user session or anything like that again

that would, you know, not be something we want to do yet link just drops you into the content you want it to share and you're going to see it in different places we of course always have it in a document but it's also on search results on search pages.

It's all over the place. It's on more pages than not.

So folks will come in, they'll land in the article.

They'll go ahead and read it. And then if they want to continue like wow that's really great. I want to read more about the love it and they go up to the search box or maybe they click on another button to go into advanced search or something.

At that point, they be prompted to authenticate and make sure they're user of your library.

So it's a very handy tool. One other thing I'll mention a lot of our libraries that use proxy servers to authenticate.

We work with them so that we can embed your proxy server information in the get link URL. So if you'd prefer that folks authenticate with your proxy server.

What's nice about that is when we do that add it to the get link URL. It does proper authentication when your users click on it but then they're in, in there, they don't have to do anything else so if they want to continue in the database they can continue

searching without having to authenticate again or anything.

So again, when we wrap up today i'm going to share our contact info with you in the follow up email you'll get tomorrow, you can reach out to our tech support team or your customer success manager at Gale to get that proxy server prefix added to the get

link URL if that's something you're interested in, so it's a really great way to share content and again we'll talk about it a bit more.

So Gale literature criticism.

We're going to put a pin in right now we're going to come back to this resource but looking at the registration more folks had access to. Gale that are to resource center so I'm going to do a few searches here show off some content here.

So Gale Literature Resource Center is again the subscription database that has lots of different types of sources and we're going to have literary criticism, we're also also going to have author biographies, we're going to have current literary journals,

journals, we're going to have multimedia.

There is some overlap between the two. Of course, depending on what's in your lit crit collection your Gale literature criticism collection, but they're, they're very complimentary.

And there were some folks that subscribe to both attending the webinar so again why I want to show you the cross search tool but more folks had access to Literature Resource Center so we're going to spend some time here already, so I was very intrigued

by this idea of content from authors, written by them and our databases. And there are a few different ways you can come across that in the database and kind of seek it out.

So I'm going to continue with our Toni Morrison search here.

Hi. Now when you're in our literature databases.

The search is really the same as what we use in all of our other databases, but I find when I'm in the literature content I need to take advantage of our and I'm going to use mobile annotate tool again, our filter your results, tools, a little more.

And that's really because of the nature of writing about literature. Right.

Rarely does a book get reviewed, or a play get reviewed a poem, anything like that criticism get rid about it where it's not being compared to something else to another author's work to an author themselves, or at least get mentioned right so searching

out an author or name of a work, often results in a lot of hits that maybe aren't specifically about the one you wanted but mention it, and are relevant sort does a nice job you can see just with the, you know, handful of results we're looking at here

on the result they're all about Toni Morrison, so a relevant search really does a nice job to push those things that are truly about Toni Morrison to the top of our results, but I'd like to tame down my results a little bit, you know, looking at the summary

of how many hits I have for lit correct for biographies for topic and work overviews I want to team this down a little. So I almost always immediately go to our filter your results.

So let me get rid of these drawings so I can go ahead and actually click on them.

So the two I tip or should say three to three I typically use our subjects person about in name of work, depending on what I've searched subjects is usually my go to because it lyst both it's going to list Toni Morrison, it's also going to list her, her,

her works, it's, you know, it's catchy subject headings. If you go to person about. It's going to list Toni Morrison as well and you get the same 408 articles you would if you chose her as a subject same thing for the name of work.

So, depending on the search I've done, you know, I may pick one of these to isolate two subjects though often is my go to discuss the first one, right.

So if I select Toni Morrison, it's going to take me for these over, you know, gosh, over, over 5000 hits down to a more manageable result now. You know I am very interested in Toni Morrison Will I still read every single one maybe not but it's still just

a little bit more manageable work to collection of results to work with.

Now, the results are always defaulting over to our literature criticism, always remember the all of the other content that's here in the Literature Resource Center.

Their biographical sources, there are topic and work overviews Gale literature criticism is mostly just criticism there's some biographical info you know mixed in of course but the nice thing about Literature Resource Centers, you get a sampling of these

these other types of sources so we're, we're going to examine a couple others.

As we go through, but always keep in mind there's that list of where your hits are coming from across the top.

Now again in the sense of finding content, written by author's themselves. This is where Literature Resource Center has a unique filter option.

