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Six Centuries of Primary Sources

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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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ProQuest Congressional Research Digital Collection

Access the research reports commissioned by members of Congress from 1830 to the present to help them understand the issues of the day and keep them informed about matters under the jurisdiction of specific committees.

ProQuest Digital U.S. Bills and Resolutions, 1789 - Present

No other online database offers one place to go for the full text of ALL versions of ALL U.S. public and private bills and resolutions from 1789 to the present. Researchers will no longer need to hunt on multiple sites or turn to print or fiche to find what they are looking for. The comprehensive and extensive coverage is ideal in providing the big picture for researchers in law schools, academic research libraries, and all institutions with a commitment to historic and legal research. Product is offered as a retrospective module from 1789-2013, with new content from 2014 forward available for separate purchase.

ProQuest Executive Branch Documents (1789-1932)

Access a wide array of documents produced by the federal government from our nation’s founding through the early twentieth century. In addition to offering a record of federal department and agency activities, this collection provides insight into virtually all facets of society.

ProQuest Legislative Insight™

ProQuest Legislative Insight is a federal legislative history service that makes available thoroughly researched compilations of digital full-text publications created by Congress during the process leading up to the enactment of U.S. Public Laws.

Public Petitions to Parliament, 1833-1918

Integrated fully with U.K. Parliamentary Papers, Public Petitions to Parliament, 1833-1918 shows how “the people” during the 19th century influenced Parliament on political, ecclesiastical, colonial, taxation, and many other topics relevant to Britain and Empire.

Queen Victoria’s Journals

Queen Victoria was the longest serving British monarch, reigning as Queen from 1837 to 1901 and as Empress of India from 1876. In total 141 volumes of her journal survive, numbering approximately 45,000 pages.

The Cecil Papers

ProQuest has teamed with The Hatfield House Archives to digitize their privately held collection of almost 30,000 documents gathered by William Cecil (1520-1598), Lord Burghley and his son Robert Cecil (1563-1612), First Earl of Salisbury.

The Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs

This database is the definitive cross-cultural resource for information on women's history. It spans more than four centuries and 15 languages and includes over two million pages in full image. Users can trace the evolution of feminism within a single country, as well as the impact of that country's feminist movement on other countries and their movements.

The Women’s Wear Daily Archive

The Women’s Wear Daily Archive connects researchers with the history and business of twentieth-century fashion through the digitized archive of Women’s Wear Daily, the leading fashion-industry trade paper since 1910.

Twentieth-Century Parliamentary Papers

The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, 1901-2005 is the most detailed primary source for twentieth-century Britain, its colonies, and the wider world.

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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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How Title Matching Helped Meet Evolving Student Needs

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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