Upgrades and New Tools for multiple Gale databses

On Friday 18 December 2020, we will be upgrading tools across multiple Gale databases and primary sources products, as well as adding some new functionality. These enhancements, along with Gale Primary Sources, will apply to these databases: 

  • Gale Business: Entrepreneurship
  • Gale eBooks
  • Gale Health and Wellness
  • Gale In Context
  • Gale Literature
  • Gale OneFile

 

ENHANCED ADVANCED SEARCH

We are launching a major upgrade to Advanced Search across the Gale products. This new user interface will meet our users where they are by providing useful tips and information to help them get the most out of their search experience. Below is a prototype which shows a preview of what to expect:

Advanced Search Updates to Gale Primary Sources archivs

 

IMPROVED DEFAULT DOCUMENT VIEW

We are changing the image viewer to a default “Fit to Height” view. This is in response to feedback that the default “Fit to Width” view is too magnified and that users would prefer to see more of the document by default.

Delayed Authentication Mode on Academic OneFile Select

The delayed authentication mode will offer non-authenticated users the chance to access and try the product, before they decide to login. All pages and certain features will be accessible, while full-text articles and other features will be available only after authentication.

 

What does “delayed authentication” mean?

Traditionally, to access Gale products, users first need to authenticate (log in or otherwise be recognized by a subscribing institution). Delayed authentication pushes that authentication further into the product experience. Users can see the product and its features (some are “grayed out” or disabled), perform searches, see search results and article previews. It’s not until a user tries to retrieve full-text or engage with certain features that authentication is required.

 

Gale Academic OneFile Select Delayed Authentication ImageWhy is Gale providing a delayed authentication experience?

Research shows that users increasingly begin their research on the open web. By allowing the open web discoverability of millions of articles, Gale is helping these users search, find, and preview content from library resources. Users are encouraged through prompts on every page to easily search for their library and authenticate through their subscribing institution to benefit from access to full-text content and additional features.

 

Will the experience for current Gale Academic OneFile Select subscribers change?

Anyone who accesses Gale Academic OneFile Select through traditional methods (a link on their library web site, through search results in their library discovery layer, etc.) will encounter the traditional full product experience. If users are coming from the open web (a Google search result, or gale.com) and they are not recognized as coming from a location ID (through a mechanism like cookies or geo-auth) then they will receive the delayed authentication experience.

 

What if I hear of subscribing customers with users that are not seeing the full-text and all the product features?

These users came in through the open web instead of through library-provided links. These users can click the “Access through your library” button available on all pages in the delayed authentication experience to search for their location and log in with their usual method.

 

Will usage in delayed auth be tracked and rolled-up with authenticated usage?

No, due to the COUNTER Code of Practice, which requires the logging and reporting of authenticated usage. It is possible that customers could see a reduction in overall searches as compared to retrievals because only a session and retrieval will be logged upon authentication to retrieve full text (but the search that came first, while the user was not authenticated, will not be logged as part of that session).

 

Why are articles from open access journals shown as a preview in delayed auth and not fully available?

We know that open access articles are fully available elsewhere on the open web, but we want to make sure that all full-text retrievals are attributed to our customers’ subscriptions and collected in usage reporting, including COUNTER. That requires delayed access to any full text, including open access articles, until after user authentication (and therefore attribution to a location ID).

Harvard Citations Now Available!

Citations adhering to the Harvard style have been a top customer request, and we’re pleased to add this enhancement to our citation service. The introduction of Harvard citations adheres to the “Cite Them Right” format which provides users with a starting point for their references. Many universities use their own adaption of Harvard requirements, so we encourage users to consider their institution’s preferences when compiling reference lists.

Citation options are accessible by selecting the Cite button in the toolbar:

Harvard Citations Menu

 

Gale is committed to streamlining user workflows. Users can easily export MLA, APA, Chicago, or Harvard citations for use in their favorite citation services, including:
 

Harvard Citation Example

- EasyBib

- EndNote

- NoodleTools

- ProCite

- Reference Manager

- RefWorks

- Zotero

Gale In Context: Elementary (formerly KidsInfoBits)

On Friday, May 29, 2020, Gale Kids InfoBits became Gale In Context: Elementary. These product enhancements are designed to increase access to library resources and have a greater impact on user success, both in the classroom and online.

The updated product name—Gale In Context: Elementary—reflects Gale’s commitment toward supporting the full progression of a student as they develop their research abilities. It also empowers educators with additional clarity around which product best fits the needs of their students.

In addition to an updated product name, Gale Kids InfoBits will also receive the following product enhancements:

 

Kid-Friendly Interface
A completely redesigned user experience created specifically for young students that encourages exploration through a visual topic tree.

Topic Pages (previously known as portals)
Topic pages provide students with short, age-appropriate summaries for topics and organize resources for easy use in research projects.

