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Gale is a very large American educational publisher of multiple research databases. There are up to 100 one-year accounts available to Wikipedians through this partnership. Each account receives access to:

  • Academic OneFile, a database of more than 17,000 periodicals, including 3,000 peer-reviewed scholarly journals. Resources include Nature and the New York Times.
  • General OneFile, a database of more than 14,000 periodicals including consumer magazines and trade and industry magazines. Resources include The Economist and Publishers Weekly.
  • Infotrac Newsstand, full-text articles from nearly 3,000 newspapers. Newspapers include New York Times (1985-present), The Times (1985-present), The Guardian (1990-present), and The Independent (1996-present). Full list available here.
  • Selected content from Gale Virtual Reference Library including American Decades and Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians.
  • Biography In Context, a database of biographical entries containing biographies on more than 400,000 people from over 170 sources.


  • You have an account that is a minimum of 6 months old
  • You have a minimum of 500 edits to the encyclopedia
  • You do not already have access to this resource through another library or institution
  • You have made at least 10 edits to Wikimedia projects in the last month
  • You are not currently blocked from editing Wikipedia

If you don't quite meet the experience requirements but think you would still be a strong candidate for access, feel free to apply and you may be considered


Approved editors may

  • Search, view, retrieve, and display portions of restricted content;
  • Electronically save portions of restricted content;
  • Print out single copies of portions of restricted content;

Approved editors will not

  • Share their account logins or passwords with others, or sell their access to other parties
  • Mass scrape or mass download Gale content
  • Systematically make printed or electronic copies of multiple extracts of restricted content available for any purpose.
  • Datamine metadata without permission, in order, for instance, to use metadata for auto-created stub articles.
  • Violate any terms and conditions which appear on the particular pages of the Gale website they are accessing.

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  • Editors should always provide original citation information including a DOI where available, but otherwise as provided in the relevant Gale product, in addition to linking to Gale, per WP:V and WP:SAYWHEREYOUGOTIT.
  • Editors should not provide bare links to restricted Gale pages
  • Note (subscription required) in the citation, where appropriate
  • Respect the copyright of Gale, in accordance with Wikipedia's copyright policy and their terms of use
  • Cite resources in line with the citation examples provided by Gale, including use of the Wikipedia URLs generated by Gale.
Note that citation styles vary by article and editors can use the citation style that is most appropriate to the articles they are working with so long as they are complete.


{{Cite journal|url ={{!}}A256635439/GPS|title = Escape into the past|last = |first = |date = 2011|journal = Paraplegia News|volume = 65|issue = 5|pages = 49–53}}{{subscription required|via=General OneFile}}
  • "Escape into the past". Paraplegia News. 65 (5): 49–53. 2011.  – via General OneFile (subscription required)

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