Fostering a Global Perspective

| By Mary Ruby |

Global perspective. These words are increasingly uttered by educators and employers who understand that this combination of mindset and acquired skill is a critical element for interacting, working, and succeeding in the 21st-century world.

As a senior content developer at Gale, my goal is to bring people information not only to meet their needs but to spark curiosity and encourage further investigation and learning. In recent years, the challenge has expanded to building international coverage, appealing to a global audience, and aligning content with topics studied at the collegiate level.

This latter ambition is tied to trends in education, from the nearly 40% increase in International Baccalaureate schools over the past five years1 to the growth of global studies degree programs, ranging from associate to doctoral levels. Common links among these curricula are an interdisciplinary approach, a focus on global issues, and the cultivation of cross-cultural awareness. For instance, at the University of California, Berkeley, a learning goal of its Global Studies program is “apply[ing] an interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary global issues,” while the College of William & Mary notes that students will explore “the ways in which global forces are realized in and through local contexts, and the interconnections between global regions.”

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Using Search Quality Metrics to Fix a Problem Part 2

| By Charlie Close, Gale Data Scientist | Most of Gale’s products are built around users searching Gale content. For example, a user might search World History In Context for “Bastille Day” to find articles about the French Revolution. Giving high-quality search results is a big part of taking care of our users. In a previous … Read more

Supporting Information Literacy Through Credible Resources

Established in 1837, Davidson College, a private liberal arts college in North Carolina has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars, serves 1900 students, and is a recognized leader in undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative work across all academic programs. Van Hillard is director of the college writing program. To provide his students with access to research resources … Read more

Get More Out of Your Gale Resources

Gale is dedicated to helping you get the most from our partnership. Our customer success team is here to help you create greater awareness of your Gale products. GET STARTED Schedule a consultation and implementation call to establish authentication methods, resource discovery, and usage reporting. Increase your visibility with direct URLs, MARC records, icons, and … Read more

Gale Primary Sources
Start at the source.

With Gale Primary Sources, we are transforming the way all types of researchers interact with historical archives. In fact, 91% of the top 120 global universities rely on Gale Primary Sources to fuel their research and teaching.1 As the Gale Primary Sources publishing program grows, new content is continually published in core and unique areas … Read more

What Writers Read and How to Find It

| By Catherine DiMercurio | It is a curious thing, the way our worlds intersect sometimes. I am an editor at Gale, as well as a recent graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing. These two worlds overlapped recently when I was reviewing … Read more

American Fiction Makes Choice’s Top 75 List

Recently, the editors of CHOICE selected the top 75 titles and resources for community college librarians.  The collection is also featured in the current issue and on CHOICE Reviews and represents some of the best of the many titles appropriate for community college libraries that are reviewed each month. Gale’s American Fiction, 1774-1920 is honored to make the … Read more

Gale Partners with Heroes’ Alliance to Empower Learning in Haiti

| By Anika Smith, director of programs, Heroes’ Alliance, Inc. |

Heroes’ Alliance is a non-profit organization headquartered in Detroit, MI with a focus on empowering residents of urban areas. We see education as the main driver of both individual and collective empowerment. In 2010, we launched our first educational initiative focused on literacy, recognizing that literacy is the lynchpin for understanding all disciplines. We have since that time expanded our educational platforms to include Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) while continuing to value and promote literacy as a foundational aspect of all learning.

In 2010, Heroes’ Alliance partnered with Gale on our 5th Annual Parental Boot-Camp—a back to school rally that provides resources for both parent and child in preparation for the upcoming school year. Gale donated 500 backpacks to be stuffed with school supplies and given away to children in the community.  Since 2010, Gale has donated over 2,500 backpacks toward this endeavor. Gale has also supported Heroes’ Alliance with resource materials for our literacy initiative and laptops that we provided to recent high school graduates for upcoming college coursework. This partnership has been a foundational means to resource Detroit students with supplies and materials necessary for their continued educational success.

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Supporting Foreign Language Speakers

Recently, we made a global update that impacts many of our resources. Customers of the below products, and their users, will now benefit from the ability to translate articles into 40 languages! The platforms themselves can be translated into 34 languages and ReadSpeaker technology (reads audio aloud) can be translated in 24 languages. See below … Read more

Writers in the Shadow of the Eclipse

North America will experience a solar eclipse on August 21, and while the cosmic event will affect the entire continent, a small swath will fall in the ominously termed “path of totality,” where the moon will completely block the sun from view for some two minutes. After settling on a viewing location and securing specialty … Read more