Empower students to critically analyse the world around them

Designed to support global awareness, Global Issues in Context ties together news, perspectives, reference materials, primary source documents, audio, video, statistics, and more. Through these tools, students are empowered to critically analyse and understand the most important issues of the modern world.

Scope and Depth

Global Issues in Context spans continents and cultures to bring essential, balanced information to researchers across many academic disciplines. Integrating news, global viewpoints, reference, country information, primary source documents, videos, statistics and more in a single search. Global Issues in Context not only focuses on broad issues such as poverty and nuclear proliferation, it also prompts a close appraisal of targeted issues, including the North Korea/South Korea conflict and the Fukushima disaster.

Authoritative Content

  • Updated daily with more than 570 geographically diverse, full-text newspapers, magazines, and journals for a truly global view
  • 250 Country topic pages and more than 400 Issue pages in the following categories:
    • Business and Economics
    • Conflict and Diplomacy
    • Environment and Climate Change
    • Government, Politics, and Law
    • Health and Medicine
    • Science and Technology
    • Society and Culture
    • Women, Children, and the Family
  • 100 Gale proprietary reference titles, including Countries of the World and Their Leaders YearbookHuman Geography: People & the Environment, Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Cultures, Middle East Conflict Reference Library, and Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations.
  • More than 3,000 exclusive commentaries provide the background information and guidance necessary to understand a given topic.

News and Multimedia

  • Videos, podcasts and streaming audio
  • Easy-to-search image galleries
  • Interactive maps
  • Thousands of charts and graphs and other statistical information


Sara Rizzo, Reference Librarian, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

“It’s probably my favourite Gale product and a really good fit for us and the university’s desire to provide students with an international perspective.”

Read the full interview with Sara Rizzo to see how GIC saves faculties time; is easy to use and why it ensures student papers are of higher quality.

University of Balamand Libraries, Lebanon:

Global Issues in Context is a well-structured and diverse database that contains international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues. It is highly used at the University of Balamand mainly by the English Program faculty and students since information literacy librarians promote it in the customized library sessions that are delivered to the English 101 sections every semester. The sessions are designed around a topic that students need to research using the provided databases in order to fulfill their assignments. In addition, English professors instruct students to use Global Issues in Context for their papers in other courses such as English 102 and intensive English. There are many reasons why the database works well for them:
-    It contains a list of current and updated topics that students can browse and choose from;
-    All topics are listed under a broader subject or discipline;
-    The results display is user friendly and divided into categories (viewpoint, reference, magazines, news, etc.);
-    The database has articles from different points of view in each category;
-    Articles are short and easy to read and understand which is suitable for freshman and sophomore students.

Also, librarians use it to help students find a topic to work on in the Library Use and Research Methods class. We highly recommend Global Issues in Context for any university or college since it is a general database for early academic level, it tackles students need directly by offering hands-on topics and information from different perspectives and in many formats.