Database Profiles:Gale

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Do you need some help with library research? Drop by or make an appointment The SEAM by clicking on the logo!  Located on the 2nd floor of the Main Library, Room 2013, we're open Sunday - Thursday, 5-9 p.m. We specialize in Rhetoric and ESL Writing class assignments.

Research help is also available on the 1st floor of the Main Library near the Service Desk, M-F, 9 a.m - 5 p.m.


Use Gale to find:

  • Reference articles for background information and help solidifying your topic

  • Primary sources, through the many other databases Gale provides access to

  • Historical newspapers, through Gale NewsVault (see Search Tips below for more information)

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Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and other specialized reference sources that covers a range of disciplines and subject areas.

Gale Primary Sources also provides access to a host of primary source databases such as newspaper archives, the Smithsonian collections, and archives containing materials related to indigenous peoples, slavery, sexuality/gender, and state papers from the US and UK.

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Search Tips & Tricks

If you are searching newspaper archives, try Gale NewsVault - a search interface that allows you to search several of Gale's newspaper collections at once, or even all of them, if you so choose!

If you are struggling to determine or narrow down your topic, Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) has a cool exploratory feature called "Topic Finder." You can get to the Topic Finder in two ways:

1. analyzeEnter your topic as a search term in the box along the top of the screen and navigate to the bottom of the menu along the right side of your results list. You will see a part of the menu called "Analyze." Selecting "Topic Finder" will open up the Topic Finder with your search term already entered.

2. You can select "Advanced" just to the right of the search box. From the Advanced Search screen, select "Topic Finder" from the three tabs towards the top of the screen. From here, enter your search term or whatever topic you'd like to explore!

The Topic Finder will default to "Tile" view, but you can change this to "Wheel" view. Click on a tile or section of the wheel to explore reference articles related to your initial search term and the term on the tile you have selected. Those results will appear on the right half of the screen. Some tiles will be grouped together into larger sections of tiles. Clicking on one of those will allow you to see the individual tiles in that group. Choose "Reset" at the top of the Topic Finder to go back to the full view. Below is an example for the search term "Pollution."

The words that appear in each tile are words that appear frequently with the search term you entered. You might notice some strange tiles (such as Ltd. in the example for Pollution above), but Gale's Topic Finder can be a useful way to visualize and connect to other topics related to the one you searched.