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Gale Launches Custom Newspapers, Announces History Resource Center.

Gale Group has announced the launch of its InfoTrac Custom Newspapers database, which will deliver full-text articles from more than 30 U.S. and U.K. newspapers using specific search parameters and eliminating random searches. In a separate release, Gale has announced this year's planned launch of History Resource Center, an online history library.

Custom Newspapers

InfoTrac Custom Newspapers allows searching by title, headline, date, author, or newspaper section, providing the searcher with more precise results. Additionally, search results are displayed within the newspaper section, providing context for the articles. Results are delivered electronically from the newspaper, creating an electronic edition with only the needed articles.

Newspapers such as The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Times (London), The Dallas Morning News, The Indianapolis Star, The Arizona Republic, San Francisco Chronicle, and the entire Knight Ridder family of papers are among those currently available, and another 40 major papers will be added this year. The additional newspapers will expand Custom Newspapers' coverage to the Pacific Rim.

Used in libraries in more than 100 countries, InfoTrac is the brand name of a series of periodical databases published by the Gale Group. First launched in 1985 as a CD-ROM used in libraries to track down and retrieve newspaper and magazine articles quickly and accurately, InfoTrac now serves a wide range of research needs, including general reference, health, scholarly, governmental, legal, and popular interest topics. As Web research gained popularity, InfoTrac added an Internet service with the same easy-to-use, intuitive search engine. In 1999, the service became the first of its kind to provide a Spanish language periodical database (Informe!).

History Resource Center

This new Web-based research site will integrate current full-text periodicals, multimedia reference articles, and facsimiles of historic documents under a single search interface, allowing undergraduate students to assemble comprehensive, diverse research materials in one step.

History Resource Center will be released in modules, with the first focusing on the most studied events and issues in U.S. history. It will combine documents from Primary Source Microfilm's digital archives; encyclopedic articles from Macmillan Reference USA, Scribner's, and Gale; periodical databases from InfoTrac; and links to digitized special collections.

There will be five main search paths in History Resource Center: person, time period, subject, full-text, and custom search. Results will be delivered and organized by document type, and these documents will include annotated chronologies with U.S. and world context, vetted encyclopedia articles and biographies, multimedia maps and images, links to history journals and annotated Web links, bibliographies, abstracts, and indexes.

Gale plans to model History Resource Center after its other Web-based resource centers: Biography Resource Center, Literature Resource Center, and Student Resource Center.

Source: Gale Group, Farmington Hills, MI, 800/877-GALE, 248/699-4253; Fax: 412/288-9905; http://www.galegroup.com.

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