Gale Primary Sources: Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive Enhancements

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| By Joseph Williams |

We are thrilled to announce that on Friday, November 20, 2020, Gale will release an enhanced user experience for Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive.

Benefits of the new user experience include: 

Cross-search ability—For the first time ever, Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive will be available in the Gale Primary Sources cross-search, so researchers can compare their search results with content from other Gale archives all in one place.

New collection-level browse and search—Also for the first time, users will be able to browse collections as well as filter their search results by collection, making it easier to locate documents relevant to their specific research interests.

Gale Digital Scholar Lab availabilitySlavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive will also be available for the first time in the Gale Digital Scholar Lab, allowing researchers to apply natural language-processing tools to raw text data (OCR) from Gale Primary Sources in a single research platform.

Enhanced product platform—The platform will have a modern look and feel, in line with user expectations of current websites. 

Improved accessibility—Maintained for web accessibility standards, the new user interface will ensure access by users of all abilities.  

Smarter search results—The user interface will retain Advanced Search fields and limiters, and will also include new search features, such as additional filtering options; Name and Subject Expansion, which looks for pseudonyms and synonyms of your search term; and access to our Topic Finder and Term Frequency textual analysis tools. 

Streamlined user interface—Consistent with other Gale products, the interface will deliver an engaging experience that allows quick access to search tools, relevant content, and collaborative features like Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. 

Secure product access—HTTPS guarantees data between a patron’s browser and Gale products is encrypted, and the right to privacy for library users is protected.  

These enhancements for Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive will be available on Friday, November 20, 2020, at which time your current links will seamlessly redirect and Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive will be available exclusively in the new experience.  

Banner image: Kaufmann, Theodor. On to Liberty. 1867, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Meet the Author

Joseph Williams is a product manager for the Gale Primary Sources line of products. He holds a master of arts in English with an emphasis on creative writing, and has worked with K‒12 schools, public libraries, and academic libraries in his time at Gale. His hobbies include reading, writing, and spending time with his family.

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