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Authentication & Access

IP Addresses

An IP address is an internet address that enables computers to talk to each other. Cengage Gale can use this information as a method to ensure that you are coming from a certain region or campus. Once we add your external static IP address(es) to your account, your users will not be asked for login credentials when accessing Gale databases from your library or campus.

Register your IP address(es)

How do I find out my IP address?

Your IP address is:

However, we recommend that you check with your IT staff to confirm if you have just the above single IP address or if you have a range.

We use a firewall or proxy server. Does that affect my IP address?

Yes, firewalls and proxy servers often replace the IP address of the end user’s computer with their own.

What is the format of IP addresses?

An IP address is comprised of 4 three number octets.

You can also represent ranges.

  • 144.240.001.* where '*' represents [0-255]
  • 144.240.001.[128-192]
  • notation)


This determines if a user is located in a specific geographic area and is allowed or denied access to the databases based on that IP address.

SRU - Z39.50

SRU - Z39.50 databases now feature functionality that encourages users to engage with content on a deeper level by hyperlinking terms within reference articles to related foundational reference content within the same In Context databases. Customers have told us they believe that providing this additional context within individual databases fulfills the In Context promise of offering the content, curation, and tools a user needs in one experience that fosters understanding, develops information literacy, and encourages exploration.


Gale’s search widgets provide your users with quicker access to the answers they are looking for when conducting research in a Gale online database. Click on the link below and scroll to the bottom of the new page to access widgets for your library.

  • Click here to access the Widgets page.
  • Click the “Sign in” button in the top right corner, enter your Gale Location ID (K-12: use your Gale username*), and press the “Return/Enter” key.
  • Hover over “Product Support” in the blue navigation bar.
  • Click on "Widgets".

**K-12 library staff: If you do not know your Gale username, contact Jen Maurer, School Library Consultant, State Library of Oregon.


When linking to Gale content using the OpenURL standard, we recommend that you utilize the four core indexes (ISSN, Volume, Issue, Start Page) in the URL that is issued to Gale. We recommend only using the other indexes if you do not have index information for several of the core indexes or if your goal is to reduce the number of results for a particular query. Please note that using the non-core indexes will result in less precision, and at times, it will produce inconsistent results.