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Gale 101- Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints

Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints provides access to up to date current event content designed to support a deeper understanding of society for high school students to adult learners. Within the resource users will find reference articles, news reports, statistics, and multimedia content providing a holistic view of a topic to promote critical thinking. Watch this beginner session to learn the basics of Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints including content, platform layout and tools.

Duration: 30 Minutes
Welcome in. Again everyone. Today

we have a Gale 101 session which

is focused on Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints

My name is Amber Winters

and I am your training consultant for the day.

So today we're first going to overview

Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints. So what you

can expect some of the different features

you're going to see, we're going to talk about

some of the key content that you might want to highlight

for your users who are coming in.

But we'll spend the majority of the time actually in the

resource kind of clicking through the different workflows

available. We'll take a look at how you can both

browse and search and we'll also take

a look at all of the great tools your users are going

to have access to through the


And then at the very end of the session, we'll have

some time for questions and I have some wrap up contact

information for you as well. If you have

questions as we move along through the session

again, feel free to put those into the Q and A,

I should be able to answer them as we move along.

If that Q and A does get a little bit backed up,

then I will wait until the very end to answer your questions.

But if it's in the Q and A, it

will get answered. So don't worry if we have to wait until the

very end.

So let's get started here. So Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints

is of course focused


just that viewpoints. It's a current

event focused resource that's specifically

designed for high schoolers up

through adult learners. So we're talking

high school, undergrads, graduates,

as well as general researchers that you may

have come into your public library who are

looking for insights into current events.

and this material is updated continuously.

So they're going to find,

you know, materials that were published yesterday.

that's going to really highlight exactly what's

going on. It's going to give them context around

that event or that topic or


individual, maybe they're trying to research an individual,

it's going to provide the context around that

topic. It's going to help them research

and it's also going to highlight different opinions.

So not only are they getting the facts

about whatever topic they're looking at, say it's

global climate change, they're going to get the facts

and the science and they're also going to get

opinions and viewpoint essays to kind of

allow them to think critically and develop

their own thoughts about whatever those topics they're

looking at are

and this does have a broad range of coverage.

Again, this is focused high school and above

leveled content.

So they will find things that are pretty

high level related to things like medicine,

economics, politics, different

cultural ideas, the environments.

There's a huge technology collection,

of course, technology is moving so

fast. There are a lot of hot topics

that you're going to find within

Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints

and what I love with this resource is the content

type is really varied. So you're not just getting,

you know, reference articles and

essays, you're also getting things like

visual statistics and multimedia

tools and things like that. So we're

trying to reach all learners and all

users whatever they need. If they're having

trouble reading, if they're struggling readers,

they want to drop in and take a look at a podcast,

you know, if they need some sort of statistic

for a project they're working on, they can

pull that content type instead. So it's a really

nice mix of all of these different

contents that are going to hit

almost every aspect of learning

about a current event.

And I do just want to hit on a few of those key content

types. So if you do have users starting to come

into your library or if I have teachers

on the line having students come into your classroom,

you may want to keep these just in the back of your mind

to kind of point them as they're starting their research.

So of course, the first what you're going to

expect and that kind of database is going

to be your reference articles. So these are

going to give the background

kind of that ground level understanding

of whatever topic that's really going to get

them started in their research. But

most likely that's not where they're going to end,

they're going to get that background knowledge and they're going to need

to use that somehow.

So moving from there, they're also going to find

viewpoint essays. So this is moving forward

to actually getting opinion pieces.

And what's great is we don't label those opinion

pieces. Procon

um We include

opinions from all different angles and

your users have to read it and kind of figure out,

you know, is this pro whatever topic I'm learning

about, you know, is it pro increasing

the minimum wage, is it against it?

They have to really think critically about that to

understand what the author is trying to say.

We also have really amazing statistics.

A lot of them are actually interactive infographics,

which is going to let your users hover over

different parts of charts and graphs to understand

what they're saying. So this is really

beneficial if you have students coming

in either in a public library setting or a K 12

setting, who are building projects

and who need to have that kind of scientific

backup for what they're saying.

They'll be able to access those within Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints

and they can actually

download them and add them to projects or add

them to homework assignments. Or you as an

educator can maybe use

one as a

bell ringer. You know, have your students evaluate

a specific statistic while you're taking

attendance or have it as a discussion

post and a discussion board. Really, the

the uses are endless for these great statistics that

we have available.

