Gale Literature Cross Search: Customer Enhancements 

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| By Bria Cole, Associate Product Manager |

We’re excited to announce enhancements to Gale Literature cross search, including new topic pages for every institution regardless of Gale Literature holdings. The new topic pages will be available starting Friday, December 16, 2022, and cover a range of diverse literary topics, authors, and works. Topic pages serve as content hubs for researchers to quickly find content related to their research interests. In addition to the topic pages, the enhancements below focus on supporting student and faculty workflows within Gale Literature and expanding research opportunities to other resources from Gale. This enhancement was designed especially for undergraduate students looking for a more guided research approach.  

Topic Pages  

Topic pages provide a guided approach to access hubs of content on a literary topic, work, or author, and include: 

  • A foundational overview document selected from one of Gale’s Literature Criticism series 
  • Access to related topic pages to provide connections between topics, works, and authors 
  •  Links to pieces of literature criticism, biographies, primary sources, overviews, news, and multimedia, as available from the specific resources included in Gale Literature cross search  

New topic pages will be continuously added; our initial release will cover: 

  • 100 topics 
  • 193 authors 
  • 117 works 

The topic pages can be bookmarked for use in LibGuides, learning management systems (LMS), and other course tools. These pages can be accessed via a new Browse Topics page, and will also surface in general search.  

Enhanced Browse Experience 

To support student workflows, a new Browse Topics page has been added that will provide researchers an easy way to view and navigate through the extensive content available. The Browse Topics page can also be bookmarked for use in LibGuides, your institution’s LMS, and other course tools.

Improved Search Assist 

Topic pages are bolded in the Search Box, and access to the Topics, Works, and Authors browse pages is also available. 

Access to Gale Primary Sources   

As part of this enhancement, we are expanding the Gale Primary Sources links that appear on the home page. Institutions with access to the following resources will now see links to them:  

  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online: British Theatre, Music, and Literature 
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online: European Literature, the Corvey Collection, 1790-1840  
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online: Children’s Literature and Childhood
  • Archives Unbound: The Shakespeare Collection 
  • American Historical Periodicals 

Join the Higher Ed Literature Research webinar to learn more!

Thursday January 19, 2:00-2:45pm Eastern (11:00am Pacific)­ The Gale Literature cross-search interface supports academic inquiry by bringing together content from your university’s literature resources. In this session, we will explore a new way to access articles about authors, works, and themes of literature. Learn how to view what is included in your Gale Literature experience, and the advantages of using this straightforward interface.

About the Author

Bria has been an Associate Product Manager at Gale since April of 2022. She is currently working on Literature focused projects, like the Gale Literature cross-search enhancements. Outside of work, Bria enjoys reading literary and contemporary fiction novels and short stories.

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