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Gale 101- Gale In Context: U.S. History

Gale In Context: U.S. History is designed to support users in exploring and understanding American history from colonization through contemporary history including the war on terrorism and the rise of the internet. Diverse content types including Reference Articles, Biographies, Primary Sources, Academic Journals, and Multimedia materials engage all types of learners to ensure equitable access and maximize understanding.

View this session to explore the key topics, workflows, and tools designed to support users in effective research, teaching, and learning.

Duration: 30 Minutes
Welcome everyone. Thank you again for joining

our Gale 101 session. Today is

going to be looking at Gale In Context: U.S. History

My name is Amber Winters

and I'm a senior training consultant here with Gale.

So for our session today, we have kind of

four main sections we're going to go through first,

we'll have a quick resource overview

just for anyone who's really new to the resource,

what you can expect to find. Then we'll take

a look at some of the key content types that are

going to be available for you.

Excuse me, for you and for

your user. Sorry, we have a question

pop up here.

Looks like we have a question about

that picture. So that picture

is the March on Washington.

Um So yeah, again, we'll go over

the key content, the different content types you're going to

find within the resource, then we're

actually going to walk through the platform.

So you'll see how we can search how we can browse

all of the filters we have available as well as

some of the different document tools and features.

So things like highlights and notes using

the citation tool. We're going to take a look at all of that

today. And then at the end of the session,

I do have some wrap up information for you. I

said questions here as well, but I should

be able to answer questions as we move along today.

So as you think of questions, go ahead and pop

those into the Q and A, it's already open and

I'll be able to answer them. But again, if there's any

complicated questions that I think need to

wait until the end of the session for a better explanation,

we will have time for that.

So let's go ahead and get started with gel and context us

history. So this resource is really designed

for secondary level students

and up. So we're talking upper

middle school, high school students as well as

undergrads. Even adults can

jump into this resource to find information, you know,

if they um

just learning something new about history and just want

to learn a little bit more. This is a great place for them to go.

Um I've pulled out a screenshot here. I actually

got myself lost in a little bit of a rabbit hole learning

about the interstate highway system. So it

is actually a nice resource for adults as well. Anyone

who's joining from a public library, this

is a great place to send people if they're just looking for

some more historical information

and a few of the key subject areas found within

this resource are going to include peoples and cultures,

events in decades, court cases,

political constructs and movements, as well as

wars and conflicts. And this resource

spans from the colonialization

of North America all the way to

more contemporary history. So things like 911

and things similar to that. So it's really

spanning the whole

kind of United States history. You

will find content

In addition to all of those subject area

content, we have some great tools that are

going to help your users as well as well.

So highlights and notes are going to be available. All

of our information is translatable.

So your users can choose whatever language they prefer.

We also have a read speaker that will read the text

out loud to them. So if you have struggling readers,

they can have anything within the resource,

read aloud to them, even captions on images

will be read to them.

We also have integrations with Google and Microsoft.

So if users want to save content for later or

maybe share out with their peers or with their colleagues,

they can do that as well.

And we'll take a look at all of those ones we get in the resource.

But first, let's talk about some of the different content types

you're going to find here. And these are broad categories

that I'm going to go over. they get a much more

intricate and much more intricate

as you kind of dig in. But just

some broad categories. The first is what a lot

of people are going to expect reference articles.

That's where you're going to get an overview of the

information you're going to get just the facts

of whatever topic you're learning about. Again,

I pulled a screenshot of the Interstate

Highway Act, which was surprisingly interesting.

So anyone digging into the resource,

you might want to take a look at that topic page.


But they're going to get the facts. So if you have students

who are maybe just starting off learning about a

topic, it's a great way to get them started,

direct them to the reference articles and they're going to get

those bits of information that they'll need

to start digging in more. Start

maybe critically thinking about different points of view

about historical events and things like that.

We also have some great multimedia content

in the forms of videos and images as well as

audio files like podcasts. So

these are really nice for any of your learners who just prefer

to get knowledge

other, other ways than text. They can

listen to things. They can take a look at images.

