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Last Updated: January 27, 2023

Explore Gale Literature: LitFinder

Gale Literature: LitFinder allows your users to search and access full-text poems, short stories, speeches, and plays. Users will also find secondary materials including author biographies and images. Join this session to review the content, platform, and tools found within this valuable resource.
Duration: 30 Minutes
we're going to be exploring gale literature

lit finder. My name is Amber Winters

and I'm your Gail training consultant for the day

So I have a quick agenda here for everyone. So first

I want to briefly talk about the content and

the tools that you're going to find within gay literature

lit finder kind of just the basics

of what you can expect, what your users can expect,

but we'll spend the majority of the time actually walking

through that platform. So we're going to see some

of the different workflows. What's great about this

resource is there's quite a few different

ways to get to content. So we're going to take

a look at all of those today and we'll also explore

some of the different tools that are going to help enhance

your your learners researching

And then at the very end of the session, I do have

some wrap up information. I have some contact information

for you.

I have included questions there at the end, but

feel free if you do have questions as we move

through the session, go ahead and put them into the Q

and a as you think of them. I'll try to answer them

as we move forward. If for whatever

reason I can't answer them as we're going through the session today,

just stay on until the end of the end of the

time and I'll make sure everything gets answered for

you. So let's go ahead and dive

in. So gale literature lit finder is

a really expansive resource that's

covering literature from around the world

and throughout history. So not just current

literature, but literature thinking

all the way back. So we have over 100

and 30,000 full text poems.

I will pause here to say the Majority

of the information we have on this resource

is going to be full text,

bits of content. So poems, also

short stories and novels. We have over 11,000

full text over 4000

essays. We also include a a fair

amount of speeches that I think sometimes get a little

bit lost when you're thinking. about

gay literature finder. You're thinking kind of strict

literature, bits of information. But we

have a huge select collection of

speeches available as well. We also

have full text plays over 1300

and much more. We have things like biographies

about the authors. We have a little bit of multimedia

content, so like images and things like that.

as well as some different work overviews. So

in addition to these kind of primary sources that

we have these full text literary

literary works. We also have

some secondary content that's going to help your

users really get engaged with the information.

And in addition to all of that great content,

we also have some really nice tools that's going

to help increase accessibility,

things like our translation feature, our

highlights and notes feature, we can edit

the text and kind of manipulate it a little

bit to make sure everyone can access the information

how they need to. And we also have some

great saving features, things like integrated

at Google and Microsoft one drive. So

we're going to take a look at all of those tools today.

But those are just some of the few things that are going to make

this platform really beneficial for

your users.

and as I mentioned, there's a lot of different ways to

access content within this resource. Of

course we always include our basic

search, which is a fairly powerful search

but in addition to that we also have a person

search. So if your users have someone

specific in mind, they can certainly type that into

our person search or maybe they just have a set of

parameters. Maybe they're just looking

for native american authors, maybe they're just

looking for female authors. they'll

be able to search that and limit that within

our person search to pull that content

just like a person search. We also have our

works search. So if they have a work in

mind that they want to take a look at, they can do

that, or maybe they're looking just for works within a specific

genre, they can enter in the genre or

maybe they're just interested in poems. They want to see

all of the poems we have available within

gay literature that finder,

they can narrow it down just to seeing all of our poems

as well. So again, another way to access

our content that makes it really clean and simple

for them.

and finally we do have our topic finder, which

is one of my favorite tools. If

you've been within the majority of our Gail resources,

you've probably seen topic finder. We do include

it here within Gail literature lip finder as well

and that's going to give us a visual clickable

graphic that's going

to show you different search results for a user. So

they need a more visual look and if they want

to see different connections between

topics and between search terms, they'll

be able to take a look at our topic finder and pull some

great content

So again, quite a few different ways to access

content. We're going to take a look at all of them today

since we have the time for it.

So let's just go ahead and jump right

in as I switch over to

the platform. Does anyone have any

questions for me?

