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Last Updated: October 04, 2022

For MA: Discover Gale In Context and Literature Resources

Gale In Context resources offer interdisciplinary content that reinforces the development of skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, and inquiry-based learning. Gale Literature Resource Center users can find up-to-date analysis, biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism, and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods, and from around the world. In this session, we shared best practices for using these resources as classroom tools, homework helpers, and research projects.

Duration: 45 Minutes
Okay, folks, I’ve got the top of the hour I’m going to go ahead and get the recording going, and we'll get started

Good afternoon, everybody I’m Welcome I’m Stacey Knibloe, your gale trainer for Massachusetts.

Thanks for joining me for our Discover Gale In Context and Literature Resources session.

What we want to do is just give you a good basis of knowledge, and those 2 sets of databases.

We're going to provide a quick review of overall what's available in Massachusetts from Gale.

There's some new resources there and Then we're going to dive deeper into Gale In context, and gale literature.

We have, as always, at the end of our session, a wrap up about support.

So how you get in touch with us at Gail. But then also how you can get support from MLS.

So feel free to ask questions throughout. the session I’m also going to share during support our contact info, you can send things should they come to you later.

But don't worry about that. During this session feel free to jump right into the chat or the queue and Q. A. and ask questions.

Give feedback. you know comments we love to hear your feedback about the resources our product managers are always eager to hear what folks out in the field are thinking of them, so feel free to share comments as well

as feedback so as we go through that'll be there.

You have anything on screen, you see that you want to dive into.

Let me know that you know we have You know your session today, so let me know what I can do for you.

Of course we'll have a few things to show you but hopefully, they'll spread some questions and interest, too.

So let's start diving in so up first again a quick review of what's available.

There were some new resources added to the statewide program.

This summer gale legal forms gale, interactive science.

We have, of course, some great old standby's our one file resources are in context resources, and we have been offering training sessions on the different collections, and in some cases individual resources.

We have one session left tomorrow, or no sorry Thursday at 2 o'clock.

We'll be covering gale interactive science but everything we've done so far has been recorded and is available both on the Ls.

Site and then on the support site at Gail, so you can get a hold of any of those recordings.

But great collection of content to look at and as you can see from this slide slop over the resources Come from our Gale In context, product, family.

And then we're also going to be talking about gale literature in this or sorry Gail literature resource center in the session as well.

So let's go ahead and get started with those lots of things I want to show you in them today first up, though we want to make sure that you've got your links for all the new resources.

You can visit the MBLC. site to generate URLS for the databases and gale pages.

You'll come to this page first and just select your library from the list, and then you'll get your custom links and again a link to gale pages.

This is almost like an enhanced menu, or the resources that count you through the statewide program.

Not just scale resources, are there? You get the contact from the other vendors as well on the gale pages site.

But if you have your website you'd rather link individually to the databases, of course you've got those links here, too.

So all of the URLS use a geo authentication, so that if your users are in Massachusetts and they click into the resources they just land right in them.

They don't have to stop and enter in a library card number of our code, or anything like that.

If they are coming from out of state, though then there is some authentication that has to happen.

But with that Geo. authentication it's really a great way.

The less clicks the better into the resources. So we love that.

Geo. authentication. Now the resources themselves let's dive in again.

We're going to be talking about the yelling context product family.

And the nice thing about these resources is it's really easy to move between them.

They vary in their content, and there are some slight differences in interfaces depending on which one you're using, but really not very drastic at all.

There are just some features you might need in one database that you don't need in another.

So mostly around searching and then you'll see for some of the databases.

We do change the look if we're working with a younger user.

And that's actually where we're going to get started today with the resources.

That are built by grade level. So we have an intended audience here.

They both bring up the first one here. Sorry I haven't trouble advancing my slides there.

We go they both are going to speak to a wide curriculum range.

So when we're talking about the only context elementary we're going to look at the subject areas that get studied in elementary school.

So this is a database that's really there for them to start learning about research.

Start doing you know, skill building in their information literacy, and are able to use the resource to really look up content for any class therein or anything.

They might be curious about it's a safe place to start them in research.

It's not, you know, just out on the open web this is all curated content for those elementary age kids. And actually, though I shouldn't put it just to elementary age, Anybody who really needs that elementary reading level can

jump into this resource as needed so we're going to pop in there.

What I’m going to try and do is share a search or at least a quick browsing each of the resources and talk about what makes them unique from one another.

And why you may want to pop in there so we're not going to spend a lot of time in each of them.

But since they all have very common tools, and features hopefully you'll pick up a lot of things you can do in any of them.

