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Databases G

Databases beginning with the letter G.


Gale Business: Insights

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Gale Business: Insights allows users to research global companies and industries with in-depth analysis through current news, statistical data, and comprehensive reports.



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First-time users will be asked to link their University of Edinburgh Microsoft account or their own Google Drive Account.

When logging in to the Gale Digital Scholar Lab App using either Google or Microsoft, the App accesses the user’s Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive through an anonymous access token that is created when users first log in. This anonymous token is generated in order to connect users to the content and analysis they create in the Digital Scholar Lab. The App does not collect, read, access, or store any of the data from a user’s Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive account(s), nor does it access any open documents. In addition, the App does not access or share personal information as part of this process.


Gale Digital Scholar Lab is an online tool for collecting data sets comprised of content from the University of Edinburgh's Gale Primary Sources purchases. These data sets can be analysed using open-source text analysis and visualization tools built into the Digital Scholar Lab. Tools included are Ngram, Topic Modelling (Mallet), Named Entity Recognition,  Parts of Speech (SpaCy), Sentiment Analysis (OpenNLP), Clustering (SciKit) and Term Frequencies (Lucene).

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For a complete description of each database, please see the individual entries on the alphabetical databases pages.


Gale eBooks

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With Gale eBooks, your library can offer a one-stop research experience. Cross-disciplinary searching and a consistent experience bring together results from multiple sources.

  • Mobile responsiveness, adapting to any screen size and device
  • Full integration with Google tools, such as Gmail, Drive, and Docs
  • Tools to save, share, and download highlights, notes, and citations
  • Persistent URLs for easy integration into any LMS
  • Interface and article-level language translation, on screen and read aloud


Gale Literature

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Gale Literature brings together several of Gale’s literary databases into one seamlessly cross-searchable resource on authors and their works, literary movements or genres, journal articles, literary criticism, as well as reviews of bestsellers. Currently users can cross-search these collections with Gale Literature:

  • Literature Criticism Online, one of the largest, most extensive compilations of literary commentary available.
  • Literature Resources Center, offering up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism, and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods, and from around the world.
  • Contemporary Authors, find the biographies and bibliographies of thousands of U.S. and international authors. Continuously updated.
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography, explore the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres.
  • LitFinder, containing a wealth of literary works, including over 150,000 full-text poems and 800,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays.
  • Scribner Writers Series, providing original, scholar signed essays on the lives and works of authors from around the world from all time periods.
  • Something about the Author, examine the lives and works of children and young adult authors and illustrators.
  • Twayne's Authors Series, devoted to in-depth critical introductions to the lives and works of major writers of the world within the context of the time period in which they lived.
Coverage: For details of the above named collections - click here.


Gale Onefile News (previously InfoTrac Newsstand)

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Gale OneFile: News provides access to more than 2,300 major world newspapers, and includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.

The resource allows users to search articles by title, headline, date, author, newspaper section, or other fields.



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Gale Primary Sources is an integrated research environment that allows users to search across all of their Gale primary source collections. Gale Primary Sources takes users beyond a simple search and retrieve workflow, allowing them to analyse content using frequency and term-relationship tools. Through intuitive subject-indexing users will discover new material even in the most familiar of content sets.

You can search across all Gale primary sources that the Library currently has access to:

For a complete description of each database, please see the individual entries on the alphabetical databases pages.


Gale Research Complete

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Gale Research Complete is a database cross-search platform which incorporates Gale Academic OneFile, General OneFile, Gale eBooks, Gale OneFile News, Gale Literature, and Archives Unbound in Gale Primary Sources. All these databases are individually listed in Databases A-Z. The resources within Gale Research Complete offer high quality, authoritative primary source and reference content from over 28,000 periodicals, 4000 Gale eBook volumes, 1.5 million items of literary criticism and full text literary works, and more than 13 million pages of rare primary sources from the world's great libraries. The resources address the needs of users at all academic levels, from the first year student to the experienced researcher, and cover every research area and discipline including history, literature, business and science and medicine.



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Description: Bibliotheque Nationale de France and partners' full-text collections. Two million items from books, periodicals, maps, scores, images, sound recordings manuscripts.


The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music

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Access on and off campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021.


Music Online: The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music is the first comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples. More than 9,000 pages of material and 300 audio recordings, combined with entries by more than 700 expert contributors from all over the world, make this the most complete body of work focused on world music.



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Gartner is an IT research and advisory company. The company helps business leaders across all major functions in every industry and enterprise size with the objective insights they need to make the right decisions. Gartner's comprehensive suite of services delivers strategic advice and proven best practices to help clients succeed in their mission-critical priorities.


General OneFile

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Gale’s largest general interest periodical resource, General OneFile includes more than 9,000 full-text titles, more than 3,700 refereed journals, and hundreds of newspapers — a total in excess of 14,500 titles (more than 40% of which are unique to the database).

  • Hundreds of award-winning, best-selling travel guides from Dorling Kindersley.
  • The full collection of National Public Radio programs from 1990 to the present .
  • Links to thousands of video files from providers including Video Collection, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Associated Press Video News.