The, the filter tools are are usually pretty standard across our resources subject is one you'll always see publication title is one you'll always see document type.

But in our literature databases person about name of work or are of course necessary because of the nature of the content, but we also added one for author items by because, again, you know, you see this in a lot of different places, but particularly

literature it's, you know, hearing from other authors about authors, or authors themselves is, you know, I think an interesting area of study so if we open up authors items by what it's showing us as who's written the content that we see, you know, on

these pages. And you'll notice, Toni Morrison is one of the people should there for entries here for literature criticism more Toni Morrison is an author herself.

So if I go ahead and select her and apply.

We've got four pieces of criticism we've got something in reviews and news as well. The one that jumped out at me though again I mentioned I'm always, I'm a novel fan.

But I love looking at authors from different points of view and kind of hearing from different ways that they, you know, get their thoughts out there.

And so this first entry actually jumped out at me. It's an essay written by someone else but it excerpts Toni Morrison speech that she gave it a 1996 Jefferson lecture in the humanities, it was titled The future of time literature and diminished expectations.

And it's really interesting they've got some great quotes from her speech and so she's considered an author of this source as well.

So it will pull this type of content, it will pull interviews maybe that the author has given.

And of course it will pull you know actual work something like maybe a short story or a poem or something like that. When you pull them as an author items by.

So we've got some great content here again I mentioned there there are several great quotes from Toni Morrison here this paragraph here I'm actually going to go ahead and content and use our highlights and notes tool so as you're finding great content

in our databases.

And most of our databases you're able to mark it up the same way you would if you've printed it out and gone over it with a highlighter marker. You click and drag the text.

And then we've got highlighter marker colors you can use so maybe I'm going to use yellow for quotes and give myself a little note here so when I'm looking at it later.

Just a brief one there. Make sure to click Save.

Now that's something that's become part of my session history, marking up these documents, is being kept track of during my session. I know what does that mean during my session that means they go away when I leave the database.

So again the same way we clear out your search history and those other items.

Something like highlights and notes is going to get cleared out as well.

So I'm going to need to take these with me before I go, so I'm going to mark up a few more articles, and then I'll show you how you can take them with me but basically it's how you take anything out of our databases you take advantage of our print, email

download. Send to cloud tools, you know, those are all available so let me just make another

highlight here so we've got a few go out going it's another quote so I'll use yellow.

Go ahead and click Save.

So that's an interesting way to come at looking at content when you search on an author.

I think it's always worthwhile to take advantage of that filter your results author items by and see if you can find that author if if they written something for us.

You can also go to the more direct route, and I did this as well because one of the things of course you know talking about female right.

Well, we'll stay here talking about female writers in the literary canon is how they've been viewed over time and there's been a lot of consideration.

Over the last several years if you know there's a particular book that's written by a man how it's considered and how that would have been different if had been written by a woman I remember it coming up for freedom by Jonathan Franzen it came up for

the Marriage Plot. So, there was an essay I discovered in the database written by Meg Wolitzer, and you can do kind of this more direct search as well if that's what you're after you want to find content in the database written by women or, you know,

of course, any author, you go to Advanced Search, which is always just right there next to basic search just one click away.

You choose the fields you want to search in which is probably exactly what happens in most advanced searches you use, you choose the field so you give your search term.

And then in our Dropbox here Sorry folks Let me close my annotate tool

in our Dropbox here you choose the fields you want to search and so this is basically our indexing it work at scale. So of course we do subject heading indexing but there's tons of other index we work with.

And again, as we saw, because it was a filter we could search by author.

So let's go ahead and search by Matt Wolitzer.

And I can leave it at that, you know, of course there's lots of other things I could add on to my search, lots of filters advanced searches the boss you get to design you that your search the way you want it to be, but this is simple enough we just want

to find things written by my bullet sir. And I was really intrigued there's quite a bit of content we have literature criticism again remember that's always where we land.

If I click over, there's reviews and news content.

Primary sources and literary works, there's a fair number of content in the database from from Mike Wolitzer.

And one of the articles, was this entry from a good New York Times Book Review by my searches again.

Haven't had a little bit of theme coming from just that one Instagram posts that I saw referencing, some of the work they were doing this year but. There we go.

The second shelf.

And she does speak to the Marriage Plot and had it been written by a woman would it would have received the same serious literary attention.

And it's a really interesting essay because she provides you know of course her own point of view as an author and looking at other female writers.

