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Last Updated: March 14, 2024

15 Minutes to Mastery: Topic Pages

Topic Pages are a valuable tool found within all Gale In Context resources designed to organize materials and streamline discovery for public library patrons, K12 instructors, and students. In this session we explore how to find, navigate, and utilize Topic Pages effectively to engage users and enhance learning.

Duration: 15 Minutes
Hello, thank you for joining me today.

We're looking at topic pages today in

one of our 15 minutes to mastery classes.

My name is Amber Winters and I am a senior

training consultant here with Gale.

So I first want to say, well,

when we're talking about topic pages, these

pages are going to be found within all of

your in context resources. So whoever

is on the line, no matter what your resource

collection, these topic pages are going to be available

and come in handy for you. I will

say within Gale In Context: Elementary

and Gale In Context: Literature, they look slightly

different just based on at the

age level. We're trying to reach

as well as the content that's provided.

So if you have one of those resources, you can certainly

take a look after the session and you'll see how they're

slightly different but

the rest of the resources. So our other

cross curricular resources like gel and context,

middle school and high school. Our current event resources,

our science resources and of course,

our social studies resources all

have the same topic page formatting.

So we'll look at some examples

here even if you don't have that resource,

the example is going to be applicable for

you still. So

the goal of a topic page is to give your

users. So your students, if I have any K 12

individuals on the line or your patrons,

if I have public librarians on the line, it's

to give them a

easy to reach landing point

that's going to pull together all of the content we

have in the resource about a specific

topic. So you'll see here on the, on my

screen, my screen, I've pulled forward

sports medicine as a topic page.

Uh So the goal is we want your users

to spend more time with the content as

opposed to looking for it. So we've built

out these topic pages for some of the most

searched and most studied terms

within the resources. And at the top of

the page, we give a brief overview. So that's

going to give your users the background of whatever

topic they're going to be diving into.

Then underneath that you'll see this looks similar

to what you would see if you just ran a search,

you're going to see the difference content

types, these different content buckets that we have

content related to this topic for.

So things like reference works, which

are gonna be those articles,

videos, academic journals.

And then underneath that, we organize things

a step further and pull out these different content

buckets and show the first three

results for each content bucket. So if

they're looking for a reference article, they're going to pull

those forward. You'll see on this, we

have some featured content. If they're looking for,

let's say an image, we're going to have an

image pulled out, ready to go for them

in a different content bucket. So


like running a search without having to run a search.

You know, we pull all of those search results forward for them

when we organize it. So it's really just a nice

point and click way to find content.

Now, let's go ahead and look at those. Let's not

only look at how they function

but how we can find them within the resources.

And since today is pi day, it's March

14th. Anyone watching this recorded, we're

gonna go with kind of a stem theme and

we're gonna walk through how you can find these topic pages

within Gale In Context: Science.

And again, here I will mention

how we're going to do this today. This process we're going

to walk through today works the exact same

for all of the other in context resources. So

if you don't have Gil in context science, you have Gil

in context high school. Totally

cool. You'll use the same

same method to get to topic


So let's go ahead and get started here. We're

gonna start right on our home page. If

I scroll down here we pull forward

three topics of interest. These generally

change monthly depending on what's going on.

If a big current event happens and that

might pull forward to a topic of interest.

but they generally change monthly. So

this is a good place for your users to start when they

really have no idea what they want to learn about. And they

may find something here.

Then underneath that, we organize

our topics into these different sections

here. So of course, this is specifically

focused on science because we're getting gal in context


but you'll see here, we include topic pages

for people. So we'll have biographies listed

here. Of course, general topics

on different technologies and things happening.

We'll also have topic pages for

current events or historical events if

you're in one of our historical resources,

so users can point and click this way if they want

to. Let's say they're

really into earth and environmental

science. Let's say they can click

in here

and each of these topics listed. These are all

topic pages that we've pre created for

them. So they can kind of just click and

scroll down to see if there's something they're interested

in from

here. You'll see they have the option to change

the topic section as well. So maybe they

decided that instead they want to

look at physics and astronomy, they can

bump to our list of those topic pages here

as well.

And we can also view all topic pages. So

let's take a look at that. So you can see

it's a pretty extension, extensive

list of topic pages that we have within all

of our resources. You'll see, I can really just kind of scroll

and scroll.

so they do have the option just to click and browse

through that. Sorry, if you hear that thunder. It's,

it's a little stormy here in, Southeast

Michigan today.


but they can kind of browse through and click

into any of these topic pages that they find,

interesting or helpful and

they can also find topic pages by searching.

So I'm going to jump back to home. So we have

a nice clean landing point

and I'm gonna search for artificial intelligence.

I don't know about you guys, but I swear I hear

about it every other second.

so when I start typing

out here, you'll see my predictive

text gives me something that's bolded up top

here. So anytime I see a bolded

term in my predictive text, that's actually a topic

page. So instead of just seeing a basic

search result, if I click into this,

it's going to pull me forward to that topic page.

So let's do that and take a look.

Here we go.