You see, I've pulled forward here. We have a lot of great

political cartoons found

under our image section. So these are also really

nice to pull out. If I have any teachers on the line,

you know, for a quick bell ringer,

you know, while you're doing your attendance, you pull up this

kind of interesting little

political, political cartoon and just

have them think about it, have them talk about

it, you know, what does exactly does this mean? What are you seeing

in the cartoon? What do you think that the

author is trying to say?

And we also have a huge primary source collections.

And so right now we're at just over

5000 unique primary

sources that are going to help your students

or your users. So these

could be helpful to supplement a class,

class lesson that you're going to be doing.

Of course, these are going to be great for projects

if you're at the public library, this is great for

homework help as well.

Something that's really nice within those resources.

This is these will actually be labeled as

primary sources as well, which

I think is a subtle but important thing

because of course, for students trying to understand

the difference between a primary

source and a secondary source is sometimes

difficult. So what we've done is we've pulled them out

into their own separate kind of content bucket

and we've labeled them primary sources. So

students know when they click into it. OK?

You know, this was written during that time,

it's a primary source.

We also have some really nice case overviews

that are going to go over some of the key

cases in US history and

it's going to give some main ideas about those

cases as well as a kind of a cultural

background. So your students are going to

understand what was going on in society

around, you know, Miranda V Arizona

or whatever court case they're looking at. So not just

getting, you know, a transcript of the court case,

they may get that as well, but they're also getting context

and they're getting background so they can better understand

what the world was like, what the US was like

while this court case was going on,

we include biographies in here as well.

So if you're looking for people instead of events,

you'll find again all the way from

colonialization to more

contemporary history, you'll find individuals

here in this resource to support whatever

learning you're looking for.

And finally, we have some timelines built in

here too and you'll see these are pretty

pretty visual. We have timelines

around surrounding people as well

as events. You'll see this one is about the Affordable

Care Act. So definitely a more contemporary

piece of history, but they just provide

quick little bits of information about the

person or about the event to kind of

give a quick background. A nice simple thing

to see. This is great for them to include maybe in a project

as well. You know, if they're looking for something visual,

they can tack in there that this is a great

thing for them to use. It's ready to go for them within

the resource.

Now, I wanna just take a look and kind of click

through everything so you can see how we have everything

organized before I do. I haven't seen any questions

come up in the Q and A but I do just wanna

pause. Does anyone have any questions for me before

we really roll into the resource?


No questions, no problem. We'll go ahead

and get started here. So this is the home page of Gill

in Context us history. If you're familiar

with any of the other in context resources,

you'll notice it looks nearly identical,

of course, with different pictures since it's different subjects.

But we've kept all of the in context resources

almost identical in their,

their pathways and their workflows. So

right here on the home page, if I scroll down, you see,

we pull forward some different topics of interest

and these generally change monthly depending on

what's going on.

A lot of times we may highlights you know,

an observance. So, um Hispanic

Heritage Month or something like that, you'll find something

pulled up here as well. Um Again,

I looked at the Interstate Highway system one recently,

um but it'll change monthly kind

of again, just depending on what's going down

underneath that.

We have this browse topics section

here and all of these topics that are listed

are actually topic,

sometimes called portal pages that we've

created for your users. And what we

do is we make this nice organized page that

has an overview, overview of whatever topic

they're going to be learning about.

And then it has content buckets with all of the different

results related to that topic. So

our reference articles are pulled out separately.

Our primary sources are images and

it organizes it for them. So

for any teachers on the line, I really

recommend if you can find the topic page for

what you want your students to look at, have

them go there first before they even start running

searches or anything like that. Have

them start at that nice clean landing

point and start their research from there

a lot of times it's more effective.

because of course, students sometimes struggle to build

their own search terms to, to build um

productive and effective search terms. So

we try to help them along with that with

these prebuilt topic pages. But you'll see,

we have them organized here.

We have some African American perspectives. We've pulled

out our biographies are in a separate section.

Government documents. If you're looking for information

on court cases, they have their own section as well.