She also shares an anecdote, which really caught my attention so she was at a social gathering and a guest found out she was a writer, and he asked, Would he have heard of her, and she told him his name.

He didn't recognize it and she a little bit self deprecating Lee I would not agree here says fine I'm not that famous so I'm going to highlight that give it a little quote, with the yellow again, which I would disagree with.

But he hadn't heard of her so she went on to describe her novels and you know sometimes they're about marriage families and so on. And he's called his wife over because she reads that kind of book, which is interesting because of course so many read wrote

about that topic as well but he just as a female writer. He just kind of had made this assumption about what she wrote, and she goes on to say she saw it as a lost opportunity when someone asks what I've heard of her many female novelists would be tempted

to answer in a more just world. So let me get that as well.

What, give yourself a brief note there, and so on. So, there's quite a bit of course great content in the database but I love when you find these these little jewels that come from the author's themselves.

So I'm just going to mark up a few more things here I'm going to say take advantage of some of the other tools here maybe this is something I want to look more into so myself a little note to look up Vito women's literary organization.

And we'll just kind of keep marking things up here a bit.

Now, I'm going to show you later what I can do with all of the highlights and notes that I'm gathering at once, but let me talk a bit about what happens with resources or sorry documents themselves.

So, you know, marking this up, I want this whole article right it's a jam.

But it's going to give me my highlights and notes to when I'm working with the document so when you're in our databases, you've got retrieval options we call them and it's basically ways for you to take content with you before you go get link is really

great for sharing with others but if it's just for me, I'm going to use one of my retrieval options. so of course you can always print, email download.

And when you print. What it does with your highlights and notes as you get the whole article.

But then at the bottom of the article. It reprints your highlighted passages, and it gives you your notes that same thing you'd see in an email if you email this to yourself.

So you get all of the great content from the article, you get your source citation and then you get your highlight passages.

I prefer especially because I'm using different colors here to note different things to use our send to and send to Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive.

Both of these are of course cloud based storage tools.

They're free you can register with both of them you don't need say a Google, Gmail address or anything you can register with any email address. Same thing for Microsoft's One Drive.

Lots of folks use them for lots of different things.

And I'm gonna go ahead and use Google Drive here.

Now what this does is just send that document over to Google Drive it's going to create a folder or if I already have one. It's going to put it oh hang on folks we've got a question downloading this do the same thing yes let me actually show you the download

to. Well, I'm sorry. I'll come back to Google Drive in a second so when you download. And now I'm doing this because I want to double check I'm pretty sure yes okay that's what I was 95% sure but I did want to say yes until I saw it in action.

So with the download option you actually do get the colors, it's more like what gets sent to Google Drive printing and emailing, I don't understand why printing can't do it but that's, you know, for our, our tech folks to figure out a program is to figure

out, but for printing and emailing you don't get the color of the highlight you used. And you also don't get kind of this, the inline highlighting within the article.

So downloading, which will turn it into a PDF, always gives you the same colors you get the end line highlighting, so will Google Drive so let's go ahead and take a look at the document there.

So what it does when you send the document over to Google or Microsoft, it creates a folder named after whatever database you're using. And then, you know, once you've got that folder that's where it just keeps sending things you could of course move

it and put it other places, but that's always what it's going to do it's kind of put it in the folder named after the database so here's my Literature Resource Center.

And there's the document.

Now what I love about this is it's mine now, it lives in my Google Drive, it's here when I need it. I can come back to it in a week and a year, it's going to be here.

I can mark it up here you know Google and Microsoft both have a lot of tools so you can work with the documents online. I can share it, all of that.

And what I love is that share aspect because remember, stay I'm an instructor, and I want students to read this essay by make well letter.

I can use get link, and give that link to my students put it in my online syllabus. When they get here though they're not going to see my highlights and notes, remember those are just good for my session, we cannot recreate them, right.

So, when I send it over to Google though, it brings all those highlights and notes with it. And then I can share from here.

The students get the article, and my highlights and notes so I just, you know, however I would normally share with students or whoever doesn't have to be students could be patrons.

We're going to talk about a book club option in a minute.

It brings over your highlights and notes as well. So, very handy. Again we get the inline highlighting within the document and then again like we see with the print in the email, and the download it reprints them there at the bottom.

So I've grabbed the article I've grabbed all my highlights and notes.

