Gale Infotrac Update

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A brief look at changes to Gale Infotrac databases available to Michigan libraries through MeL.

A brief look at changes to Gale Infotrac databases available to Michigan libraries through MeL.

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  • 1. Infotrac Margaret Lincoln Lakeview High School
  • 2. Infotrac Overview
    • Infotrac databases, including General Reference Center Gold from the Gale Group, are provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) to residents in our state.
    • Use this general interest database to find information on business, industry, current events, the arts, science, entertainment, etc. from magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias and reference books.
    • More than 57 million articles are now available through General Reference Center Gold.
  • 3. General Reference Center Gold
    • Upon connecting to Gale Infotrac, select General Reference Center Gold.
    • Four search options are available:
        • Basic Search
        • Browse Subjects
        • Browse Publications
        • Advanced Search
    • The Full text option of Basic Search allows you to search for a string of text or a particular line from an article, functioning much like a search engine.
  • 4. Basic Search
    • The Basic Search offers a straightforward way to search featuring a single search box,
    • There are options for limiting your search to find documents with full text or with images. You also can specify peer-reviewed journals.
  • 5. Search Results
    • A search on global warming gives results in date order via tabs for Magazines, Academic Journals, Books, News or Multimedia.
    • Direct links to images, videos and podcasts now appear on the search results page.
  • 6. Browse Subjects
    • The Browse Subjects option locates a search term, suggests subdivisions or related subjects.
    • Web 2.0 Subdivisions
        • Conferences, meetings 11 (article count)
        • Educational Aspects 15
        • Forecasts and trends 31
    • Web 2.0 broader terms
        • World Wide Web 15784
    • Web 2.0 related terms
        • Blogs 15818
        • Online social networks 5606
        • Podcasting 1693
  • 7. Browse Publications
    • The Browse Publications option lets you search for magazines, journals, newspapers, reference works, and other source materials by title.
    • The screen with publication information lets you set up an RSS alert or link to a specific issue.
  • 8. Advanced Search
    • An advanced search lets you create tightly focused searches using Boolean operators
    • You can specify search terms such as keyword, author, title, publication, word count, date, etc.
    • Search for information about Internet security and schools published over the past five years.
  • 9. Document Results
    • You may display full text of an article on screen or use tools to print, email, download, cite or translate article.
    • New features let you playback an audio version or share article via a social networking site like Facebook.
  • 10.
    • Gale Infotrac allows the user to access a wealth of textual and multimedia material.
    • It is also possible to perform a Power Search across a number of Gale Group databases at once including the Health Reference Center Academic, Custom Newspapers, General Business File, Academic One File, General OneFile, LegalTrac, New York Times, Computer Database, Student Edition and Gale Virtual Reference Library.
    • Infotrac is a valuable resource for Michigan libraries.
    Conclusion