Product Updates: New In Context content for 12/08/14

Gale is continually updating and adding new content to our In Context products, ensuring that they offer timely, authoritative, useful information. The items below were added or updated during the week of December 8, 2014.

Biography in Context

Portrait of Christopher Hitchens, at the Annual Hay Festival of Literature and Arts in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, on May 30, 2010. © David Levenson/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Portrait of Christopher Hitchens, at the Annual Hay Festival of Literature and Arts in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, on May 30, 2010.
© David Levenson/Getty Images 
  • 5 new homepage spotlights:
    • Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate who—despite her years of house arrest (and eventual release)—has been a leader for the people of Myanmar and a voice for human rights
    • Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who asked for international help battling the Ebola outbreak
    • Journalist and author Tom Brokaw, one of 19 people honored by Barack Obama with the 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom
    • The late actress Vivien Leigh, featured for the 75th anniversary of the premiere of Gone with the Wind
    • Anthony S. Fauci, the noted immunologist and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, known for his work in researching HIV/AIDS and most recently for his role in updating the public on the U.S. Ebola cases
  • Other homepage updates include a new featured video on the restoration of Scarlett O’Hara dresses, new featured categories, and new featured portal pages.
  • 21 new portal pageshave been added, bringing the total to 4,561. Highlights include:
    • Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma, the chairman and founder of Alibaba—he was also one of 8 finalists for Time Magazine’s 2014 Person of the Year
    • The late Christopher Hitchens, the British/American author, journalist, and noted debater
    • American band Paramore, known for their hit song “Ain’t it Fun”
    • Tracee Ellis Ross, a star of ABC’s “Black-ish” and a daughter of singer Diana Ross
    • Notah Ryan Begay III, a Native American PGA Tour golfer

 

Canada in Context

  • 3 new portal pages nowappear; theyare spotlighted on the homepage:
    • David Suzuki
    • Canada/Constitution Act and Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms (1982)
    • Post-Confederation Canada
  • The homepage video has been updated: “Ontario, Quebec sign deals on electricity, climate change.” (CBC)
  • The following 3 portal pages have been updated andare featured on the homepage:
    • Dany Heatley (homepage spotlight)
    • Donovan Bailey
    • Ethanol

 

Global Issues in Context: Winner of Library Journal‘s Best Databases 2014 “Biggest Hit with Patrons” Award

A map shows where Syrian warplanes bombed ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) insurgent positions in western Iraq in June 2014, as well as areas controlled by ISIS. © MCT 2014
A map shows where Syrian warplanes bombed ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) insurgent positions in western Iraq in June 2014, as well as areas controlled by ISIS.
© MCT 2014
  • 44 portal pages have been updated, including:
    • Ebola
    • Gun Control
    • Iran Nuclear Program
    • Islamic State
    • Medical Isolation and Quarantine
    • Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
    • Sports and Racism
    • Syrian Civil War

 

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

  • 6 new portal pages nowappear:
    • Ebola Virus
    • Copyright Infringement
    • Negative Campaigning
    • Tibet
    • Dietary Supplements
    • Organized Crime
  • 5 new homepage spotlights also appear:
    • An image featuring Eric Garner supporters blocking off a freeway in Minneapolis after the NYPD police officer was not indicted for his death.
    • An image of Michael Brown supporters in Chicago protesting against the Grand Jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for Brown’s death.
    • An image of damaged homes from massive mudslides due to record rain in southern California.
    • An image of Israeli rescue workers removing a body from a synagogue in Jerusalem, where two Palestinians killed four people.
    • An image of President Obama and his daughters shopping at the Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, DC.
  • A new homepage video is featured: “The Long March to Peace.” Gary Hill, an associate minister who lives in Ferguson, MO, urges peace amid the volatile protests in support of Michael Brown. (NYTimes.com Video Collection)

 

U.S. History in Context

  • Three new homepage spotlights nowappear:
    • Dawning of the Age of Aviation (anniversary of Wright Brothers’ flight)
    • Internet (Computer Science Education Week)
    • Pearl Harbor and American Involvement in World War II (anniversary)
  • A new homepage video also appears: “FDR: The War Years: Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor” (anniversary) (History Channel)
  • Portals featured on the homepage to highlight different events:
    • Walt Disney (birthday)
    • Emily Dickenson (birthday)

 

Jane Austen
Jane Austen

World History in Context

  • Two new homepage spotlights nowappear:
    • Germany after Reunification (anniversary of Brandenburg Gate opening)
    • Human Rights Movements (for World Universal Human Rights Month)
  • A new homepage video also appears: “History Rewind: Christmas of 1944 along the Western Front” (History Channel)
  • Portals featured on the homepage to highlight different events:
    • Jane Austen (birthday): Check out our Jane Austen-related blog posts!
    • Internet (Computer Science Education Week)

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