Now, this is a again great tool for just a researcher themselves, but again the power of being able to share is really handy.

So let me speak for a minute I apologize, some of you seen this example before but I've got a bear with me folks my zoom control buyers getting in my way.

Here we go.

I've got this document here, this is a document it's an interview with an author Eleanor Lippmann my book club and I were reading something by her. So I pulled this interview out of our databases and then shared it with my book club.

And we basically had our discussion in this document. Hi. Again, we can't, maybe gather the way that we used to so this could be a nice substitute we didn't have to get on a zoom, of course, you know, we might be suffering for a little bit of zoom fatigue.

Maybe we can come on read the document add our notes, whenever we've got time. And what I love about it is now I've got this artifact basically of our book club discussion.

So, really powerful to be able to take these and turn them into online documents where you can share with others and and you know do what what you need with it.

So, very handy, but go ahead and close out of this.

So, bringing the content into other tools has been really a great thing for our databases so we kind of continue that with any of them. so close some of these tabs I've got open will pop back into Literature Resource Center.

So, this is, again, great essay I wanted to share you know again some of these gems within the resource.

Another thing I'd been inspired by really recently I mentioned before that I am more of a novel reader that's always kind of my go to, but I've been inspired by Amanda Gorman and her poetry at the inauguration and the Super Bowl to get into poetry a little

more. And I remembered kind of, you know, going back little thinking about things that I studied in school and other you know poets that had an impact.

Nikki Giovanni came to mind.

So I'm going to try it again I'm still in jail Literature Resource Center, and search for Nikki Giovanni here. And again I do out with almost every search in our literature databases take advantage of the filters so I'm just going to do that again, and

isolate to Nikki Giovanni and really get those articles that are about her it I think it is worthwhile I think to look at other works that mentioned her and compare her to other other poets and writers, but I tend to start, I like to start my searches

with a smaller set and then go bigger, so you may have your own preference certainly are your patrons and your students may as well.

I tend to like smaller and then go bigger or the folks like to go bigger, and then whittle down, so kind of develop your own preferences here.

So there's lots of great literature criticism, you know of course good biographies for her. I love topic and work over us particularly because I am not again as much of a poetry reader as I am another type of reader.

So I sometimes need a little help understanding what I'm reading, particularly with poetry, not, not just poetry, but often with poetry. So, the topic and work overviews are really excellent we've got a lot of for students content and and Literature Resource

Center and, you know, I think we're all students, but these are particularly written with kind of a high school audience in mind so for me they're perfect you know I am not that familiar with with poetry.

So, I love the work overviews.

Again though kind of thinking about authors and hearing from them directly. The primary sources and literary works is often a handy one and one of the things you'll find there are interviews, sorry, did I click it, I guess not sorry there we go.

And we've got it each of our results, a little, you know, the citations kind of telling us when it was published where it came from, and so on. But we showing, we're showing our document type as well so interview gets labeled there, but you can also use

the limit over here document type two interviews document types of one of my favorite limiters.

And as I was scrolling through the list here, and this it honestly was amazing how this kind of kick kept coming up naturally authors working together I saw this entry where Kwame Alexander is the author and of course you might be familiar name he's a

a new Baron Caldicot award winning author, and it's a conversation between he and Nikki Giovanni.

And of course the title cut my name as well I love to read about food. So he starts out and that's what they speak about a bit that they hated they both love to talk about food but then basically it's this transcript of a conversation between them with

a great image. And, you know, I love this, you know, kind of mentorship relationship they have it's just really engaging to read through the entry and let me see if.

Yes. Here we go. So the title of the author was was ginger and garlic and and Nikki Giovanni said there's no better way to fry chicken wings and when ginger and garlic and I live in Buffalo, New York, so anything about chicken wings we kind of take to

heart. Of course where you know it was invented to say so. Chicken Wings certainly existed before we invented them but we like that claim to fame so you know could make a little note here, just going to add again I want some highlights and notes to be

to share with you so again really engaging content in again I can't kind of stress enough how this just kind of came up organically and some of the searches I was doing, finding these connections with authors that you have your didn't realize existed

you know from some part of a removed maybe writing about them more as a review but you know just kind of finding these gems and all from doing just searches on some of these, you know, certainly well written about authors but even smaller ones as well

so there's lots of great stuff to discover and seeing the conversations around women and writing. So, anyway, let's go ahead and take a look at what we can do with our highlights and notes.

