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Last Updated: September 07, 2023

Explore Enhancements to Gale Literature Resource Center

Gale Literature Resource Center has received enhancements to better support learning and research for high school and adult learners. Topic Portals and Pages about literary works and themes streamline discovery through curated content buckets, while newly added original works and documents allow for a deeper exploration of the world of literature.

View this session to explore our new enhancements.

Duration: 30 Minutes
We're going to be talking about the new enhancements

to Gale Literature Resource Center. My

name is Amber Winters and I'm a senior training

consultant here with Gale today and I'll be working

with you. So let's go ahead and take a quick

look at our agenda here. First, I just want

to review the enhancements before we look

in and kind of dive in. Just want to go over what you're

going to see. There are some really great

enhancements that are very simple but very impactful.

So we're going to go through those, then we'll spend

time actually walking through the platform seeing

some of the different workflows that your patrons or your

students might be using.

And then at the very end of the session, we should have some

time for questions and I have some wrap up contact

information for you as well. Again,

feel free to ask questions as we move through

the session. But I will try to save time

at the very end in case there's anything that we weren't able

to touch on.

So first off, if you're new to Gale Literature

Resource Center, just a few basics here for

you this is really a holistic approach

to researching and learning about literature.

We were bringing all of the information related

to different works, topics and authors

together in one spot here

and we do have the ability to browse a platform

by either work or topic. We've also included

both basic and advanced search as well

as a pretty detailed people

search. So if you have users coming in looking for

individuals, they'll be able to search for

a person here as well.

We've got a lot of different content types

available. So you'll as you would imagine,

you'll see the standard biographies and work overviews,

literary criticisms. But we also

have some great primary sources. We have

quite a few full text, literary works

in here. We'll be able to take a look at in a second

and we also have news and magazines. So we're bringing

kind of the current events

currently what's going in the world into this resource

to make sure that students and users aren't

just getting,

you know, background information about a text.

They're also saying how that text is

related to what's currently going on. Maybe it's

censorship. Um some things like that,

they'll be able to kind of get a feel of how it's currently impacting

society and how society itself is impacting

the authors and the works.

And we do have quite a few different research tools

available. These are consistent through the majority

of the gale resources. So if you're familiar with

any gale resources, you've most likely seen

these, but we've got some advanced highlights

and notes functionality to help your researchers.

We've got Google and Microsoft integration

for them to save the information that they find.

We have our premade citations built

out ready to go for them. We have a topic finder

and we have the ability to both translate

the text and kind of manipulate it a little bit.

So change the font, change the color, things

like that.

And we will review all of those today once we dive

in, but let's go ahead and take

a look at our enhancements. I'm really excited to go over

these for you today. So if you've been

within Gale Literature Resource Center before

the enhancements, you'll see the home page looks

a lot different now.

So we've decided to do at the very top here. We've

decided to pull forward featured works

and these works, these tiles on this home page change

monthly. So every time your user goes in in

a new month, they're going to have a different experience

and they're going to be able to engage with some different

texts, which I think is really valuable to kind of get

them researching on their own and kind of

extending their own learning.

And these do change monthly again and we have a browse

works button here. So we've created what's

called works, topic pages that kind of

pull everything about a work together on one

page to really engage your users

to make it really easy for them to kind of point and click

to where they need to be.

And underneath those featured works, we

have featured topics here as well. You'll see it's

fairly similar. The tiles

for our featured works are larger just because there are

a lot of featured topics that we pull forward,

but these topics will change monthly as well

and these topic pages are going to pull forward

generally to different themes in literature.

We also have different literary movements and


So it's kind of again pulling that holistic view

together. So if your users aren't necessarily looking

for a work, maybe they're interested in.

if we pull this forward here, um We

have Literature of the Harlem Renaissance is one

that we've pulled forward. Maybe they're just interested kind of broadly

in that topic. They'll be able to browse

through and find content that way as well. So

not only are we getting a little more

precise with the works, we're also getting

a little bit more broad talking about just the different

topics and themes that are going to be found in those

works. So kind of two fold right here

on the home page, they'll be able to browse without

even running a search. This is really going to help

them just point and click to engage.