Another key feature you may want to keep

in the back of your mind. Here are our multimedia

tools. So we've got a huge collection of images

of video files and the videos are usually

pretty short. Um I don't think I've seen

many over the 10 minute mark, so they're

really great at trying to

give quick bites of information

as opposed to trying to have someone log on

and watch a 30 minutes session like we're

doing today.

It's really designed to help your users

just get that quick bit of information and kind

of move forward. We also have great podcasts

in here. So if you have users who prefer

to listen to their materials, they'll

be able to do that right within Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints

as well.

Got a huge news and magazine collection

again, which is updated daily. So

your users are going to see the,

excuse me, the top articles that are

being released and they're going to be able to go through

and read all of that information to really

kind of bring what's going on around them

to the forefront and really to

in front of them. And what I love is they can

pair that news with our reference articles.

So if they read this news article and they're just like,

I don't know what this is saying.

I know it's important but I don't know what this topic

means. They can just click back into

one of our reference articles, get that background

knowledge and come back to the news. So

it's really a one stop shop. They're starting

from that very beginning all the way

up to where they need to be and they can go back at any

time to find content.

I've also included in here primary sources

and this resource isn't one

that oftentimes you think about finding primary

sources and you know, we're talking about current

events in primary sources being in the past

sometimes contradicts a little bit.

But what's great is we do have those primary

sources. So if you have a student coming

in researching maybe smoking

in public health and they not only want to talk about

what we're doing now, but they want to look historically,

what have we done in the past? What sort of marketing

has there been around smoking?

You know, what did health care professionals

say about smoking back in the day?

They can find those primary sources here as

well. Which is a nice feature. Again

that you wouldn't really think about, that's just a little bit hidden

and I didn't include it on this page. And I realize

now that I probably should have, but we do have a

huge collection of academic journals

in this resource as well. So if

you're in, you know, the public library field

or if you're working with 12th graders or undergrads

and they're using the academic content,

they're going to find a whole huge collection of that

within this resource as well. So that's another

level of content for them.

Now, I wanna go ahead and jump into the resource. I

haven't seen any questions pop up in my

Q and A but as I switch over my screen,

do you have any questions at all about

just that kind of that basic overview of

Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints


OK. I don't see any. Give me a second here.

Wanna make sure I am not signed out of the resource. Its been

sitting inactive in my browser for a while.

OK. So this is the homepage of Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints

And I do want to

kind of orient us as we start to click through.

So our search bar is always going to be in the

top left here no matter where we click

in the resource, we'll have access to that

scrolling down on the home page. Our

toolbar here has a few different

tools available for your patrons.

Even before they click into an article

or an image or whatever it may be.

they'll be able to browse through issues. They

can take a look at a title list, they can

view their search history.

They have this great get link feature that we're

going to take a look at in a bit

and then they can click and see any highlights and

notes that they took throughout the session, which we'll look at

once we get into an article

scrolling down from, there are issues

of interest change monthly sometimes

more. You know, if something big happens in the world and

we, you know, want to highlight that within the resource,

you know, like a natural disaster or something like that.

You may see this updated more than more

frequently than monthly, but generally speaking,

it's updated monthly. So this

is great if you know, your users aren't quite

sure what they want to learn about.

They can just take a look at kind of what we've decided

to pull forward. Things that have been

kind of in focus in the media recently,

then scrolling down from there.

They're going to see all of our issues

that we have topic pages created

for. So here I want to mention

all of our in context resources

are organized into topic pages

and what those are, are pre

curated pages about specific topics.

Those topics are going to be the most searched

the most utilized. Um

And the most explored within the

resource, they're going to have pre created pages

with overviews.

Um, excuse me and with

organized results attached to that page.

And you'll see right now, we have 483

issues or topic pages listed here.

And these are not all of the topics we have in the

resource. Of course. So

if your patrons are browsing through

and maybe don't see where they're looking when they browse through

topic pages, they'll run a search

at that point and they'll pull a search results page

with their content.

But these topic pages are

a really great, great place to start browsing.

I'm just going to click browse all here so you can

take a look when we browse all

of our topic pages,

as I said, there's over 400. So there's a lot

so you can get a feel of what we have created. But

it's great to browse this way and click through

our different topic options. So

if you're, you know,

individual, your users coming in, maybe they just

want to see what's new in this resource.

I can hit new and you'll see anything

that's new or updated here.

Maybe they know specifically they want

something about technology. They want to

explore some of the different topics that are

going on currently in technology.

They can click into that section.

Now, just going to see

those topic pages here. So you'll see, this is going

to start helping them narrow down and

this browse option is really great again for

your users who are coming in. Not 100%

on what they want to actually explore.

