Welcome to our new product enhancements page!

We receive a lot of valuable feedback from our customers and users which we use to develop and improve the Gale Primary Sources platform. On this new page, we'll keep a running list of updates that we have made, and an early indicator of improvements that are currently in progress.

 

While we aim to release the planned updates to the platform, there may be some circumstances which mean some features are not added. We will be updating this page regularly, so you can visit it at any time to see what we have coming.

RECENTLY UPDATED FEATURES:

More metadata elements added to the top of the Document View

  • What is the change?
    In addition to Title, Author, and Publication, we have included additional metadata elements at the top of the Document View. These elements vary by content type, and include metadata such as Date, Issue Number, and Manuscript Number.
  • What problem does it solve?
    While the aforementioned metadata elements were always available from the Full Citation tab of the Explore panel, end users expressed frustration by the extra click to get to this information. With this change, the most important metadata is always visible, no matter which Explore panel section a user has opened.

 

“Go To Page” feature for monographs

  • What is the change?
    For monographs, we have added a “Go To Page” feature to the Explore panel. This page number is different from the sequence number in the image viewer, and corresponds to the actual page number noted within a book.
  • What problem does it solve?
    Users often come to our products with a citation in hand and want to be able to jump to the page number specified in that citation. The sequence number in the image viewer does not typically match the actual page number, which prevents users from quickly getting to the content they need.

 

Default to chronological sort for newspapers

  • What is the change?
    All newspaper and periodical-based archives now default to a chronological sort (Oldest first)
  • What problem does it solve?
    It turns out the majority of our newspaper archive users prefer their search results to sort in chronological order. While this was always an option, Relevance was set as the default, and users were frustrated by the extra click to change the sort to their preference

Numbered search results

  • What is the change?
    Search results will now appear in a numbered list.
  • What problem does it solve?
    Many of our users view dozens of documents in a single session, and they need a simple way to keep track of where they are in their results list. Viewing search results in a numbered list helps users avoid losing their place during their current session and also helps them return to where they left off in subsequent sessions.

 

Increased visibility of homepage features

  • What is the change?
    Products with key features on their homepage (i.e. Searchable Archives/Products and Explore Topics) now display at the top, just below the banner image/toolbar. Note that the “About This Resource” section is still available, but displays underneath the Searchable Archives and Explore Topics features.
  • What problem does it solve?
    Several customers expressed concern that their students were missing important information on the homepage because it required them to scroll down too far.

UPCOMING IMPROVEMENTS:

Preview Keywords feature

  • What is the change?
    Users will be able to preview their keywords from Search Results. This is similar to the Keywords in Context feature on Omni, but will allow users to preview multiple snippets where their search term appears. It will also be integrated within the page itself rather than a pop-up window.
  • What problem does it solve?
    ur users are often working through hundreds or thousands of search results, and need to quickly assess whether or not a document is relevant to them.

More prominent Revise Search option

  • What is the change?
    Currently, users can Revise their search query by going to Search History from the toolbar. This change will retain that functionality, but also make Revise more prominent and easy to find. This change will apply to all Gale products on Omni, not just GPS.
  • What problem does it solve?
    End users have expressed frustration over not being able to find Revise Search in Search History.