Something I also like to point out that's a little

bit hidden at the very bottom here, we also have state

portals. So if you want

some history specific to your state, maybe you're doing a project

specific to your state,

you can actually click into the state's option

and you can click directly into the topic

page or the portal page for your

state. And

you'll see, I can browse really all

the topics if I want to. And here you'll see. There's a lot

though. So these are all

topic pages that students will be able to click into

and this isn't the only content

we have. There are of course, going to be topics

that aren't studied as much that we don't have

fully developed topic pages about. So

if they're looking for something a little bit more obscure,

they may not find this prebuilt topic page,

but they can run a search and they'll still pull information

for whatever that topic is.

Now, I'm going to go ahead and jump back to home here

because there's another great way to find topic pages

again, which is a great place for students

to start. If I start to type, let's

say I want to learn about the Black Power movement

today. When

I start to type here, you see, I have a few

different drop down options.

The 1st 1234, being

bolded. So when your students start to search

any of these predictive texts that

come back, bolded, these are going to be

topic pages for them. So if they

were to run a search for one of these or to click into

one of these, they're not going to get just that

basic search results page. They're going to

get that topic page feel. So let's

do that. Let's click into Black Power Movement here.

Yeah. And now here we are on our topic page.

So a few things I want to point out at the very top

is our overview. Again, this is giving them

the background. This is like their starting point

for their research. If this is something new,

this is where they may want to go to kind of get their footing

or if this is, you know, the wrap up of

the unit and they're just trying to remember what they learned at the very

beginning of the unit, which happens.

This overview again is a really nice summary

just to remind them, you know, this is what happened.

This is what we took a look at.

they can click the blue read more button here

and it from

bits of information here. So you'll see this is oh yeah,

at the very bottom, this one's got some critical thinking questions.

And I will say these are great to share again as

a bell ringer or maybe on a discussion

board. You know, if you want to just have students discuss

something quickly, you can just steal these

critical thinking questions from us. We definitely

want you to use them wherever and

you post them wherever you want them to go. You can share with the

full document even and have students read through

and then answer those critical thinking questions.

I'm going to go back here to my topic page

and I can do that by using the back button in the browser

or I can select Black

Power Movement right here in my little breadcrumb trail.

So let's go that way.

So scrolling down under the overview.

Now, if your students are ready

to kind of dig into the information

a little bit more you'll see in this gray bar

here, we show all of the different content types

that we have available for this resource. So you'll

or for this topic. So you see if we got

quite a bit of reference, we've got some videos,

some academic journals for our higher level users,

biographies, audio files, some case

overviews, primary sources, magazines,

images and news here.

And then you'll see I can scroll down. And

now I'm starting to see the first three in each

of those categories here. So my first three reference

articles are found primary sources.

You see, I can just scroll down and take a look at all of these content

buckets really quickly. And this is going to help

me narrow down my results, you know. So I'm not just

getting a huge list of,

you know, thousands of articles

and videos and things kind of all just bundled together.

These are all pulled out separately. So if they want a video,

they can just scroll and boom, click just into

their videos that are related to this resource

and the very bottom of our topic page here,

I also want to point out we include related topics.

So this is a really nice way for users to kind

of move forward with their research. You know, they read

through learning about the Black Power movement,

maybe they want to learn more about Malcolm X. Of course,

he's mentioned frequently, I'm sure within this

topic page. So he has his own topic page

as well. So they can jump in to learn more

about him. Maybe they want to take a broader

look at the civil rights movement, they can

do that as well using these related topics.

So realistically,

your users can actually click all the way through this

resource without even running a search. You

know, if they're following the

pathway by using these different related topics,

you know, they don't have to worry about building search terms

if they struggle with that.

Now, let's go ahead and scroll up here

and I'm going to just click into my reference content

and we're going to pull forward all 100

and 12 articles that I have related

to the Black Power Movement. And as you

would imagine, that's a lot for students to look through

it is sorted by relevance,

but I have some great filters on this right

hand side here that's going to help me out. So

of course, I'm not gonna read through 100 and 12

reference articles, I can narrow

it down, I can narrow it down based on subjects.