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

ahead and get started then. So this is the home page

of Gil literature lip finder. This is what your

users are going to see immediately upon entering.

I will point out just a few different bits of information

that might be helpful for them. So of course,

of course at the very top we have our basic

search which we're going to run through first,

but down below on our home page we can also

launch directly into the topic finder if

we want to.

And we also have a term frequency tool.

So if they want to explore the frequency

of a specific term being utilized throughout

history, they can do that. They can also compare

different terms as well. They can enter in more than one.

So we do have that available for

some advanced analysis of information.

addition to that on the home page,

you'll also see in this little white bar here.

We have a link to our person search

and our work search. These are both also

found under advanced search but we've pulled

them right here on the home page just because we feel

they're a really valuable asset for your users to

see kind of as soon as they get onto the platform,

In addition to that we have our get link

tool, you'll see this little icon here,

this link, this is going to provide a persistent

URL to whatever page your users are on

and you'll notice as we start to click through this resource,

this get link button pretty much follows us along

the entire time. So as your users

are maybe searching and finding a really nice

search results page that they want to say if they can get

a link to that if they find a nice

play that they want to hold on to, they

can get a link to it that way. they'll

be able to link throughout the session

and kind of share that out where they want to

go. They can save it for themselves or they can send it to colleagues.

I believe we have a fair amount of K 12 folks

on the line. they can share

with their peers or if it's a teacher pulling content

maybe for their class for a lesson, that

teacher can share this link to them as well. So

this get link feature is pretty powerful,

and again, you're going to see it

almost every step of the way as we click through

this resource today,

But let's just start off with a basic search so we can

kind of see how our results are organized.

I'm just gonna search today for robert Frost

Fairly popular search within this platform.

So let's go ahead and search it out on our search

results page. I want to point out, you'll see

where it says, showing results in this little gray toolbar.

It always defaults to showing primary

sources and literary works first

because that's really the point of these resources

for them to find the literature. So we've pulled

that forward so they're always going to start off with that.

But you'll see in addition to that. We also, as I mentioned,

have some biographies, some topic

and work overviews to give a little bit of context

to whatever your your users are going to be reading.

And you see for for us we also have a little

bit of multimedia content.

so a lot of times, those are podcasts that

might mention or include the individual

or the work that you're looking at. you

we have a couple of those here as well

On those right hand side, this is

where you're going to find our filtering options. So

we have a lot of works from Robert Frost,

you'll see 349 here. So

oftentimes it's beneficial

to kind of filter this down here. So you'll see if we can

filter down by subjects,

by the name of the work. If we have that, we

can filter down that way. the document

type, all that good stuff,

we can filter down right here

and I do default to showing full text documents

only. We do have a fair amount of poetry citations

and other citations. So I do prefer

to limit to full text but they can choose full

text or if they want to see the citations,

they can choose that as well.

right underneath this again, you'll see our topic

finder and our term frequency have been included

here on this page as well.

So before I click into a document, let's just take

a look at what this topic finder is going to look like.

So if I

decided to run my search a topic finder

instead of running it through my basic search

This is what I'm going to see.

It's a nice visual here. So instead of getting just that

list of texts, I can point and click

through this so we can see, wow, robert Frost

um deals a lot with new England. Let's click on this

and it's going to pull us forward to the second step

of information.

So let's see house.

Ok, so now they've narrowed down their content

to seven bits of content here as opposed to that

300. And what was it? 49 I believe

entries, they've narrowed it down now to the seven

so they can go through and they can click into any of

these, they think is important and start to read through.

So this is another great feature to access the content.

They can reset this at any point down here underneath


and start to kind of click through other things as well.