So again, when you're in a document, and you email it printed and so on, you're getting the whole article, and all your highlights and notes. You can also get a summary of all of the highlights and notes you've created in your session and the way you

do that is there's always going to be a highlights and notes button up in the upper corner there in our toolbar.

And when you're in a document like I am, it shows you what you've done so far with this article but then there's also a button to get to view all highlights and notes.

And this shows you all of the highlights and notes you've created.

Right, creates a bibliography for you so which articles were they coming from, and it's just your highlights and notes so maybe if that's all I need or even I just want this gathered in one place.

I've got them all here.

And what's really neat remember I was using yellow for quotes green for things I wanted to look up.

You can actually create a legend, if you look in the toolbar there's a labels button up here and I can label what the colors are so yellow I was what I was using for quotes.

I hadn't really decided for pink and

green were things I wanted to look up maybe verify and check another source, click Save. And then it creates a legend for you and your highlights and notes summer.

Now remember, again I can't stress it enough and we've even got a warning here on the page I need to take these with me before I go, so I can do, again, any of the retrieval tools, I'll just use print so I can show you quickly, But takes your content

And again, have to take these with me before I go.

Okay, so let me take a quick pause here see if anything's come into the q amp a no good shape. Alrighty, so last couple things I want to show you we are going to pop back I'm gonna leave Literature Resource Center behind I do want to show off something

and Gale literature criticism. Now, Much of the searches that I used in Literature Resource Center.

You can certainly put to work in Gale literature criticism. We don't offer the highlights and notes tool here though, because we're working with PDFs, so we can't do that within the database you can certainly download the PDFs and use other tools to mark

them up.

But it is because we're not working with actual text here, we effects we're working with a PDF we can't kind of mark it up in the same way.

literature criticism does offer though another unique way to look at women, women and literature. So if you're familiar with our literature criticism series, many of them, publish their volumes based around a particular fee, or even if they don't publish

on a particular theme, along with criticism of authors and works. They'll often include a few kind of critical essays around themes or genres within the volume so like some additional pieces that don't speak particularly to one author work, but you know

maybe look at it from a, you know, kind of elevator pitch point of view.

So when you're engaged literature criticism and you're on the homepage, what we've done is link to are popular topics List, and of course there's one for works and authors as well.

But if you take a look at popular topics, you can click in we highlight a few on the homepage, these will change every month or so. You go into browse all topics so what we've done is gather all of those topical sa themes into one place.

If you look down the left hand side you've got the broad categories here and there is one for women and feminism.

So this could help inspire your own theme maybe around, say, a collection you want to put together a display in the library. Certainly these to tie into different classroom works, you know, for particular literature courses.

They're a great way to kind of gather content into one place and these of course look at women and feminism topics so there's some really interesting ones here.

It's kind of a fascinating path to go down within these, these collections, one that jumped out at me.

Was feminist criticism contemporary so little bit you know based on what I was looking at in literature criticism and Literature Resource Center I thought that that seemed kind of time to him well their topic and what we do in this resource if you use

our in context databases, this may look familiar. Where we gather content in one place, and give you kind of a jumping off point so we started with an essay to approaching the topic.

And then we have featured criticism so these are hand selected by our editors to kind of be the jumping off point for this theme that you're that you're studying so they've selected a handful Jenny anywhere it can be from about 10 to 20 different essays,

it varies a bit what you might find but it's a good jumping off point. You of course can get go to all of the essays, and this is a you know pretty broad topic so over 1700.

And again, that's where the filter tool comes in handy.

And you can then work with the documents now what I love to do.

When you've kind of searched on a topic, or even really with an author or work is to open up that subjects filter and see what's here so maybe we can narrow this a little bit right they're all going to be about feminism you know kind of contemporary feminism,

but as you scroll down through the subjects list. I can see what are we talking about when we talk about that so we can narrow it down a bit further with some of these topics.

So I think it's a great way to kind of be able to come at something broad and narrow down because again you as I mentioned I like to work with a smaller set the subject headings really can let you do them.

So something like the publishing industry I think will be really intriguing to kind of keep up with our theme today and the way female writers have been regarded and kind of go through those.

So, oh hang out a bit something in the, in the, q amp a. Is there a way to do a direct link to this collection. I'm pretty sure we have get link on that page but let's just double check.

