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

    Affordably fulfill all users’ research needs, no matter your primary audience

    Today’s library users want to research the same way they use the Internet: to search, “glean,” or filter information to get the best content for them to use.1 And they want to do this in “bursts,” not spending a lot of time in a single resource.

    54% of patrons research topics that interest them.2 The second most reported reason for increased library usage in the last five years is “to do research and use reference materials.” 2 That’s a whole lot more than the popular notion of simply borrowing books and using computers!

    Now, more than ever, patrons want to be directed to specific information.1

    The challenge:

    How do you help patrons find the information they want, quickly, with intuitive searching that mirrors Internet searching, while making sure they tap into quality sources?

    The answer:

    We can help you connect patrons to the information they’re looking for, with tools that make discovery fast and easy.

    InfoTrac’s solid content – timely, full-text articles from the world’s leading magazines, journals and reference sources – is backed by unique innovations, including:
    • Detailed manual indexing
    • Careful editorial curation of content
    • Mobile-responsive design
    • A low-to-no embargo rate
    • Tools like InterLink, Topic Finder, and Search Assist
    • ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology usable in 11 languages

    Content for all collections is hand-picked by experts, many of whom are librarians. Superior subject indexing leads the user on their own unique path through millions of articles, datasets, animations, and visualizations.

    Many patrons especially like being able to read the full-text Newsweek, The Economist, USA Today Magazine, and other popular titles. And if their library has GVRL eBooks, cross-searching periodicals and eBooks through PowerSearch and InterLink make for a powerful (and fruitful) search experience.

    There are other periodical databases out there. But InfoTrac’s features and unparalleled indexing make it a superior tool for successful discovery.

    Have a large student population?

    Students are finding information in other places … mostly through general web searching. In fact, every 60 seconds about 4 million search queries run on Google.

    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 help 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 – is backed by unique innovations.

    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 just 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 to 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.

    Rising to the Challenge: Re-envisioning Public Libraries, The Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, October, 2014, http://www.aspeninstitute.org/sites/default/files/content/docs/pubs/AspenLibrariesReport.pdf 
    2  Pew Internet & American Life Project, January, 2013, http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2013/01/22/library-services/