Thomson Gale PowerSearch gives you all the tools you need to search across multiple Gale collections of periodical and reference content, while efficiently managing your results. With the cross-search feature of Thomson Gale PowerSearch, you can search one, several, or even all available databases simultaneously.
Not sure what you'll find in a particular database? Thomson Gale PowerSearch makes it easy for you to select the databases most appropriate to include in your cross-search by providing an alphabetical listing of databases along with product descriptions. You may even decide to leave Thomson Gale PowerSearch and continue your research directly in a single Gale database.
Deploy Thomson/Gale PowerSearch in your Library
PowerSearch can be deployed in your library using one of two methods:
The details and benefits of each method are discussed on this website (below). If you have questions about how best to deploy PowerSearch in your library, contact your Gale program technical administrator directly. Help is also available from Gale's technical support department (see information at left).
|Use the New URL|
A PowerSearch URL takes the following forms
- Common Menu (allow users to select any or all databases)
- Direct to Search Dialog (begin searching a single DB as indicated in the URL's query data) [see Release Note]
- Direct to PowerSearch Dialog (begin searching multiple DB as indicated in the URL's query data)
This approach allows you to deploy links to PowerSearch selectively, by making links available to specific user groups or individuals for testing and review purposes, before exposing it to the larger user population.
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If you have access to your InfoTrac configuration facility (ITConfig)*, select the Location profile for your library and check the box next to "Enable PowerSearch".
For libraries using the InfoTrac common menu, links such as
will now present the user with the PowerSearch common menu, allowing access to each database in the collection, as well as cross-searching functionality. You can identify the titles you want preselected for cross-searching at the beginning of each session using the checkbox next to each title listed in the Location profile. Note that users will always be able to select or de-select these titles in the PowerSearch common menu.
Note: While in initial release, PowerSearch URLs that specify a single database, such as
will continue to link users to the classic InfoTrac search dialog [see Release Note]. From this dialog, however, users can back-link to the new PowerSearch collection and cross-search menu. Use ITConfig to enable PowerSearch for links already deployed on your website. No changes to your existing URLs are required.
* Access to the configuration utility may be limited according to your program's implementation policy and/or contractual agreements. Contact your Gale program technical administrator for access information.
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Among the databases licensed through the Montana statewide agreement, the following may be cross-searched using the new PowerSearch platform:
|Database Name||DB Code (prod=)|
|Business and Company ASAP||BCPM|
|Expanded Academic ASAP||EAIM|
|Gale Virtual Reference Library||GVRL-0|
|General Reference Center Gold||GRGM|
|Health Reference Center Academic||HRCA|
|InfoTrac Custom Newspapers||SP01|
The following titles are also available through the statewide licensing agreement, and will appear on the TGPS common menu, but are not yet cross-searchable:
|Business & Company Resource Center||BCRC|
|Health & Wellness Resource Center||HWRC|
|Junior Edition - K12 Interface||K12J|
|Student Edition - K12 Interface||K12S|
|What Do I Read Next||WDIRN|
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Thomson Gale PowerSearch Information Portal - Montana Statewide Database Licensing