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Thursday, September 30, 2010 12:52 pm
biography in context, a new Gale resource
Posted by: Sue Polanka

Gale  announced yesterday the availability of Biography in Context, a new next-gen resource evolving from, and soon replacing, the Biography Resource Center database.

Biography in Context includes the following:

  • Read Speaker text-to-speech technology, available on every page, is an ideal option for struggling readers and the visually impaired
  • Document translator allows students to translate any document into French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Italian, Portuguese, simplified Chinese, and Korean
  • The addition of Lives & Perspectives Collection,  giving Biography in Context more than 600,000 biographies on more than 525,000 influential people
  • Topic overviews combine with multiple media assets (images, video, podcasts) and authoritative reference content to deliver information, in context, through one comprehensive web-like portal page
  • “Expert Picks”, including reference documents, podcasts, primary sources, and magazine and journal articles, that are selected by subject matter experts to guide users in exploring topics at a deeper level
  • "Factbox”, providing a quick overview of topic highlights, consistent with open web alternatives
  • Related topics and web links aiding discovery of similar content
  • Content organized by type (reference, news, magazine, primary sources and more) to support the needs of general information seekers and those who wish to conduct more extensive research

Existing Resource Center subscribers will receive these new products as an upgrade at no additional cost.  For more information, a product preview or to request a trial, visit www.gale.com/NewRCs.

2 Responses to “biography in context, a new Gale resource”
  1. Gale Launches Biography In Context Says:

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  2. Biography in Context Says:

    Thanks for calling this out -- we're really excited to be bringing all of our great content to users in a new way.

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