So they have that option here,

in addition to this tile visualization

which is a default, there's also

a wheel visualization so it gives a little

bit excuse me, a

more organized look, they'll be able to kind of

click through this way. So they both provide

the same information. Just two different views for

your users for whatever they prefer

But let's go back to our basic search results page.

we can scroll down a little bit. Let's see,

let's click on one here, we'll click

on some of the wave

Now, they may in this piece of content here

You see as I scroll down, it gives me a little bit about

this work. So it's given me just a quick background

before I actually read through this poem


You'll see sometimes there will be related subjects

listed on this right hand side. If they are,

they'll always appear here under this nice

explore panel.

In addition to this, we have quite a few different tools

that can help your users as well. So

First off, if we have any K 12 folks online.

I know we do and if we have many academic folks

we do include full citations for everything

we have within this resource. So you'll see

here, we have a citation right here at the very

bottom of the, of the um poem.

We have M L A A P a Chicago or Harvard

versions. You'll see they can send

that citation over to wherever they need

it to go or they can copy and paste it.

we also include that citation right

here in our toolbar.

when I click on this button, it provides the same information,

it just provides it in a second area.

So if they maybe don't see it at the bottom of

the page, they'll see it up top here.

I will point out we also have a biography

attached to this poem here as well. So if you

really read the poem, if they want to know

more about the author, they can click here and they'll

be pulled to a bi biography about

robert cross

Now, if your users find this content helpful,

maybe they want to save it for later. If you're in a public

library situation, maybe they find

that someone want to share it with a book

club or a literature club that they're a part of or maybe

they want to share it with a friend or a colleague

or whomever they can do that in quite a few different

ways so they can use the send to button

up top here.

This is going to let them send over to their drives,

either google or one drive or they

can email it to themselves or others to save

for later

They can also download a print this if they prefer

to have a hard copy or have it just saved

on their desktop. They have the ability

here, it does download as a Pdf for them.

and again we have our amazing get link

button here. I'm slightly biased, but I really

enjoy this. again it's persistent,

so it's not going to break. So even you

as a librarian or a teacher or

professor, whoever you are on the line today, if

you find a bit of content, you think it is really beneficial.

You can copy it, paste it in a

discussion post, put it on your L

MS, put it on your library social

media site. what's great is your users

will be able to click into this

and they'll see this piece of content without authenticating.

You don't need to worry about sharing something

out and then trying to share out, you know, this is how you get your password,

this is how you sign in. If if they don't know how to do that

yet, they automatically see this content.

If they decide then that they want to move forward

in this resource. So maybe they want to read

more poem poems by robert


they'll be asked to authenticate at that point. But

when you use that get link they'll always have access

to this one specific page. So that's a really powerful

tool to make sure they can access whatever

content you find for them.

And all of those tools are also found down here.

You'll see I have my google drive

and my one drive icons as well as

my email download and print. And these

are going to do the same thing as these tools.

But again we've added just a little bit of redundancy

to make sure it's really simple for users

to find the tools

So in addition to these excellent tools,

we have some great kind of text manipulation

tools that are going to increase the accessibility for

your users. So you see the first one

I have here is my translate button right here under

the solid black line here,

I have my translate so I can translate my article.

You'll see here in quite a few different languages.

and I can also set my interface language

which is going to change all of the navigation

and all of the tools to whatever language I chose.

So let's do that. Ok, so we can just quickly take

a look. So I'll choose spanish here

There we go. So you see now all of my tools

are in spanish my search bar here.

All of my tools here, my explore

panel. And this is going to follow

your users throughout the session so they can

change this at the very beginning of their

research and have it follow along

throughout their entire time on the platform.

and now I can change it back. Either by hitting the

translate button here or

I can go up to the top here where it says spanish.

and I can change it back to life.

So we have that listed there

in addition to that, we can increase or decrease

the font size

So if you have individuals who are visually impaired

who need that larger text, they have

the ability to enhance that here

right next to. We also have some additional

more advanced display option choices.