So to get a little bit more specific than Black

Power movement.

If I wanna see how students were involved

with the movement, you'll see, I click into that here.

Scrolling down again. As I mentioned, Malcolm

X is mentioned frequently. If I want to learn

a bit about racial violence around this time,

I can start to narrow it down using the subjects option.

I can also search within my results here if I want

to do that. So if I have something very specific in mind,

I can run a search right here within my


And what's nice is if I did click into reference and I realized,

you know, this is actually not what I want. I want a primary

source. You'll see at the top of the page

here, I can click into primary sources

and I'm taking a look at the primary sources we have

available. You'll see, it looks like we have a few speeches,

an essay, a manifesto

quite a few speeches and I can click

into any of these and start to take a look at these primary sources.


you see it was nice. We do give a little background

before our primary source. So again, we're

providing students with context about what

they're going to be learning about and then they'll

see the primary source itself down below


I'm gonna jump back here

and click back into my reference articles

because I do want to show you a nice little feature

here that we have

in this resource and a few of our other in context

resources and it's this level documents

option listed here under our filters.

So a lot of our reference works, what we've

decided to do is build

two versions of the same article

at different levels. So if you're working

in a classroom where you have students who are at

two very different levels and you need to differentiate

what's being provided for them.

This level documents option is a really nice

way to do that.

And not all of our documents are leveled because this

is something we actually have to do by hand.

So it's um

it's something we're continuously adding to the resource.

But as you could imagine,

it does take some time.

But what this is is when I click into

my level documents option here, you'll see, I

have two articles with the same title

and it's giving me the lexile measures here

and sometimes a little bit easier to see is

the content level icons listed here as well.

So our content levels range from level

one, which is going to be like your elementary

school information, you're most

likely not going to find anything level one within this

resource all the way up to level five,

which is going to be your high school,

your undergrad things like that.

So we have these just quick little

quick little flags that are gonna let you know right

next to the lexile. So you'll see this

is a higher level art article article,

this level five and a lower level article,

this level four, that's going to be the same topic

though. So let me just click into one here.

I'll click into this top one

and again, you'll see this has kind of the same

layout as that overview. We took a look at earlier.

This one's got some main ideas pulled out

and critical thinking questions pulled out here as, wow.

And since this is leveled, I can actually change

what level I'm looking at while I'm on the document

you see on the left hand side here, we list our reading

levels. So again, I clicked into the higher

leveled article the first time.

If I now want to look at the lower level one, I can

click that

and you'll see it actually looks almost identical.

Of course, the difference is going to be

the vocabulary, um, the

sentence structure and things like that.

But what we've tried to do is make

them look as similar as possible, especially

if you're going to be giving them to students who are, you

know, sitting right next to each other because as

we know, students get embarrassed if they have to be handed a lower

level piece of text. So

unless someone's looking really closely you're

most likely going to be the only person who knows

what version of the document students are going to get.

But regardless of the version they get, they'll get

the same information, of course, to set

those different levels to make it really accessible

for them. Now,

since we're on a document, let's go ahead and look at some of

the different document tools we have available

here and I just will pause for a second. I haven't

seen any questions, but I do want to remind

everyone if you do have a question that Q

and A box is open.

OK. Now let's go ahead and take a look here.

So our first tool that I like to point out

this is really great to get buy in from students

who are doing projects and who are

tired of writing out their own citations after

they Google and find a document on Google.

right? Within the platform, we have our citation

tool built into our toolbar here

and we have citations for every single

piece of content within this resource. So if it's

an article, if it's an image, if

it's a video, a primary source, literally

anything they're going to find here is going

to have a citation attached to it. So

again, if you're trying to get buy in from students,

all they have to do is select it and copy

and paste it to wherever they want it to go,

you know, put in their work cited and they're

done, they don't have to worry about building their own citation.

It's a really nice feature we have here and you

can see we have options for Mlaap, a Chicago

or Harvard.

