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Last Updated: September 06, 2023

Juneteenth 2023: Explore the History of Slavery in the United States With Gale In Context: U.S. History

While Juneteenth is a time for celebration, it is also a time to look back and remember the past. Gale In Context: U.S. History provides learners from high schoolers to adults with in-depth and vetted content related to the end of slavery, including the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th amendment, and Juneteenth. Your researchers will better understand the past through Reference Materials, Primary Sources, News Reports, Multimedia Entries, and more. Join this session, intended for public library and K12 staff, to explore the content and tools available to your learning community.

Duration: 30 Minutes
Thank you again everyone for being on

the line today.

So today we're going to talk about exploring

the history of slavery within

Gale In Context: U.S. History

My name is Amber Winters and I am your training

consultant for the day

and I have a quick agenda here for you. So first

I want to talk about Gale In Context: U.S. History

us history, what it is,

what you can find within it. We'll talk

about the resource a bit and we'll walk through

the different bits of content with you to make

sure you understand what's available.

And finally, we will actually dive into the resource

to see some of the different workflows your users are

going to be utilizing as well

as provide you with a few tips that may

be helpful that you can pass along to whoever

is going to be using this resource.

Again, at the very end of the session, we should, should

have time for any questions that come up

but feel free to put them in the Q and A when you think

of them and I should be able to answer them as

we move along and it will have some contact

information for you at the very end of the session

as well. So if you have additional questions that I couldn't

answer or that are specific

to something else, you can feel free to reach out to those


So let's go ahead and get started here.

So Gaelic context us history just

in a nutshell provides coverage on the most

significant people, events and topics

within us history.

We have quite a few different content types available,

especially um

some that are going to be beneficial when we're talking about

the history of slavery

include our reference articles which are going to give

a nice overview or a nice background

of whatever topic your users are going to be studying.

So you'll see here, I've pulled forward a reference

article related to slave

rebellions. So this is going to give them kind

of their starting points to let them research

further and get more fine tuned

details and things like that.

We also have great biographies in here.

So if they're learning about whatever topic

and they see a name they're not familiar with, they can

stay right here in this platform and

pull up a do a excuse me, a biography

about that individual.

We also have some great historical timelines

within the resource. We have this not just

for events. So you see this one is just

a timeline of slavery, but we also have

them for individuals as well. So not

only will we get written biographies like

the one you see here, but we'll also get these

nice visual timelines

about different individuals as well.

And we do have a great collection of primary sources

here as well. So this resource is of course

great for students if

they're coming into your library, but also great for

adult learners. If we're talking about a public library

situation who are coming and trying to

learn more about this topic, not

only will they get that reference content, kind

of that secondary material, but they can find really

valuable primary source content

in this platform. So they can start to understand

the context of some of this different information.

You know, they'll see letters between

individuals, they'll see speeches and things

like that. So it's really going to kind of put all

of this together for them to help them understand

this moment in us history.

In addition to those content types, specifically,

when we're talking about finding content related

to slavery, we have quite a few different

sections that are going to be really beneficial.

The first is going to be our African American

perspectives topic collection.

That's kind of a long term there. But

what we've done is we do have pre creative

topic pages about some of the most studied

and most searched topics.

And we've pulled forward a collection that are specifically

related to African American or

to Black experiences throughout us

history and we've pulled them together into one section

to try to make it as easy as possible

for your users to gain access to that content.

So we have that listed on the home page.

Oftentimes it's a good place to get them to start.

But in addition to that, we have our premade

topic pages that are going to be really beneficial

as well. So if they're looking for

just kind of overall information on

slavery and they want to see everything we have or

the curated content that we have that we've pulled for

directly related to these topics, they'll

be able be able to see all of that nice and organized

here on these topic pages.

In addition to topic pages on events


times and things like that eras, we

also have topic pages related to individuals.

So you'll see, I've pulled forward a Fred Frederick

Doug Gli topic page here.

So you can also pull forward those topic

pages for important individuals

related to whatever they're studying. So

as we click through, you'll be able to see some of the

different topic pages we have created

related to slavery topics around

slavery like abolition, the

civil war slave rebellions.

All that's all of that content

you'll find prec created and pre organ for

your users to make it again, really simple

to click in and access the content. I mean, they

can access this content without even running

a search. So if you have individuals coming

in who are maybe really basic researchers

and are having trouble building their own search

terms and kind of getting all of their ideas together,

they could just point and click through this resource and find

some really great information and that will kind of propel

them forward and give them the

the courage and the understanding to kind of

start to research on their own and run through their different


And finally, in addition to all of that content,

we also have some tools that are going to be really helpful.

