About Marc Records

Gale's periodical MARC records are created by Serials Solutions -- a well-established Gale partner that helps improve access to and use of collections, eases librarian workloads and reduces operating costs. They are experts at getting users to the information they want, and are well suited to handling the unique complexity of periodical records.

How to access your periodical MARC records through Gale Admin:

  • Sign into your Gale Admin account.
  • Select "Discover Services" tab.
  • Select "Request MARC records."
  • Choose your delivery options and send.
  • You will receive an e-mail confirmation and a link to your MARC records within in a few minutes when they are ready for download.

Visit the Gale Admin site to customize settings, review usage statistics, and download widgets and other usage-improving tools — in addition to ordering MARC records. 

How to download MARC records with InfoMarks™

  • Hold the cursor over the file you wish to download.
  • Using the right mouse or keypad button, open the file link. 
  • Select "Save link as" and choose the folder in which you would like the file saved.

Special software applications must be used to properly open or view a MARC record. Because all library automation systems have different loading capabilities, customers who need help working with MARC records should contact their library automation vendor.  

How to download ASCII records with InfoMarks™:

  • Hold the mouse pointer over the file you wish to download.
  • Using the right mouse button, select the file link. 
  • Select "Save link as" and choose the folder in which you would like the file saved. 
  • Open Excel, then open the file you saved to your hard drive. The Excel text wizard will recognize the format as tab delimited. 
  • Select "Next" twice, then select "Finish."

The tab delimited file will be converted to an Excel file.

About Gale MARC records with InfoMarks™:

MARC is an acronym for MAchine-Readable Cataloging. The 856 field of a MARC record is designated by the Library of Congress to be used for electronic location and access. learn more about MARC.

Gale MARC records contain an InfoMark™ in field 856. Learn more about InfoMarks™.  Using the InfoMark™ stored in the 856 field of the MARC record, libraries can provide catalog searchers with easy, instant access to electronic journals; a link created from the InfoMark™ will take them to a listing of that journal's articles, depending on the library's authentication procedure. If IP authentication is used, the InfoTrac™ sign-in process will occur invisibly. Users will be able to select links within an OPAC and be instantly connected to journal articles in the InfoTrac™ database. If password authentication is necessary, an intermediary screen will prompt the user for InfoTrac™ authentication information, then take them to the journal articles.

Gale MARC records aim to satisfy the recommendations put forth by the Standing Committee on Automation in the final report of the First Task Group on Journals in Aggregator Databases. Learn more about this Task Group.

InfoMark benefits

  • Librarians are constantly searching for methods to inform library patrons about valuable resources available to them in the library. Providing links from the catalog to InfoTrac™ is an effective method for introducing patrons to a valuable library resource. 
  • InfoMarks™ expand the Library's linking capabilities by allowing patrons to link to InfoTrac™ Web journal content right from the library catalog.  
  • Gale MARC and ASCII records with InfoMarks™ are updated every month to ensure currency and accuracy. 
  • There is no fee associated with Gale MARC and ASCII records with InfoMarks™. 
  • Gale MARC and ASCII files with InfoMarks™ are distributed through Gale website for easy access.
  • Gale MARC records with InfoMarks™ provide systems librarians with a format useful to automate the process of moving the InfoMark™ from Gale records to the library catalog.
  • Gale MARC records aim to satisfy the recommendations put forth by the Standing Committee on Automation in the final report of the First Task Group on Journals in Aggregator Databases.
  • Gale ASCII files with InfoMarks™ have been developed according to the Jointly Administered Knowledge Environment (JAKE) recommendation to vendors.
      

About Gale ASCII records with InfoMarks™:

ASCII ("ask-ee") is the acronym for American Standard Code for Information Interchange. It is a set of characters, that, unlike the characters in word processing documents, allow no special formatting like different fonts, bold, underlined, or italic text.

Gale ASCII records can be used to cut and paste InfoMarks™ into the 856 field of a MARC record, alleviating the necessity of loading MARC records into an OPAC — a procedure handled by a Systems Librarian, often with the support of the library automation system vendor.

ASCII files with InfoMarks™ have been developed according to the Jointly Administered Knowledge Environment (jake) recommendation to vendors. Jake is a reference source that makes finding, managing and linking online journals and journal articles easier for students, researchers, and librarians. Learn more about jake and the ASCII file specification to vendors.

ASCII Records with InfoMarks™ will be useful to jake participants as well as our customers who simply want to cut and paste InfoMarks™ from the ASCII files into their catalog records.

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