Engage Students and Encourage Critical Thinking

Higher education prepares students for a future that is certain, and in many ways, uncertain. That’s why it’s critical for universities and colleges to teach students how to be great problem solvers and analytical thinkers. Gale Case Studies has been developed to help undergraduate students strengthen their critical-thinking skills by using historical content to evaluate contemporary issues. This new resource not only promotes the growth of transferrable skills, it encourages students to think analytically about topics related to LGBTQ+ rights, public health concerns, political extremism, and race, which will benefit them in other areas of study and later in their careers.

Organized by topic, each Gale Case Studies module consists of a collection of focused case studies supported by a curated collection of relevant primary sources. Students and instructors can access case studies, related discussion questions, and links to curated content, making remote and online learning accessible for everyone. Setting this resource apart, its LMS integration allows materials to be seamlessly embedded into students’ workflow without the need for a separate application. The online format and wide range of content give learners a destination where they can dive into topical issues, prepare for informed, course-related discussions, and become more comfortable using primary sources for class projects and research papers.

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Sample of case studies found in Intersectional LGBTQ Issues module

Sample case study found in Intersectional LGBTQ Issues module


Sample of primary sources available in Intersectional LGBTQ Issues module

Additional Details


  • Public Health
  • Race and Civil Rights
  • Political Extremism
  • Women's Studies

Platform Features & Tools

Cross-Search Capability

Search across the content of complementary modules in one intuitive environment, enabling innovative new research connections.

Curated Content

Content is carefully chosen by an editor in chief and academic instructor who has thoroughly reviewed the case studies for accuracy and teachability.

Discussion Questions

Discussion questions are provided at the end of the workflow to act as a prompt for students to critically analyze primary sources and topics.

Guided Experience

Instructors and student users are guided through the workflow by an intuitive experience that begins with the case study, then leads to curated primary sources and discussion questions.

Image Viewer

The Image Viewer allows users to look at the primary source content, such as images, handwritten letters, or newspaper articles, as they were originally published.

LMS Integration

LMS integration enables instructors to easily access and link to pertinent content right within their LMS. Plus, persistent URLs provide added confidence in knowing the content will never disappear.

Reviews & Testimonials

“A set of case studies like Gale Case Studies and its archival material can help scholars to keep framing why the humanities are relevant—they are relevant for social change, they are relevant for understanding and analyzing public policy and the impact on people’s lives…this is the kind of thing that can help us show students how relevant this is and why it’s important to be engaged in humanities research.”
-Danielle DeMuth, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Grand Valley State University