I've pointed out today, the sharing tools

because I do think those are really beneficial if

we're talking about recognizing Juneteenth

and recognizing and understanding the history

of slavery. A lot of times we're going to want to get

this content out to others, especially

if you're a librarian who's joining

the session today because you're going to be pulling content

for your users, for your students or patrons, whoever

you're working with, we've got some great tools

that can help you get that information out to them.

So you can find exactly what you need

and get it to them. The first is going to be

our Google and Microsoft integration. So

you can send over to your own

Google or Microsoft accounts and just

hold on to this content for later, you

can also share it through your drives. So

if you want to maybe share it with colleagues. If you

have your professional drives

that you share out to or maybe you have your users

drives that you wanna share it to as well, you'll

be able to get that information out.

In addition to that, we do also have a get

link. And this is really handy if you want to

add this to your library's web

page or maybe a social media post. If

you're trying to get attention

to this resource, this is a persistent

URL that's not going to break for you.

Um It's not going to take you to a, a blank

page, you'll always have access to this

content. So wherever you put it, you

can be confident knowing that your users will always

be able to access it. So again, a great way

to pull and save content if you're

doing that for your users, instead of having them

actively research.

Now, that's what I have to say about the

tools and all that good stuff. I want to dive into

the resource. Now, before I do, I haven't

seen any questions in the Q and A. But I will

just ask, do we have any questions

before we really dive in?

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

and keep going then. So I've just landed

here on the home page of Gale in context

us history. Hopefully, it's familiar

to you if you've seen the resource previously or if you've

seen other incont resources,

but at the top of the page, of course, we have

our basic search bar and this is where a lot of your users

are going to go kind of first off

just to find content. But if they're coming

to you asking for tips on how to find

materials, maybe they're struggling a little bit.

I suggest directing them to scroll

down on this page here.

And as I mentioned, we have those prec created topic

pages ready to go that are kind of

highlighting some of the tap searched and tap

studied topics, ideas, people,

all the good stuff. And we've organized

them here at the bottom of the page. So this is not

all of the content we have in the resource.

Of course. If you don't see a topic

page created, you can still run a search and

find content.

But I would recommend taking a look to see if we

do have a topic page that could be helpful

for research. So today, we

will click into that African American perspectives

section where they're going to find a lot of really

helpful information.

And you'll see here, these are those pre creative

topic pages we've made.

So we can kind of scroll through here a little bit

and you'll see again, we have information

about abolition, maybe African Americans

in World War One. If we want to kind of move forward

in history a little bit, You'll see

we also have individuals here.

We have Harriet Tubman right here. So if we're

looking for specific individuals or

if we're looking for specific ideas,

we have those topic pages for them.

But let's click into abolition and the

underground Railroad today since we are focused

on finding content related to slavery.

So now that I'm in my topic page here, you'll

see. I will point out we have a breadcrumb trail

up top here. So if this isn't

quite what I'm looking for, I can easily

go back to that previous page where I'll be

able to see all of the different topic pages. I have,

you'll see, we do keep our search bar up top here

as well. So if again, we're not exactly

what we're looking for, we can just run

our search right from this page.

But let's say this is what your users are looking

for exactly at the very top of the

page. There's always going to be a brief

overview that's giving a background about whatever

they're going to be learning about. So in this

situation, abolition and the

other underground railroad,

as your users start to scroll down, they're going to see

all of the content types that we've pulled out into

separate buckets. We've already organized

this for them to make it as easy as possible

for them to find content. So you'll see reference

works. We have great multimedia content.

So if they're they prefer learning

through video as opposed to reading, they'll

find videos here. We also have audio files

and images. So if that's how they prefer

to get their content, they'll be able to do that on

the platform here as well.

We also include some great primary sources

that we're going to take a look at today here in a bit,

but we can scroll down and just start to

see these different buckets here. So we've pulled

forward some featured content, some reference materials.

Again, we've got great biographies here,

primary sources of their own content,


our videos and images listed here.

And then if I scroll all the way down past

all this good stuff We do

have some different links here. Many of these

link out to um

third party websites. So they

move out from Gale websites, but they are

all deemed safe. We do check

everything we add to our platform by some

of these will go outside of Gale

and then at the very bottom of the page here,

we have these really great related topics

and all of these are going to pull forward

a topic page as well. So this

is really handy if your your learners,

your patrons have kind

of looked at this topic page. You gotten all

they can get from this and want to move forward,

they can scroll down to this related topics and

they may find something you know, helpful,

maybe they're ready to move on to learn about the

Emancipation Proclamation or maybe they

want to learn more about slave rebellions.

