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Test Drive:Gale Directory Library

The cross-searchable platform that lets you search, sort, and export. Look up information, generate lists and rankings, and even analyze directory data over time.


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Test Drive:Gale Directory Library

The cross-searchable platform that lets you search, sort, and export. Look up information, generate lists and rankings, and even analyze directory data over time.

And even more titles coming soon!


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All your directories on a single platform

  • The Gale Directory Library is the cross-searchable modular platform that lets library users access all your directories in a single platform.

  • In this PowerPoint, you will find some sample searches that demonstrate the platform as well as a short overview of upcoming enhancements.


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A quick search…

with Ward’s Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies


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Ward’s Business Directory

  • Let’s say you want to search for a particular company.

  • Simply type in the company name and you will instantly find the record. The Gale Directory Library looks for variant names as well.


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Ward’s Business Directory

  • Note how the GDL platform lets the user browse an extensive set of fields, just as in the print volumes.


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Ward’s Business Directory

  • Users who have the optional backfile of Ward’s data can execute a single company search across multiple years of directory data.

  • Simply click “Include all available data” instead of limiting “to data from the current editions only”

  • Now the user can browse entries across time.


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Ward’s Business Directory

  • Clicking into the entry-level view lets users review the expanded data available, such as additional SIC and NAICS codes and listings of corporate officers.


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Some more searches…

With the Encyclopedia of Associations


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Encyclopedia of Associations

  • To search an individual directory, select it on the Advanced Search page.

  • In this search example, the user is searching the Encyclopedia of Associations – National edition for entities related to the keyword “labor”


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Encyclopedia of Associations

  • The search yields 426 results from the 45th edition of Encyclopedia of Associations – National Edition.

  • However, the user might have a more refined search in mind. Clicking “Advanced Search” in the breadcrumb trail will return the user to Advanced Search but with the previous search criteria already there.


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Encyclopedia of Associations

  • The search yields 426 results from the 45th edition of Encyclopedia of Associations – National Edition.

  • However, the user might have a more refined search in mind. Clicking “Advanced Search” in the breadcrumb trail will return the user to Advanced Search but with the previous search criteria already there.


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Encyclopedia of Associations

  • Once the user is back at Advanced Search, he/she can further refine the search by limiting it to entities that are based in Michigan.


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Encyclopedia of Associations

  • The result is a tightly focused list of labor organizations that function at a National level and are located in the state of Michigan.

  • Repeat the search for labor organizations using the Encyclopedia of Associations – International or Regional, State and Local to find associations with an international focus or with a focus on a particular region, state or locality.


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Encyclopedia of Associations

  • Here are a few other searches for you to try:

    • Search all three Encyclopedia of Associations for the keyword “writing” that give awards. (Use theCtrl key to selectmultiple directoriesat the same time.)


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Encyclopedia of Associations

  • Here are a few other searches for you to try:

    • Search for New York organizations that publish monthly publications that accept advertising.


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Encyclopedia of Associations

  • Here are a few other searches for you to try:

    • Find organizations involved in the semiconductor industry that issue publications and hold conferences.


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What about cross-searching different types of directories?

With GDL, you can cross-search directories with different types of data, such as Ward’s and the Encyclopedia of Associations.


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Cross-search multiple directories

  • If a library purchases more than one directory on the Gale Directory Library then the user can cross-search those directories with ease.

  • For example, do a Basic Search by keyword for “venture capital”


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Cross-search multiple directories

  • In this case, the Gale Directory Library is loaded with both Ward’s Business Directory all three versions of the Encyclopedia of Associations, and it retrieves entries from all of the directory titles.


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Cross-search multiple directories

  • The Advanced Search screen lets users choose the specific directory, or directories, they want to search. (Use Ctrl to select multiple directories.)

  • The fields are displayed for searching that are specific to the directory shown.

  • If multiple directories are chosen, then the fields they share in common are available for searching.


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Cross-search multiple directories

  • In this case, the user selects to cross-search Ward’s Business Directory and the National Edition of Encyclopedia of Associations.

  • Multiple directories are chosen by holding down the Ctrl key.

  • The user is looking for entities related to keyword “automotive” that are located in the state of Michigan.


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Cross-search multiple directories

  • Note how the results from both directories are interwoven in the results list.

  • The results can be sorted by name or separated out by directory title.


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Coming soon to Gale Directory Library

More directory titles, and additional platform features too.


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Coming soon to the GDL platform!

  • SIC and NAICS browse with a hierarchical multi-select box.

    • No more clicking from page to page to look up SIC and NAICS codes. The hierarchical browse lets you navigate the natural structure of the SIC and NAICS systems.


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Coming soon to the GDL platform!

  • Subject level access to all your directories and an interlinked subject guide, along with clickable related subjects to the left of the Results List.

Related subject terms along the left-hand side of the results list help users take better advantage of the controlled vocabulary in their search.


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Coming soon to the GDL platform!

  • A Publication Guide so that users can look up additional information about each unique title the library purchases on GDL.

  • Links to BCRC for users who want to look up additional company information.

  • Ability to limit searches done on the Basic Search page to individual directories or sets of directories.

  • Tabbed results for easier navigation of your results lists.

  • Plus additional platform features and many more industry-leading directory titles!


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2007 Releases on the Gale Directory Library

  • LIVE!!

  • Wards Business Directory of U.S. Private & Public Companies

  • Encyclopedia of Associations – National

  • Encyclopedia of Associations – International

  • Encyclopedia of Associations – Regional, State & Local

  • November:

  • Gale Directory of Publications & Broadcast Media

  • Directories in Print

  • Publishers Directory

  • Encyclopedia of Governmental Advisory Organizations

  • Consultants & Consulting Organizations Directory

December:

Directory of Special Libraries & Information Centers

Gale Directory of Databases

National Directory of Non-Profit Organizations

Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources

Research Centers Directory

International Research Centers Directory

Government Research Centers Directory

Look for many more in 2008 and beyond!


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For more information

  • David FormanBusiness Publisher

  • 248-699-8620

  • david.forman@cengage.com


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