And if they do decide to hit one of these orange buttons

here, either the browse works or the browse

topics. They'll be launched here into this

kind of second layer of browsing here.

So on the left, you'll see, we have our works option

and then on the right, we have our topics

on the left. The works is a little bit simplified

because there are less work to take a look at while topics

we have a, a huge collection. So

you'll see it is a little more kind of

broken up here.

But on the, the upper left hand side

of each of these pages here, you'll see it's the same

and they can toggle back and forth between looking

at works and looking at topics.

So if they take a look at the topics, maybe

find something interesting. But when I jump back to the works,

they don't need to hit back and go to the home page.

We have that toggle right there on the top of the page.

We also have the ability to filter on both

of these options. So if they are kind of scrolling

through, especially when we're looking at topics.

Once we click in, you'll see there is a huge

number of topics available. So oftentimes

it's helpful just to filter it by something they're looking

for. They'll be able to do that on this home page

as well.

And when they click into any of these tiles or any

of these entries, they're going to be pulled forward

into topic pages. So we

can call them works pages or topic

pages, whichever they're going to pull that same

bit of content.

So when they click in, this is what they're going to see.

On the left here, we have a works

page for the awakening.

And then on the right here, we've got a topic

page specific to East Asian literature.

And you'll say they look almost identical. One

thing I will point out on this left hand side here, when

we're talking about a work page is

we're going to provide information about that work at the

very top. You'll see, we have the author, this

is hyperlink, which is why it's blue. We always provide

a biography about the author attached to

this work page. You have a bit more

information when it was publish the genre.

And if we have the full text for the work, this

is a new feature here. We have a read

work button that's going to be found right here at the top

of the page and this is going to pull them to the full

text of the work. So we'll actually be able

to read that right here on our platform as opposed to having

to you know, pull a hard copy or have

it pulled somewhere else.

But other than that kind of background about

a work itself, the pages

are exactly the same. They have an overview

with related topics at the very top here.

So giving them kind of a background as

well as a a next step where they may

want to click to take a look at things

underneath that we have results organized

by different content types. So you'll see here,

literature criticisms and biographies,

some will have multimedia materials,

primary sources, those are all up

here here on this topic page.

And then at the bottom here, we've got our results

nice and organized so your users can start to

click through and they will be able to

access this content right here on this home page.

So this is kind of moving them

forward without searching, especially if you're working

in the K 12 arena. If you've got secondary students,

you're working with who may not be the best

just yet at building their search terms.

This is a really nice way for them to gain access

to information just by pointing and clicking.

Also great. If they have a really broad

idea in mind,

they can just click into that broad idea

and we're going to help them narrow down to the

content that they need. So a really

clean, simple way to do that right here on this page.

Now, let's go ahead and take a look. I think I'm done talking

about it. I definitely want us to be able to engage with

it and see how everything works here. Oops,

almost signed me out.

Um Before I do, does anyone have any questions?

I haven't seen them pop into the Q and A but I

want to make sure I address anything.

Ok, I don't see any. So let's go ahead

and start taking a look here at this home page then.

So this is what they're going to see as soon as they're launched.

And again, it looks substantially

different than previously. You'll see. We no longer have

the featured authors. We're now featuring

works and topics on this

home page here.

But we have kept both our basing

an advanced search at the top of the page. Of course,

we know a lot of users like to

kind of dig right in with whatever search they have.

They usually have something specific in mind. We do

still include that here.

If they are looking for a person for an

author or

some other literary individual,

we have a person search that we have included

on this toolbar here. So they'll be

able to click into this. So while they won't be able to browse

on the home page, I always like to point this out.

They can go through a really powerful person

search to find the information for the person they're looking

for and they can search by the person's

name. But what's great is they can also just

search by limiters. So maybe they're looking specifically,

let's say for Native American,

let's say female authors,

they have very specific parameters in mind, but

they don't have a specific individual, they

can run through these search limiters

hit search.

I know they be pull forward to all of the individuals

we have available and they'll be able to click through

and kind of take a look at all of this great information.

