Setting Session Preferences

For select Gale collections, you may customize certain features of your current search session. Click the Preferences link (where available) on the title bar (found in the banner area at the top of the page) to display the Preferences page in its own browser window.

Note: The Preferences link may not be available for all collections; for example, it is not available in ClassTrac.

Some or all of the following settings may be available, depending on the Gale collection you are currently using:

Setting Description Notes
Number of results per page pull-down list Allows you to determine how many items will appear on each page of the results list. You may view 5, 10, 20, or 50 items per page at a time. If your system is taking too long to load the results list page, try selecting a smaller number of results to appear on the page. This setting does not limit the total number of search results found, just the number displayed per page.
Language drop-down menu Select which language you want the system to use when displaying buttons, links, and instructions on the screen. Note that while this setting does not change or translate the language of the content found in this database, some collections offer an on-demand translation service available when viewing documents.
Limit the results to documents with full text check box This setting lets you determine the default value for a particular search limiter that will appear each time you launch a search. In this case, this setting lets you limit the results of your search to include only articles with full text, thus eliminating any citation-only and abstract-only documents. Clicking the check box means this search limiter will be checked by default for all applicable searches during this current session. You may always override this default setting on the search screen at the time of executing the search. Some Gale collections, such as Gale Virtual Reference Library, consist exclusively of full-text content. Therefore the full text limiter will not appear on your screen.
Limit the results to peer-reviewed publications check box This setting lets you determine the default value for a particular search limiter that will appear each time you launch a search. In this case, this setting lets you limit your search results to include only articles from refereed journals (also known as peer-reviewed journals). Clicking the check box means this search limiter will be checked by default for all applicable searches during this current session. You may always override this default setting on the search screen at the time of executing the search. The peer-reviewed limit applies only to those Gale collections that contain periodical content (in other words, results found on the Academic Journals tab). Some Gale collections, such as Gale Virtual Reference Library and Gale Directory Library, do not contain any periodical content. Therefore the peer-reviewed limiter will not appear on your screen.
Search term highlighting option If you want to see the search terms you entered appear differently from the remaining text on the document display page, enable highlighting by clicking the "On" radio button. Clicking "On" will allow you to choose the font color and style you desire in the next two options. This option is not available in Gale Directory Library.
Font color pull-down menu Select the color you want used for your search terms when they appear on the document display page. This setting is only available when you have turned Search term highlighting on. This option is not available in Gale Directory Library.
Font style pull-down menu Select the style you want used for your search terms when they appear on the document display page (for example, bold or italic, etc.). This setting is only available when you have turned Search term highlighting on. This option is not available in Gale Directory Library.

Once you have set your preferences, click the Apply Preferences button to submit your choices. A message will be displayed indicating that your preferences have changed. Close the Preferences window to return to your search session.

The Restore Defaults button returns all preference settings to their default values. The Cancel button exits the page without making any changes and returns you to your search session.