News and Updates


InfoTrac resources are constantly being updated and improved, and frequently benefit from innovative new technology. Find below explanations and demonstrations of key updates, or click here for more.

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Interlink  |  Google Partnership  |  Topic Finder 'Related Resources' Recommendations  | Browse by Discipline | Alternative Spelling Suggestions

Interlink

Interlink technology links users from InfoTrac periodical articles to Gale Virtual Reference Library eBooks available at their institution.

A customer survey revealed the ability to link resources was highly sought by librarians who felt it was necessary to address a significant challenge to libraries; Wikipedia. Interlink technology is exclusive to Gale and goes beyond the Wikipedia experience. Cross-searching the document level subject indexing of the article in use with the subject indexing of the GVRL eBooks available at an institution, Interlink adds hyperlinks to key terms, connecting the reader to contextually relevant content on the GVRL eBooks platform. This impressive technology relies on Gale’s meticulous manual content curation, subject indexing and the results ranking algorithms applied to all eBooks on the GVRL platform.

Boost Usage
By automatically linking users to your library’s eBooks, Interlink immediately boosts usage of your GVRL holdings, which will be tracked in your usage statistics. Interlink also helps keep users within assured-quality library holdings, rather than wandering onto the open web.

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Google Partnership

With over 40,000 Google search engine queries per second on average and more than 50 million teachers and students using Google Apps for Education worldwide, Google is a recognised, trusted, and highly-used research pathway. Partnership with Google brings Gale resources into the natural path of many library patrons, boosting discoverability and usage of InfoTrac resources.

•    Google Scholar has begun indexing selected Gale content, so those beginning their research in Google Scholar will be able to discover resources in Academic OneFile. If their institution subscribes to the Gale content initially discovered in Google Scholar, users will be taken directly to a full-text version in InfoTrac, boosting usage of resources. Almost 2.5 million documents will be discoverable via Google Scholar once this is complete.

•    Google workflow tools - After authentication, seamless user login with Google credentials allows users to easily save, share, and download articles — including their own highlights and notes — using Google Apps for Education tools like Gmail, Drive and Docs, which are now integrated intuitively on Gale’s digital platforms.

 

•    InfoTrac AppsInfoTrac apps for specific collections (General OneFile, Academic OneFile, InfoTrac Newsstand, InfoTrac Business Collection, Informe Académico and PowerSearch) are now available for download through the Chrome Web Store, making it even easier for students and patrons to access resources from their tablets and mobile devices.

•    Google Classroom: Teachers and students are able to seamlessly create, assign or turn-in content to Google Classroom via an integrated Classroom share button. Gale is the first library and technology provider to offer this game-changing technology in its resources.

Click here for the Success Story of a user already benefiting from Google partnership.

Want to know more? Click here to read more about Gale’s partnership with Google.

Topic Finder

The Topic Finder tool provides a visual representation of search results, and, at a glance, an overview of major topics and subtopics relevant to a search query. This can help users analyse the results of their search by clustering results, and can encourage new paths of enquiry. The example below is Topic Finder’s visual representation of a search on ‘Global Warming’.
 




This representation allows users to visually consider and then pick what they would like their results to focus on: when each sub-topic within the wheel is clicked, the box on the right-hand-side displays a selection of results which are most relevant to that sub-topic. In the above example, the list displayed is a cluster of articles related to the secondary sub-topic ‘Global Temperature Changes’.

The Topic Finder tool can also display visual representations of results in a ‘tile’ format. The example below is the result of a search on ‘Civil Rights’.



‘Related Resources’ Recommendations

Twelve ‘Related Resources’ now appear at the bottom of all InfoTrac articles (bar literature products) which are most relevant to the current article, based on its subject indexing. Along with Interlink, this new feature ensures InfoTrac meets the demand for value-adding serendipitous discovery tools. This feature is further explained in a blog post.



‘Browse by Discipline’ option offers additional search support in Academic OneFile 

This new search option lets users filter down through a series of stages – each populated with subject-specific, course-aligned topic suggestions – to the content most relevant to them. Perfect for less confident researchers, this new workflow helps users who struggle to execute effective advance searches. Find further information in this blog post.



Alternative Spelling Suggestions

When users return zero results due to misspelling search terms, InfoTrac now provides alternative words which the user may have been attempting to spell, helping remove obstacles to a continuous and efficient research experience.




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