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.


October 2020: Cross-search Improvements

On Friday, October 30, 2020, Gale will release several enhancements to the Gale Primary Sources cross-search, designed to improve the newspaper and periodical cross-search experience. The benefits of this new user experience include:

Enhanced cross-search experience: this new design makes it easier to isolate newspaper and periodical content to search. It also features an improved database list, featuring descriptions for each available database, as well as the ability to link out to the standalone database experience.

Improved accessibility: maintained for Web Accessibility standards to ensure access by users of all abilities

Smarter search results: new search features such as: the ability to limit your search by a list of available countries, states, provinces, and cities; Name and Subject Expansion, which looks for pseudonyms and synonyms of your search term; and access to our Topic Finder and Term Frequency textual analysis tools.

Streamlined user interface: the new UI will be consistent with other Gale products and will deliver an engaging experience that allows quick access to search tools, relevant content, and collaborative features like Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive.

Secure product access: guarantees the use of HTTPS protocol to ensure that data between a patron’s browser and Gale products is encrypted, and the right to privacy for library users is protected.

New categories to isolate particular archives for cross-searching

This new cross-search interface will benefit from several enhancements, including:

  • New homepage design and categories: The banner height will be reduced to increase the visibility of the product list, and the product list will feature icons and descriptions, similar to the Common Menu and Gale Reference Complete. We will also replace the current product “buckets” with three simplified categories:
  • ALL: This will be a global view of all products available to cross-search.
  • NEWSPAPERS: This will include all of our newspaper- and periodical-based archives.
  • LEGAL STUDIES: This category will include all of the products in our Making of Modern Law series.
  • New Publication Location limiter: Users will be able to limit their search by publication location. This will be available in both Advanced Search and Browse Publications.
  • New Database menu in Advanced Search: The database list will relocate to the upper left-hand corner of the Advanced Search page. Not only will it be easier to find, but it will also make it easier for researchers to isolate newspaper content.

Cross-search on GPS is replacing NewsVault

On Friday, November 20, 2020, customers’ NewsVault links will redirect to the Gale Primary Sources cross-search. Former NewsVault users will automatically begin their session in the new “Newspapers” database section, where all available newspaper and periodical databases will be preselected to search.

Slavery and Anti-Slavery is coming to the GPS platform in November

We’re excited to share that Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive is on track to migrate to the Gale Primary Sources platform, with the full content available on Friday, November 20th, at which time your current links will seamlessly redirect and Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive will be available exclusively in the new experience. 


In addition to the existing Gale Primary Sources functionality, there will also be some new options available for this archive:

  • NEW! “More Like This” feature: Legacy Slavery and Anti-Slavery collections include some older reference content, which will not be carried over: however, we will replace it with something better: More Like This. This will enable researchers to link out to related reference content in Gale eBooks. The feature will be available in the document view Explore panel and is subscription-based, so users will only see links to reference content available to them through their library.
  • Search by Collection: Between its four modules, Slavery and Anti-Slavery is comprised of dozens of rare and unique collections. However, legacy Slavery and Anti-Slavery does not allow the user the limit their search by a specific collection. This functionality will be available, and, like other collection-based GPS products, will feature the dynamic Explore Collections feature. 
  • Cross-search ability: for the first time ever, Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive will be available in the Gale Primary Sources cross-search, so researchers can compare their search results in one place with content from their institution’s other Gale archives.
  • Gale Digital Scholar Lab availabilitySlavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive will also be available for the first time in the Gale Digital Scholar Lab, allowing researchers to apply natural language-processing tools to raw text data (OCR) from Gale Primary Sources in a single research platform.
  • Enhanced product platform: the platform will have a modern look and feel, in-line with user expectations of modern websites. 
  • Improved accessibility: maintained for web accessibility standards, the new user interface will ensure access by users of all abilities.  
  • Smarter search results: the user interface will retain Advanced Search fields and limiters, and will also include new search features, such as additional filtering options; Name and Subject Expansion, which looks for pseudonyms and synonyms of your search term; and access to our Topic Finder and Term Frequency textual analysis tools. 
  • Streamlined user interface: consistent with other Gale products, the interface will deliver an engaging experience that allows quick access to search tools, relevant content, and collaborative features like Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. 
  • Secure product access: HTTPS guarantees data between a patron’s browser and Gale products is encrypted, and the right to privacy for library users is protected.  


The Gale Scholar landing page

A single point of access to Gale’s digital archives for Gale Scholar customers.


Customers will be able to choose from one of seven categories beneath the Gale Scholar banner: All Databases (which contains links to both the Gale Primary Sources cross-search and the Gale Digital Scholar Lab), Early Modern History, Nineteenth Century History, Contemporary Studies, Literature, Newspapers and Periodicals, and Legal Studies. Each category includes an identifying description, and a category will only appear if the customer has purchased archives that fall into that category. Once a category has been selected, customers can click an archive from the menu below the description to be taken directly into the desired archive.

Gale Scholar Landing Page


How do customers access the Gale Scholar landing page?
The Gale Scholar landing page has been automatically added to the appropriate customer accounts. To access the page, use the following URL pattern and replace LOCATION ID with the your actual location ID: https://link.gale.com/apps/menu/gs?u=LOCATION_ID


How do I change the page’s default language (English) to Chinese?

The default language for the Gale Scholar landing page can be changed through Gale Admin by locating the customer’s account, clicking into General Preferences from the Preferences bar, and clicking the dropdown box for the default Gale Scholar language setting per the screenshot below:

Gale Scholar Change Language


Where did we get the Chinese translations?

Rather than using Google Translate or other translation tools, the Chinese translations were manually compiled by a native speaker in our China office. Although useful for a basic understanding of text, translation tools can include errors that would have made it difficult for our customers to navigate the landing page. It was therefore vital to secure accurate translations that will resonate with our Gale Scholar customers and not distract them from their research experience.

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

“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.


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.

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.


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.


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.



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.