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Gale Databases Coming to WorldCat Local

OCLC ( and Gale, a part of Cengage Learning (, have signed an agreement to index Gale's flagship full-text periodical databases in WorldCat Local to provide single-search access to users that subscribe to both services. The agreement calls for OCLC to centrally index the metadata of Gale's Academic OneFile and General OneFile databases to provide WorldCat Local users a direct link to the abstracts and articles in these popular, authoritative resources. The two databases contain some 100 million records each that connect to millions of full-text articles in both HTML and PDF from peer-reviewed journals, newspapers, and magazines, as well as thousands of podcasts and transcripts.

The result is that Gale's high-quality content will be more visible to library patrons through WorldCat Local, and searchers will no longer need to log in to multiple interfaces or navigate numerous results sets to find and get to the information they need. One of Gale's objectives is to reach users wherever they do their research and connect them to high-quality content and resources their libraries hold. This partnership will expand its efforts to accomplish that goal.

Gale joins a growing list of OCLC econtent partners that have agreed to have their databases indexed in WorldCat Local. These institutions are collaborating on a global scale to ensure that library users can find and access the valuable, authoritative content in their local libraries, in regional libraries, and through the OCLC network of WorldCat libraries worldwide. Today, more than 100 databases, 420 million article records, and numerous digital library collections, including Google Book Search and HathiTrust, are combined with the 170 million items cataloged in WorldCat to provide libraries using WorldCat Local a growing index that represents the combined print, electronic, and digital collections of the OCLC membership.

WorldCat Local is the service that combines the cooperative power of OCLC member libraries worldwide with the ability to use as a solution for local discovery and delivery services. WorldCat Local provides a powerful discovery environment that includes a locally branded webpage and a single search box, and it presents localized results first while at the same time allowing the user to search the entire WorldCat database.

Source: Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, and OCLC

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