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Sheer sizeInfoTrac includes more than 18,000 periodical titles.
Unique contentMuch of the content is not available elsewhere electronically.
Comprehensive Subject CoverageThere is extensive subject coverage from arts and humanities to business, law, science, economics and technology.
Acquisition strategyTo ensure academic relevance, Gale’s acquisition strategy focuses on quality of resources, not just quantity. We track major bibliographic indexes such as ERIC, CINAHL, MLA and PsycINFO to ensure we provide access to publications currently recommended in institutions around the world. Consequently, a high percentage of titles are peer-reviewed.
Continual growthNew titles are added every month. You can view the recent additions to InfoTrac here.
Manual content curation and indexingOver 1.2 million articles in InfoTrac are manually indexed each year. People-powered indexing nets more accurate search results, and facilitates the technology behind Interlink.
Relevant multimediaVideo, image and podcasts stimulate research and enhance learning.
Low-to-no embargoesMost periodicals have minimal or non-existent embargoes, so content can be accessed the moment it’s released. See average embargo rates for an example resource below.
Gale InfoTrac Embargo Rates:
Cross-searchableInfoTrac resources and those in Gale Virtual Reference Library and the In Context suite are accessible in one seamless search on the PowerSearch platform.
Citation toolsBoth the APA and MLA citation can be generated in their most recent format, and can be exported into EasyBib, EndNote, ProCite, Reference Manager, and RefWorks.
Text-to-speech technologyReadSpeaker creates an audio version of every InfoTrac article, downloadable as MP3 files, which are ideal for auditory learners, those with impaired vision, ESL students, and those who simply want to learn on the go.
Search Assist Topic recommendations are made based on common language and phrase searching, accommodating differentiated spelling and providing a web-like search experience.
Extensive Search optionsBasic, advanced or browse search options available, with numerous limiters from publication date to Lexile reading level.
Secondary search refinementSecondary filters and limiters allow users to target required content within their results, increasing search efficiency.
Gale’s Access My Library® appEnables users to access InfoTrac on a mobile phone, which around 56% of students use for study*.
Interlink Revolutionary technology that cross-searches document-level subject indexing of articles with that of eBooks, linking users to contextually relevant content on GVRL. Read more about Interlink here.
Language TranslationThe interface can be translated on-demand into 34 languages, and content into 23 languages. Audio translations are available in 20 languages, welcoming users from diverse backgrounds and increasing global accessibility. Click here to see the Language Availability Table
Google integrationAfter 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. Read more about Google Integration here.
Search AlertsAlerts inform users when content relevant to their interests is added to the database.
User inputHighlighting and notes functions allow users to actively work with resources.
Topic FinderThis tool generates visual representations of search results, based on the most frequently occurring terms, helping users envision connections and create new paths of enquiry. See an example screenshot here and read more about Topic Finder here.
Mobile-facilitated AccessFree InfoTrac apps will soon be available in the Chrome Web Store, making it even easier for students, schools, and public library patrons to access resources from their tablets and mobile devices.
*Student Mobile Device Survey 2014: College Students
. Pearson, 16 May 2014.
Disability Access Improved access for people with disabilities like low vision or blindness.
Interface consistencyA familiar, web-like experience and consistency with other Gale resources means less time learning navigation, and more time engaging with content.
No sharing restrictionsA DRM-free platform – any user can print, download, share and e-mail without restriction.
Aesthetic viewingPDF-viewing options and publication cover images enhance the visual experience.
Multiple Device optimization The interface is optimised for use on a range of devices, ensuring a quality user experience on tablets and other mobile devices. See examples below
Sharing featuresOpportunities to share information among users and their communities with Web 2.0 technology.
Named User AccountsIndividual account profiles allow users to customize the interface, create bookmarks and manage search results, documents, alerts and emails.
Google ScholarGoogle Scholar has begun indexing Gale content, bringing InfoTrac resources into the natural path of many library patrons, boosting discoverability and usage. Read more about indexing on Google Scholar here.