July 20, 2015

[Middle School] Research In Context is Live on OSLIS

Before last school year ended, I announced that Gale was developing a new middle school database, Research In Context (RIC), and that it would go live this summer. Here’s an update.

  • Research In Context is available on the OSLIS Find Information pages (elementary, secondary).
  • It is designed for students in grades 6-8 and replaces these databases, which are no longer available:
      • Discovering Collection
      • Junior Reference Collection
      • Student Resource Center Junior (different than Student Resources In Context, which is not changing)
      • InfoTrac Junior
  • The interface is very similar to that of the other In Context products – like Opposing Viewpoints, Students Resources In Context, and U.S. History In Context – with a few intentional but minor differences. Read more about the database on the Research In Context product page.
  • If you are familiar with the other In Context products, there’s not much to learn with Research In Context. Explore the brief video tutorials for a quick overview. Sometime in August, you should start to see RIC sessions on the webinar calendar. After Gale hosts a few RIC webinars, they will post one on the recorded webinars page.
  • Free promotional posters, bookmarks, and tent cards should be available on the Gale Promo site by the fall. Ask for shared login.

Have questions? Please ask.


Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Oregon State Library

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