Gale Digital Scholar Lab

General Information

The Gale Digital Scholar Lab (DSL) is a platform that allows users to discover and create collections of digitized texts from the Gale Historical Collections, run a variety of statistical analyses on them, and visualize the resulting data.
A the moment, users are required to have a Google/Gmail account in order to use the product. (October 2021)
For further information on this product, see https://www.gale.com/primary-sources/digital-scholar-lab

Access

Digital Scholar Lab Access Instructions (UTORid required)

Alternatively, connect via: https://infotrac.gale.com/itweb/utoronto_main?db=DSLAB

Training

Frequently Asked Questions

Citations

Gale asks that you cite the various tool settings that you use and the document collections that you create. Many thanks to Dr. Sarah Ketchley, Senior Digital Humanities Specialist at Gale for the explanation and examples below.

Citing Tool Settings
Please include:

  • Name of Tool
  • Platform (i.e. Gale Digital Scholar Lab)
  • Year or version
  • Date of Access
  • URL

Examples:

Chicago Manual of Style Note Format:
“Named Entity Recognition”, Gale Digital Scholar Lab, accessed February 15, 2022,  https://go.gale.com/ps/textAnalysisTools?p=DSLAB&jobId=48290&method=analysisResults&u=omni&authType=Microsoft&type=NER&contentSet=1589225177088&triggerTool=treeView&result=treeView&toolVersion=2

MLA Format:
“Named Entity Recognition.” Gale Digital Scholar Lab. 2022. Web. February 15, 2022. https://go.gale.com/ps/textAnalysisTools?p=DSLAB&jobId=48290&method=analysisResults&u=omni&authType=Microsoft&type=NER&contentSet=1589225177088&triggerTool=treeView&result=treeView&toolVersion=2

Citing Your Document Collections
Please follow protocols for citing datasets generally, including:

  • Author
  • Title of Content Set (created by the researcher, and can be edited)
  • Source of Content Set (put "Gale Digital Scholar Lab [Distributor].")>
  • Date of Creation of Content Set
  • Content Set URL (open the content set in a tab and paste the URL)

Examples:

Chicago Manual of Style Bibliographic Format:
Ketchley, Sarah L. 1840-1849 American Fiction Female Authors. Gale Digital Scholar Lab [distributor]. February 2022. https://go.gale.com/ps/myContentSets?method=viewCSDocs&u=omni&p=DSLAB&contentSet=1539283042148

MLA Format:
Sarah L. Ketchley. 1840-1849 American Fiction Female Authors. Gale Digital Scholar Lab [distributor]. February 2022. https://go.gale.com/ps/myContentSets?method=viewCSDocs&u=omni&p=DSLAB&contentSet=1539283042148

Privacy and Google Accounts

Currently, the DSL requires both authorization using your UTORid and an active Google/Gmail account. DSL's Privacy Policy states:

"When logging in to the Gale Digital Scholar Lab application using either Google or Microsoft, the application 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 Gale Digital Scholar Lab. The application 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 application does not access or share personal information as part of this process."

For more information, please see this Google Privacy FAQ from Gale.

Uploading Texts

The DSL allows you to upload your own texts as individual .txt files (under 10 MB each). The following explanations regarding security measures, privacy, and licensing restrictions come from the DSL's FAQ.

"What measures are in place to secure my uploaded documents?

All documents pass through a Sentinel One security scanner and file sniffer to ensure what is uploaded is a plain text file. There is also cross-scripting on the text entry and metadata forms to prevent any malicious attacks on the environment. All documents are stored in an encrypted cloud-based storage solution with high availability.

Are there any rights restrictions around uploaded content?

Gale provides a text upload feature that allows users to analyze non-Gale content within Gale Digital Scholar Lab. The upload of personally identifiable information is not recommended. Additionally, users assume sole responsibility for clearing rights to any content loaded into this feature. In the event texts are loaded into the platform without proper rights clearance, the user indemnifies Gale from resulting litigation related to the use of that content outside the bounds of its legally stated use."

Content

The following archives are available within this product:

17th and 18th Century Burney Newspapers Collection
17th and 18th Century Nichols Newspapers Collection
19th Century UK Periodicals
American Amateur Newspapers from the American Antiquarian Society
American Fiction, 1774-1920
American Historical Periodicals from the American Antiquarian Society
Archives Unbound
Archives of Sexuality and Gender
Associated Press Collections Online
Brazilian and Portuguese History and Culture
British Library Newspapers
China and the Modern World
Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture 1790-1920
Daily Mail Historical Archive
The Economist Historical Archive
Eighteenth Century Collections Online
Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003
The Independent Digital Archive 1986-2016
Indigenous Peoples: North America
International Herald Tribune Historical Archive 1887-2013
Liberty Magazine Historical Archive 1924-1950
The Listener Historical Archive 1929-1991
The Making of Modern Law
The Making of Modern Law: American Civil Liberties Union Papers 1912-1990
The Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources
The Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative, and International Law 1600-1926
The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926
The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources
The Making of Modern Law: Trials, 1600-1926
The Making of Modern Law: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs 1832-1978
The Making of the Modern World
Nineteenth Century Collections Online
Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers
Picture Post Historical Archive 1938-1957
Political Extremism and Radicalism in the Twentieth Century
Punch Historical Archive 1841-1992
Religions of America
Sabin Americana, 1500-1926
Smithsonian Collections Online
Sunday Times Digital Archive
The Telegraph Historical Archive
The Times Digital Archive
Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive
U.S. Declassified Documents Online
Women's Studies Archive