The Link between Empathy and Adversity

| By Andrea Drouillard | “You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity.”  This quote by J. K. Rowling rings true for me.  I firmly believe that true empathy cannot exist without experiencing hardship.  Facing adversity head on is a way of life for … Read more

To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before*

| By Traci Cothran | The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI currently has an exhibit on Star Trek; since I watched this show all the time growing up, I checked it out and brought a few tribbles with me, too.  It was a good exhibit – featuring original costumes and props (phasers! scanners!) along … Read more

The Great Debate

| By Tracey Matthews, K12 Content Strategist , Gale | Complete your debate prep for the National Speech & Debate Tournament with Research In Context! With several portals (or topic pages) on social issues, Research In Context helps middle schoolers make connections to the world beyond the classroom, write persuasive research papers, and prepare well-informed … Read more

Research for a Great Debate

| By Beth Manar, Senior Content Developer, Gale | A debate is defined as a discussion, generally in a formal setting, in which two sides present opposing views on a topic. Debates have been recorded in history for millennia, and various debates have been labeled Great Debates over time, covering a wide variety of topics … Read more

Access a Canadian Perspective

| By Julie Mellors, Content Developer, Gale | O Canada! Have you checked out Gale’s Canada In Context database recently? There’s plenty to see. We have added a lot of timely and important new portals that deserve a look. Canada In Context is a database that was created for students and researchers studying Canada, its people, … Read more

Mama Africa, Miriam Makeba

| By Traci Cothran | Inspiration for life-long learning comes from all kinds of places.  Recently my teen got tickets to a music concert by the French artist, Jain. I knew nothing of her or her music, but played my role as the transportation provider for this event.  The show, it turned out, was great—Jain’s … Read more

The “Best Of” For Students Books: What’s New!

| By Michelle Lee, Sr Content Developer | Our new For Students “Best Of” volumes feature brand-new entries on works that have been previously covered in the series.  The entries—completely rewritten and refreshed—contain all new criticism and images and include new For Student features, such as a modernized page design.   The “Best Of” volumes … Read more

Health Content to the Rescue!

| By Shirelle Phelps | Need a remedy for that nagging cough? Want answers about your grandmother’s Alzheimer’s disease?  Going in for a special test and need a list of questions to ask your doctor? You can find answers to these and countless other health-related questions in the award-winning “Gale Encyclopedia of” health product family. … Read more

St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture Named a Top 10 Pop Culture Reference by Booklist

| By Gale Staff | Booklist recently published their Top 10 Pop Culture Reference list for books reviewed between January 1, 2018 and March 15 of this year, and GVRL reference St. James Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Culture made the list! Read below for what a Booklist reviewer had to say about the first authoritative, … Read more

American Reference Books Annual Recommends Infectious Diseases: In Context, Second Edition

| By Gale Staff | American Reference Books Annual (ARBA) just published its review on Infectious Diseases: In Context, 2nd Edition. The newest edition, available in print and eBook format on our platform, GVRL, is a comprehensive guide to the important topic of emerging and infectious diseases; covering the history, politics, and ethical debates related … Read more