So we have the kind of moved how

we explore individuals

within this resource. But we do still have it

found really simply here on the home page.

Now, under that again, we've pulled forward featured

works that are going to change monthly

and then underneath featured topics that will

change monthly here as well.

So let's just start off with looking at

the featured topics. If I decide to

take a look, I'll hit my browse topics button

just so we can see all of them here.

As I mentioned, we have a lot of topics.

So if I just start to scroll down, you can kind of get a feel

and all of these things we have here,

we've pulled forward to kind of curate the results.

So you're going to see those topic pages.

So of course, if users don't find exactly

what they're looking for through this browse, they

can always run a search and they'll pull content that way.

But all of these have that pre created

topic page to kind of help your users

better understand what's going on.

And at the top of the page, you'll see they can

jump to a specific section if they have something

in mind. So maybe it's film,

maybe it's about disease, maybe

something historical. They're looking for

a specific era or a movement. They'll

be able to navigate down to that right here on this

page. If they prefer to, as

opposed to scrolling down

again, they can run a search. If they have something

specific in mind, they can certainly run a search that

way or they

can just scroll down and click. So let's click today

into mccarthyism and literature.

So this is going to be our topic page here.

As I mentioned at the top, there's a full overview.

This is going to give that

background information or that first

layer of research to make sure everyone

kind of understands where they are, what they're going to

be learning about. So you see, I can click

to read a full overview

as I scroll down here. You'll see it's giving me some

different representative works. Our related

subjects are going to appear here on this right

side. We include some great suggested,

suggested topics

here as well. So these are nice to kind of

move your users forward. If maybe they're a little

bit stuck, they don't know where they want to go with

their learning. This is a really nice way

to get them pointed somewhere else. These suggested

topics here,

you see, we've got an introduction

and again, this is going to provide just some base knowledge

for them.

Now, to get back to my topic page, I can either hit

my back button in my browser or you'll see.

I've got a breadcrumb trail here and

I can just jump back to mccarthyism and literature.

So up top here, we do have again,

our related topics. You'll see, some of them are

topics, some of them are actually works

and this is going to vary just depending on

um and what they're taking

a look at. Of course some topics may have

a lot more works related to them. Some

may have just more related topics. So they'll

see that under this related section.

It looks like we have a question from Casey.

What is the citation I saw at the bottom?

So yeah, Casey, I can jump back here. So

what Casey is referring to if I scroll all the way down

on the bottom of any article or any entry,

picture video

at the very bottom, we do have our source citation

here. It's an Mlaap a Chicago

or Harvard. So they can click back and

forth and they have the ability

to copy and paste this. You'll see they have the

option to export it to our different

tools, things like Google drive, one drive, noodle


And we have this again for every single entry that

we have. So if they're maybe using a video

for you know, presentations they're

making or something like that, they can pull the citation

for that video as well. And I will

also mention the citations are not only

found at the bottom of the page, but they're also

in our toolbar up top here. So you'll see, I can click

into the site button

and it pulls me the same information I can click through

and choose Mlaap A Chicago or Harvard.

And then again, I can either just copy and paste

it into a work cited or I can export

it to a drive or a, an app,

whatever I'm using here.

OK. So let's go ahead and jump back again here

to our topic page.

So scrolling down underneath our overview and

our related topics here,

we're going to see all of the results we

have specifically specifically related

to this one topic here. And you see it's

pretty narrowed down, you know, we're not getting hundreds

of thousands of results and we've kind of done that on purpose

because we want this to be a really focused

page for users. And as they

start to kind of dig deeper and realize they may need

more specific information. That's where

our, our basic and advanced searches start to come

in where they're going to pull more content and they'll be able to

see some more specific bits of information.

But we've decided to make these

topic pages as precise as we can

to make sure they can find that information that

they need. So you'll see, we've got our literature

criticisms, biographies on individuals,

scrolling down here, topic and work, overviews,

news and reviews, all that good stuff. So

we've pulled this all out separately so they can really

easily click into what they need. They're not going through

a huge

a list of content

that might not be exactly relevant to what they're looking

for, really narrow it down for them.

And we do have another question here. How are the featured

works and topics selected?

