• InfoTrac K12 libraries market
  • Journals and Reference Sources Curated for Discovery

    Make research easy by bringing today’s hot topics to your students

    School libraries have always been the information hub for students and teachers. But as information access has become more ubiquitous – every 60 seconds, Google1 gets about 4 million search queries – the library’s role has changed and its perceived value has diminished. It is more critical than ever for the school library to extend beyond its physical space, support student outcomes and collaborate with teachers.

    The challenge:

    Helping students find and analyze quality information and develop key 21st-century learning skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity.

    The answer:

    Gale can help your library become more relevant, support your connection to the classroom, and develop in your students the critical skills needed for their success in college or career. Specifically, InfoTrac’s solid content – timely, full-text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference sources – are backed by unique innovations, including:
    • Careful editorial curation of content and detailed manual indexing
    • Intuitive tools and features to guide users through the research process and enhance their information literacy skills
    • A great experience for 1:1 or BYOD schools
    • Mobile-responsive design: a similar experience to GVRL and In Context, allowing users to spend more time with content and less learning navigation and tools
    • A low-to-no embargo rate
    • InterLink, Topic Finder, Search Assist, Highlights and Notes and Citation tools
    • ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology usable in 11 languages
    • Sure, there are other periodical databases available to schools. But InfoTrac’s features and unparalleled content make it a superior tool for successful discovery for today’s savvy student.

    Responsive design

    Let’s focus on just one significant aspect of InfoTrac: our responsive design.  Consider these advantages:
    • The ease of Gale’s user interface makes a Gale search as fast as a Google search – but more importantly, students are using recognizable, authoritative content.
    • Familiarity with the resource platforms they will encounter later in their academic career will help students transition to college. InfoTrac’s interface, which is consistent with other Gale resources, creates a bridge from high school to college. Students will know how and where to begin their research. 
    • InfoTrac delivers easy-to-use, high-quality content to any device used in school technology initiatives, which are implemented to increase engagement, personalize learning, teach 21st-century skills, and improve achievement. 
    • Librarians and teachers spend less time working on training materials and instruction about how to navigate the interface and user tools, and more time on teaching users how to effectively analyze, interpret, and apply the information. 
    • The interface supports student workflow, especially for BYOD/1:1 initiatives in K12 schools. According to research published in June 2014, 71% of districts surveyed have adopted mobile technology, which represents a 60% increase over 2013. Some 82% are highly interested in implementing or expanding 1:1 mobile access within the next two years.

    The changing landscape of school information needs

    A 2012 NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) Schools and Staffing Survey found that “during the 2011-12 school year, only about two-thirds (67 percent) of library media centers in traditional public schools had full-time, paid, state-certified library media center specialists.”3 School libraries are clearly under a lot of pressure.

    As the role of the school library has changed, so have the ways Gale supports you. First, we work closely with administrators to integrate library resources into the classroom, bringing the library to students … and, consequently, students to the library. This arrangement also enhances learning. A recent white paper by Project Tomorrow demonstrated that student achievement and engagement both improved using Gale’s digital resources in the classroom.1

    The 21st century is here. Support the skills students need, starting today. InfoTrac helps students develop discovery, evaluation, and 21st-century skills. Find out how.  

    Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is a proud member of Partnership for 21st Century Skills, otherwise known as P21. Serving as a catalyst to position 21st century skills at the center of US K-12 education, P21 has built collaborative partnerships among education, business, and government leaders. Governors from 14 states are working with P21 to revise their state standards, create assessments, and implement 21st century skills professional development programs. As the world continues to undergo exponential change, P21 provides tools and resources to help fuse the core subjects (reading, writing, arithmetic, history, science) with the four C's (critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity).

    The need for information literacy

    A 2012 Pew Research survey of almost 2500 middle school and high school teachers found that teachers were greatly concerned about students’ abilities to judge the quality of online information. In fact, 80% of those teachers had spent valuable class time discussing with students how to assess the reliability of online information, and 71% spent class time discussing how to conduct research online in general.4

    1 James, Josh. "Data Never Sleeps 2.0." Domo.com. Domo, 23 Apr. 2014. Web.
    2 "2014 National Survey on Mobile Technology for K-12 Education." EdTech Times. N.p., 30 May 2014. Web. 09 Feb. 2015.
    3 http://assets.cengage.com/gate/shortForm.htm?sc=13M-AG0091&doc=http://www.cengagesites.com/sites/1094/White_Papers/McKinleyTech_WhitePaper_Yr2.pdf?cid=14W-RF0332&iba=14W-RF0332-17
    4 Desilver, Drew. "Few Students Likely to Use Print Books for Research." Pew Research Center RSS. N.p., 29 July 2013. Web. 09 Feb. 2015.