As we move around. so let me pop in to Galen context elementary.

So those resources, of course, aimed at a younger user.

So it has a interface that's a more colorful more icon driven or picture driven in the rest of the resources.

You know, I think all of our databases are well designed but this one's really built to appeal to that younger user. And let me just make things a little bigger here.

We have a homepage that really is going to be very similar throughout the resources, even though it may look slightly different.

The same ideas are here you can dive right in with a search, or you can browse around the resource and dive in by these large subject areas.

And what's nice about this here in the elementary resources. It starts to build again information literacy skills.

So kids take on a big topic like, say animals, and then start drilling down.

So this is how information gets handled. You take something big and start narrowing down by categories.

So mammals insects. birds. and then you just click in, and it pointed to some of the most popular searches in the database, or in some cases, what's you know, tied to a curriculum that we work

with our librarians with our teachers. we look at what's happening in our databases to help determine kind of what's on these browse pages, and each of the pages are going to be backed up with what

we call a portal page or a topic page kind of interchangeably.

What we've done is just pull everything we have for frogs to this page.

It's all right Here we start out with an overview. So right away we find out what brings are we get a picture to have that visual kind of confirmation, some quick facts.

So peaking some curiosity there and then all the articles and video content that goes along with it, orbitual content.

And then at the bottom related subject. So from here I want to learn more about amphibians.

I want to learn more about toads I can quickly just jump around so kind of that same serendipity of research you get when you go to the shelf and pull down a few books you didn't intend to you can

do that here kind of energy basis just by clicking around these related subjects.

So the browse is really nice I like it too, particularly when kids may have a option for what they're going to do their research project down, or their report on.

You could just select from these lists. So say if we went into literature.

We can pick from list of authors and see if you know one kind of grams us, and then you jump in and again land on a topic page.

You also come to these when you search, so if I do a quick search here on Ruby Bridges a little hand when you're searching, and you see the search assist, give you a suggestion in bold like, I see for

rubber bridges here that's a little hint that you are going to land on a portal page.

If you select it now, we again same way out here.

So right away we find out who we are. The bridges is.

We have a picture, some quick facts again, so very commonly out as you move through this resource.

And one of the things I wanted to point out we've got of course, a lot of your reference content biographies have their own space, though we might want to isolate them, since that's often kind of a first research project you research

a person and radio biography So we've pulled those out here, and one of the things you may notice in this database, and the next one we're going to look at, plus a few of the other in context, databases you may

see articles that look almost exactly the same title same source, same publication, year, or copyright year.

The main thing that's different here is our little content level indicator.

So these boxes that you'll see throughout the gale and context resources indicate a content level that's tied to Lexile scores, and I’ll show you where you can find that in a minute But these are basically a quick

visual queue for you to say all right I’m working with a third grader.

Maybe I want that level to article or oh I’m working with a kindergarten.

I want that level one but they're a good indicator here from the results, but also you can use it as a search.

Limit when you issue a say in advance. Search the reason.

We have these at a couple of different reading levels. is so we can of course, reach students at different reading levels, studying the same thing.

What we've done and you'll see it here in biographies, and in the book content that appears in the upper left there, let me get rid of these circles.

So I can actually go ahead and click is that we've leveled this content.

So we're the we're the publisher some of the content in the databases that's you know how'd you got started.

We were public, or we still are of publisher of reference content.

So, having our own content in our own, databases means we can do what we like with it.

And in this case what we've chosen to do is write it at 2 different reading levels.

So we can't do that say if you find a magazine article. We can't rewrite it into a different reading level, but we can do that with our own content, which is Why, you'll find it with

biographies and book results that's where the content lives So this is our level.

One article, and most biographies are going to start out with a quick about this person.

Usually an image. Words to know will pop up in a lot of articles, too.

Just a quick definition. So when you find it in the article, you know what it means. so we can see you're right in the first sentence. Ruby Bridge is an activist, and right here, we know an activist is a person who works

to make changes, and oh, we're going to have about that feature later.

So we can see short sentences here short paragraphs we're in that level.

One article, and if I click the info button that appears at the top of the article just over here to the far right in the right corner Here the article info button will give me the details around this article and one of the things We can see is

the lex out measure. So this one's in a 4 70 and you'll see.

In truth, I can actually get to the level 2 article right here in the tab, and right here in the left sound measure, I can open up that drop box, or I can click on that tab and get to its companion or a whole written

at that higher reading level. So these are always linked together, and either one will do the same thing just going to drop you right into the level 2.

