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Gale Integrates Google Tools with Research Resources

Gale has become a Google for Education Partner and integrated the companies tools into its own products in an effort to better connect research technology with its users' workflows.

As a result of the integration, students using In Context can sign in with their Google credentials and download, save and share resources with Google Apps for Education such as Drive and Docs.

"As a Google for Education Partner, Gale uses the most current and popular Google tools to support students as they develop key study and organizational skills," according to a news release. "By integrating leading resources into its platforms — such as Google Apps for Education, a free suite of tools that includes Gmail, Classroom, Drive, Docs and more — Gale helps educators improve student engagement, encourage collaboration and foster critical thinking — from anywhere and on any device."

Gale is also piloting Google's new Classroom share button as part of the integration beginning this summer. The button allows teachers and students to share material from third-party Web sites to assignments and announcements in Google Classroom.

The third leg of the integration includes apps for Gale products in the Chrome Web Store. Currently, aps for In Context are available, with additional apps for Virtual Reference Library, InfoTrac, Kids InfoBits and more to come in the fall.

"We're excited to partner with a leader in technology and search to integrate our great content and innovative platforms into student workflow," said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale, in a prepared statement. "Our collaboration with Google positions us firmly in the ed tech space, but most importantly, it improves access to research material that engages students and instructors and improves learning outcomes."

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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