Gale Grows Digital Archive Program to Better Address Research Needs and Further Support Digital Humanities

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Published on March 29, 2016

Digital archives available under new Gale Primary Sources brand!

Gale, a leading provider of library resources and part of Cengage Learning, announced the expansion and rebranding of its digital archive program. The new Gale Primary Sources program will increase both product volume and multicultural content to support new disciplines and research needs in the areas of digital humanities and text and data mining.


“Our multicultural digital archive program is really unprecedented in scale and scope – from the amount of resources we’re developing to the signing of new content partners from different parts of the world, as well as the diversity of the rare and unique content we’re digitizing,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager for Gale. “This material – much of which has never been made available for research use – coupled with our technology and unique digital tools is helping scholars map the story of humankind.”

The Gale Primary Sources program will be publishing 35 new products this year which cover more than 500 years of history. Through its nearly 100 content partners, Gale is opening up 15 millions of pages of rare content from different parts of the world to researchers and digital humanists. New archive programs launching this spring represent the new face of the program, such as:


  • Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity, a milestone digital program that will bring together primary source content on gender, sexuality and identity. The first part of this three-part series – LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940, represents the largest searchable digital archive of LGBTQ history;
  • Early Arabic Printed Books, the first major text-searchable online archive of pre-20th century Arabic printed books, required Gale to develop new technological advances such as optical character recognition software for early Arabic printed script; and
  • American Fiction, 1774-1920, which explores the development of American literature from the political beginnings of the United States through World War I, and includes thousands of works never before available online. It will enable students and researchers to answer key questions about history, society, identity, psychology, race, gender and culture.


In addition, Gale Primary Sources archives offer textual analysis tools to assist researchers who may not have programming experience or digital humanities programs at their institution. “Term cluster” and “term frequency” tools will sort through the text and index terms from the content, generating visual displays of information to help researchers easily identify relationships between words and phrases. Content from Gale Primary Sources archives are also available to current customers for text and data-mining purposes, and the company is exploring new data delivery models to better support digital humanities.


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