So we can see here again. we start out with some quick facts, and here, rather than the glossary, we get some main ideas pulled from this article, and we can see longer sentences longer paragraphs a bit more

tax to go along here, so just jumping up, and then we can work with the students who need the different levels.

So really handy feature you're going to see a lot and a lot of those leveled articles in gale in context, elementary.

And in the next one we're going to take a look at Gale In Context: Middle School. And if you want to seek them out, you can use advanced search to do that.

So advanced search is going to give us all of our search options.

Really everything we can do we can do from advanced search, and one of the limits is level documents.

Now remember it's really going to isolate your searches because we can only level the content.

We've written a deal so we wouldn't get any magazine had to when getting newspaper hits.

We're just going to get content from Gale but when you need it.

It's a great tool to have if you do don't need other content.

We do have limits by Lexile scores that you can take advantage of.

So if I want to make sure all of my content about ruby bridges is written at, say that level one. I can combine my searches here, or can buy my limits in my search.

You should say perfect my I’m trouble with my typing today.

There we go, so we can isolate right to that content.

Get lower reading level. Oh, okay, great question.

I should have mentioned this Gale In context elementary used to be known as kids inputs and we change the name. See what's it bad?

I think. been about 2 years now. I still trip up and call it I I’m surprised they haven't done that yet.

Today. it happens pretty often, but really they're interchangeable kids, no kids infobits.

You can leave that link on your website, and they're going to land and gale in context, elementary.

But really it's just you know a name change that we have for the resource. we wanted to. kind of use this industry standard where the title of these databases that are aimed at certain age ranges

associate with those age ranges so great question. Thanks.

I mean so that's a quick look at yale and context elementary.

Let's go ahead and pop back to the PowerPoint and we're going to jump up, too, Gale in context middle school.

So this database is similar to Gale In context, elementary, and then it hits all curriculum areas.

But we just jumped up the content to a reading level and really grunt.

The resource gets much bigger. There are a lot more sources here to work with.

We like to keep you on contacts elementary, pretty small, with gale and context.

Middle school we start jumping up and including more and more sources.

These are not stair steps, though not everything that's in gale and context elementary is in middle school.

It isn't that we took that database and added a bunch of stuff it's really built on its own.

They overlap a bit with some sources but really mostly it is its own resource.

And we're going to pop in and take a quick look at it just keeping an eye on the time. here.

We have a lot we want to get to so I’m not going to spend too much time.

Oh, you can see I set up my windows to get into our databases early for the session, and I'm going to bet most of them are going to need me to extend my session.

So once you've been in our databases and have been inactive for 20 min.

We log you out. So I set those up a little early for our session.

Keep them going alright. So here's scaling context elementary right away.

You can see the homepage is a little different and the you know. kind of design of it is just for a slightly older student and a jumping up here still have a search, though. and we're still going to have a browse tool so

we can browse around and see what's Here or search we also highlight topics on the front page.

Every month we change these up, and sometimes they have something to do with something happening, you know, in the world right now, or just something interesting.

Maybe some new content. we've added and then you can dive right in now.

You can see from the browse topics. we have again.

All the different curriculum areas, and what the other things we've been adding to these databases over the last couple of years is a lot of content to support maybe things that aren't a curriculum item or in

some schools they have come to be but what I’m talking about is social and emotional learning.

Right. We want to support our kids in that way. and help them become you know good decision makers and things like that, and be able to deal with feelings.

So you'll actually see there's quite a bit of content in the database to help support.

So as I start to search on depression you'll see we actually have a portal dedicated to it.

There are portals dedicated for stress and other topics.

We've actually got that in gale in context elementary, too.

I'm just choosing to showcase it here in the Middle School resource.

But there's great content here for kids. if Maybe they start research on their own into these topics.

Maybe they're not ready to talk to anyone yet. they can get a lot of good info here in the resource.

And then be able to you know, talk a little bit more about it.

So there are lots of You can see kind of health related and medical related topics, just things relating to social and emotional learning as well.

So lots of good stuff here You'll see the articles let me go ahead and jump into one here.

Layout slightly differently Again we're working with a slightly older student, So we give up kind of more prominent space to all of the information about the arc.

All those details we tell kids to look for right there at the top of the page. When did it come from?

Where did it come from? all that's detailed here and We'll get into some of these other features. But you see, we just age up the interface. a bit that's something in Chat.

What is this is for me? What is the suggested grade levels for elementary middle school?

Really what they indicate really by their name. So gale and context elementary would be K.

Through 5 and Gale In context, middle school 6 through 8 but again.

That's going to be your call because if you've got a reader who maybe needs something at a lower reading level.

Maybe they're in eighth grade but you know really need to find something at a lower reading level, and you want to drop down into gale and context elementary for them.