They can just go through this list

and maybe it'll, you know, get them kind of interested

a little bit and start to consider

what they want to take a look at.

But I'm going to go, go back home to the

home page here just by clicking

on the name and the banner.

Because instead of browsing, I'm going to search

today. So you can kind of get a feel of what that looks like.

I'm not going to fully run through an advanced search,

but I do want to show you some of the different filters

that you may want to point out to your users.

So our advanced search is found here underneath our basic

search bar.

And if your user says something really specific

in mind, this is a great place to send them because

of course, they can choose where they want to

search if they want to search by keyword or maybe

they wanna search through an entire document.

And you'll notice when I choose these,

it's telling me what they're going to find the results

in. So the difference may be between a keyword

or searching for an entire document.

It's a nice

option to have up top here, but I want to point

out down below.

You'll see, I've got these filters that I just think

are so handy. Especially

if I do have something really specific and I don't

want to dig through.

You'll see, I can narrow down just the full text documents

within gal and context opposing viewpoints.

The majority of our documents are full text,

but you will find some citations

and some just to kind of brief

summaries specifically. If we're talking

about academic journals, you'll see some of those citations.

So we can make sure we're seeing full text

by checking this box. You'll see, we also

have the option to narrow it down to just peer

reviewed journals. So if you do have

individuals at that higher level coming in

for research and they don't want to be

kind of bogged down with the news or things that isn't

peer reviewed. They can narrow down to just

peer reviewed here. They want something

with images or a document that's at a lower

level. They have those options here.

And underneath that, they have this option

to narrow down by content type as

well. So if they're looking for biographies,

maybe they can narrow down here. As I mentioned, we

have a pretty

large selection of primary sources

and they can choose to narrow that down here as well.

So they'll only pull content from whatever content

type they're looking at. This is a great way

for them to narrow down to exactly what they need,

but I'm going to go back to home one more time

and I'm actually going to run a basic search instead

of an advanced search because as we all know,

a lot of times this is where your users are going to

start, you know, they're not going to browse, they're not going to try to

dig into an advanced search. They're just gonna search

a word.

So we're going to go ahead and do that. And what I want to point

out, I'm actually going to search for self driving cars.

I actually saw it pop up here and our issues

of interest and I personally think that is

interesting. So I'm going to start

typing. I want you to notice when I do that.

These first two options here in my

predictive texts are bolded when

you see a bold under our predictive text, that

means we have a topic page already created

so users can click into these and they'll get

that curated view as opposed to getting

a standard search results view. So let's

do that. We'll click into self driving cars

and now we're on our topic page here. So

this is a lot cleaner and a lot more organized

than just your standard search

results page because we tried to make it that really

easy research point for users. So

at the very top of this page, we're always going to

have an overview. So this is

just giving that background. Generally,

it's going to be a nice short reference article

that's going to give them their

footing within this topic so they can really

start to dig in.

So they'll get that at the top here

underneath. You'll see this on this

page section is going to pull back all of

our results. So this is kind of what

they would have seen if they were to have run a basic

search, they would have all of these different results.

We've just chosen to organize them here.

So they can choose to click into say

our featured viewpoint,

which are generally excuse me,

our viewpoint articles that are going to be the most

current that may contain you know, a recent

topic that's related to this topic page.

They may want to take a look at those, they may want to look

at the rest of our viewpoints that may be slightly older,

maybe a couple of years as opposed to current to this

year. They'll have access

to images, our news reports,

our academic journals, all that great stuff.

You'll see, we pull it together here in these different content


So again, nice and organized for them. So they

don't have to kind of dig through to find the content

they need. It's all right here for them

at the very bottom of the page. Let me scroll

down here.

We have related topics listed here

as well. So these related topics are going

to help them move forward. So if they kind

of took a look at self driving cars, and,

you know, they're trying to understand how that's

going to work with public transportation, let's

say, or with our current infrastructure,

they can click directly into those topic pages.

So again, they're moving themselves forward

in their research without even running a search,

they can literally point and click all the way through

this resource to find content

that they need.

So they can jump to these different topic

pages if they like.

And I do want to scroll up here because I mentioned we have

those great statistics and infographics here.

I wanna show you what one of those looks like today

before we just look at a text document. So

our infographics are pulled up here

and our statistics have their own little

content bucket as well, but I can click

into any of these. So we'll click in this top one here,

opinions about the potential effects

of autonomous vehicles on society.

