Shanghai University has acquired Gale Scholar from Gale in Farmington Hills, part of the Cengage Group, to open new possibilities for research and study using powerful search technologies of Gale Primary Sources. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The university also purchased Gale Digital Scholar Lab as it looks to advance in the growing field of digital humanities. The lab makes digital humanities methods available to students and researchers, enabling them to analyze and interpret large amounts of data, fostering 21st-century skills they can use post-graduation.
“Shanghai University was the first university established by the Communist Party of China. Our mission is to build a world-class research institution by giving scholars diverse digital resources that bring new perspectives,” says Pan Shouyong, director of Shanghai University Library. “Gale Scholar and the Lab support this goal by providing primary sources from prestigious institutions across the world to build our digital humanities capabilities.”
The university selected Gale Scholar to increase its humanities and social sciences resources, allowing for more research in the field of liberal arts. The resources are available to nearly 58,000 students across the university’s three campuses.
To encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration and critical thinking, Gale Scholar will grant access to high-quality primary sources that were previously unavailable because of their location in Europe and North America.
Gale Scholar provides Shanghai University researchers curated digital collections of books, maps, photographs, newspapers, periodicals, and manuscripts from well-known libraries including the University of Oxford, Harvard University, and the British Library.
“We are pleased to partner with Shanghai University through Gale Scholar and the Lab,” says Terry Robinson, senior vice president of Gale global academic. “These tools will support the institution in keeping pace with international scholars, growing research output and improving student outcomes.”
Shanghai University joins the list of universities in China to implement Gale Scholar.