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Thomson Gale Launches New Social Issues Site

Thomson Gale (www.gale.com) has introduced a new reference Web site called WiseTo Social Issues (http://socialissues.wiseto.com), a site dedicated to comprehensively exploring today’s hottest and most divisive topics. Each of the more than 100 main topics includes free content written by experts, but users also have the ability to purchase a premium Expert Pass to access additional content for each of the topics ($7.99 for 30 days of access for one topic). Thomson Gale intends to offer a sitewide Expert Pass for all the topic areas in the near future.

Consistent with Thomson Gale’s long-standing mission of advancing learning and libraries, WiseTo Social Issues features unbiased, academic-quality information that represents all sides of highly contested issues. The site offers library-quality reference content exclusively created by or licensed from third parties by Thomson Gale, which has produced trusted information for libraries, schools, and businesses worldwide for more than 50 years.

According to a spokesperson for Gale, the free overview and points of view articles are taken from but do not exactly duplicate content in the Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, which Gale sells to school and public libraries. Less than 3 percent of the content in Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center appears in WiseTo Social Issues. In addition, WiseTo Social Issues provides links to Thomson Gale’s library advocacy Web site, AccessMyLibrary (www.accessmylibrary.com), through which consumers have full access to the entire suite of Thomson Gale databases their library has licensed on their behalf.

Source: Thomson Gale



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