[Libs-Or] U.S. History in Context & GREENR: New Databases in Statewide Contract

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Mon Aug 1 09:01:20 PDT 2011

As part of the contract renewal announced last week<http://listsmart.osl.state.or.us/pipermail/libs-or/2011-July/010716.html>, Gale is adding U.S. History in Context and GREENR to our statewide offerings at no additional cost.

What is U.S. History in Context?
This database provides a "complete overview of U.S. history that covers the most-studied events, issues, and current information" and "combines documents from Primary Source Microfilm's(tm) digital archives; articles from classic Macmillan Reference USA(tm) and Charles Scribner's Sons(r) references; as well as other Gale proprietary content such as country and era overview information, and full-text periodicals and journals." There are over 9,100 viewpoint essays, 5,000 primary documents, articles from over 95 Gale reference titles, journal content, and more. It uses the same interface as Student Resources in Context and Opposing Viewpoints in Context. http://www.gale.cengage.com/InContext/hist_us.htm

What is GREENR?
The acronym stands for Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources, and it is a "new, authoritative online resource that focuses on the academic study of sustainability and the environment." It allows users to navigate issue, organization, and country portals and provides news, video, primary source documents, interactive maps, refereed case studies, and more in research categories such as energy systems, healthcare, food, and green collar jobs. There is also an advisory board and blog for this product. http://www.gale.cengage.com/greenr/

Adding Links & Icons to Your Library's/Consortium's Database Page
Gale reps added the library-specific links for the new databases to the Gale support sites for Oregon libraries. For staff in a public or tribal library, go to http://galesupport.com/oregon/, enter your library's name and click Select, and scan the alphabetical list of URLs. For staff in an academic library, go to http://www.galesupport.com/oregonacad/, click on your library's name, and scan the alphabetical list of URLs. If your library or consortium includes database icons on your webpage, there is a link to those in the column to the right of the URLs. Should you have problems adding access to U.S. History in Context and GREENR on your library webpage, please contact Gale customer support at gale.consortium.installs at cengage.com<mailto:gale.consortium.installs at cengage.com> or (800) 877-4253 (press 4).

Title Lists
You can view the list of journals and reference books that are included in both databases.  http://www.gale.cengage.com/title_lists/

Tutorials and Tip Sheets
Gale has a few short tutorials about each product. The subjects are Navigating the Homepage, Searching, and Topic/Portal Pages and Documents. http://www.gale.cengage.com/guidedtour/index.htm Note that it can take a couple of minutes for videos to load. There are also search tip sheets for both databases. http://support.gale.com/gale/cat.html?cat=1196

A Gale trainer will offer four webinars this month to introduce Oregon library staff to both databases. Half of each hour-long session will be devoted to U.S. History in Context and the other half to GREENR. Your opportunities to participate are on August 18th at 9:30 am or 2:00 pm and August 23rd at 11:00 am or 4:30 pm (Pacific time). See the attachment for webinar access details. One session will be recorded and posted on the Gale support sites for Oregon libraries.

If you already subscribe to either of the new databases, your Gale sales rep will be in touch about a credit.
            Public and tribal libraries: susan.mcphee at cengage.com<mailto:susan.mcphee at cengage.com>
            Academic libraries: rob.hoyer at cengage.com<mailto:rob.hoyer at cengage.com>

Questions?  Please ask.


Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Library Development
Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR  97301-3950
jennifer.maurer at state.or.us<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us>

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