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Share Your Insights on the Digital Humanities

Research projects that come under the fold of the “digital humanities” can take many forms, from the digitization and cataloging of sounds, documents, and images with cultural and historical significance, to interactive, born-digital projects that explore social and cultural trends through the analysis of “big data”… and beyond. For this reason, librarians and scholars are still working towards a definition of the term that encompasses all researchers’ efforts. However, without question, faculty and librarians can be—and, in fact, are—key partners in the creation, curation, preservation, and dissemination of the research produced in this burgeoning field. We want you to be Read More…


Entrepreneurs (and Others) Gain Valued Insights with DemographicsNow

Public libraries continually seek cost-effective ways to make their patrons’ user experience more convenient; finding demographics information can often require searching multiple sources, which can be time-consuming.

Bloomfield Township Public Library meets the information needs of a wide variety of businesspeople, jobseekers, and individuals by using Gale’s DemographicsNow to deliver convenient access to highly detailed demographic information on any U.S. geography — in a single, easily searchable database.

DemographicsNow provides users with access to highly detailed demographic data that can span the entire U.S. That makes it ideal for gaining consumer and market insight for anyone considering opening a business and wanting to create a business plan or conduct a location analysis. It also serves a variety of other needs and users. Small business owners can rely on it to identify competitors in their area or help relocate their business; marketing and sales people can develop targeted customer leads and mailing lists; students can research companies and regions for assignments; and jobseekers can find information on a company before a job interview.
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Large-Campus Librarian Uses Digital Tools to Emphasize Research Skills

Anne Abney, teaching librarian at Creekview High School northwest of Atlanta, faces key challenges as she leads students through the process of working on their assigned research projects, which are structured through a joint effort among Abney and the course instructors. For one, she must determine how to emphasize key research and critical thinking skills in the school’s large, and often crowded, library. Secondly, she also must organize the library and its new resources in a way that meets the student population’s needs.

In the following success story, you’ll read how Cengage Learning’s Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), a cloud-based platform that provides digital research and educational resources to libraries, helps Anne Abney accomplish her goals. Abney describes how students’ research skills are becoming more effective, as well as more efficient, as they learn to use GVRL for their projects. You’ll also read how GVRL supports the development of students’ analytical and critical thinking skills.

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Librarian Uses Digital Collection to Provide Higher-Quality Learning Experience for Students

Kristin Douglas, one of three librarians and seven paraprofessionals at Hempfield High School in Pennsylvania’s Dutch country, knows that the key to being able to teach and support students is having a well-staffed library.

She also knows exactly what she’s up against when it comes to students’ online expectations. As the district transitions from a print to cloud-based library collection, Douglas and her colleagues understand the library will be compared to popular online destinations students have become accustomed to using outside the classroom. It means part of Douglas’ job is to break poor student research habits and replace them with behaviors that will help students excel regardless of whether they plan to attend college.
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Gale Training Webinars: March 2015

Discover all the tips and tricks that will help you and your researchers get the most out of your Gale resources.

View the Gale training webinar calendar and register for a free session today!

Need more support? Visit support.gale.com, your always-open, one-stop FREE shop stocked with items to maximize exposure and drive usage of your Gale resources.
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