That's fine. you all have access to all of the resources for everybody. So

You can really pop them into whatever ones you think are most appropriate.

But technically these first 2 are named after you know their age ranges.

So already. let's keep move over to jump into another resource So those are the 2 databases that are aimed at particular grade level.

So elementary middle school. You also have databases that you are going to use in with different types of subject areas, for I would say middle and high school are going to be a good fit, too.

So gale and context, elementary whoops, Gail and context.

But biography is a database about people and it's got a wide ring level range here.

You're going to have content. that is appropriate for Sam middle screen level.

Some of the biographies and periodical sources but then you're also going to have that right next to academic journals.

So I wouldn't start in this database with elementary age students, students.

But I would probably feel pretty comfortable using it with middle schoolers.

But then on up into high school and of course with adults with college students.

It's got a lot of great content covers over 600,000 people around the world across the country throughout history.

We're going to go ahead and jump in and take a quick Look now, when you can into the resource again, we're seeing that same layout search, and then browse options as well, and when you have the name of the person

you're looking for you know a quick search it's right there for you.

But I remember by days at the reference desk in the public library, and people often didn't have a name.

They had to find a You know the French explorer.

They had to find an African American inventor. Those types of request would come in pretty often.

So in the biography database you have right here on the homepage and our toolbar a person search.

So you can do that kind of searching person search let you search when you don't have a name.

So the name is there, if you need it. But you have all of these characteristics different ways to search on people.

So gender place of birth, ethnicity. We can combine all of these, or just use one or 2 and send the search out.

We just have to have bits of information to match up with these fields that we index folks by, and the fields are.

Some are drop boxes. So, for example, let me remember the search.

I was going to use. Oh, yes, some are drop boxes.

You can choose from the list, and just check the characters that you need.

Just kind of keep scrolling through others like occupation.

As you start to type it will fill in and let you choose from the index list of occupations, and I'm going to go with painter here, and our request we used to get at our references you had to find someone from

I live in New York State, so we had to find someone from New York State to work with.

So let's try that place of birth. you Can't be specific here and put in something like Boston Massachusetts, or you can just put in a state you Can oops you can put in a country we search that

whole field of place of birth. You do want to make sure.

Go to spell out state names as I’ve done in this case, and it's just going to tie those 2 things together, or for painters who are born in Massachusetts.

And then you get matched up with a list right, and you can see from their occupation list.

We can only show one here on the results. But even if someone is you know, Gay, or that might also be in an illustrator like Jam Brett, or poet. You can see the list. here.

So we just, you know, show one occupation here. you can find the others when you get into their information, and then if we jump in, I'm grappling here, you move right to the content we have for them.

So biographies, magazine articles, Video: whatever content we may have, you dive right in.

But otherwise, you know, searching by name is probably the most popular option.

So the search is always great for that. But for the binary database I definitely wanted to be sure to point out that person.

Search. alrighty let's go ahead and again. we're going to kind of keep moving through these in context databases. So there's anything more you want to see in any of these ones just let me know another resource.

You might use pretty often for different classes holds a lot of multi curricular content is going to be gale and context.

Global issues, and I has to do whether I would recommend this resource for middle schoolers, just because the reading level is a real is a jump up again.

You'll be the best judges you might be better off starting in middle school.

Gale in context, middle school with middle schoolers for topics that are covered here.

But I do like it for depending on what your curriculum is.

Looking at this can be a great database for social studies classes.

So I did. Why, included on this line.

So the best kind of one sentence summary of this database is what's happening in the world.

And why that's what Gale In Context: Global Issues is about. So if we jump into it here, one is to give you the scroll pay or sorry the homepage a bit.

So you can see the subject areas and These are like we've done in the other database, just broken down into broad categories, and the content is up updated daily.

And what's great about that really in all of our resources of course, is you're getting those kind of news feeds from newspapers. And what's especially nice in the global issues collection is that a lot of those are coming from

international sources. So You're getting different points of view on things that are happening to the world, you know, we might be reacting differently to something here in the Us.

And they might be reacting something different to something different in Japan, like you have a very wide book at the Co.

At things that are happening in the world. so if we jump into any of these.

I'll go ahead and I’m going to grab restrictions on what men you know could give us a lot of information, some insight into what's happening in in Iran the one sentence.

Description. what's happening in the world today and Why, the y part is what I really love this database for you kind of hear about what's happening.

But gang that background on all of that is not easy to, you know. Make a graph from the Evening News, and this database is going to give you that background.

So you know Israel and Palestine, it goes back. You know how many years.

