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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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ProQuest Historical Newspapers™

With ProQuest Historical Newspapers, trace the Revolutionary War rebel cause, Reconstruction after the Civil War, learn about a break-through medical discovery, the inauguration of a world leader, both world wars, the Civil Rights Movement, experiment with a tasty new recipe, laugh at a comic strip and experience the birth of freedom —all from one source.

Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970

Sanborn fire insurance maps are detailed property and land-use records covering more than 12,000 U.S. towns and cities.

The Vogue Archive

The Vogue Archive contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition) from 1892 to the present day, reproduced in high-resolution color page images.

Historical Statistical Abstracts of the United States

Historical Statistical Abstracts of the United States allows researchers to discover, work with, and analyze unaltered data on economic trends, social climate, and demographic makeup over time.

USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive

USC Shoah Foundation and ProQuest bring the 55,000 testimonies in the Visual History Archive to thousands of students and researchers at colleges and universities around the world.

News, Policy & Politics Magazine Archive

Offering full runs of 20th-century titles, in full-color, page-image format, News, Policy and Politics Magazine Archive makes newly available and accessible these key sources, for which the archival print issues have not consistently been retained by libraries.

ProQuest History Vault™

Click here for the home of ProQuest History Vault. ProQuest History Vault gives researchers what they need — with access to millions of pages of cross-searchable, full-text/full-image documents including articles, correspondence, government records, and more, documenting the most widely studied topics in eighteenth- through twentieth-century American history.

Women's Magazine Archive

Women’s Magazine Archive comprises archival runs of leading women’s consumer magazines of the twentieth century. On completion the collection will offer approximately 850,000 pages, scanned in full color.

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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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O’Reilly for Public Libraries

The O’Reilly for Public Libraries Complete subscription includes more than 45,000 books and 30,000 hours of video in areas such as information technology and software; business; digital media; professional and personal development; and desktop……

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Kris Rzepczynski Honored for Contributions to Genealogical Librarianship

A Lansing, Michigan librarian receives the 2020 William P. Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship for decades of work across the U.S.

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New Video Series Explains Key Issues Relating to COVID-19

Watch, learn from and share these animated videos, which help make sense of what we know (and don’t know) about the novel coronavirus.

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