• Premier portals enhance 21st century learning

    Gale’s In Context meets the needs of today’s students by combining easily searchable, web-like design and functionality with authoritative, high-quality, media-rich information. Eye-catching, engaging, topical portals – covering Biography, Canada, Global Issues, Opposing Viewpoints, Science, Student Resources, U.S. History, and World History – seamlessly integrate the acclaimed content with media-rich, curriculum-aligned materials that span across core subjects and 21st century themes.

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    Easy to Use

    • An engaging, web-like interface is easy to use and promotes information discovery.
    • Tools to bookmark, print, download, e-mail and share online encourage collaboration.


    • Continuously updated, editorially curated topic pages provide an ideal jumping-off point for the research process.
    • Content is organized by type: primary sources, multimedia, newspapers, magazines, references, and more.
    • The site encourages collaboration between media specialists and teachers in fostering critical thinking and information literacy.
    • Article recommendations link to related reference articles within the resource.

    Key Features

    • Topic Overviews give accurate context to each subject.
    • Factboxes provide a quick overview of biographical and geographical highlights.
    • On-demand text translation into 12 languages accommodates diverse student populations.
    • ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology supports differentiated learning and those with impaired vision, and can be used in conjunction with text translation.
    • MLA7, APA6, and EasyBib citation tools facilitate understanding of proper use of copyright materials.
    • Search Assist (with “Did You Mean?” functionality) efficiently guides users.
    • Highlights and Notes allow users to select and highlight important text, add notes, and view, print or export that information.


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    Biography in Context
     offers authoritative reference content alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, audio podcasts, and images.

    sm Canada
    Canada in Context
     integrates Canada’s top resources with the finest Gale reference materials for a specifically Canadian perspective on a nation and its people. 

    sm Global
    Designed to support global awareness and the development of critical thinking and information literacy skills, Global Issues in Context empowers users with the tools they need to understand the issues of today’s world.

    sm OV
    Opposing Viewpoints in Context
     is the premier online resource covering all sides of today’s hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration, to violent video games.

    sm Sci
    Science in Context
     is an engaging online resource providing contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics.

    sm Stu
    Student Resources in Context
     offers cross-curricular content aligned to Common Core State Standards, and provides that material in the way most useful for students.

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    U.S. History In Context
     provides a complete overview of our nation’s past through a variety of primary source, news, and multimedia content.

    World History in Context
     provides an overview of world history that covers the most-studied events, periods, cultures, civilizations, religions, conflicts, wars, ideologies, cultural movements, people, and more.

    Testimonials & Feedback

    What Gale In Context subscribers are saying: 

    "The portal’s features are user-friendly and engaging, as well as help users in discovery and exploration."
    — University Librarian, Texas

    "I like what I see. Keep moving forward. All the kids want to do is Google, but what you have here gives us good argument to keep buying online reference products. You’re doing great."
    — School Librarian, California

    "This is a great work you are doing to stay in touch with the way students are learning today."
    — College Librarian, Florida

    "You're thinking like the students do!"
    — District Librarian, North Carolina

    "Very timely ... engaging for youth and adults and helpful to promote information literacy skills."
    — Public Librarian, British Columbia