So we choose our topics of works based

on what's utilized most in the resource,

what's studied most. We oftentimes

work with customers and work with individuals

using the resource to better understand

what's being searched, what's being utilized, what's

being studied in, you know, secondary

school and colleges and universities.

So we really base it on a lot of factors

but I guess shorts answer is

it's based on what's utilized the most and what's

studied the most.

OK. So let's go ahead and

jump back. Now. I want to take a look at what

a works page is going to look at. So again, this is

our topic page and our works page is

going to be similar.

So I can do that either by going back to the home

page and clicking into browse works or

I can just use my Breadcrumb trail again,

click into topics and now I've

pulled forward to this topics, browse,

I can toggle on this left hand side.

Remember right now I'm on topics. I want to take a look.

Instead it works

and they'll, but me forward here and again, you'll

see there are quite a few works listed here.

Obviously, not every work we have

information to is going to be found here.

These are the ones again that are most studied, most

searched and most used within our resource.

If a user can't find information, they're looking

for, all they need to do is run a search and they'll find

overviews you know, news

biographies, all that good stuff related to that topic.

These are the ones that we've pulled out that we've seen utilized

the most.

So again, I can scroll through or this time,

let's go ahead and filter by name. So I'm going to

look at the crucible since that's kind of related to what

we just looked at here.

You see, I can start to type here and

we've got the crucible.

There we go. So this is

our works page. OK. At the top of the page

again, we have our just basic information

here who the author is when it was published

the genre.

And for this, we do have a full text, which

is why you see a read work button here.

If you clicked into a work that we currently don't

have access to a full text of,

you won't see this per this blue button here.

So if you click in, you're still going to get all the great information.

You just won't have this button

before we take a look at that. I want to show you what our biographies

look like. So again, remember I mentioned any

author we have listed here, we're going to hyperlink

to a biography of them.

So when we do that here, scroll down,

you'll see at the very top, we get this little blue box

of information about the individual

scrolling down personal information. You'll

see awards. What I love is all

of these works listed here. So we can kind

of start to take a look again if your users are starting to

maybe research different works by Arthur Miller.

Arthur Miller. they'll

be able to do that right here

and maybe start researching something else

you'll see it's quite hefty. But this

is going to just give them a background about him before

they get started here.

And now let's go ahead and hit my back button so we

can stay on that topic page.

So um just like our topics, you'll see.

We've got our related options here on this

right hand side if we want to move forward with this,

but I do want to click into our read work so

you guys can take a look at what that looks like it actually

opens into a different tab.

So what's great is your students or your users

as they're starting to read through the text, if they need

to jump back, maybe to look at a criticism or

get a background about a specific section,

they're a little bit confused by, they can

just toggle back and forth between the tabs we have open.

But when they click into this text here, you'll see

it's full text, just like

I said there. So it's

giving all of this information, they'll be able to scroll down

and just hit the next button

and they'll be able to read all the way through

and we can go ahead and close that.

And again, if I scroll down, you'll notice this


nearly identical to that topics,

page. You'll see for the crucible,

what we have related looks like we have literature, criticisms,

biographies, topic and work overviews

and then reviews and news.

So we'll be able to click through any. Let's go ahead and click

into, we'll do topic

and work overviews. So if we take a look at all of

these, now, I can kind of open up this content

bucket. You'll

see. We have everything listed here

on this right hand side. We have our filters

that have been pulled over from the

pre enhancement. So we still have access

to all of these great filters. We'll

be able to click through any of these. Let's just click

into um we'll do this one.

So when I click in, I still have my explore

panel on the right hand side, which is going to give

me the option to click into more like this

or underneath, it's going to have related subjects.

So just like on our topic or

our works pages where we have those related subjects,

these are a great way to kind of click forward

and learn more here.

Now, let me show you just a a few tools

that I like to point out just so you guys can get your

users kind of started and learning

as best as possible. First,

I do want to show you where our translate feature is

found. It's right here under the title

page and I know this is utilized quite frequently.

So I like to point it out here. It's this first little button

here. I can hit translate, I can

translate just my article. So just

this text here or I can choose to

set an interface language.

