Partnering with Google to Help Users Seamlessly Access Library Resources

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| By Jan Murphy, Gale product management director |

It’s no surprise: Google is often the starting point for a student conducting research for an assignment.1 It makes perfect sense—Google quickly delivers answers to almost any question asked. This leaves libraries in a situation where premium resources that are hidden behind a login page are not discoverable by Google and do not appear in search results. Those resources therefore never cross the path of open web researchers. Gale is working with Google to change that by exposing additional content sets to both Google and Google Scholar.

Since 2015, Gale has partnered with Google Scholar to make the content in Gale Academic OneFile discoverable by the academic research community. We’ve extended our partnership with Google by providing three additional resources for inclusion in Google and Google Scholar, Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine, Gale OneFile: Informe Académico, and Literature Resource Center. This content expansion, in combination with Google Scholar Campus Activated Subscriber Access (CASA), creates a seamless path from search to authenticated access to scholarly content.

Much of scientific research is learning what your colleagues worldwide have discovered and building on it. We have worked closely with Gale to help library users find and seamlessly access their subscribed collections. This expansion of our partnership will help researchers learn and build on what their colleagues worldwide have discovered.
—Anurag Acharya, cocreator, Google Scholar

By placing content one click away from a Google search, Gale is meeting users at the beginning of their research journey, connecting learners to libraries and libraries to learners.

Consult the document “Maximizing Discoverability of Gale Content in Google Scholar” on the Gale Support site or contact your Gale customer success manager for more information on making your library’s resources discoverable through Google and Google Scholar.

1. Taylor Massey, “College Students Reveal Where They Begin Research,” Gale blog, February 16, 2016; Melissa Blankstein and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2018, April 12, 2019; Library Journal Research, Academic Student eBook Experience Survey 2018.

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