Right, so we can get the deep background on how they got to where it is today.

So this is one of the reasons I love global issues, particularly in the classroom, but also just in the public library.

I think, for folks who want to be involved in what's happening in the world, or at least you know about it.

It's just really an invaluable resource and we always start out again with that overview, so you can just get a kind of kind of place setting almost, you know, like pulling an encyclopedia off the

shelf. And then what's unique in this database again is we have content from all over the world, and we pull newspaper editorials and letters to the editor and opinion pieces into this viewpoint section and you can see just from the first

3 hits on the page here. These are not coming from us papers.

So it's a really great way to again, kind of take a look at, you know, different issues from different points of view.

So the viewpoints are Okay. coming from mostly newspapers around the world and pulling editorials.

You know. commentary type entries, and as you jump into any of these.

They'll often be introduced with an article commentary so kind of introducing you to this opinion.

So give you a little background, maybe speaks to who the author is, and even give some questions to think about.

As you read in. but I really can't kind of I think this database is just kind of one of our unsung heroes, because if the viewpoints are kind of a big piece that people love about it But even

just searching them, You know, for example, a country you get tons of great info around cultural things history, and so on.

So it's an excellent resource again, certainly for the classroom.

But again, I love this for the public library, too if I’m traveling to you, Japan.

It is worth your time to find some articles in this database, and just learn more about the country.

So really outside outstanding database. So it is so similar to a very popular resource. gale and context.

Opposing viewpoints is probably our most popular in context.

Database, and this is really aimed at our students in high school.

First couple years of college and building those critical thinking skills. lots of middle schoolers use it, too.

So that's is why I included it on this slide. but it really kind of hits a tiny notes in in high school, and first couple of years of college.

So it is very multi-curricular, you know.

You certainly find count 10 years for the social studies Class is support the science to support health class, even gym class.

We have students who maybe need to make that gym class days, and so maybe they have to write a paper on something.

You know, this database has a lot of content relating to students themselves.

So it is. Oh, really popular resource and you can tell from the name, you know.

Again it's going to have viewpoints but what's great is you get these balances?

It's not strictly one way or the other and what we've done to kind of build the database is we don't want to spoil feed this content to students.

So let me go ahead and I’m just going to grab a quick search on vaping.

So something, you know. we might talk with teens about and we've come back often.

This will happen when you perform to search. There might be a portal to go along with it that it suggests.

So we have a kind of broader topic e-cigarettes and vapor products that we can point you to.

But it's also giving you your search results so when you don't have a when you don't land on a portal page.

This is kind of what it looks like on a stacked results. Page.

We're still showing you at the top how many hits you have for everything, and then start just showing you the hit. So reference content if we're building an argument ourselves.

We've got to get some facts so the reference contact would be great.

Info. Graphics are always really handy. statistics, you know.

Get those hard numbers. but really, what? Of course, a lot of folks of this database for are the viewpoint assays, and you can see just from the first 3 hits.

We again are not spoon feeding this to students we are telling them what the opinion of the article is with the title, but we don't label it pro con opinion A. opinion B. and particularly with the topic like this you know if

there's not a lot of pro vaping content but it's how it's handled right So it's not always easy to write things down there.

Lots of shades of gray within a lot of these topics, so we don't separate them by a you know any sort of pro/con.

And again the title is going to tell you the opinion of the author, and if we jump in they are going to start with these article commentaries, too.

So kind of setting the student up of it here's what you're about to read here's who's written it.

Here are some questions to think about as you read it So jump, starting that critical thinking process, but also reminding you kids in particular when you're reading opinion pieces and well really back pieces.

Anything Who wrote it? When did it come from? Where did it come from?

You know those are things you want to know about and what we've done to gather this content is rather you know.

Yeah, we're publisher We could probably commission people to write these for us, but instead, what we do is go out and get permission to re-publish content that's already been published.

So someone who knows what they're talking, about and we get permission to publish it, And you can actually see that the bottom of every article is you our citation tool, and I can choose different citation styles and you know put that right

in my bibliography which is really handy but you'll notice with the viewpoint essays. they all tell you the original source, although this one looks like, let's see Yeah, there we go I can see the bottom.

I, I always have to choose this. The ml is still so I know what I’m looking at here.

We were this or not we. This was originally published National Review, and 2021.

We re-published it so because, we added that commentary to it, we need to cite our content, too.

So it's a little more deeper of a citation than some others. But we got to give all the details right.

You have to be clear about where everything came from. So the viewpoint essays are a huge piece of

The opposing viewpoints database but there's lots of other good stuff.

