Gale’s New Global Issues in Context Opens a World of Understanding

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., June 27, 2008 – Information seekers everywhere will soon be able to get global perspectives on a range of international issues just by turning on their computers! In Fall 2008, Gale, part of Cengage Learning, will launch Global Issues in Context, a new electronic resource that offers global news and perspectives on issues and events of international importance and provides background information on them, placing them in context.

Global Issues in Context ties together a variety of sources from across the globe to present a rich analysis of critical issues, whether social, political, military, economic, environmental, science, health or cultural,” said Carol Nagel, Gale product manager. “It provides a framework for better understanding 21st-century issues and events while highlighting global connections and the interdependence of all nations.”

Displaying a new, media-rich interface, Global Issues in Context features a wealth of content:

  • 400 full-text English-language news sources, magazines and academic journals, such as London Times, New African, Al Jazeera, Moscow Times and the BBC
  • 250+ issue pages with unique topic overviews and global perspectives, reference and primary source documents, statistics, periodicals, Web sites, multimedia and more
  • 193 country pods that feature in-depth cultural information, statistics, maps, flags, encyclopedia articles and much more
  • Video, images, interactive maps, podcasts and downloadable audio for every file

Global Issues in Context also features a homepage-based interactive map that allows users to search for country information, issues and news and a customizable world news section that allows users to select which news sources they’d like displayed.

Issues in Global Issues in Context are organized into user-intuitive categories:

  • Business and Economics
  • Conflict and Diplomacy
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Government and Politics
  • Health and Medicine
  • Science and Technology
  • Society and Culture

Topics focus on such subjects as war, genocide, terrorism, human rights, poverty, epidemics and pandemics, famine, globalization, world trade, nuclear proliferation and global warming.

Correlated to state and national social studies and science standards, Global Issues in Context supports the K-12 core curriculum and fosters critical thinking and information literacy skills by providing researchers with a framework to evaluate a variety of sources and address 21st-century issues.

Global Issues in Context also fits into many parts of the college curricula. It helps students comprehend how and why some events occurring in countries across the globe have an impact on them locally, providing a better understanding of issues in business and politics as well as current events and cultures.

Global Issues in Context may also bring a greater sense of community to a public library, one in which users can learn more about issues that concern them ­­– child labor, global warming, human rights – and take action.

Global Issues in Context arms information seekers with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in an increasingly global economy. It offers a rich, multicultural analysis of issues, placing them in true global context.

For more information, please contact Lindsay Brown at [email protected].

About Cengage Learning and Gale
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