So again, this is interactive so they

can hover over any part of this graph

and it's going to tell them what that part of the graph

is saying specifically. And you'll

see they can actually choose some different parameters

here. And

this is going to give them a really nice view

of what they're looking at. So if

they are a little bit confused by graphs or charts,

especially those of you in the K 12 Arena. You

know, sometimes that's one of the hardest things

to teach students is how to actually

read a graph. This is going to help them

with that. This is telling them that

4% of people making less

than $50,000

are entirely positive


about this specific

bit of information. I'm sorry, I didn't look at this graph ahead of

time. But you'll see they

can hover over and take a look at that really


scrolling down here. You'll see. We do give

just another bit of information here for them.

If they want to take a look at that, this is specifically

saying what different levels

of automation are considered

from the National Highway


So just giving them a little bit more information

on some of the differences between levels

of automation

and down there.

So now let's jump back to my topic page. I can

do that either by hitting the back button in my browser

or by using my breadcrumb trail

up top here. I'm gonna do that way.

I'm gonna scroll down here. Now, let's say

I want to take a look at all of my featured

viewpoint essays as opposed to just these first

three that are shown here. I'll just click

the title of that instead.

And now I'll see all of those and you'll see on this right

hand side, we have a few different options

for filtering. If we wanna filter by date

or things like that, we can certainly do that there.

And I want to point out here our get link

feature that we have available. I mentioned it on the

home page. It has followed us along

in our toolbar. Up top here, I can

use this button and get a persistent URL

to whatever page I'm on within this resource.

So if I want to maybe share this

out with my students or with my patrons, if

I'm at a public library or if I'm a

student, I want to save it

to use later for a project or for my homework,

I can use this and it will always pull me to

the specific page. And as we

click through this, get link really follows

us along. So we can do this at the

topic page level. If I want to bookmark

or get a link for a topic page, we

can do it at the document level. You'll see. I have

it listed here at um

under my results page.

I'll be able to get a link back to whatever page

that I'm on really simply here. So that's

a nice feature to have. They do want to save

a specific

area within this


But let's go ahead and just click into the first one here, Americans

should resist self driving cars.

So again, remember this is an opinion piece that

is not a reference article So obviously,

it is leaning one very specific

way when we're talking about autonomous vehicles,

but they can click into this now and they can start to scroll

down, take a look at the commentary about the article

and then read through the full article. And again,

you'll see this is not listed anywhere

as you know, pro self driving cars,

anti self driving cars. Your users

have to read this and figure out on their own

with this one. Obviously, it's a little more specific

just by reading the title, they're most likely kind of going

to get a feel. But as they click

through and as they read different articles, they won't be

as obvious. You know, there may be some viewpoints

that have both pros and cons listed.

you know, there might be some that are very specific

to one you know,

feature of, of, of

a topic. So they'll have to kind of

go through on their own and take a look at these different articles

to get a real feel of what's going on.

Now, I do want to show you some tools that we have

available for these documents before we end off

for the day. So the first one I'm going to point

out is our citation tool, which is found

up top here in our toolbar.

This is going to give a fully

made citation. You'll see, we have Mlaap

a Chicago or Harvard formats.

So this lets users copy and paste.

So if they need it for their

their reference page, they can simply do that here.

This is a really great way to get buy in.

If you do have you know, users or students

who just really prefer to Google, you know, it's so

much easier just to Google,

they're not gonna get the citation from that.

If they do decide to Google and find a random article

off Google, which you know, of course, may or not may

not be um authoritative content.

They also have to build their own citations.

So if you direct them here and tell

them, hey, click this button and that awful

reference page that you have to develop is done

for you. It's a great way to get by

in. So they'll find the content that's actually authoritative

and accurate and they'll have that citation

next to our citation tool. We also have a send

to option. So we are integrated

with both Google Drive and Onedrive.

So if they want to save this article to either

one of those drives, they can do that just by hitting the

button. They can also email it to

themselves if they prefer to save it. That way

they have the option to download this document as well.

It downloads as a PDF to their desktop,

they can print it. If they prefer that hard copy

again, you'll see we have our get link here.

So this will provide another persistent

URL to this particular page.

And we do always recommend they use this gut link as

opposed to copying and pasting out of the address

bar. One because it's a lot shorter

but two because the address bar may

break eventually. If we update the platform

or you know, something is moved, that

link is gonna break this one will not, this is always

going to take them back to this particular page.

Now, we also have some really great text manipulation

tools down below the title here.

The first one is going to be our translate option.

So if you have users coming in looking

for articles in a specific language, you'll

see they can hit that button.

We've got a nice strap down here that's going to translate

to whatever article they need.