I'm going to go ahead and jump to the portal here and the reference content is really valuable again looking to build fax.

The infographics are really a great place to get numbers And when you go into the input graphics rather than the statistics page, you actually get these kind of interactive infographics.

They're good looking so you can always you know take a screenshot or you know, copy and paste it into a slide for a presentation or something.

But often you can kind of work with the content so in this case. we're seeing current use of e-cigarettes for 2021 and middle school students.

We can see preferred Brand preferred use of flavored Eastern cigarettes.

You can you know. Get these numbers and you can see they're interactive.

They're kind of moving as I’m clicking and things like that.

So it is, not a fun topic, but you know if you are writing about things that are there experiencing it's.

You know they're learning and they're pulling more info and again thinking critically about this content.

So just going to jump back to the homepage for a minute to kind of show you the vastness of the coverage here.

So again, the browse page, I think, is always handy.

You know, kids can kind of find inspiration there. but I especially love it for folks who work in the library, because then you get an idea of what's covered here and when you might want to use it with students so it is a really

thorough resource again, full content going in every day.

But if you see this updated tag that means we've updated a significant portion of the reference content or infographics, or something like that but periodicals are flowing in all day yeah great resource.

Alright we've got a few more to get through we're going to keep chugging here, So the rest of the resources we're going to talk about are curriculum specific you might use them with just certain classes So

gale in context, environmental studies perfect, fit for, say, in environmental science class.

It is also, though a really great resource. you know, for few folks just kind of interested in in the environment.

I also like it for academic libraries, one of the neat things that contains.

Let me just grab something from the homepage here and grab soil apology again.

Similar layout to what we've seen and of this doesn't have one of the things I wanted to show you for our academics.

Go ahead and Grant recycling

Oh, wait, no! there it is, right there on the top of the page.

Sorry folks I was looking at swear. So what I wanted to highlight here are the case studies included in the database.

You could find case studies in our periodical databases, too, but I like to point them out.

And here in the environmental studies collection because it's getting increasingly hard to find case studies you can use in an academic classroom and not have to pay an arm and a leg for them.

So these are really good to be aware of, and you can share content easily from our databases.

A lot of different ways. Looks like these first couple are just abstracts.

Let me grab this third one. If I want to share this with students, Hi, I can use our get link tool.

Just gives me a persistent URL. I can write to my syllabus.

I could download it and share it with them, Upload it to my syllabus I can use.

Send you and send it out, me email, or one of the cloud storage tools and get it in front of them at no cost to my classroom or my school.

So great patent here and again look for case studies in our one file resources, too.

But again, lots of great content here in environmental studies. And again, just take a quick look at that browse list, so you can get an idea alright.

So this resource, you know, I probably should change my slide.

Let me actually jump back there for a second I don't know that we Well, no, because science I do.

I do recommend yelling contact science I do recommend for middle school.

So lots of good middle school content here, and this database is, as you can imagine, all about different science topics.

Oh, there's my time out happening. Sorry just kind of refresh. These don't time out so gale and contact science is going to hit all of your kind of middle school and high school curriculum areas for science or

biology chemistry, and it's going to get up into the first few years of college as well.

There are lots of academic journals here, too. you have one of my favorite sources, though, in Gale In contact science.

Let's say we are studying gravity and of course, lots of good overviews, lots of good I love how the databases can keep up. pass where your textbook can.

So with new things that are happening, particularly in say science you can really keep up with the world rather than relying on a textbook that's maybe outdated.

But my favorite source here on the science database are these simulations.

These are interactive. in that's not something our databases tend to have a lot of we you know there's a lot of video content.

There's a lot of images there's a lot of text but interactive content.

You know we just saw the statistics this is even more So I'm going to share actually my favorite one the skydiving here scenario manager.

What it's going to let us Do is Let me get into open the activity so we can see.

Take over my screen here. it's going to give us 3 skydivers, and I'm going to be able to change things about them.

And then we see how that changes the way they fall. So we see over on the left the scenario managers giving me the gravitational acceleration.

I can adjust that the air density. I can change that.

And then for each of my sky divers I can pick now I’m just going to I’ll go ahead and change their position.

One of each, and I’ll leave everything else the same review and you always get a little explanation for the things we're talking about here.

So it's talking about er resistance terminal velocity.

So you kind of get the context for what you're doing and then we click the jump button, and I can see what happens.

My skydiver that I gave the kind of super vamp post, too, is their parachute open first, so tells us a little something about their position and air resistance and things like that and you've got charts over on the

left tracking them, and you can run the activity again, and again.

So it's a really fun place in the database again.

It will come up under get out of the simulation, so I can show you under the simulations content type.