Let's go ahead and jump to Spanish

and that's going to change all of my tools here.

All my little buttons, my explore panel

is now in Spanish.

So I can translate either one. If I only

want the text of the article itself translated,

I can do that or I can translate everything on the screen.

But let's go back to English.

There you go.

In addition to changing

the translation, changing the language, we can also

increase or decrease the font size,

these display options are really great to

enhance the accessibility of

the resource as well. You'll see we'll be able

to choose different colors for a background on our page

to make it as easy as possible to read. We

also have a few different font options here.

We do have a dyslexia font. If your

users generally prefer that font, we have it available

and we can also change the line letter and word spacing

here. So we've really built this out

to make it as accessible as possible. Your

users can really decide what works best for

them. And once they set these preferences,

they're going to follow along throughout the session.

So they'll be able to access these as needed

and they can really easily go back to the default settings

here as well

and take a look.

Another great feature we have here is our listen tool.

So that's going to read through this full article for them

just going to hit pause here.

Um And when I hit that button, you'll see it pulls forward

this little player here. So they'll be able to listen

to this full text. And what's great is if they

translated the article into Spanish,

French German, it will read to them

in that language. So it's just another

layer here if they want to translate, but maybe

are still having trouble reading, they want to have it read

to them, they can easily hit that listen button

and that's available to them.

As I mentioned, we are integrated with both.

So, so if your students

or your users find something really important, maybe

they want to use later, maybe they want

to share with colleagues or with peers,

they'll be able to use these functions right here,

either sent to Google Drive or sent to Microsoft

one drive and it will retain the full

text for them and it will also include the citation.

So if they need to take a look back later on,

they'll be able to do that.

In addition to those features, we also have the ability

to get a persistent URL. And I think

this is really important. not only

for students or users who are kind of pulling

content, but also for teachers or librarians

or those of you trying to find contents to forward

along, you can use this get link at the

top of the page

and this provides a persistent URL to whatever

page you're on. So you can easily

copy and paste this, put it in a syllabus, put

it on a discussion board, put

it wherever you think, it's important to have it on your social

media accounts. Um

wherever your users are going to access the information,

we have this great get link and they'll be pulled to the

specific document. And a lot of times we

get a question is it's, you know, OK, to share

this link out. Yes.

If someone clicks into this and they don't have

a password for your resource.

They won't be able to click all the way through your access.

They'll be able to see this page and that's it. And then they'll

be prompted for a password or however you authenticate.

So it's really a nice way to get content out without

having to, you know, save it, print out a

bunch of copies, get it out. You can just use this

quick get link and send it out that way.

And it looks like we've got about eight minutes here and I do

have just a little bit more information

about some upcoming enhancements that we

are going to get out to

you guys coming up later in the fall.

So, does anyone have any questions about

anything while I'm kind of clicking through this?

If you do put those into the Q and A

and let me just show you these enhancements that

are coming. So we're going to be pulling forward primary

source and historical document

sets within this platform and these sets

are going to be housed on different work

pages. So, like we took a look at the Crucible

today, They're going to be housed on those


and each set is specifically curated by

an academic professional. So they're not

um you know, just pulled together

by a computer program or something

like that. It's an actual individual who's going through

and pulling and curating this content and they're

going to be related to a specific

theme that's prominent in the work.

So they'll all be pulled together on this work here.

And they're going to include not only the textual documents

you would expect for primary sources, but we're

also going to have multimedia content here.

So your users are going to find the pictures

that are really going to supplement what they're learning

and they're going to be found right on the works pages.

And now again, this isn't here right now. This is coming

later in the fall of 2023.

I can't tell you exactly when because I'm not, I

don't think we have that information just yet, but we're

working on it. So you'll start to see this

stuff rolling. again, fall


and I've not seen any questions pop up

here. So we got about five minutes if you

think of any. But let me give you some follow up information.

So if you want to dig a little bit deeper in

the resource, maybe talk more about the content

we have available. We didn't hit that a lot today

since we were looking at our enhancements. reach

out to your customer success manager. If you don't

know who that is, you can send an email to

[email protected]

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