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Using the Library's Databases

Primary Sources

Gale hosts many primary source archival collections. Search the collections simultaneously or selectively. Watch these videos for more information on the collections and how to search them:


Gale Primary Sources

Searching the Gale Primary Source databases is very similar to searching the library catalogue and searching other databases. Click here if you are looking for more general search tips: Using the Library Catalogue.

Here, we will cover some of the unique features of Gale Primary Source databases.There are 2 special search tools in all of the Gale Primary Source databases: Topic Finder and Wheel Frequency. 


Topic Finder

This tool takes the titles, subjects, and approximately the first 100 words from a subset of your top results and feeds them into an algorithm. Keywords shown in the graphics are those found most often in the text with your search term. Clicking on a topic wheel or tile narrows your original search results to the documents also containing that subject or term. This tool can help you narrow down your search topic or come up with different key words to search. Here are the two ways Topic Finder can look, using the example search "carriage":

Term Frequency

This tool allows you to view search results over time by entering a word or phrase, comparing multiple terms if desired. By clicking on a point on the graph, retrieve search results for that year or, by clicking and dragging, select a time period to zoom in on.

Click on the next tab for a full list of our Gale Primary Source databases and try exploring one of them!

Search Gale Primary Sources

Gale Primary Source Databases: