What is the Gale Scholar programme?

Access to authoritative content is essential to academic research. Gale Primary Sources give researchers the means to discover new insights quickly and effectively. For nearly two decades, we have been preserving and extending access to scholarly research materials through our groundbreaking digitization program, creating the world’s largest selection of rare and unique digital archives.

With the Gale Scholar Programme, universities can enhance their current holdings with unique primary sources that have been core to the collection-building strategies of institutions around the world.

These valuable and critically acclaimed resources cover books, maps, photographs, newspapers, periodicals, manuscript and other materials from the world’s great libraries. The programme includes highly-coveted titles covering diverse subjects from the 15th century to the present day.

Which archives can be included in Gale Scholar?

The advantages of Gale Primary Sources

Downloadable OCR

Manuscript materials are keyword and full-text searchable thanks to optical character recognition (OCR). Users can gain even more access to their research materials by downloading the OCR in a .txt format.

Digital Humanities Support

At request, Gale will deliver data and metadata associated with Gale Primary Sources collections for use in data mining and textual analysis, supporting the digital humanities as a growing area of scholarly research.

Integrated Workflow Tools

User-generated tags and annotations, Zotero compatability, and user accounts allow researchers to easily collect, cite, and group sources, tags, and annotations.

"Gale’s primary source collections have brought teaching African diaspora history to life. My students have access to thousands of original, first person accounts of the Black experience across time and space, affording them the opportunity to create innovative histories of their own."

- Dr Kerry Pimblott, Lecturer in International History, University of Manchester