Gale Databases


This resource page provides general information about the Gale periodical and reference databases subscribed to by the Ontario college libraries through OCLS.

Separate resource pages exist in ERMA for other Gale resources (e.g. ebook platforms) and for each consortial offer. Please visit the Gale vendor page for a complete list of all Gale resources in ERMA. For details about OCLS's consortial offers, please visit the Offers & Trials section of ERMA.

OneFile Series

Gale's OneFile collections and InfoTrac databases have been merged into the new Gale OneFile series.  From the vendor:

Gale OneFile provides what 21st-century researchers expect: instant access to complete, up-to-date content. Put the world’s leading journals and reference sources at your users’ fingertips, with easy-to-use features and unique search tools enabling discovery.

Notable collections are listed below, but several dozen smaller collections are also available. For a complete list, filter the vendor's online catalogue by "onefile." For information about which collections are included in which OCLS consortial offer, please refer to the current offer page in ERMA.

In Context Series

From the vendor:

Current, authoritative, media-rich information — you’ll find it in the Gale In Context suite of online resources, which meets the needs of today’s learners with a user-friendly, mobile-responsive design. Eye-catching, engaging, topical databases [...] seamlessly integrate trusted content with curriculum-aligned materials that span core subjects.

Notable collections are listed below. See the vendor's website for complete information about the databases available in this product series.


From the vendor: "Point entrepreneurs in the right direction with best-in-class resources from Gale." Notable collections are listed below. See the vendor's website for complete information about the databases available in this product series.

Gale Access Program

From the vendor: "High-quality, authoritative, and unique database content at an affordable price to suit the needs of constrained library subscription budgets." See the vendor's website for complete information about the databases through this programme: 

Gale Access Program Title List


Some colleges have reported that the institutional UID in Gale access URLs prevents seamless automatic inclusion in discovery tools. You can either export all titles in CSV, batch replace the generic placehold ("loc_id") with your college's UID, and import back into your discovery tool; or you can ask your discovery tool vendor to do this for you.

Access Details: 
Unlimited Authorized Users, Unlimited Concurrent Access, IP Authentication, Remote Access

MARC Records

MARC Records: 

MARC records are available for most products via Gale Admin by logging in with your administrative credentials.

MARC records for the In Context series (including GREENR) are available for download via the Gale Support site, on the MARC Records: Resources page.

For assistance, please contact the vendor's technical support directly. Contact information can be found in the Vendors directory in ERMA.

Usage Stats


Log in to the Gale Admin platform with your administrative credentials, and navigate to the Reports section. You can also access the Gale Usage Portal (the usage stats area of Gale Admin) directly with the same administrative credentials.For more information, please see these resources from the vendor:

Running Gale Usage Reports (PDF)

Gale Support: Technical Documents, "Usage Reporting" (link to Gale Support site)

On-Demand Tutorials: Gale Usage Website (link to Gale Training site)

Subscribing Colleges