Shame Reading

By Mary Kelly

When I first started out as a student, I thought my taste should gravitate to the “serious” and “important” works of literature. I kind of wanted to be that person that read Kafka or Joyce on the train or went to a poetry reading. I even wanted to wear a beret. I was hoping that I would be considered a “deep thinker” and an “intellectual” reader. I guess I wanted to be the early 1980s version of Rory Gilmore. No one needed to know that although I read widely on occasion (and sometimes with a gun to my head), I secretly loved books by the likes of Erica Jong, Jacqueline Susanne, and Sydney Sheldon. If it had a wild plot, sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll, I was a fan. I could chew these books up like candy. It was my secret shame reading list.

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Information Literacy: Knowing What To Do With All That Data

If there’s one thing modern society seems to be good at, it’s creating content and making it available.   According to VCloud News, 2.5 billion gigabytes of content are created each day1.  To quantify that a bit more, that means the amount of data created each day is equal to streaming 1 billion hours of high definition TV.

So, is it any wonder that undergraduates are often overwhelmed at the outset of a research project?  Where should they begin?  How can they evaluate the quality of content sources and ensure that they’re using relevant, expert information?

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Product Update: Exciting Video Additions and Increased Text Size to Kids InfoBits!

Recently, Gale partnered with Visual Learning Systems, an educational science publisher whose mission is to provide high quality, visual-based content that instructs, challenges, and inspires young learners. Nearly 600 high-quality educational videos on concepts essential to STEM learning have been added to Kids InfoBits. These recently added and powerful teaching tools are approximately 1-3 minutes … Read more

Empowering You at Charleston!

Like you, Gale aims to empower insight, access, and outcomes. Our original and curated resources and innovative technology help academic librarians connect educators and researchers with knowledge essential to achieving exceptional learning outcomes. Connect with us October 31 – November 5th at the Charleston Library Conference to witness and touch the innovations changing and accommodating … Read more

AARP The Magazine Now Available in InfoTrac Collections

By Sara Constantakis Gale is dedicated to providing the popular magazine content your customers want in our InfoTrac periodical collections. That’s why we’re excited to announce that the highest-circulating magazine in the U.S., previously unavailable in aggregated periodical databases, is now accessible in full text in General OneFile. AARP The Magazine is the flagship publication of … Read more

LGBT History Looking Forward

This October we have been honoring and celebrating LGBT History Month by taking a deeper look into the Archives of Sexuality & Gender and learning more about fascinating and often under represented LGBT historical milestones and icons. In our post “LGBT in America — The Journey Thus Far,” we highlighted some of the most important … Read more

How Digital Technology is Changing 21st Century Student Research

The college years are a transformative time marked by hours spent studying, researching, and collaborating with peers. Studies evaluating the research habits of academics reveal how students are researching and the impact technology has in satisfying the growing demand for high-quality digital content accessible anytime, anywhere, and from any device. In fact, 86% of students … Read more

Small Business Resource Center Enhanced Experience Now Available

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New enhancements now available in Small Business Resource Center (SBRC). You and your users can experience an easy-to-browse interface mapped to four key business stages—plan, fund, start, and manage—plus, new content, features, and enhanced functionality.

Enhancements for the current small business owner, as well as the aspiring entrepreneur
 SBRC users are now able to access the most popular features of leading Gale products, including:

  • Integration with G Suite for Education tools, including Gmail, Drive, Docs, and more
  • Highlights and notes to select and annotate important text to view, print, or export
  • Improved translation with text translation in 23 languages and platform translation in 34
  • ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology to hear the article read out loud and download the audio file to take with them on their phone or other mobile device.
  • Mobile-optimized display and improved user experience on all devices
  • Citation Tools that generate APA, MLA, and Chicago Style citations in the most recent format

The same great content…and then some
SBRC brings together hundreds of sample business plans, small business journals, and resources for many aspects of business: accounting, HR, management, marketing, taxes, and more. Content now includes a wide range of media and sources:

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How Well Do You Know Your Presidents?

By Traci Cothran

Who served as both Vice President and President of the United States, without having earned a single vote in the election?

Gerald Ford, that’s who!

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Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

Last week I traveled to Grand Rapids, MI, and visited The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. During this 2016 election season, it was a breath of fresh air to wander amidst all the exhibition reminders of Ford’s “character,” “integrity,” “teamwork,” and how he “led by example” – detailing his life from his days as a Boy Scout, to college football player, to Navy man, and into his long career in government.

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Image Viewer Update

Mozilla, which maintains the Firefox browser, has announced its plan to diminish support for the Adobe Flash Player. Beginning this month, the Google Chrome browser will also no longer support Adobe Flash Player. In order to provide seamless support to our customers, Gale will be launching a new image viewer for our Gale Primary Sources … Read more