So we have a 11 of those if they're in their own box here.

But really fun content in the simulations resource, or a simulation section of the resource.

But of course, other good stuff, too. we've got science experiments to follow again.

Lots of great periodical content to keep up to date video content is really strong in in these database to apologize.

I Haven't gone into much of it but you've got lots of good stuff on them.

Alrighty yeah I apologize folks I’d be like I’m racing through some of this. So let me know if you need to slow anything down max beyond contact history.

And I’m actually going to talk about both of them at the same time, Gail and context world history. and what's kind of neat is in these databases.

You can actually search them both together I’ve got them both open here and separate tabs and their home pages are going to highlight.

Their own content. So when we look at the world history, and we break down content by countries, culture, civilizations, religion, political constructs war and complex over on Gale In panic, she was history.

Since we're looking at our country, you know we have American colonies, court cases in the Supreme Court.

Events decades and cultural trends, just again, looking at what's being studied in our you know curriculums across States, and so on.

So you know a lot of familiar content I wanted to Point out where actually we're highlighting something here in in Massachusetts on the homepage this month.

Phyllis Wheatley the first black person to publish a book in the Us.

There's a an image we have here. of her statue, and I believe it's in Boston.

If we click, that will tell me for sure. Yes, in Boston, Massachusetts.

So kind of neat but these are databases that of course, examine our history and the world's history, and when you're in them you have the option to choose to search them together when you first come in you're set to search

the when you enter. but if you open up that drop box you can actually choose both of them at once.

So kind of handy. I'm going to just search us history here for a minute and show you some of my favorite content.

So women separate, looking for the right to vote tons of great reference content in both of these history databases.

Lots of good stuff. What I want to highlight here, though kind of like.

I had the simulations in the science database primary sources.

The some primary sources appear in several of the databases. We've jumped in today, but I particularly love historical documents. and of course, the history databases are full, of those and we're going to have the big things we're going to have

the Constitution. we're going to have the Gettysburg address that kind of thing.

What I like to seek out, though is the content that's you know a little more personal.

I think it brings history a little closer when you're reading a diary, entry, or personal account, or something like that.

You can use our document type limiter over on the right to find that kind of content.

So letters I got personal accounts, diary entries things like that just isolate.

I'll go ahead and choose the letters that search and there we go alright.

We've got a letter here from Susan B Anthony to Elizabeth.

Cady Stanton on her illegal vote, And what's nice is we always start these with commentary.

So you get introduced tells you little background so you're ready to read.

It gives you that contact. So again, great resource for the classroom.

But again thinking of the Public library books who are just history.

Buffs. The primary sources are really, you know, a treasure, so lots of good stuff here.

The content also again, is going to reach up into the first couple of years of

College is where, as well as there are lots of great academic journals here.

Several of the reference sources you'll see have a higher reading level our highest level. 5.

Those have an intended academic audience. So this is an excellent resource for those first few, you know, levels of history courses.

And really with the content that's here up on into you know later grades as well.

Let me show you something neat in the world database or actually, you know what we'll pull them together.

I'm going to search together by search for the cold war right certainly that's our history.

But It's also part of other countries history so what's interesting is when you search the databases together, you look over on the right.

We're getting suggested topic pages for each we have one for us history, and we have one for world history about the Cold War, which is really kind of interesting.

But what I wanted to highlight here there's a source in Gale In context, world history that I think, is really valuable.

Now open up document type, and I’m going to live it to a viewpoint essay, and the source.

I wanted to. Highlight is called History and dispute we publish it at Gail.

It's several volumes and I forget how many were up to, and what addition were on.

But they typically relate to certain events throughout history, and take a look at different points of view.

Right. you Think it's history right this is what happened but there are different viewpoints, and everything right.

So there. Third World, did the Third World plan for the Cold War.

If we jump into this viewpoint, essay it's actually going to be a couple essays.

If you look off to the right you'll see in the table of contents here for the article, the article contents, we have a viewpoint.

Yes, the Third world play too greater role, and then we have a viewpoint, now that their world was a little importance.

So it's looking back, and we have kind of this head to head argument right in the same article around this topic.

So there sometimes is even a Maybe so. Where were they? Kind of hedge?

Their bed. that's a bit with the with the viewpoints.

But really interesting source. And again this history dispute appears in the world.

History database. we don't have it in the us because it mostly deals with world events.

So. let's just share that so lots of great content here alright.

So one last resource, and we're going to wrap up I’m going to just bring the slide up quickly.

Gale. Literature Resource center is a long time resource of ours.

It's probably the first one that brought together reference contact with periodicals.

