Biographical Resource Receiving Major Enhancements

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| By Gale Staff |

We’re pleased to announce a new user experience planned for our Biography and Genealogy Master Index. On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, this subscription product will migrate to the newly enhanced Gale Directory Library platform. The addition of essential workflow tools and expanded data sorting, filtering, and exporting will make this resource easier to use.

With more than 6 million names and 20 million citations, this directory allows users to quickly determine where to find biographical material on people from all periods, geographic locations, and fields of endeavor. More than100,000 names and 200,000 citations are added annually.

New features coming soon:

Home Page

  • Enjoy a unified experience across Gale products.
  • Search across all directories in the library’s collection. This is especially helpful if a library has both this directory and Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, giving users access to more than 11 million names for biographic and genealogical research.
  • Locate an individual directory in the collection.
  • View cover images, which now display for each directory along with a brief description.

Use the contextual and “sticky” toolbar to ensure the most important research tools are always in view.

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  • Users can download to Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive locally or via email.
  • Combined export now includes common, expanded, and people options from the same screen, with delivery options as well.
  • Users will be able to export up to 1,000 records per export from their search results, and a range can be input (e.g., 5001,500) to export subsequent records.

Basic Search

  • Relevance in basic search has been enhanced—closer matches sort to the top of the search results list.
  • Basic search has been streamlined for users to search by entity name, subject, or keyword in a single 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.

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Ready to become an expert on Gale Directory Library: Biography and Genealogy Master Index? Be sure to view this on-demand webinar on the latest enhancements.

Not a subscriber to this resource? Request a trial today!

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