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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
you see, we've got an introduction
and again, this is going to provide just some base knowledge
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,
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 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
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
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
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
You'll be forwarded to the correct individual
if you don't have access to Gale Literature
Resource Center, right. Now and you want to talk about it,
you can reach out to your sales consultant.
If you don't know who that is, you can go to
You put in your information and
we'll let you know who you need to contact
if you need some additional support materials.
Maybe you wanna take a look at
the webinars. We have created the flyers,
we have created
the resource guide, all that good stuff.
Anything you can imagine, support and training
wise we have on our support site which
is support.gale.com. So if you
are planning on getting this information out to your learning
community, I suggest taking a look. So you don't
have to reinvent the wheel. We've got some great
content built out for you that you can forward along.
And finally, I do have a session survey here.
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and hopefully we'll see you in future sessions.