Discover a Reliable Starting PointThe Gale Researcher provides students with a reliable starting point to begin their research projects. Students will have access to the 11 most popular areas of study with supporting research materials such as scholarly articles, bibliographies, images, and streaming video created and curated to support introductory college courses. Students can explore topics in-depth and find relevant and citable sources for papers, projects, and presentations.
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
WHAT BOOKLIST SAYS ABOUT GALE RESEARCHER
" This database from Gale offers an array of topics, effective search and browse options, and a streamlined overall blueprint....It is worth noting that each topic in the database has been edited by a subject-matter expert, an aspect that adds greatly to overall effectiveness. Librarians can customize the database experience by adding links to relevant outside resources, both Gale and non-Gale. This is a strong database that offers librarians a range of purchase options."
- Booklist, November 2016
Platform Features & Tools
Save curation time and show direct support for curriculum through scholarly overviews and articles on topics derived directly from the scope and sequence of courses. Share these collections via bookmarking and email tools.
Customize each topic page by posting links to library or open access content that suits the needs of your instructors and students.
Engage students and spark curiosity through curriculum-aligned videos with search capabilities.
Reviews & Testimonials
“…a great tool for librarians in teaching faculty and students information literacy skills, as well as taking some of the fear from some survey courses.”
“A good beginning spot for instructional design and student resources.”
“This product looks very useful for both students and faculty. We are just getting into OER and this seems like a perfect fit for our community college students.”
"Gale Researcher gives students a reliable starting point that allows them to get going on their project. With its focus, it helps them more efficiently do their research while speeding up the process so they don’t have to spend countless hours searching on the Internet or aimlessly browsing through library resources. Instead, they can get started somewhere and get going very quickly, allowing them to get deeper into the topic faster."