Gale Primary Sources: The Making of Modern Law Product Enhancements Launching on July 31

Gale Primary Sources: The Making of Modern Law Product Enhancements Launching on July 31

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Megan Sullivan

Megan Sullivan is a product manager and works on the Gale Primary Sources line of products. She holds a Master of Science in Information with a concentration in Archives and Records Management and has worked and volunteered at several academic libraries. Before moving to her role in product management, Megan was a cataloger in Gale’s Metadata Standards and Services department. In her spare time, she likes to read historical fiction, travel to new places, and spend time with family and friends.

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We’re excited to announce our acclaimed The Making of Modern Law series will benefit from an enhanced user experience on Friday, July 31, 2020.

Gale will release the update for the following six products:

  • The Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative, and International Law, 1600‒1926
  • The Making of Modern Law: Foreign Primary Sources, 1600‒1970
  • The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises, 1800‒1926
  • The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources, 1620‒1926
  • The Making of Modern Law: Trials, 1600‒1926
  • The Making of Modern Law: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832‒1978

Updates will include:

Enhanced product platform—The platform will have a modern look and feel, in-line with user expectations of modern websites.

Improved accessibility—Maintained for web accessibility standards, the new user interface will ensure access by users of all abilities.

Smarter search results—The user interface will retain law-specific Advanced Search fields and limiters, and will also include new search features, such as additional filtering options; Name and Subject Expansion, which looks for pseudonyms and synonyms of your search term; and access to our Topic Finder and Term Frequency textual analysis tools.

Streamlined user interface—Consistent with other Gale products, the interface will deliver an engaging experience that allows quick access to search tools, relevant content, and collaborative features like Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive.

Secure product access—HTTPS guarantees data between a patron’s browser and Gale products is encrypted, and the right to privacy for library users is protected.

The Making of Modern Law enhancements will be available to preview from June 30, 2020, from the Try the New Experience links, located in the top right corner of each home page. Then, on July 31, your current links will seamlessly redirect, and the above products will be available exclusively in the new experience.


At the same time, also on July 31, Gale will release an enhanced user experience for five products in our Sources in U.S. History Online series. As part of this update, the following five products will be migrating to our Archives Unbound resource with new collection names: 

  • Sources in U.S. History Online: The American Revolution
  • Sources in U.S. History Online: The Civil War
  • Sources in U.S. History Online: Slavery in America
  • Indiana History Online
  • Kansas History, Territorial through Civil War Years, 1854‒1865

*New* names:

  • Introduction to U.S. History: The American Revolution
  • Introduction to U.S. History: The Civil War
  • Introduction to U.S. History: Slavery in America
  • Indiana History
  • Kansas History: Territorial through Civil War, 1854‒1865

Your current links will seamlessly redirect, and the above products will be available exclusively in the new experience on Archives Unbound