Gale: Primary Sources
Gale: Primary Sources allows researchers to uncover primary source documents in archives where they may not have thought to look, greatly enhancing their research experience. By building a seamless research environment for multiple collections, Gale is creating the largest digital humanities and social sciences collection in the world.
Gale: Primary Sources searches across these databases:
- Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
- Sabin Americana, 1500-1926
- The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2008
- The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive
On the Gale platform, users can engage with primary sources in ways that were never before possible through subject indexing and a range of cutting edge interactive tools:
This allows users to see the frequency of their search term(s) in the content over time, which can suggest the importance of particular concepts during given periods. It allows users to ask new questions of historical data, e.g., Is there a connection between "bread" and "revolution"? Does the frequency of the word "Empire" coincide with the rise of the term "tragedy" and "comedy" in popular discourse?
Users can see terms that commonly occur in relation to their own search term, which helps uncover hidden connections, or can be a helpful starting point in the early stages of research. The term cluster for "disaster" might bring up related topics such as "Mining Disaster," "Fire," or "Earthquake," prompting users down different research paths.