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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

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