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Primary Sources

Primary sources are vital for advanced scholarship in many disciplines. They are also increasingly used in undergraduate classes to develop critical thinking and interdisciplinary understanding. Over decades, ProQuest has developed unique relationships with museums, specialty archives and other content providers around the world to offer unparalleled primary source collections – some available digitally only from ProQuest – that engage, inspire and inform researchers at every level.

ProQuest provides a variety of ways for libraries to add Primary Sources to their holdings.  For more information please navigate to the Content Page.   

Primary Sources reside on the following platforms.  For more information on the platforms please visit the following Libguides:

Webinar Recordings


This session will concentrate on Iranian history and investigate the events leading to the 1979 Iranian Revolution. You will learn searching strategies as well as how to leverage the features on the platform to support your search of primary resources.  This webinar features content from the Digital National Security Archives (DNSA).  Duration 30 minutes

Join us for a deep dive into ProQuest Primary Source periodical resources. This session will delve into how birth control has been used and discussed in periodicals since the early 20th century.  Primary Sources used for this webinar include: Periodical Archives Online, Periodical Index Online, the Vogue Archive, and Women's Magazine Archive. Duration - 30 minutes.

Timed for Pride Month, this session will concentrate on Section 28 and its significance in the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights in the UK, where we will look at the legislation itself as well as some of the academic and primary source documents we can find within a variety of ProQuest products.  Resources covered in this session: United Kingdom Parliamentary Papers, LGBT Magazine Archive, and various LGBT resources on ProQuest and Alexander Street platforms. Duration - 30 minutes

In this session we explore the story behind the ‘Reclaim the Night’ movement that begun in 1977 in the UK as a response to the Yorkshire ‘Ripper’ murders. This webinar explores News content on the ProQuest platform.  Duration: 30 minutes

This session will concentrate on the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s and look at some of the wide-reaching changes to the Catholic Church that were made as a result of this Council. We will use this topic to explore the resources available on our Alexander Street Platform.  Resources covered in this session: Twentieth Century Religious Thought.  Duration - 30 minutes.

This session concentrates on Sally Hemings, once an enslaved woman owned by Thomas Jefferson, and uses Black Historical newspapers to investigate her story.- Duration: 30 Minutes