Go behind the scenes and discover how Gale develops its Gale Primary Sources working with one of its source institution partners The National Archives, UK. This is a fascinating look into how Gale and The National Archives work together to digitise collections and make them accessible to students and researchers across the world.

Five reasons why primary sources should be used for teaching

Written by Seth Cayley, VP of Primary sources for Times Higher Education.

(Free to read if you have or sign up for an account) 

The advantages of Gale Primary Sources

Navigating the Gale Primary Sources platform

Gale Student Ambassador Megan Bowler (University of Liverpool) gives a quick guide to navigating the platform:

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