Geology Digimap

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Description: Geology Digimap provides onshore and offshore mapping from the British Geological Survey, scales ranging from 1:625,000 to 1:50,000. There is also access to the Lexicon of Named Rock Units, which has details for many of the rocks found on the map. Maps can be viewed, annotated and printed and data can be downloaded for use in GIS or CAD software.



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Description: Produced by the American Geosciences Institute, this comprehensive geosciences database contains 3.4 million bibliographic records to the geosciences literature. Over 3,500 journals are reviewed for indexing in the GeoRef database as well as books, maps, government reports, conference papers, theses and dissertations.



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Description: A comprehensive resource for research across the geosciences, built on a database of peer-reviewed journals and integrated with GeoRef.


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Description: The German Literary Expressionism Online database gives access to 149 journals, yearbooks, collections and anthologies from the early 20th century, many in full text.  The journals, yearbooks and anthologies of literary expressionism serve not only as sources on German literature of the modern era, but can also be used for the study of the history of art, theatre, film, dance and music between 1910 and 1930.


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Access on and off campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 July 2024.


In the late 1800's, Dutch physician and feminist Aletta Jacobs and her husband C.V. Gerritsen began collecting books, pamphlets and periodicals reflecting the evolution of a feminist consciousness and the movement for women's rights. By the time their successors finished their work in 1945, the Gerritsen Collection was the greatest single source for the study of women's history in the world, with materials spanning four centuries and 15 languages. The Gerritsen curators gathered more than 4,700 publications from continental Europe, the U.S., the United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand, dating from 1543-1945. The anti-feminist case is presented as well as the pro-feminist; many other titles present a purely objective record of the condition of women at a given time.


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Description: The Getty Provenance Index presents a unified database of more than 2.2 million records from archival inventories, sales catalogs, and dealer stock books. Researchers can search across the whole database at once or choose to search any combination of source materials. A new interface, Getty Provenance Index: Additional Databases provides separate search access to additional provenance-related databases: the Collectors Files, Payments to Artists, and Public Collections.


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Access on and off campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 July 2024.


Immigration and migration, racism and civil rights, labor and industry, women and universal suffrage, American Indians, and the environment are just a few of the issues that came to the fore during the Gilded Age. With this collection, Alexander Street brings together 53,000 pages of full text, photographs, songs for listening online, and other primary materials, along with video interviews and twenty-five critical documentary essays. Each documentary essay poses an interpretive question and then illuminates it with dozens of annotated primary documents, introductions, and essays. The critical documentary essays have been created by leading scholars in the field, including Samuel Thomas of Michigan State University, Christopher Reed of Roosevelt University, Kim Warren of the University of Kansas, and Daniel Thorp of Virginia Tech. The result is a highly visual, annotated record of this critical period in American history.


Global Digimap

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Global Digimap provides access to global datasets in cartographic styles and downloadable formats that are useful to you. The service provides the following:

  • An easy to use interface to allow you to browse, annotate and print global maps.
  • A data download facility providing access to global datasets for use in GIS software.


Global Health (CABI)

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Description: Covers human health and disease, including communicable diseases, tropical diseases, parasitic diseases and parasitology, nutrition, community and public health, and medicinal and poisonous plants, from more than 16,000 journals as well as books and grey literature (dissertations, conferences, patents, standards, annual reports, etc.) from more than 130 countries.
Coverage: 1910 to present.


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Description: The Global Index Medicus (GIM) provides worldwide access to biomedical and public health literature produced by and within low- and middle- income countries. The main objective is to increase the visibility and usability of this important set of resources. The material is collated and aggregated by WHO Regional Office Libraries on a central search platform allowing retrieval of bibliographical and full text information. On June, 2015, the initiative formely called Global Health Library, adopted the name of Global Index Medicus. GIM is promoted and led by WHO as part of its strategy of knowledge management in global public health.


Global Missions and Theology

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Description: This collection documents a broad range of nineteenth century missionary activities, practices and thought by reproducing personal narratives, organizational records, and biographies. While focusing on the United States the collection also highlights activities in Africa, Fiji and Sandwich Islands, India, China, Southeast Asia, Japan, and Hawaii.
  Images are taken from microfilm originals of early printed works.


Global Plants

Access information: Access on and off campus. JSTOR are providing institutions with free access to the Global Plants database through June 30th, 2022.
Description: Global Plants is the world’s largest database of digitized plant specimens and a locus for international scientific research and collaboration.


The Globe and Mail

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Description: THE GLOBE AND MAIL is Canada’s largest circulation national newspaper and is typically cited as being “Canada’s Newspaper of Record.” The Globe was founded in 1844 by Scottish immigrant George Brown, a liberal who later became a Father of the Confederation, and in 1936 merged with The Mail and Empire and became The Globe and Mail. While the paper was largely known as a general conservative voice of the business establishment, it did have some liberal sway; an editorial in a 1967 issue coined the phrase “The State has no place in the bedrooms of the nation.” The Globe and Mail, as Canada’s National Newspaper of Record, is a great complement to the historical New York Times with Index.
Coverage: 1844-1964.