I don't want to speak out of turn I'm just going to grab this one.

Yes, we do have the get link on each of the topic pages. So you could link in this case in the American dream. Let me double check that the other place I want to see if we have it I'm pretty sure we do but let's just double check.

Yes, these pages do too, so if I wanted to link folks directly to say the women and feminism topics List. I can use get link, and drop folks right there on that list, so then they could pick from there.

So thanks Kristen great question.

Already so again that's engaged literature criticism, which again fewer folks have available to them, who registered for the webinar today but I do think it's so valuable that content is I think really shines in the electronic format.

I think it kind of gets lost in the print versions because you don't always know that it's there.

You know certainly within the indexes and things like that but because of a lot of those split crit series come at it from the author or title point of view, they don't realize there's additional essays that speak to these topics so great content coming

out of there and of course we've created one to focus on female writers.

So, okay, the last thing I want to share with you here is a way you can bring together, your fail literature databases into one search.

So, you may not even realize you have access to this here's how you can find out if you're not sure when you're in any of our databases, it can be in one of the literature databases, it can be in another one.

You want to look in the upper left hand corner here for the library menu, and the things that are linked here are actually customizable by your library you can put what you like here.

But one thing you'll always see is the view Gale product menu.

And if I click in.

This is the Gale menu, it shows you all the databases you get from us.

And it got a revamp in the last year so I think it's much more user friendly than it used to be, and of course I'm very lucky I get access to all of our databases, but they're grouped together, you get an All Databases tab, but then they're grouped together

by their product family so are in context databases are periodicals, or literature databases.

So again I'm lucky I get access to all of them.

But if you're looking for the cross search platforms, we actually created a separate place for those. So the cross search tool is not here on the literature page, how you got to seek them out.

So, the far right bottom button will always be cross search, and then you see our different cross search platforms so power searches when you might have heard of it searches all our periodical databases are in context or ebooks primary sources, searches

all of our primary source databases and then here's the one we're after, literature, Gale literature, and it will show you here, a list and abbreviated list of what you may be cross searching here.

Let me show you though if I go into the resource you can search from here but if I go into the resource the homepage, will offer a what's inside a box here in the toolbar or button, sorry not box, what's inside button here on the toolbar.

And this will show you what your cross searching with your Gale literature cross search so again I'm lucky I have access to all of these, but as long as you have more than one, you'll have access to this cross search platform.

And you can put in a topic.

And it will look very similar to what we saw on a search result from Literature Resource Center.

I and you're off and running. It will tell you what database, your contents coming from in your results.

So it's a great way to gather up all of this content together.

Okay, Chris Adele I'll be right back. I'll show you where to find the Gale literature, cross search is can be kind of a behemoth right depending on how many resources you have at lunch it, it's big right it's a lot of content.

One of the things I would recommend and this was available to us in the, in, in Literature Resource Center and Gale literature criticism I just didn't show it there are topic finder tool.

This is our visual search result. Let me show you what it does with Octavia Butler here.

So this is often a more engaging way to work with results it's interactive what it's going to do is give us a visual search result.

And it's going to look at the top hits for Octavia Butler and then break it down by these tiles, showing key terms from the first part of articles about her.

And what it does is not only, of course, give me good results and give me something kind of fun to work with its interactive as I click it kind of zooms in shows me results here related themes.

It's also giving me.

You know okay well what are Octavius biggest book so maybe Kindred maybe parable of the sour. You've got this kind of visual visual cues, a little bit about what's, you know, the heat map is kind of telling me.

It's also showing me all right well what am I going to be reading about you know power racism feminism you get these key terms. So that introduces you to the author a little bit, and then can give you search terms you may want to use elsewhere.

So it's a really great search, it is again very engaging we find it especially popular with students. We love to see it.

So, topic finders very handy if let me pop into

Literature Resource Center just briefly in case you're looking for it Literature Resource Center also offers the topic finder, it comes up as an option when you've done a search, where you go though if you want to find it directly is go into advanced

search, and once you get there.

It will offer other search options at the top here and there's topic finder it's in the same place and Gale literature criticism.

Alright so let's go ahead and actually let me pop in so I can answer that question that we have here I've got too many windows open Let me close a couple of these.

Oh that's right I was in the literature criticism for I went to the menu so.


