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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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.
Digital National Security Archive unlocks a vast trove of important declassified U.S. government documents providing vital primary source material to advance research in twentieth century history, politics, and international relations.
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 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 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.
Primary sources for film, broadcasting, popular music and theatre, 1880-2000
Ethnic Newswatch™ is a full-text subscription database containing newspapers, magazines, journals, and newsletters of the ethnic, minority, and native press. Designed to provide the other side of the story, ENW titles offer additional viewpoints from those proffered by the mainstream press.
Global Newsstream provides today's global news content – with archives that stretch back into the 1980s – from over 2,800 news sources including newspapers, newswires, transcripts, video, and digital-first content in full-text format.
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers empowers researchers to explore the British perspective on historical and contemporary events through a vast and authoritative archive of official government documents spanning three centuries.
The John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera is the first-ever electronic research collection of its kind. ProQuest has painstakingly scanned in color a portion of the John Johnson collection that resides in the Bodleian Library of Oxford, England. The resulting database provides direct access to rare primary source materials and evidence of Britain’s cultural, social, industrial, and technological heritage.