The GQ Archive

Access information: Access on and off campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 July 2024.
Description: The GQ Archive spans the full run of the US edition of GQ magazine, from the first issue in 1931 to the present (with new issues added on an ongoing basis). Launched as a men’s fashion trade title (Apparel Arts), GQ subsequently became a consumer magazine before expanding its coverage to encompass wider men’s-interest and popular culture content, including celebrity interviews, health, arts/entertainment, politics, and sports.
Coverage: 1931 - present


Access information: Available on and off campus
Description: This is the digitised image version of the 20th edition of Louis Moreri’s Grand dictionnaire historique (Paris: Les libraires associes, 1759). The work was regarded as predecessor to modern encyclopaedias. This database is part of the ARTFL Project


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Description: The online version of one of the most comprehensive bilingual dictionaries between English and French. It contains over 50,000 words and expressions giving access to over one million translations. It also includes a large number of compound words and abbreviations which are not available in the printed edition.


Grey Literature Report 1999-2016

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Bibliographic references to grey literature publications in health services research and selected urban health topics.


The Grove Dictionary of Art

see description at entry for Oxford Art Online.


Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians

see description at entry for Oxford Music Online.


Access information: Available from LexisLibrary and Factiva. LexisLibrary: select the ‘News’ tab and select title from the A-Z list. Factiva: cookies must be enabled on your browser. Click on Source and select title from A-Z list or search for title.
Description: The Guardian newspaper published Monday-Saturday. Available on day of publication. Sister paper The Observer, published Sunday, is also available via LexisLibrary and Factiva. Some articles by freelancers, some features and some supplements may not be available.
Coverage: LexisLibrary 14th July 1984- date.
  Factiva: 2nd January 1981
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For more information on finding newspaper articles see the Library's guide:  Newspaper content


The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003), ProQuest Historical Newspapers

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Description: Search the full text of the newspapers’ historic content. Articles (including advertisements) are available as scanned PDFs both at article and page level.
Coverage: 1791-2003


La Guerra Civil Española the Spanish Civil War collection

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The collection contains a wealth of primary materials documenting the Spanish Republican period (1931-1939), the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), and the post-War era of Franco’s rule (1939-1975).  The collection’s greatest strengths are the Civil War itself and the immediate post-War years of the 1940s. Included are publications by Republicans, Falangists, Catholics, anarchists, communists, socialists, agrarian reformers, and regional political parties, as well as Spanish exiles and partisans outside Spain.

Coverage: 1931 to 1940s




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Description: Gunsho Ruiju is a collection of old Japanese books published from the ancient times to early Edo era. Subjects cover history, literature, religion, language, customs, art, music, cultivated arts, education, morality, legal codes, politics, economy, society and many other topics. Many textual sources are only available in this collection. This is an important primary resource for the study of classical Japanese culture.
Coverage: The collection consists of three parts: Gunsho Ruiju, Zoku Gunsho Ruiju, and Zoku Zoku Gunsho Ruiju. The number of volumes for each part is as follows: Gunsho Ruiju: 133 volumes, 1276 digitally compiled books and sources. Zoku Gunsho Ruiju: 86 volumes, 2,128 digitally compiled books and sources. Zoku Zoku Gunsho Ruiju: 17 volumes, 350 digitally compiled books and sources.
Note: Website also offers English translation of some of the content.
  A more detailed description of content


Guo cui xue bao Full-text Database (1905-1911)

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This database contains the page images of all the issues of the monthly magazine Guo cui xue bao (meaning “Essence of Chinese culture”) published between 1905-1911 by the Guoxue Preservation Society, founded in 1904 by the Chinese conservative intellectuals Deng Shi, Huang Jie and Zhang Taiyan. This society aimed to preserve the essence of Chinese culture. All articles were written in classical Chinese and cover various fields such as politics, history, geography, art, etc.


Access information: Freely available
Description: Gutenberg-e is a collection of e-books, covering a range of subjects and which include hyperlinks to supplementary literature, images, music, video, and links to related web sites. Gutenberg-e is a collaborative project between the American Historical Association and Columbia University Press.


Gyldendals ordbøger ‘Engelsk PRO’

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Gyldendal ordbøger ‘Engelsk PRO’ is an essential and authoritative online dictionary resource for the Danish language. The platform itself has a large variety of language dictionaries. Our subscription gives us access to the following three Danish-English / English-Danish dictionaries:

  1. Gyldendal Dansk-Engelsk-Dansk Ordbog (Den Røde) = Danish-English / English-Danish dictionary
  2. Gyldendal Dansk-Engelsk-Dansk Ordbog (Den Store) = Danish-English / English-Danish comprehensive dictionary
  3. Gyldendal Dansk-Engelsk-Dansk Fagordbog = Danish-English / English-Danish dictionary of specialised terminology.

When you perform a search on the platform, it returns search results automatically from these three dictionaries instead of searching all the dictionaries individually.