And if they don't want to copy and paste, they can also

export. So if they're using, you know, easy bever

noodle tools or if they want to send it over

to their drive, they can do that here as well.

And our citations are also found at

the very bottom of all of our

entries here, you'll see our source citation.

So if they miss it in the toolbar here,

hopefully they'll remember. It's at the very bottom of the page.

Again, they can choose whatever edition

whatever citation version

they need,

copy and paste it or download it, it's

ready to go for them.

Now, moving on from that citation button, we

also have our send to option.

Well, we have a question. Is there a topic page

for National History Day projects?

You know, I'm not sure, but

let me go through all of these tools

and then I'll search for it.

I think there is, but I don't want

you to quote me on that. So let me go through

these document tools and I will take a look, see if

we can find a topic page for National

History Day projects. Yeah.

Um OK. So

kind of moving on from citations here, we also

have this nice send to option.

So if I find an article or an image

or whatever that I think is interesting that I want

to save for later, I can hit that send to button.

I can send over to one of my drives, either Google

or Microsoft or I can email it to

myself. What's really nice is if I send

over to one of these drives here, it's

going to stay in my drive permanently. So

if I send it over at the beginning of the semester

and I want to use it to study for my final at the end,

it's still going to be in my drive waiting for me.

I can also download or print

it if I prefer those methods. And

these tools are also found right here.

We kind of duplicated where they're

located to make sure your students see it. So they do

the same thing. You'll see. We have our drives,

email, download or print,

so they'll find it up top or down below.

Next step. We also have this really nice get


So if this is maybe something you

as an educator or as a librarian want to share

out with your users, you can use this, get

link, copy and paste it in social media

post on your discussion

board and the syllabus

wherever you wanted to go, it's a persistent URL

that's not going to break. So you

can post it wherever you want it, you don't need to worry

about it breaking and you know, having everyone reach

out to you because you can't access whatever you

found, you can use this, get link and really

post it wherever you want it to go.

Now, scrolling down here, we have some

kind of text manipulation and accessibility

tools that you're going to find down here on

the left side of the page underneath

the title of the article itself here, you'll

see this is where we can find our translation, you can

translate both the article as well

as the interface language. So translating

the interface language is going to change all

of the buttons your students are pressing as well as the

search bar and any any other navigation

um bits of information into

whatever language they prefer.

Next to that, they can also decrease or increase

the font size as needed

right next to that, we have some different display options.

So again, really trying to enhance the accessibility

for your students,

they can really go in and

choose exactly what they prefer to see

and how they prefer to see it.

And when they do change these

options here that these actually follow them along

throughout the session.


when they click into a new article, they're not going to have to do

this every single time we wanna make sure

they can access the information really easily.

Let's go back to default settings. Today

right next to our display options. We also have our

listen tool. I'm going to pause it today

because I'm not sharing my computer audio with you.

But when they hit that and they'll hit play, it'll

read through the,

oh, they

can just hit that listen button and it'll pop up

this little box and it'll just hit play and it'll read that

through for them.

And you'll see, we've got a little hamburger icon here

that gives us some different settings options.

So we can change um

how the text is being read. You'll see right now

when I hit play, it's going to read the full sentence,

highlight the full sentence and then highlight each

word as it's reading through that word.

We can change that at any time. On

the left hand side here, you'll see if we can change, scrolling

all that good stuff right here. Nice and simple.

And one last tool I wanna show

you before we take a look to see if we can find National History

Day. And the resource is our highlights

and notes tool.

So as I'm scrolling through here, if I find something that

I think is particularly important, maybe

it's a quote that I wanna use in a project.

Maybe it's just something I find interesting.

I can click and drag to highlight over a piece of text.

