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January 6, 2010

Tiny Gale URLs

After reading the Nov/Dec 2009 issue of Knowledge Quest, a journal from AASL, I was impressed with the great articles and wanted to share that info with folks.  Because the journal is included in Gale's databases, I was able to find it by using the Browse Publications feature in PowerSearch.    

Recall that you can bookmark an article or search results by clicking on the yellow star or blue "i" in a circle, often found at the top right or top left of the page.  Below is the Gale bookmark to the Nov/Dec 2009 issue of Knowledge Quest.  If it requires a password, it should be "oslis" without the quotes.

Gale recognizes that sometimes their URLs for saved articles and searches can be unwieldy, so they have an application to convert them to “tiny” URLs.  When I used the feature, the above URL became this:

You can email the URLs (original or tiny), post them in pathfinders, add them to student reading assignment pages, and more. 

The Tiny URL app can be accessed on Gale’s support page (their regular page, not the one geared towards Oregon libraries),, or directly at


PS--I'm using web-based mail today, and that can create formatting problems.  The URLs might need to be pasted into a browser. 

Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Library Development
Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-3950