We also have the ability to set an interface

language which is going to change all

of the tools we have on this page

into whatever language they need. So

basically the platform itself is being

translated so they can easily navigate

through wherever they

are next to that

translate. We also have the option to

increase or decrease the font size

right next that some additional display options

are going to allow you to

scroll down here, change the background color.

You'll see we have some different fonts here, we do have a dyslexia

fonts. If your users prefer to

read that

they can also change the line letter and word spacing.

Really to make this super

customized to what they need. So they

can go through this before they even start reading

and decide how they can best see

it to make it as accessible as possible.

I'm gonna click back to defaults here

though. So next to that

display options, we also have our listen

tool. So even, you know, if

they've edited the display and they're still

struggling to read the article, they can

have it read to them right here just by hitting this listen

button and it does read in whatever language

they translated to. So if they actually translated

over to Spanish first and then hit listen,

it would read this full article in Spanish

for them.

In addition to that, we also have some great highlights

and note features. So if they're going

through and finding content, you know, for a project

or homework, they can click and drag over whatever

they think is important, choose a highlight,


write whatever note they need and they can save

it and this is all session based.

So if they do highlight a lot,

oops, here we go and want to hold

on to it for later, they're going to want to get this

out of the platform in one of those ways I mentioned

before. So sending over to drives,

emailing, downloading or printing

any of those ways will retain those highlights

and any notes they took for them.

And I will also point out on this right hand

side here, we have our explore panel that you're

going to see attached to all of our entries.

So first it's going to give a more like this section

which is going to provide articles

that are specifically like this one.


And then right under that, they'll have a related subjects.

So this, as opposed to pulling articles

that are similar to this and that look like this one

is actually going to pull forward subjects

that's similar to this one.

And I do have one more tool

to show you all before we end off for the day.

But does anyone have any questions about

what we just went through?

Ok, I don't see any. So my last

tool I wanna show you is our topic finder

and you can find that um

under our advanced search or in our search

results pages. I'm just going to get to

it from our advanced search today.

When I click into advanced search, it pops up right here.

S topic finder. If you were on a search results

page, it's listed on this right hand

side under our filters.

But this is a great way to start off

research, especially if you have your users

or your students coming in with a really, really

broad search terms. And you know, they're going

to pull just an insane amount of content.

This is a great way for them to basically run

an advanced search without

actually developing the advanced search

so they can type in whatever their topic is.

So, let's do

vaccines today. Of course, thats a hot topic

that everyone seems to be, um,

researching and that everyone seems to have an opinion

on. so if they come in just searching

vaccine, they're going to find,

they're gonna be inundated with materials they may not


need. So this is going to help them kind

of narrow it down. So they search for

vaccines. Maybe they're specifically

looking um

for the flu vaccines. Maybe they

kind of want to learn a bit about how vaccines

are manufactured. Maybe they want

to know more about vaccine hesi hesitancy

so they can click into any of those. Let's click into

this one.

And now you'll see, I'm starting to get a shorter list

of results here. So I've got 31

results related to vaccines

and vaccine hesitancy. And I can even go

down a little bit lower if I wanted to.

And maybe I want to see some studies

that have been run. I could click into studies.

And now you'll see, I've got eight results

here as opposed to the

probably hundreds of thousands of results I would

have had if I were to have just run a basic

search for a vaccine. So this is a great,

great way for them to kind of narrow down

to find exactly what they need. So once

I do this, I can click directly into that document

looks like this is a report here

and I'll be able to see this and read all the way

through such

a nice clean way to find content

without having trying having to kind of

struggle to build search terms. So this is

also really great for those

high school students who are using this resource,

who are slowly building their search

term skills, but who are maybe


not quite ready to develop

those more detailed search for search

terms that are going to pull

more specific results.

This is a great way to get them started. I've

worked with teachers and with librarians who actually

start their students on the topic finder

page. They don't even have them run basic

search. They just have to go directly to that topic

finder and go start there,

run that search narrow down before you even see

results. So it's a really powerful feature

that I would definitely recommend pointing out to your users

who are starting to click into this resource.

Now, we've got a minute left. I have got some

quick information. I want to

give you all.

And while I switch back here to my slides

again, I haven't seen any questions come in, but I want

to make sure that I don't miss any. So if

you do have questions, please pop those into the

Q and A now.

But I do have some contact information for

you. So if you, if you have any questions about the session

today or any feedback, feel free. You

can send me an email. It's just

[email protected]


If you want to talk more about this resource

related to your learning community, maybe some best

practices that you can enact. Um

If you want to talk about usage of your resource,

you can reach out to your customer success manager.

If you don't know who that is, you can send

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