I can choose the color and I can add a note here

and I can do this as much or as

little as I want

and these are going to be session based. So these

are going to be really helpful for your students,

right? As they're kind of annotating and talking to

the text. But if they want to save it,

if they want to hold on to it for later, they will

need to get it out of the platform so they

can do that any of the way as I mentioned before, send

to their drives, download print, email

it to themselves. Once they get

it off the platform, these highlights are going to stay on

this document for them. If they are signed

off due to an activity or they just close out of their browser

and go somewhere else, any highlights

they took are gone. So

this is great. If students are planning on saving

documents and using them later, they can highlight

important pieces and just have

that to themselves.

And all of our highlights and notes are actually stored

in a separate place as well. You'll see, I have my highlights

and notes button up top here with the little three

next to it.

If I click into this and select view all highlights

and notes,

I'm actually going to see, excuse

me, all of the highlights

and notes that I've taken throughout the session

you'll see here. It shows me what article I was

in. It shows me the color I used

the actual text I highlighted. If I added

a note, it's showing that here and

I can also add and edit notes on this page

as well.

I can label these highlight colors. So

if I highlighted things specifically for different

bits of research or, you

know, if I highlighted all of the interesting quotes

in pink and maybe I highlighted the main points

of the article in yellow, I can label

those here

to remind myself and I can actually

send this out to my drive or download

it or print it as well.

Yeah, maybe

they went through, you know, five or six articles

and just like highlighted a whole lot of information.

This might be a nice way for them to keep all of that

information in one spot. And then

again, if they need to click into the article,

they'll just go to that document wherever it's located.

If it's in there. Um

If it's in their onedrive, if it's in their Google Drive,

it's downloaded, they can just click back

into this

and had taken them right back here to the document

they were on

and again. So this is the same session

I didn't sign off or anything like that.

I have all my highlighted highlights

still listed here. Ready to go.

Now, I'm going to take a look, see if we can find any National

History Day project information

before I do though. Are there any questions about

any of these tools that we went over any of the features

we're going to find within the resource.

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

and take a look at that question we had earlier.

Um, I'm not sure if we have anything for

National history, but let's just start typing


yeah, looks like we have a topic page

for National History Day. Let's go ahead and click

in and see what it's all about.

Yep. So this is our topic page here. You'll see. We

have an overview. Let's scroll down

here and see some of the bits of information here.

Looks like we've got reference materials, biographies,

all that good stuff. And this is really going to be

kind of a starting point. So this is gonna be getting

them started.

What's nice you'll see here on this left hand side

is we have some links to different primary

sources. So these are going to be housed on

other vendors platforms. So

individual vendors that we work with,

who instead of uploading into our resource,

want everyone to access through their, their web

page. We find those primary sources here as

well. So, yes,

Regina, we do have a National History Day

topic page. You can just run a search, start

searching for national and it's going to pop up in the predictive



Well, let's go ahead and jump back here to my slides

then for some quick wrap up information

before I let you go for the day. if

you have any questions, once the session is done

that you didn't think to ask, feel free to reach out

to me again. My name is Amber Winters

and my email is just [email protected]

If you wanna talk more

specifically about how you can use this resource

with your learning community, um You know, you want

some ideas maybe on integrating it into your curriculum,

you a public library, you know, if you have

a program going on

and you really want help with you

can reach out to your customer success manager. If

you don't know who that is, just send a quick email to

[email protected]

and we'll forward you to the correct


If right now you don't have access to Gale In Context: U.S. History

and you want it, you can reach

out to your sales consultant. If you don't know who

that is, you can go to

and you'll be able to pull up the correct


And we also have our great support site available

to you. So um recorded

webinars like this one will be available on the support

site. You're going to find lesson plans and activities,

marketing materials like flyers and social

media posts. Really anything you need

to get the resource into the

hands of your users. So don't re invent

the wheel if you need something like that,

go to our support site

and most likely you'll be able to find what you need.

And finally, I would like to shout

out our tech support team. If you ever need any technical

support, you can reach out to them just by

sending an email to [email protected]

they'll be able to help

you out with any sort of tech thing that you need

to address.

Ok? Now, I don't see any more questions

coming in, so I'll go ahead and end our session today.

Um I appreciate everyone for being on the line.

Hopefully we'll see you all in future Gale

101 and other Gale webinars.
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