They'll be able to do that here on the bottom

and you'll see, we do start to have more contemporary

history listed here as well. So

if they're ready to move forward to kind of maybe more

current historical events

they'll be able to do that on this platform

as well. So once they learn about slavery

and kind of get the background

about the Black experience throughout the

US, and they're, they're planning on moving

forward with that to see how that evolves throughout

history. They'll be able to do all

of that here on the platform. They won't need to,

to leave here to go somewhere else. It's kind of

a one stop shop to really bring

all of that content to them.

Now, let's scroll up here. I'm going to click into one

of these content buckets and today I'm going to

click into primary sources

just because I think they're so helpful

to really get the context of what was going on

and to get a feel of

how people were feeling how people were interacting

at that time. So let's click into primary

sources here

and scrolling down. You'll see it, it's telling us obviously

what it is, but you'll see it also a lot of the times

gives us the date. So we're gonna get a

really nice understanding of when this was

written here

in addition to that, if I start to scroll down

a little bit, you'll see a lot of these are labeled

with what type of source it is. So

this is a letter from Frederick Douglas

to Harriet Tubman. You'll see. We also

have speeches listed here, different



a report, all that good stuff. So we

do label those to be more specific for

your users. I personally think our collection

of personal letters are really beneficial

in getting


a deeper understanding as opposed to just the

the standard understanding what you learn in

school. You're getting even deeper into that

and getting a more informal

understanding of what people were going through and

what people were talking about.

But whenever you click into any of these content

buckets here, you're going to have filters on this

right hand side that are going to be another

really great way for them to narrow down

their content. I really like to look based

on subjects.

So remember right now, we're in primary sources

that are related broadly to abolition

and the Underground Railroad, which of course is just

a huge topic and a huge set

of ideas. So we can click into the

subject section here

and this is going to break it down for me. So maybe

I want to see the contents related

to and by Frederick Douglass,

I can do that by clicking here into his name

and then anything again related to Frederick

Douglass or um

written by or spoken by. Fred

Frederick Douglass will appear here for

me and I can easily

click into any of those and be pulled forward.

So we definitely recommend pointing out these filters

to your users. It can really help them narrow down

to exactly what they're looking for. And

you see the filter does appear up top here. So

if they decide they want to get rid of this filter

at any point, they don't need to find it here. Again,

they can just click off it in this blue box

and they're brought back to all 129

primary sources related to this topic.

So let's move forward. Now, I want

to show you some of the different tools we have available

on documents. So, um well,

let's click into reference works just so we

can get a feel of what a reference article

looks like here and we'll just

click into the first one. So this is going to

be kind of an overview about abolition and

the Underground Railroad here.

And whenever I click into an article, the first

few things I want to point out first,

a lot of times you have these main ideas

listed here. So these are just giving a brief

overview of what they're going to be reading

as well as the topic itself. Sometimes

there will be things like questions here

to kind of get individuals, brains, brains

taken a little bit. They also

may find historical facts or

things like that. But this article, its main ideas.

In addition to that on this right hand side, we

have our explore panel. So we're

again, if you have individuals who feel

like they have a firm grasp on

the underground railroad on abolition, they want

to move forward to take a look at something different.

They can do that right from this article here too.

So you'll see we have a more like this which

will still give us information related

to the underground railroad or underneath.

We have our related subjects here which is going

to move them forward that way.

So again, we're trying to make it as simple

as possible for them to get to that content

that they need.

And once they're on this content here, I will point

out just a few key bits of

information that could be beneficial to them.

First. If I have anyone from the K 12

field or anyone who worked with

students coming into the library, we

have a citation tool on all of our resources

here, you'll see it at the top.

So if you do have researchers coming in who are going

to need that content, that's a great way to get buy

in. Of course, a lot of times researchers

come in planning on using Google.

this is a great way to get buy in though because Google

is not gonna write your citations for you. But we are.

So you'll see. We have M L A A P A, Chicago

and Harvard here and we can use that citation

at any point.

And as I mentioned, while we were in my

slide deck, we do have a few different options

to get this information out of the platform.

I have my get link button here with this little

link icon. And again, this is a persistent


and we can actually link out directly

at topic pages as well. I didn't mention that earlier

and I should have so if you

want to link out to the to the full abolition

and underground railroad topic

page, you can use this get link button

that'll be at the top of the page for you and

you can actually share that out again, if you

have a social media post going if you have a page

on your website that's dedicated to Juneteenth

and you're pulling content into that,

you can use the get link to get to that specific

topic page as opposed to one

single entry.

We can also send this information over to

our drives so we can do that in two different ways.

