Gale Primary Sources: Sources in U.S. History Online and State Archive Product Enhancements Launching July 31

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| By Joseph Williams |

We’re thrilled to announce that on Friday, July 31, 2020, Gale will release an enhanced user experience for five products in our Sources in U.S. History Online series. As part of this update, the following five products will be migrating to our Archives Unbound resource with new collection names: 

  • Sources in U.S. History Online: The American Revolution
  • Sources in U.S. History Online: The Civil War
  • Sources in U.S. History Online: Slavery in America
  • Indiana History Online
  • Kansas History, Territorial through Civil War Years, 1854‒1865

*New* names:

  • Introduction to U.S. History: The American Revolution
  • Introduction to U.S. History: The Civil War
  • Introduction to U.S. History: Slavery in America
  • Indiana History
  • Kansas History: Territorial through Civil War, 1854‒1865

Benefits of the new user experience include: 

Enhanced product platform—The platform will have a modern look and feel, in-line with user expectations of modern 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 law-specific 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 Sources in U.S. History Online products will be available on July 31, at which time your current links will seamlessly redirect, and the above products will be available exclusively in the new experience on Archives Unbound

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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