Welcome to Gale Directory Library

Gale Directory Library offers you an online collection of premier directories, expanding your power to search for directory entries in a variety of ways, as well as giving you quick and easy digital ways to view, store and export the data you find. You can search a single eDirectory or across an entire collection of eDirectories.

Here are answers to some common questions to help you get started:

Please tell me more about Gale Directory Library.

Visit the Gale Directory Library product website.

What is an eDirectory?

The electronic version of a directory.

What kinds of eDirectories are available in Gale Directory Library?

Gale hosts a variety of directory products that particular libraries can choose from, with additional titles forthcoming. View the complete list of available titles.

Which eDirectory titles are available at my library?

On the Basic Search page, click View All to view the list of eDirectories to which your library subscribes, categorized by broad subject area. You can also click the Title List link found on the toolbar.

When I use Gale Directory Library at another library, there is a different list of eDirectories.

Because each library creates its own eDirectory collection, the content you find may vary if you use the database at different libraries (for example, at your school or your public library or your office). This may cause your search results to be different when searching different collections.

How do I get to the different types of searches and the other tools available in this database?

Use the banner bars at the top of the page to navigate to the search pages, tools, preference settings, etc.

Besides Basic Search, what other ways are there to search?

If you are not finding the results you seek with Basic Search or need to enter additional search criteria, try Advanced Search.

What will I find on the search results page? And how can I view a single entry in full?

Refer to the "Using the Results List" Help page. To view all fields of information for a single entry, simply click the entry name from the results list.

What is an entry?

Refer to the "What is an Entry?" Help page.

How do I know what kind of information I'll find for each entry?

Refer to the "Description of Entry Information by eDirectory" Help page for a complete listing of all eDirectories that are searchable using Gale Directory Library. From there, select an eDirectory title to go to a description of the directory and an explanation of what you'll find in an entry from that directory.

How can I change the order in which my search results are listed?

Use the Smart Sort drop-down selection to re-arrange your results in a different order.

My results show the same entry name listed multiple times.

When you are searching "all available data" (backfiles), you may see several entries with the same name, but the publication date and edition number will be different. You can sort the list by Publication Date, and your results will display the most recently published entries first.

I need to take the information I find with me. Can I print it? E-mail it? Download a copy?

Yes! Use the toolbar to print, e-mail and download. You can export entries from your search results list or from your Marked Items list. You can also export all named individuals within an entry.

Tell me more about the export feature.

First, perform a search in Gale Directory Library. Review your results to determine if your search found the types of entries you are looking for and revise your search, if needed. You can export your entire results list, or you can mark individual records and then export your Marked Items list. When exporting from your results list, you may want to use the Smart Sort drop-down selection to choose how your results will be arranged. When you are ready to exort, just click the Export List icon on the toolbar. The system will save your list in comma-separated value (CSV) format. You can then launch Excel or a similar application and open the CSV file. Please note that when exporting from your results list, the first 200 records will be included. You may export up to 50 records from your Marked Items list. Click here for how to export just the contact information for the officers and other people named in an entry.

I've found so many good entries that would help me with my research, but I can't keep track of them.

You may want to create a Marked Items list so that you can "set aside" entries that interest you. Then you can click the Marked Items link on the toolbar to view them all at once. From there you can print, e-mail and download. Please remember that Marked Items are not saved once you log off. Click the InfoMark link on the toolbar if you want a more permanent way to "save" the information you find (InfoMarks make use of the web site address, or URL, which allows you to return to the exact page).

I'm an instructor and I would like my students to access a specific entry or link to a list of entries I've compiled.

This can easily be done using InfoMarks. While viewing an entry, a results list or a Marked Items list you have created, click the InfoMark link on the toolbar to get started.

How do I cite the sources I've found?

This database will generate citations for you. Please note that while the data elements for the citations that the system generates have been formatted to meet the latest citation standards set forth by the respective agencies, these citations provide the available publication data for the entry cited and should only serve as a guide and not as a replacement for the latest guidebooks – or those required by your instructor. Please refer to the provided MLA examples for proper formatting.

Can I use wildcards in my search? Does it matter if I capitalize the words I'm searching for? What is a "stop word"?

Find answers to these questions in the "Search Tips".

How do I exit this database?

Simply click the Logout button on the title bar.

How do I go to a different Gale database?

Click the Change Databases link on the title bar. You'll be returned to the Gale Database Menu, which lists all the Gale products to which your library subscribes.

I need more information on how to use these Help pages.

Check out the "How to Use Help" page and what Gale has done to make this database more accessible to all users.

How do I contact Gale?

Follow the links on the "Getting Additional Help" page.