We can hit, send to up top here with this

little paper airplane

that lets me choose Google drive one

drive or email

or I have those same buttons down here

below as well. They do the same thing

we've just included them in two different places to

make sure everyone sees them, you know, if

they miss this, hopefully they'll see these icons

and vice versa.

So they can do that. They can also download or they

can print this content and we'll print this page

for them

to better to reach all of your users.

We have some text manipulation

tools and some accessibility tools.

The first is our translate option, which is

found right here kind of under the title a bit.

And I can translate my article into

any of these languages. And I can also set

my interface language. So that's going to change

all of the different tools and buttons for

me to whatever language I need. So if you have

individuals speaking Spanish coming

in and prefer to read their information

in Spanish, they can translate that on our platform.

We can also increase and decrease the font size.

So if you have individuals who are visually impaired

and who need that in increased size,

they have that right there

right next to that, we have some really nice display

options. I absolutely love pointing these

out because they're really helpful for me.

just as I'm going through and reading,

you'll see if we can change the color the background

color. So individuals can kind of choose what

feels best for their eyes, especially

if they're reading a longer article. Sometimes

just the black text on the white background

can be a little bit much so they can

choose a different color for the background. They

can also choose a different font again, whichever

works best for them. We do include

a dyslexia font. So if you have dyslexic

individuals coming in who prefer to read with that

font, we have it available

and then we can change the line letter and word


So again, we're trying to make sure all of your

users can access this content and they can


customize how they're seeing this

to make sure it's the best for them.

And I'll go back to default settings here

and finally, next to this display options

button, I have a listen feature. I'm not going

to play it all the way, but I do want to pop it

out for you. So hitting that

listen feature is going to pop open this toolbar

and this is going to read through my entire article

including this, we call it a sidebar even though

it's in the middle of the page including

this sidebar, it's going to read to me. And

if I had translated this again

to Spanish or to French or to Chinese,

it will read to me in whatever language I chose.

So if I translate this 1st, 1st

hit play, it's just another added layer

of support and they'll be able to listen to

whatever they have here,

they can also download the audio file of this. So

if they maybe don't have time to read it, but they are

really interested in this. They can download

the MP3 and take it with them

right next to that. We do have this little settings

gear that I want to point out for you as well.

And this just like those accessibility tools

are going to kind of tailor how they're being

read to. So they can choose

if it highlights as it reads.

So right now it defaults to highlighting

the word in the sentence as it's

reading through. So it's going to highlight each of those,

but we can turn that off if we like,

we can change the speed. We also have something

called enhanced text visibility, which I'm going

to turn on here and I'm going to hit

play. You're not going to hear this because I've not

shared my sound with you. There you go.

But when I hit play here, you'll see this pops forward.

So if you again have users who maybe are

struggling readers or maybe

who need that kind of bigger text right

in front of them, that enhanced text visibility

is going to be really beneficial for them.

Again, found under my listen feature

in this little settings gear here,

they'll be able to pull that right forward

and have it read through for them

one final tool before we're done for the

day. If you do have individuals who

are coming in planning on sharing information

with peers or with colleagues or with

family or friends.

They may want to know how to use highlights and notes

because if they're reading a longer article, I believe

this one is fairly long.

Yeah. So if they're reading a longer article,

they may want to pull forward different bits of information,

they think are going to be especially helpful

for whoever they're sending it to. We have

a built-in highlights and notes feature here.

So if I find this paragraph to be

really important when I'm reading, I can

click and drag over it,

choose a highlight color,

I can add a note if I want to

and I can save it and I go through and highlight as much

as I want or as little as I want.

And then I can send this document over

using any of those tools I mentioned before.

So if I want to email it out to colleagues,

I can do that if I want to save it on my

drive, I can do that as well. And it does hold

on to those highlights and notes for me

and these notes are session based. So

make sure if you do direct your your users

to use these highlights and notes, make sure they need

to to sorry, make sure

they know that they need to get this information

out of the platform before they sign off.

So they can do that again by sending over

to their drives by emailing emailing,

downloading or printing. but

once they sign off the platform, all of this information

is gone just because we don't have individual

accounts. So we can't recognize the same

individual signing off and back

on. And

all of our highlights and notes are housed

in one place as well and they're found

under this highlights and notes button here.

And I think this, I'm gonna hit view all

highlights and notes

is really beneficial if users

are maybe doing a lot of research and they're just

pulling different interesting pieces of content.

And they don't want to maybe save every single article

they're looking at. They just want to pull out some highlights

that they maybe want to take a look at later.

Whatever you highlight is going to appear here

on this page, you'll see, it shows me what

my highlight color is. It shows me

the text I highlighted and then it also

shows me any notes that I took.