So now we're on our topic page again at the very

top. We're going to have our overview.

This is a great place for you

to send your your users to your students.

So if you're working with students, just to get

them started here, pull forward this overview,

we can hit read more and they'll be able to get that

full background here

back on our topic page. When I start to scroll down

again, you're going to see the different content buckets

available here

so they can just slowly scroll through and

find things that interest them.

And then at the very bottom of the page here,

we also include related topics. And

each of these are topic pages as well.

So realistically, your users can actually point

and click all the way through the resource and not even

run a search. You know, they can take a look

at artificial intelligence and maybe they see a lot

about Alan Turing.

and they're wondering who that guy is, how

he's related to artificial intelligence. They can

click right here into his topic page.

He looks a little bit different. You'll see, we have quick

facts at the top here. So this is about a person.

We've pulled those quick facts out.

But then underneath again, here we

have all of our different content types listed

really simply for your users.

Now, if you do want users to use these topic

pages as opposed to running basic

searches and kind of weeding through search results.

Another great way to find this content

for them is to use the get link feature. So

if you're pulling content, you're getting started

on a unit. So let's jump back to

artificial intelligence. You're getting started

on a unit related to artificial intelligence.

And instead of having your students just sign into

whatever resource, you want them

to come directly to this content.

We have a great get link feature here

at the top of this page. It's going to provide a persistent

URL to this page. So if you

yourself are finding content for your students,

I recommend doing that, find a topic page

that's going to be helpful that's related

to whatever you're going to be learning about.

Select get link and then you can put this link wherever

you want it to go. Maybe you're starting an activity

and you want students to explore this, maybe a scavenger

hunt you've built

and you want them to kind of pick through this topic page.

You can just post this link there for that.

You could put this in a discussion board.

If you're planning on a project, you could have

it set within a project


It's also great just to kind

of have on hand whenever you need it, you can

copy and paste this and it is a persistent you

are out. So it won't break. You're always

going to be taken right here to this topic page.

And your users will be able to kind of click through

and navigate however they want to.

And they do have another option to browse through

these topic pages. So again, they can browse

through from the home page or they can

search in the search bar and click on any bold

predictive text that drops down for them

or at any point as they walk through the resource,

they'll always have access to this browse topics

button here.

This is going to pull forward that full list of

topic pages just like as if I were

to have clicked, view. All

right here.

So again, they'll be able to just point and click

to find something less interesting to them.

Now, that's what I have for everyone today. This is a nice

short and sweet webinar just about how you can

find your topic pages and

how you can utilize them. And I do want

to mention we have a lot of pre created scavenger

hunts on our support site that utilize these topic


So if you're planning at all

to kind of start integrating topic pages

into your lessons, I would suggest taking a look

at those. We're gonna go ahead and jump since

we have the time today

to our support site, which is

And once we get ourselves loaded up here,

I'm going to go under our training center.

I go into my activities

and when I click into one of these scavenger hunts,

this is giving you a great way to use topic pages.

So this one specifically is related to


but we build these out for you. So you can forward along to

your students and then they're going to click through

the different articles and different content

types within this advertising topic page

to fill out these answers. We've got a huge collection

of these. So if you are trying to figure out

how to best get topic pages

into your activities into your lessons,

you may wanna take a look at these scavenger hunts and see

how we've done it for you and then you can

kind of build your own off of that.

So again, our topic pages,

a key point here is just that they are the basic

landing points for whatever

topic that your students are looking for.

It's a great place for them to start.

Now again, I didn't go through all of your resources

today. So if you have a specific resource and

you wanna see what topic pages you have available,

click into that resource, you'll use that same

walkthrough that I just showed you and you'll be able to pull

and find content there.

If you have any questions about

topic pages or some best practices and getting

them, let's say to your teachers, to students,

you can feel free to reach out. You do have

access to a wonderful customer success

manager who can talk best practices

specific to you. So specific to whatever

subject you're working with. If you don't know

who your customer success manager is just

send a quick email to Gail dot customer

at and we'll forward you to

the correct individual and you can start to get

a little more specific about how you're going to use topic

pages. Of course, you always have

access to your sales consultant as well

as well. If you want to talk about in context, resources,

you can email them directly or go to

support that

and you'll be forwarded to correct person. That

way again, we have pre created

scavenger hunts that are going to utilize

a lot of our topic pages and a variety of our

resources. If you're interested in

those, you can go to our support site, which is support

[00:11:46.668] and they're under our training

materials section.

And I've also included tech support here. So if

you ever have a tech, related issue,

you need to talk to someone, you can send an email

to Gail dot Technical Support at

[00:11:59.710] and they'll be able to help you with any

sort of tech issue or question

that you have.

Now again, I appreciate everyone for being on the

line today. We've got three minutes left

over. so if anyone has any

questions about topic pages,

what sort of topics are covered in topic pages?

Feel free to put those questions

in the Q and A.

otherwise I appreciate you being

on the line for a short session today and hopefully

we'll see you in future 15 minutes

to mastery sessions.
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