Tools and Features

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Sheer size

InfoTrac includes more than 18,000 periodical titles.

Unique content

Much of the content is not available elsewhere electronically.

Comprehensive Subject Coverage

There is extensive subject coverage from arts and humanities to business, law, science, economics and technology.

Acquisition strategy

To 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 growth

New titles are added every month. You can view the recent additions to InfoTrac here.

Manual content curation and indexing

Over 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 multimedia

Video, image and podcasts stimulate research and enhance learning.

Low-to-no embargoes

Most 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:



InfoTrac resources and those in Gale Virtual Reference Library and the In Context suite are accessible in one seamless search on the PowerSearch platform.

Citation tools

Both 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 technology

ReadSpeaker 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 options

Basic, advanced or browse search options available, with numerous limiters from publication date to Lexile reading level.

Secondary search refinement

Secondary filters and limiters allow users to target required content within their results, increasing search efficiency.

Gale’s Access My Library® app

Enables users to access InfoTrac on a mobile phone, which around 56% of students use for study*.


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 Translation

The 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 integration

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. Read more about Google Integration here.

Search Alerts

Alerts inform users when content relevant to their interests is added to the database.

User input

Highlighting and notes functions allow users to actively work with resources.

Topic Finder

This 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 Access

Free 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 consistency

A familiar, web-like experience and consistency with other Gale resources means less time learning navigation, and more time engaging with content.

No sharing restrictions

A DRM-free platform – any user can print, download,  share and e-mail without restriction.

Aesthetic viewing

PDF-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 features

Opportunities to share information among users and their communities with Web 2.0 technology.

Named User Accounts

Individual account profiles allow users to customize the interface, create bookmarks and manage search results, documents, alerts and emails.

Google Scholar

Google 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.                                                                                        

Home Page: High-contrast color palette and tool placement on all devices (iPad)

Search Results: Featured on top-left with filters on right (Desktop / Laptop)

Search Tools Button: Helps mobile users filter and navigate results (HTC)

Topic Finder: Visualize search experience (Desktop / Laptop)

Article View: Article tools expanded on the right (Desktop / Laptop)

Article View: Use the top right Tools icon to expand tools (iPhone)

Highlight and Notes: Print and save digital excerpts (Desktop / Laptop)

InterLink: Hyperlinks article text to highly relevant GVRL eBook content (Desktop / Laptop)
Interface can be translated in over 30 languages; articles in 19 languages (Desktop / Laptop)