Using Bookmarks to Save Searches, Results and Documents

By using the Gale Bookmark feature (formerly known as InfoMarks), you and others can re-visit practically any page you choose after you've ended your current session. You can Bookmark most kinds of pages. Depending on the Gale collection you are currently using, this may include, where available, search input screens, entire result lists, specific documents (full-text as well as PDF versions), and your Marked Items list. While displaying a page, just click the Bookmark link in the toolbar (found in the banner area at the top of the page) and a separate browser window will open, allowing you to copy and paste the Bookmark into another document, add the Bookmark to your browser bookmarks, and/or e-mail it. Your Marked Items list may also be saved as an HTML page.

What is a Gale Bookmark?

A Bookmark is the "Web address" (or URL, which stands for "universal resource locator") of the specific page of the Gale collection you are viewing. What is special about this Web address is that you can come back directly to this same page, even when your current search session is over. This allows you to easily refer back to and share with others the information you found in a Gale collection.

Important! Anyone who uses a Gale Bookmark must have access to the product from which the Bookmark came. Users who have access to some Gale products but not the product from which the Bookmark came will see a message indicating that the Bookmark specifies a database that is not on their current subscription list.

How to Copy and Paste a Bookmark

Navigate to the page you wish to Bookmark then click the Bookmark link in the toolbar. In the Bookmark window that appears, you'll see the actual Bookmark URL, beginning with http://. Simply copy the URL and paste it where needed into an electronic application (word processing editor, e-mail message, HTML editor, etc.).

How to Add a Gale Bookmark to Your Browser's Bookmarks/Favorites/Shortcuts List

Method 1: Drag and Drop a Bookmark

If supported by your browser, you may drag the Bookmark URL to your browser's Bookmark/Favorites pull-down menu or sidebar. Simply position your cursor over the URL in the Bookmark window, and drag it up to your browser's "Favorites" folder and drop it in.

Method 2: Direct the System to Add Your Bookmark

Navigate to the page you wish to Bookmark then click the Bookmark link in the toolbar. In the Bookmark window that appears, click the Bookmark the Persistent URL link to add the Bookmark to your browser's Bookmark, Favorites, or Shortcuts list, depending on your operating system and browser user. Note that some browsers do not support bookmarks, so this option may not appear.

How to E-mail a Bookmark

Navigate to the page you wish to Bookmark then click the Bookmark link in the toolbar. In the Bookmark window that appears, click the Email the Persistent URL link.

A separate window will open for you to enter one more recipient e-mail addresses (type a semicolon between multiple addresses), keep or type over the default subject line, and enter an optional message. Then enter your e-mail address as the sender's e-mail address. Click the Send button when you are ready to send the e-mail. Clicking Cancel will exit the window without making any changes.

Note: If the system cannot deliver the e-mail to your recipient(s), you'll receive an e-mail informing you of this error if you have provided your e-mail address as the sender's address.

How to Save All Your Marked Items as an HTML Page

While viewing your Marked Items list, then click the Bookmark link in the toolbar. In the Bookmark window that appears, click the Save Marklist as HTML link. You'll see a preview of the Marked Items List page. You can then select the Save As option on the menu of the preview page and save the Marked Items as an HTML page.

How to Bookmark Individual Items in Your Marked Items List

While viewing your Marked Items list, you'll see the Bookmark icon appear before each item. Click the icon to Bookmark that specific document. You will have the choice to copy and paste, bookmark, and/or e-mail the Bookmark, as described above.

How Do I Use a Bookmark?

If you created a Bookmark as a browser bookmark or shortcut, simply click the link from your browser's list of bookmarks/favorites/shortcuts.

When you or someone else visits your Bookmarked search results, your search is run anew against the current contents of the database. You may get additional or updated information than when you originally performed the search.

Note: Databases that contain content that is filtered by Gale based on attributes of your user group (such as region, educational grade level, etc.) do generally allow you to share Bookmarks with users in a different attribute group; however, there are some restrictions. For example, ClassTrac, which contains educational curriculum standards for a given geographic state, allows you to send Bookmarks to users in a different state. After viewing the Bookmarked page, recipients of such Bookmarks will have to log out of ClassTrac and log back in to resume access to the content for their own user group. ClassTrac users should refer to the "Product Overview" section of the Help for further details.

Keep in mind that successfully using a link starts a search session in a Gale database. Even if the link simply goes to a document, all resources of that database are available to the user.

Documents that are Bookmarked should be reasonably stable, but the list of sources and negotiated rights (for text and/or full content display) in a collection can change without notice. It's a good idea to verify your saved links from time to time.