Gale Discovery Resources

Last Updated: 2019-08-19


This document will show you how to take advantage of the expanding avenues for discovery of Gale resources. 

Gale promotes discovery of its online products and databases within library discovery services, the open web and in the classroom - adding value and increasing usage by researchers, educators and students.


Library Discovery Service

We provide content for indexing to many commonly used library discovery services and environments:

  • ProQuest/Ex Libris Summon
  • EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)
  • Ex Libris Primo
  • OCLC WorldCat Discovery
  • Google Scholar with CASA

To find out which Gale databases are indexed by provider and which utilize Gale Direct Linking, see the Gale List of Databases by Discovery Partner.

Gale List of Databases by Discovery Partner


Would you like to request that additional Gale resources be included in your discovery layer?

Email Gale & OCLC to let us know 

Submit a request for Summon/Primo through the ExLibris Idea Exchange

Discovery Partner Guides

We have the following Discovery Partner guides available to assist with configuration of Gale in your discovery service.


ODI Compliance

To aid in discovery, and in compliance with the Recommended Practices published by NISO's Open Discovery Initiative, Gale is pleased to publish the ODI Conformance Checklist, demonstrating our support of ODI and of industry standards that promote transparency and collaboration.


Best Practices to Assure the Full Value of Gale Resources in Library Discovery Services



Customize the Installation

Customize the installation.  Do some searches using the discovery interface to see where the Gale resources are appearing in the results.  If they are notably missing, some tweaks in the administrative settings may help. Your discovery service providers support team will be able to provide assistance.


Select Gale Databases in the Configuration

Be sure you have selected Gale products in the discovery service configuration tool, and consider making Gale databases part of the discovery service default set those to be searched every time a search is executed.  This will allow them to surface well in search and results displayed.


Check Your Gale Holdings in the Knowledgebase

Check that Gale resources and eBooks are properly included in the discovery partner's knowledge base. This can require customer initiation and maintenance as controlled by the discovery service provider's administration access points, and can be facilitated by work with the discovery service provider's support teams.


Set Up Desired Linking
Make sure linking is set up as desired.  In some library discovery services, administrators can set the order of the full-text links that appear in the discovery service result list. It is important to think about the order because preferences vary as do default settings of the discovery partners.

Reduce Clicks to Documents with Gale Direct Linking
Using Gale Direct Linking, the Gale Direct link  below goes directly to the document full text using its numeric identifier which is readily recognized when it hits the Gale platform - increasing accuracy of linking and getting the user to the desired document with minimal clicks! Also see Gale Direct Linking and Discovery Services .

Customize with Icons and Widgets
Consider adding widgets for Gale Primary Sources, custom collections and your librarys unique resources to your discovery layer menu to aid in research of content. Some discovery services include options for customizing link displays with icons. These settings can be configured with assistance from the discovery service's support team. Consult our discovery parter giudes for more information and visit support.gale.com for access to widgets, icons and other free resources.

Review Usage to Help Tweak Discovery Service Configuration

Look at Gale usage reports before/after implementation of discovery services.  Many reasons can contribute to changes  in usage after a discovery service or Federated Search implementation.  For example, changes might stem from different  user behavior such as doing searches in the discovery layer before they access Gale, but there may also be technical or administrative issues that need to be examined.



KBART Title Lists

Gale provides title lists for products according to the KBART( Knowledge Base and Related Tools (KBART) recommended practice) along with other standard formats (XLS, XLSX, HTML, CSV, and XML.).

Gale Title Lists

Gale title lists in other formats are available under Additional Gale Title Lists.

Gale makes available or delivers updated KBART title lists to discovery partners on a monthly basis.

Customers can ensure their eBook holdings are updated by reviewing and maintaining their knowledgebase and discovery service settings. This work can be faciliated with the assistance of discovery vendor support teams.


MARC Record Policy

Gale provides free MARC cataloging for most of its subscription database products (with the exception of the  Digital Archive Collection MARC record sets, which are fee-based).  Customization of the MARC 856 field links with the library location ID is available for most MARC sets.

Find instructions on obtaining MARC records here: https://support.gale.com/marc/


Inbound Open URL

Gale supports Open URL linking, a standard designed to enable linking from information resources outside of Gale to full text found in Gale databases. With Open URL linking, Gale resources are more accessible to researchers starting from library discovery services, abstracting and indexing databases, and other services that use IOURL linking.

Also see How do I construct an OpenURL for Gale content?


Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Google Chrome Extension

With the new Opposing Viewpoints in Context Chrome Extension, you can provide learners with a path from Google to authoritative content from your librarys Gale resource.

The Opposing Viewpoints in Context Chrome extension (beta) is available through the Chrome Web Store. Here is a quick video about the Chrome extension.


LMS Integration

LMS integration allows students to discover high-quality resources from within their workflow and provides a simple way for instructors or course designers to add Gale content into the LMS for teaching.

The integration of Gale applications reduces steps involved in incorporating content into a course, clarifies the durable, permanent link, and eliminates the need for students to authenticate.

Support resources to help integrate Gale resources into the LMS are available at  www.support.gale.com/lms