Gale Directory Library is undergoing significant updates to improve its user experience. The addition of essential workflow tools and expanded data sorting, filtering, and exporting will make this popular collection of online directories easier to use than ever before.

The 23 individual titles, which make up the directory library, will be updated over the next several months. Beginning August 11, three titles will be available in the new experience. They are Ward’s Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies, 59th and 60th eds. and Ward’s Business Directory of Private and Public Companies in Canada and Mexico, 10th ed. Subscribing libraries and their users can click the “Try It Now” button to preview the enhancements. Users can also provide feedback until the interface is officially retired in spring of 2018.

Throughout the coming months, the remaining Gale Directory Library titles will become available in the new experience, and you and your users can access the content by clicking on the “Try It Now” button for the resources that your library subscribes to. Customers will be notified each month about the titles that are migrating to the enhanced interface. Visit this blog for updated information as well.

We’re excited to introduce the following enhancements to Gale Directory Library:


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  • Cover images now display for each series and include a description of the content within.
  • Cover images link to an “About this Series” page where a user can search against the most recent edition or entire series. They can also select individual editions within a series, and see an “About this Publication” page.
  • New tools now included in the product: Search History, Highlights and Notes, My Folder, Bookmark, and Title List.


  • Users can download to Google Drive, Microsoft One Drive, locally, or via email.
  • Combined export now includes Common, Expanded, and People options from the same screen. Delivery options are also included.
  • Now able to export up to 1,000 records per export from the user’s search results. Range can be input (e.g. 1,000-2,000) to export subsequent records.

Basic Search

  • Relevance added to basic search—closer matches sort to the top of the search results list.
  • Options that may have been confusing were removed (Entity Name, Subject, Keyword) and combined into a single basic search.
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Advanced Search

  • Simplified product selection enables users to cross search content.
  • Browsable search indexes are available that allow users to select search terms from a drop-down menu or make check-box selections.
  • Industry codes (SIC/NAICS) prompt a selection window to pop up, which makes it easier for the user to browse and select the right code.
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Find below is a list of content to be migrated to the new experience in approximate order, starting with Ward’s Business Directory.

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Visit the product update blog for more information and content updates throughout the migration process. Not a subscriber? Request a trial today!

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