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Six Centuries of Primary Sources

A digital experience that feels like working with physical materials

Research shows that primary sources – government documents, archival collections, periodicals, newspapers, books and video, and more – are assigned across disciplines. These sources develop critical-thinking skills, allow students to draw their own conclusions and interpret secondary sources, aid in the understanding of a subject, inspire new thinking and improve academic results.

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Acta Sanctorum

Acta Sanctorum is a principal source for research into the societies and cultures of early Christian and medieval Europe.

American Periodicals from the Center for Research Libraries

Through an innovative partnership, ProQuest and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), a consortium of North American universities, colleges, and independent research libraries, is offering full-color, digital access to a broad range of American periodicals.

Art and Architecture Archive

Art and Architecture Archive connects researchers with searchable archives of leading trade and consumer magazines, tracing the history of photography, design, fine art, and architecture over the twentieth century.

Art, Design & Architecture Collection

A comprehensive survey of current publications in the fields of visual and applied arts, the Art, Design & Architecture Collection includes ProQuest’s specialist indexes ARTbibliographies Modern, Design & Applied Arts Index, and International Bibliography of Art, together with a complementary collection of current full-text journals from ProQuest’s Arts & Humanities Database.

British Periodicals

Offering comprehensive full-run coverage for popular periodicals, this growing resource will offer facsimile page images and searchable full text for nearly 500 British periodicals published from the seventeenth through the early twentieth centuries, totaling almost five million pages.

Colonial State Papers

This growing collection offers insight into the colonial history of North America and the West Indies. It includes the National Archives collection CO 1-- papers that were presented to the Privy Council and the Board of Trade during 1574-1757.

Country Life Archive

Chronicling changing ownership of the UK’s great houses, and affairs of interest to the UK’s upper classes across the 20th century, Country Life Archive (1897 to 2005) focuses on fine art and architecture, society news, and rural living.

Documents on British Policy Overseas

This history database contains tens of thousands of U.K. government documents relating to Britain’s international relations, including foreign policy instructions, letters and memos, business reports, and more.

Early English Books Online

Early English Books Online is the definitive online collection of early printed works in English, making digital copies of over 146,000 rare works from before 1700 discoverable through an interface tailored for early modern scholars.

Early European Books

Early European Books takes scholars on an international exploration of life and culture in the early modern period by giving online access to a deep digital archive of rare books from the shelves of the leading national libraries of Europe.

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ProQuest Historical Newspapers:™ Canadian Newspapers

A collection of Canadain historical newspapers from across the nation that have launched on the ProQuest Platform. Historical newspaper content is among the most sought-after primary source material in research and is the definitive newspaper……

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Newsweek Archive

Newsweek Archive is a key primary sources collection of Historical Periodicals spanning from the first issues and extends from the 20th century to the 21st century. Covering insights into contemporary issues and trends in history, news, international……

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ProQuest Dissertation and Theses Dissemination

ProQuest Dissertation and Theses Dissemination takes responsibility for preserving and disseminating graduate research for our university and college partners.…

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When a series of challenges – including the COVID-19 pandemic – struck San Diego State University’s library, ProQuest had solutions.

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Nixon, Ford’s Daily Intelligence Briefs Provide a Fascinating Look into a Tumultuous U.S. Era

Now declassified, these briefs were once called “the most highly sensitized classified document[s] in the government.”

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