It has a lot of our series that probably are familiar to your to your institutions.

Our liquid series, like contemporary Larry, Criticism, and so on.

Not everything from those print series is included. But you get a good round about.

This is something I would probably yeah, it's always popular in academic libraries.

I use it with high schoolers. I wouldn't go with middle schoolers.

In this resource. the reading levels are just too high, except maybe some of the handful of the biographies.

But start with high schoolers up into college, and then in the Public library.

Readers. Folks who love to read they're going to find criticism.

They're going to find interviews with their favorite authors They're going to find book reviews in depth biographies.

It is a wealth of information for folks who are studying or interested in literature, and it looks at authors from around the world.

So it's got a great global look and the homepage We always feature an author and a work those will change periodically, and you can jump into the featured works and featured authors and browse around a bit it

is how quickly into content you doesn't use the same portal layout that we've been seeing with the context databases.

But other than that it's very similar again, at the top here we're just getting the breakdown for how many hits we have for everything, and you can always search of course for what you're after and the search assist

is kind of handy what it's going to show you are titles or authors names of course, that we have coverage for and for some things they were, you know, reading fences maybe in our eleventh grade English class

you've got the options here for our index So if we wanted to isolate, maybe read more about the movie.

If we're going to watch that in class, if we want to isolate to the play, or sometimes I like to leave it open a bit.

So if we leave it expenses and search the I probably getting a lot of false hits here, right?

I'm certainly looking for that title. but what I can do is, if I go in and look at person about, and sure August Wilson, the author, and then apply a limit.

It really narrows down our results. Now could I’ve also searched fences, and August Wilson.

Yes, there's always more than one way to do something in our databases.

I like to use our filter because I know that's using our indexing.

So it's getting really relevant results when you use it but that's just me that's my preference.

So everybody finds their own. And we start with literature, criticism.

If you are working with high school students sometimes it's a good idea to switch over and take a look at the topic and work over.

Use first. They kind of set the stage for reading the criticism.

They do a nice job explaining the work, and, you know, uncovering themes and talking about characters and things like that, just to, you know.

Get a little more comfortable in your understanding of the work before you move into that high, level.

Literary criticism. lots of great biographical content do. you will find full text works in the database if we go into primary sources, literary works. I think a lot of these are interviews and things like that which will

flow to this page, but you might find short stories, plays, columns,

Within this content as well in the primary sources. So lots of good stuff we also have, like we have in the biography database.

We have a person search you can look for maybe you're looking for poets from Brazil, and it'll match you up.

There's also a separate work Search that will let you find work titles, and in some cases you know full text.

But those are both really handy and the resource again.

I've run through this pretty quickly, and I see we've run over, let me jump back to the PowerPoint.

We'll share support info, and get you on your way So the Massachusetts library system is an excellent support resource.

I imagine many of you are already familiar, and have probably communicated with them several times.

They provide so many services. But just to refresh her. we had their email address here. You can also take a look at their databases at Aq. that's good stuff around the new resources that were added and the loop guy has a lot

of good info around your vendors and usage data.

This will also be in my follow up email so don't rush to, you know.

Write down these you'll get a follow up email around this time tomorrow.

With all this good end. phone and Then of course, you can also take advantage of Gail's support site that we've created for the Massachusetts statewide program.

Lots of good stuff don't recreate the wheel We've got lots of marketing materials bookmarks, posters, social media posts.

We've got lots of training materials out there and of course we'll have all the recordings of these sessions posted there, so check out the support site, see?

If you can find something before you have to create it. and then, of course, when you want to talk to a person at Gail, you can Oh, sorry. keep an eye out for all our upcoming webinars.

When you have a person you wanted to talk to it now I’m happy to be that person you'll have all my contact info and the follow up.

Email. but your customer success manager is a good person to get to know.

They can help support you, and really anything you're doing with the Gale resources, questions about usage, about access database issues.

They are there for all of that, and they specialize by library type.

So if you're in an academic library, you get partner with someone who knows that world tech supports always available, too. I remember you can really get anybody at the company, but I always like to point it out for tech support if

you're having a problem. I’d like you to get them on the phone.

But you can also email them. and then your cat rep is always happy to talk about things as well.

So use our rep finder to us 0 one on there so I’m going to stick around and see if there are any questions.

I'll say thank you though I apologize I kept you a few minutes late a lot to cover in this session.

I probably should have made it an hour, so I call it, for keeping you late.

Thanks, everybody, for attending, and again feel pretty good on your way and shoot me an email or give me a call with any questions you'll get that follow up email again around this time tomorrow.
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