So they'll be able to choose if they want a background

color behind the text, they

could choose different fonts. We do have a dyslexia

font available? That's helpful. Most likely going

to be helpful for a lot of your users and

they can also change the line, letter and word spacing.

so they're really going to be able to access this

content, how they need to, they can really

manipulate this to make it

Perfect for that. Perfect for how they see


and when they do edit their display options

using that display options button that will

follow them along as well,

so they'll get that different view as they're clicking

through different articles or different works

and things like that.

Finally, right next to the display options,

we have our listen tool which is going to

do just that. It's going to let your users listen

to this content. What's great is if they hit this listen

button, I'm not going to play it today, but

when they hit this it pops up this nice

little feature here.

and they can hit this little settings gear

and they can even edit how this is being

read to them. So it defaults to highlighting

text that's being read. If your users find

that may be a little bit distracting, they just want

to listen to it, they can turn highlighting off,

they can choose what's being highlighted, what color,

highlighting. They can also choose to

increase the tax visibility as it's

reading through. So this is really trying

to help all users of all learning

styles of all levels to be able to

access this content. Really simply another

great feature is the reading speed,

they can slow it down

so they can really customize to get the

most out of this information here,

right next to that settings option. I will mention,

they can also download this. So if they want to

take it with them, maybe they don't have the time to

listen to it.

as they're sitting at their computer, they can

download it and listen to it when they want to

And one final tool I want to mention before we

take a look at our person

and work searches is to highlight

the notes tool. So this I personally

think is great for really any user, K-12

academic public library user.

if they find a bit of information they think is

important or maybe a piece of

text that they think is really moving and they just they

want to highlight that they want to keep it for later.

They can they can drag over whatever piece they

think is important. They can add some notes

if they want to.

And of course the notes, their notes will be much better

than mine. they can choose a highlight color.

So let's say blue here and then they can save

it and they can highlight as much as they want through


and they can take a look at it later. So these

are all session based these highlights and notes. So

once they sign off the platform

or they close out of their browser or they're

signed up due to inactivity, all of

these highlights and notes are gone. So make sure

if you're directing them to use these highlights and notes

feature that they get the information

out of the platform before they sign off, they

can do that by sending over to their drives,

they can download, they can print, they can email, it's going

to keep the highlights for them. They'll be able

to use that later

All of our highlights and notes are also kept

in a second location. If you'll take a look

at my toolbar on top here,

you'll see this highlights and notes button has a little two

next to it.

When I click into this, it's showing me what's been


and I can click view all highlights and notes, which I'm

going to do here.

So now it's showing me exactly

what I highlighted the highlight color as well as

any notes I took. And you'll notice

I also have a direct URL back to that piece

of content here

and underneath. I have a bibliography. So

as I start highlighting more resources,

more pieces of content within this platform

They're all going to aggregate right here on this

highlights and notes pages. So I'll have that full

bibliography and then I'll have everything

listed up top here. So this is really

nice for your

researchers who may be running a research project because

they can copy and paste all of these

citations from right here on this page.

and they can send this particular page over

to their drives. You'll see I have my sent two options

still here

or they can download or print this.

And this is a really nice way to stay organized

as well because they won't have to send three different

articles over to their drives. Let's say they

can send this one page and then if

they want to take a look back at that article,

they are gonna have that hyperlink here so

they can click into the hyperlink off this page and

be pulled right back into the platform to take a look

at that piece of content,

now. I want to take a look at those two other

pathways to finding content, our person in our work

search before I do, I'll pause

for questions, I haven't seen any come in but

I do want to just stop here quickly. Does anyone have

any questions before we move forward?


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

and take a look at our person and our works search

now. Remember they were on the home page

for users but they're also listed under the advanced

search. So instead of clicking back to the home

page, I'm just going to select advanced search here

next to my search bar.

And now when you pull that up here you'll see. I have a few

different search options. So I have

my person search my work search and I also have

the topic finder listed here as well, so they

can access topic finder through the advanced

search. But let's

just take a look at person search first.

