Gale Announces Next Generation of Online Resources

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced In Context, a new portfolio of online products, developed to meet the needs of today’s Internet-savvy researchers. Available Fall 2010, this next-generation of online offerings evolved from, and will replace, select award-winning Gale resource center databases.

Designed as an online learning environment, the resources will deliver accurate, authoritative content that builds collaboration from the library to the classroom. Covering science, biography, history, social issues and more, this new way of delivering content—in context, through comprehensive Web-like portal pages—supports the development of critical thinking and information literacy skills while providing the intuitive experience today’s users have come to expect from online research.

“These sophisticated resources are designed for today’s learners, educators and librarians,” said Jay Flynn, Gale’s vice president and publisher for social science and K-12. “In Context provides the targeted, media-rich, educator-reviewed content not available from a traditional Web search. Like our other portal products, this new product platform is designed to be continuously updated to support the changing needs of our users.”

The new In Context products will offer:

  • User tools such as topic overviews, quick fact boxes and expert-selected content highlights
  • Search assist and “Did you mean?” functionality consistent with searching on the open Web
  • Dynamic images, audio, video, maps and interactive components
  • ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology and on-demand language translation
  • More than 1,800 cross-searchable portal pages
  • Web 2.0 share tools including links to social networking sites
  • Customization options for specific user and reading levels

In Context products includes the following topical editions:

(formerly Biography Resource Center)

Canadian Edition
(formerly Student Resource Centre: Canadian Edition)

History: U.S.
(formerly History Resource Center: U.S.)

History: World
(formerly History Resource Center: World)

Opposing Viewpoints
(formerly Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center)

(formerly Science Resource Center)

Student Edition
(formerly Student Resource Center)

When the product is released, existing Resource Center subscribers will receive these new products as an upgrade at no additional cost. For more information, a product preview or to request a trial, visit

For more information, please contact Linda Busse at [email protected].

About Cengage Learning and Gale

Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, serves the world’s information and education needs through its vast and dynamic content pools, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, schools and on the Internet. It is best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs—from homework help to health questions to business profiles—in a variety of formats. For more information, visit or