Leveled Content
Leveled topic overviews provide users with both a basic and advanced version of the same overview, allowing educators to differentiate instruction.

I Wonder . . .
"I Wonder" questions that engage young users’ curiosity and draw them into topics. Continuously updated, the I Wonder question on the home page encourages daily exploration.

Rich Content
Search through over 16,600 indexed images, 600 videos, and 1,700 charts and graphs.

Powerful Platform
The migration to a new proprietary platform will allow users to:

  • Search by Lexile range or find content based on basic, intermediate, or advanced learning levels to support differentiated learning styles.
  • Use ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology and on-demand article translation into over 20 languages—on-screen and read-aloud.
  • Use citation tools to easily create a bibliography for their research.
  • Use the Highlights and Notes feature to annotate and track their questions and ideas.
     

Gale Product Menu

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the Gale Product Menu (formerly known as the Gale Common Menu). From Friday, August 28, 2020, Gale customers will have the power to quickly identify and access all their Gale products through a completely reimagined and intuitive interface.

Gale Product Menu Screenshot

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Find and access all your Gale products in one place.
  • Browse your Gale research databases in a comprehensive A‒Z list, or narrow down by product family.
  • Search across multiple databases via cross-search experiences from within the menu. Note: Customers must have access to at least one cross-searchable product.
  • Filter the list of visible products by searching product names and descriptions.

The Gale Product Menu is accessible within Gale products by selecting the View Product Menu option on the toolbar. You can also use the following address to link directly to the new menu: https://link.gale.com/apps/menu?u=[LOCATION-ID].

Gale Primary Sources and Gale Literature Product Enhancements Launched in December 2019

We’re thrilled to announce that Gale released the second phase of experience and design enhancements in December 2019.

Nearly 50 Gale Primary Sources and Gale Literature products received enhancements with this release. Visit support.gale.com/product-enhancements to view a complete list of products that received updates.

Gale Primary Sources and Gale Literature customers automatically received these benefits with this update: 

  • An enhanced product platform that provides a unified experience across Gale products. 

  • A contextual and “sticky” toolbar that ensures that the most important research tools are always in the user’s view. 

  • Upgraded search results that highlight important information to help users discover relevant content. 

  • New functionality that lets users make multiple selections within each facet when limiting search results. 

  • An updated presentation of search facets providing an at-a-glance view of filtering options when navigating search results. 

  • A streamlined user interface delivering an engaging experience that allows quick access to search tools, relevant content, prominent library co-branding and collaborative features like Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. 

  • The new Explore panel that groups supplemental support tools, including “More Like This” article suggestions, to promote further exploration of the resource. 

Training and support materials will be available in the coming months to help make this a smooth transition for libraries. Stay tuned! 

Gale Product Enhancements

In summer 2019, Gale began the release experience and design changes across its portfolio of products.

These product enhancements are designed to increase access to library resources online, in the classroom and have a greater impact on user success. Many of the early enhancements are foundational in nature, laying the groundwork for an exciting future of ongoing iteration where user insights are captured and applied with greater agility. 

  • Support multiple points of access: As libraries employ centralized search via discovery and other catalog systems, Gale recognizes that users increasingly take different paths into Gale products. The product homepage is no longer the universal starting point. These new, intuitive design modifications empower users to quickly orient themselves within a Gale product, so they can spend less time orientating to the resource and more time thinking critically about the content. 

  • Foster digital literacy and enhance usability: Digital resources simplify the research process by consolidating a high-volume of information into online databases, but they also cast a wider net, presenting users with access to extensive amounts of content. This exposure can be overwhelming at times. Gale’s new search UI focuses the experience on the data points needed to help users identify content relevant to their needs, encouraging critical evaluation and selection.

  • Research smarter, not harder: Gale products are predominately centered on users, not tools or content. Product features are carefully selected and designed to drive user outcomes, not detract from them. The thoughtful design promotes a positive research experience by emphasizing elements users find most valuable. This approach is consistently applied across the core Gale product suite, which can be introduced at grade school or grad school or at a point of need for any public library patron.

  • Promote engagement and collaboration: Gale’s new interfaces incorporate a familiar and modern product experience on par with other sites users visit in their day-to-day, designed to build comfort and confidence in traversing a library database. We’ve also incorporated new tools and supports to help make users more likely to choose Gale products. Interactive search tools like Topic Finder are now given more prominence, encouraging further exploration and discovery of content. The new “Explorer” panel highlights “More Like This” document recommendations and other supporting information without detracting from the reading experience. A streamlined and “sticky” toolbar maintains easy access to collaborative features like Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive, so users can continue to engage with Gale content even after they’ve left the product. Coming soon, new innovations such as “Related Search Terms” will make smart recommendations based on other users’ search behaviors.

Enhancement Timeline

Visit our customer support site to understand what products will be affected and their enhancement release date.