So you see at the very top they can just enter

a name if they know a name that they want to take a look

at. This is also great if maybe they

have part of a name and they don't

quite remember what the author's name is or what the

the poet's name is. if they have

part of a name, let's say they're looking for Maya

Angelou. But all they can think is Maya,

They can just put that in here. They can search it

and we're going to pull forward any mayo we have available.

So they'll see Angela up top here and they may say,

yeah, that's exactly who I'm looking for.

They can click in and find content related to

her clicking

back here

get rid of this. They can also go down

and narrow down based on different parameters. So

again, I default to showing full text

documents. Not so much interested right

now in seeing citations or abstracts or anything

like that. I've narrowed it down here.

You'll see, I can narrow it down based on ethnicity

or gender nationality, literary

movements. So if I just want to see content related

to one specific movement, I can pop

that right in there. Same for a

and I can also enter in occupation.

So if I'm looking specifically for

let say politicians

may have been looking for speeches, I can put in

politician to see what pops up. Of course I can also

put a poet or author and pull content

that way

So in addition to that person search, we have

our work search which functions really

the same. We have some different parameters available

but it does function pretty much the same. They can

search up here or they

can scroll down one really powerful

tool I like is to narrow down by type

of work. So this is going to show everything

we have related to that type. So I'm actually going

to narrow it down to speeches today so

we can take a look at that because again, I think sometimes

that's just a little bit missed in this resource

just because generally we're thinking about poems

and short stories and things like that. So you'll see

one of our types listed here is speech

I'm going to select that. if I wanted

to, I could put in an author or I

get a movement or things like that. I don't want to, I just

want to take a look at all of the speeches we have available.

I'm going to run my search here

There we go. So now you'll see all of

our works listed here.

and I can just start to scroll down and select

anything that I think is interesting here.

When I do that. Let's click um we'll

just click into this one

When I click into that now you'll see. It's going to pull me

forward to that one piece of content.

if we have two entries about that

content for whatever reason, they'll see both. But

you'll see. I can click into this here

and now, just like we had before with that poem,

we have just a little bit of information

about the work itself. And then

underneath we'll find the full text of

that work. So again, this is a speech.

with citation. I might add.

Oftentimes it's difficult to

cite a speech so we do include

that citation here. they'll be able

to pull that as needed

You know, we've got about eight minutes left in

our session today. So I do have some wrap up information.

I want to give you before we're before we

sign off. But again, anyone with any

questions if you want to take a closer look at something

that I didn't hit on, put

that into the Q. And A. Now for me. And we can certainly

do that. But while you're typing questions,

if you have any, I wanna give you some contact

information. So if you want to talk about this resource

a little bit, bit more. Or maybe you want to talk

about best practices or how you can

promote it out to your students or to

your patrons. You have a customer success

manager who can help you out with that. If you

don't know who yours is, if you haven't spoken to them

yet, send an email to gil at customer success

at dot com, we're going to forward

you to the correct individual. You can schedule with them

and really go through anything you need to be successful

with this resource.

if you don't currently have access to this resource,

but you're interested,

you can reach out to your sales consultant. If you don't

know who that is, you can go to support dot

com forward slash rep finder,

you'll put in your information and you'll be able to

find the correct individual to reach out to.

we also have premade content

available for you on our support site which

is support degale dot com. This

webinar will be posted there after the session

today. We also have other recorded webinars

and shorter tutorials. We do

also include things like lesson plans,

um activities, bookmarks,

tips sheets, resource guides, flyers.

The list goes on. So if you're planning on doing anything

with your Gail resources planning and promoting

or getting them into the classroom or whatever you want to do.

Take a look at the support site before you do because

we may have something pre created and ready to go for

you. So again, that is support dot Gail

dot com

And finally, if you have the time today,

I would love for you to take our session survey.

I've put it here attached to a QR code.

If you have your phone handy, you can scan that.

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and I haven't seen any questions come through at all.

So it looks like we're not going to have any. if

you think of some later, you can feel free to email

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