Why Gale Researcher?

Gale Researcher was designed to help students and faculty discover materials that are both topically relevant to an area of study and citable for research projects.  It offers articles written by subject matter experts on topics commonly taught within the scope of introductory college courses. The study-specific browsing provides a simple, visual way to navigate through hundreds of topic portals, each sequenced for learning and rich with images and video content provided by respected publishers such as the Associated Press (AP), British Broadcasting Company (BBC), Cengage Learning, Intelecom Learning and others. As a result, students experience early success in finding scholarly materials related to a discipline and gain the confidence and vocabulary needed to pursue deeper research.

 

Connect the Classroom to the Library

The Gale Researcher platform also offers an opportunity for closer librarian and faculty collaboration – a key need identified in a recent Gale/Library Journal survey – by providing a curriculum framework and tools that extend and aid the curation of aligned course content. Librarians can demonstrate custom support for key courses through tools that allow contributors to add links to the collection (these items may include faculty sites, library resource links, and more). Gale Researcher also automatically connects to relevant ebook and journal content within a library’s Gale holdings to help students discover resources that they might not have otherwise known to pursue. Content within Gale Researcher can be shared via a persistent URL, allowing direct access from a Learning Management System (LMS) or syllabus. Gale Researcher allows for simultaneous users and unlimited article downloading.

 

Areas of Study

By aligning peer-reviewed articles to the scope and sequence of introductory college courses, Gale Researcher creates a simple but sophisticated research path for students looking to foster a deeper understanding of the most-studied topics. Gale Researcher currently supports courses in American Literature, British Literature, Criminal Justice, Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, U.S. History, Western Civilization, and World History and Sociology. Within each area of study:

  • offer students an authoritative foundation from which to explore topics and begin research projects
  • improve undergraduate research skills through efficient searches, search guidance, and respected sources
  • easily integrate materials that are freely available through the library into instruction
  • customize resources by adding useful links to additional articles, essays, and videos
  • get more out of content with tools to highlight, annotate, download, share, and more

Editor-in-Chief

Dr. George Esenwein

George Esenwein received his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1987. He began teaching in the history department at the University of Florida in 1993.  Before coming to UF, Dr. Esenwein taught at Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton/Davie) and worked as a curator in the Latin and North American Collections at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.  A widely recognized authority on the Spanish Civil War and European anarchism, Dr. Esenwein has published three books and numerous articles and reviews on the history of modern Europe and Spain.   He has also compiled and edited The Guide to the John D. Crummey Peace Collection in the Hoover Institution (Hoover, 1991) and served as an associate editor and contributor to the six-volume New Dictionary of the History of Ideas published by Scribners in 2004.  Since 2015 he has been the Editor-in-Chief of Gale Researcher.

Learn more about the entire editorial board here.

 

Platform Features & Tools

Create Content Sets

The Digital Scholar Lab gives users the ability to create custom content sets containing as many as 10,000 documents. Users can search across their library’s Gale Primary Sources holdings and seamlessly select documents to be added to their custom content set.

Analyze Documents

Users can analyze and interrogate the data with the text analysis and visualization tools built into the Digital Scholar Lab. Digital humanities analysis methods include: Named Entity Recognition, Topic Modelling, Parts of Speech, and more. 

Manage and Share

Users’ content sets remained saved in the Digital Scholar Lab allowing them to manage their research for long term projects. Users can publish their outputs with confidence retaining all intellectual property rights and are free to share analysis outputs.