When selecting topics and content for landing or portal pages in Gale databases, the focus is on top-searched subjects, topics tied to curriculum, social issues, people and current events in the news. Special emphasis is also placed on diversity and inclusion, and Gale strives to include content representative and respectful of diversity and cultural relevance including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, culture, gender and sexuality. This includes content created and/or reviewed by subject matter experts and academics reflecting diverse identities and experiences.
Landing pages are edited by a staff of experienced editors dedicated to ensuring the credibility, relevancy, and currency of content on the topics. Editors collaborate with a large network of contributors such as librarians, educators and in-field professionals who are subject-matter experts in their respective fields. Curation includes hand-selecting featured content so that students and educators can quickly access some of the best and most authoritative content on a specific issue or topic.
When covering social issues and current events, efforts are made to cover differing, and often opposing, viewpoints on the issue. All viewpoint material comes from previously published editorials, opinion pieces, and commentary from a variety of publications, including newspapers and magazines. Gale strives to include a wide range of opinions, including those from differing political stances, viewpoints that influence lawmakers and other decision makers, and viewpoints that reflect current public opinion.
For our Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints database, all selected viewpoints are preceded by a commentary section written by Gale subject matter experts that summarize the viewpoint, explain the author’s position on the topic, and provide contextual information. The commentary opens with a quote from the article and also includes guided reading, or critical thinking questions.
For our biographical content, we cover a variety of people, and we’ve broadened our coverage of LGBTQ+, women, scientists and all underrepresented minority groups (Latinx, Native Americans, African Americans, Arab Americans, Asian Americans, etc.). We also keep an eye on national leaders, government officials and politicians. Furthermore, we study the usage of each of our databases to ensure the most accessed content is the most up-to-date.