Information Today
Volume 17, Issue 7 • July/August 2000
Gale Group Launches History Resource Center

Gale Group has announced the release of the History Resource Center at The subscription service, designed primarily for libraries, schools, and universities, is the first product to integrate history’s most important original documents, classic references, scholarly journals, and newspaper and magazine articles within a single interface, according to the company.

“This is an unparalleled use of the Web and will likely change the way students study history,” said John Barnes, senior vice president and general manager of Gale Group’s public and academic library market group. “The combination of content is vast, completely unique, and organized intelligently. With History Resource Center, a student can read about the most important scholarly work on, say, the American Civil War; put it in context with analysis from newspaper, journal, or magazine articles; then, look at an original letter from a soldier in the field without ever leaving the dorm. No other product has ever offered such depth and breadth of information in one spot before.”

History Resource Center includes some of the most respected works used in universities today, such as the Dictionary of American History, thousands of current and archived newspaper and magazine articles, encyclopedia articles, biographies, rare documents that are digitized to be viewed on a desktop, multimedia maps and images, and descriptive chronologies. Gale leverages History Resource Center’s Web environment with the creation of the Digital Forum, a service that allows students to share thoughts and opinions on various events in history.

Content in the History Resource Center is bolstered by several history-related publishing partnerships. Notable among them is a deal Gale signed with reference publisher ABC-CLIO that allows History Resource Center users to search through several ABC-CLIO history databases simultaneously, and another with ISI that makes journals from its Arts and Humanities Index accessible through History Resource Center.

Source: Gale Group, Farmington Hills, MI, 800/877-GALE;

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