So for those of you that have good literature criticism what I'm about to show you again is not available in Literature Resource Center so when you come into the literature criticism, to find those topics you want to go to the popular topics List again

we share a few on the homepage here they change every month but then you can click to view all topics.

And at the very bottom just it's an alphabetical order of the list over on the left is women and feminism.

And this groups together all of those topics into one place that relate to women and feminism, and then of course you get to all of the essays. Once you click all of the criticism.

Once you click into one of these

okay yep that'll do it Yes, sorry, Chris, if you don't have it available.

If you don't have access to that resource it will. Unfortunately, not be available to you so it's a definite plus for literature criticism

already so let's go ahead and wrap up here now I have some tools that I'm going to share with you in my follow up sorry I've got my slides out of order in my mind here.

Let me go ahead and talk about those here. So we created some themed materials to go along with the webinar today.

And I'm going to actually while I've got those on the screen. Let me share in the chat.

You can get to them right now. So let me let me share these in the chat I've got some links for you. So these are tools you can put to you certainly during Women's History Month, but we didn't.

you can use them anytime for any purposes with your literature, you will find Of course they are themed around female writers but I. We do that anytime of the year, right, so we've got some activity sheets, and we're going to have two versions were you

the print version is already ready that's the link I put in the handout so this would be intended for you to print out and use with students. We're also going to have an online version where folks can, You know, type in their answers electronically within

the those that'll be in the follow up email tomorrow we're working out some kinks with those. But, in both cases, these are customizable so what you're able to do is go in and put the link, we, we feed these both around Literature Resource Center, and

put the link for your Gale Literature Resource Center into the worksheet. And then for the activity sheets we've got 10 or so that have specific female writers, but then we also included a blank one so you could fill in an author's name and use them for

other folks as well.

The scavenger hunt are a great way to kind of get people into the resource and learn about using it so we have the scavenger hunt where it's just got the questions on it and then a version with the answer so you can can check their work with that kind

of teacher version.

So I'm sharing the links in the chat. They will also be in my follow up email and in addition to the ones I've given you today. We'll have links for the activity sheets for their online versions again what I'm sharing in the chat is kind of their intended

I thought I

let me know to send it all I said that's what I apologize folks I sent it to all panelists and that's really just me let me make sure to send it to all attendees.

There we go, sorry about that folks I Karen I appreciate the heads up.

Alright so that should be there let me know if you're not seeing it.

Okay. Oh good okay seems like it's coming through great thanks folks. Alright, so those are some handy tools, want to just remind you again where you can use get link I think it's so important right now.

We saw an example on a web page but remember they can go anywhere a learning management system or something like that certainly if you slip guy it's your social media, lots of good stuff so draw people into these resources take advantage of this electronic


All right, so keep questions coming but let me share where you can go after today when you've got questions, you're going to get all of this in my follow up email that will come to you tomorrow.

But reach out to your Gale team don't suffer in silence if there's something you're looking for something you want help for something isn't working the way you want it to reach out to us, your customer success managers at Gale are excellent resources,

they are often the first person I'd go to for any question, because if they don't know the answer, they work as so many other groups that Gale that they're going to know who to go to to get the answer.

So Customer Success managers are the suit, what are the superheroes at Gale, our tech support group is very good you can reach them at the 800 number they would could handle things like the proxy server.

You know in the get link URL, that type of thing if you're, you know, getting an error in a database they're good to go to as well.

I always recommend calling them, because sometimes they can deal with whatever's happening right there on the phone but we've got their email address there too.

And then of course lots of good stuff on our support site, all of the materials that I just shared in the chat or there.

Of course the recorded webinars go there we've got lots of great ready to go marketing tools so you don't have to recreate the wheel so you want to put a paragraph about Literature Resource Center in your monthly newsletter that goes out to your patrons.

We've got a paragraph written for you. So we've got social media posts you can just kind of copy and paste and customize lots of good stuff, definitely check out the support site.

Good good stuff there.

You've also got.

When you leave the webinar today, a way to let us know what you think of our training so definitely if you've got a couple minutes. We'd love to hear from you about what you thought about the session.

The link will also be in the follow up email so if you don't have time today you will send you the link so you can you can take a minute and let us know what you thought but it does improve our training so definitely let us know.

And with that I will say thank you I'm going to stick around and see if more questions come in but I hope this was useful. I apologize for running over when I practice this session I had five or 10 minutes to spare each time but i i guess i get a little
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