So they can actually go through just

find the pieces of content they think are most

important. They think they want to hold on to,

they can highlight it, pull forward this highlights

and notes little section here

and then they can choose to just send this bit

of content out. You'll see, I still have my send

to button up top here

so I can send just these highlights and notes

over to my Google Drive my one drive or my

email to hold for later.

This is also beneficial for you as a librarian.

Again, if you're maybe pulling individual

facts as opposed to pulling full

pieces of content, full articles

for your users, you can just find the

different bits of text that you think are most important

and send those out and they will go over nice

and organized like this

with a bibliography at the very bottom. So

you'll see, I've only highlighted in one article.

So I only see one entry here. But if I started

to highlight into more and more, they

would all appear down here underneath that.

And we do have a hyperlink here as well. So if

you do share this and your

users find it really interesting and they want to read

that full article,

they can do that right here, click

into it and they'll be taken back to that article

right on this page here.

And again, I haven't seen any questions come

through, but I do want to make sure I get

everything answered. And while I'm waiting

for that, I will point out

I didn't mention it. I very briefly

went over it, but I do want to mention

that all of our multimedia content are

pulled forward in different buckets on our topic page

here as well. So if you're looking for

maybe an attention grabber, you may want to take a look

at some of these, you'll find videos,

images and audio, all that great stuff

on this platform here as well.

And one final thing to mention,

so we've taken a look at all

of the different really focused

on historical contents, all of the primary

sources, all of the reference articles

that are giving a background on whatever topic

you're taking a look at. We also have

news and magazine articles here. So

that's kind of bringing this forward.

So we've learned about the history, but

now we can see how that history is

interwoven into our current

or into more contemporary history.

We can see how we're talking about it now

or how it's impacted

the lives of individuals, how it's shaped society.

So we, we're moving forward from just

getting that kind of textbook historical

view of things. And we're getting more of a context

by looking at magazines and news

and kind of seeing how all of that

that we just learned is still impacting what's

going on today.

And while you're in this new section, I will point out

if we're specifically talking about Juneteenth,

I didn't take a look at too much Juneteenth information

today. Since we're talk talking about

focusing on slavery,

you'll find a lot of news information about

Juneteenth here as well. So if you

are looking specifically for Juneteenth,

I suggest looking at your news and your magazine

sections in addition to your reference works, you'll

find some pretty great content there. If

you're moving forward for from researching

slavery to learning about


And it looks like we have a quick question about highlights

and notes. So when creating highlights and notes,

do I have to create all highlights and notes in one

session or can I save it continue later?

So Danielle, you will need to highlight

everything you want to highlight in one session.

Um You can always come back later

and do it again, but since we don't have saved,

I'm sorry, since we don't have named user accounts,

once you sign up your session,

everything is gone because we won't recognize

you when you come back in. So I do

recommend highlighting, you

know, whichever articles you're interested in taking

them out of the platform.

And then if you want to take a look again, you

can go back in and you can take a look at some other

articles. But once you sign

off the session, yes, everything is gone,

you won't be able to see it anymore. So

make sure you get it out either by sending

out the full document or by clicking

into the highlights and notes section

and just sending the highlighted bits

that you have saved.

OK? So we've got about three minutes and I don't

see any other questions pop up here.

So let me give you some contact information.

So if you're a current subscriber to

gale in context us history and you want to

talk a little bit more about the resource

about maybe best practices, things

like that, you can reach out to your customer success

manager. If you don't know who that is yet,

send an email to [email protected]

and you'll be forwarded to

the correct individual.

If you don't currently have Gale In Context: U.S. History

and you want to talk about it, you can

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

know who they are, just go to


you'll enter your information and we'll forward you to the correct


If you need more support and more tools,

you can access our support site where

we do have pre-recorded webinars. So this

one will be listed there as well as a pretty

extensive library of other topics.

We also have

training materials to train your library staff.

We have shorter tutorials, we have activities.

Um The list goes on tips sheets.

So anything you need, if you're planning on getting

this information out, I would take a look at the support

site which is

and you shouldn't be able to pull a lot of that content without

having to make it yourself. So kind of save

you time on making your own materials.

And I do have a survey here.

If you have the time I have it pulled here as

a QR code, it's also going to appear

in your browser once you sign off our session

from the day. So if you have time, please take

that for me. It lets us make sure

that we're hitting all of the content that you're looking

for in these sessions.

And again, I haven't seen any more questions

come through, so I'll go ahead and end the session

here and I do appreciate you for being

on the line. Hopefully we'll see you in

future sessions coming up. Have a great day.
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