Discovering ProQuest Primary Sources

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Welcome to 'Discovering Primary Sources', a Training Series

Your institution has access to a wealth of ProQuest Primary Sources and we're here to help you get the most out of these unique collections. In this training series, our expert trainers Louisa Vickers-Mills and Ali Nazari-Nouri will take you on a journey exploring different resource platforms and study topics, including Black History, Early Modern Books, Global Issues, Women's Studies and much more.

Louisa Vickers-Mills

 

"I'm excited for you to join me for this training series. In every session we'll be taking a deep dive into the resources you have access to via your library and I'll show you the best search strategies, tips and tricks for getting the most relevant results for your research project." - Louisa Vickers-Mills, Training and Consulting Partner, ProQuest

Here Is What You Can Expect

 In each 30min session, we will take a deep dive into some of our most popular Primary Source collections. Throughout the series, you'll learn how to create sophisticated searches as well as using the inbuilt platform functionality to best support research and teaching. You will learn searching strategies as well as how to leverage the features on the platforms. To book your place, please register via the links below.

Schedule and topics. Jump to upcoming sessions or view sessions on demand:

4th August | 22nd September

13th October | 3rd November | On Demand

Please check this page regularly for the latest information.

Can’t attend all sessions live? Not to worry, just register and we’ll send you a recording after each webinar.

Global Issues

Discovering Primary Sources: Global Issues Library 

Date/Time: 4th August - 11am GMT+1

Duration: 30 min

This session will concentrate on the Global Issues Library on the Alexander Street Platform. We will take a look at its constituting collections, which are Human Rights Studies Online, Border and Migration Studies Online, Revolution and Protest Online, Environmental Issues Online, Security Issues Online, Engineering Case Studies Online and Mass Incarceration and Prison Studies.

Primary Sources used for this webinar include: the collections within Global Issues Library.

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Early European Books

Discovering Primary Sources: Plague in Early Modern Books

Date/Time: 22nd September - 11am GMT+1

Duration: 30 min

This session will concentrate on plagues as can be found in early modern books from several centuries ago. We will use this topic to explore the resources available in Early English Books.

Primary Sources used for this webinar include: Early English Books Online and Early European Books.

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Black History

Discovering Primary Sources: Black History

Date/Time: 13th October - 11am GMT+1

Duration: 30 min

This session will take a historical perspective on relations between police and the Black community in the UK, through the lens of such events as the 1981 riots in Brixton, Toxteth and other cities, and more recent pivotal events and their aftermath. 

Primary Sources used for this webinar include: ProQuest Historical Newspapers, UK Parliamentary Papers, as well as some unique secondary sources such as dissertations and video.

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Women and Social Movements

Discovering Primary Sources: Women and Social Movements

Date/Time: 3rd November - 11am GMT

Duration: 30 min

This session will concentrate on Women in Social Movements.

Primary Sources used for this webinar include: Women and Social Movements.

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On Demand

Discovering Primary Sources: Who was Sally Hemings?

Duration: 30 min

Join us for a deep dive into ProQuest Historical Newspapers. This session concentrates on Sally Hemings, once an enslaved woman owned by Thomas Jefferson, and use Black Historical newspapers to investigate her story.

Historical Newspapers used for this webinar include: Atlanta Daily World, The Baltimore Afro-American, Chicago Defender, Los Angeles Sentinel, New York Amsterdam News, Norfolk Journal and Guide, Philadelphia Tribune, and Pittsburgh Courier.

Discovering Primary Sources: Reclaim the Night 

Duration: 30 min

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.

Historical Newspapers used for this webinar include: The Guardian and The Observer, The New York Times, The Times of India, and other newspaper archives held offered by ProQuest.

Discovering Primary Sources: Decolonisation in Parliamentary Sources

Duration: 30 min

This session will delve into United Kingdom Parliamentary Papers, and illustrate search strategies to find resources related to colonial history, specifically to do with the Atlantic Charter and decolonisation of Ghana.

Primary Sources used for this webinar include: all collections available in United Kingdom Parliamentary Papers.

Discovering Primary Sources: Birth Control in Periodicals

Duration: 30 min

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.

Discovering Primary Sources: The 1979 Iranian Revolution

Duration: 30 min

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.

Resources covered in this session: Digital National Security Archive.

Discovering Primary Sources: History Vault

Duration: 30 min

This session will concentrate on ProQuest History Vault. You will learn searching strategies as well as how to leverage the features on the platform to support your search of primary resources.

Resources covered in this session: various modules in History Vault.

Discovering Primary Sources: Second Vatican Council

Duration: 30 min

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.

Discovering Primary Sources: Examining Section 28

Duration: 30 min

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.

Discovering Primary Sources: Indian Cinema - A Journey through The Times of India Archives

Duration: 30 min

This session will concentrate on the history of the Indian Cinema and look at some of the milestones it reached in the 20th Century. We will use this topic to explore the resources available on our The Times of India Archive.

Resources covered in this session: ProQuest Historical Newspapers - The Times of India Archive.

 

Continuous Learning with ProQuest


ProQuest’s webinars are open to anyone with an interest in research, teaching and learning. They span a range of topics from academic trends to the changing ways students are using information to practical tips on how to use ProQuest products.

Explore our existing schedule and join us live or round out a day with some on-demand learning.

See what some of our past attendees said:

  • “Fantastic presentation, clearly pulled together with excellent and demonstrative examples. I really enjoyed learning about these fantastic resources."
  • "Good presentation, lots of detail and useful for using Proquest platforms"
  • "Well planned and executed presentation. Covered all the key areas that I was hoping it would. Presenter was excellent - able to move through materials, but still be responsive to our questions. Thanks for an excellent platform."
  • "Thanks to Louisa, I feel infinitely better prepared now to deal with the ProQuest platform. I'd been using the old EEBO platform for years and was feeling lost about the new platform. I now see how much richer it is as research tool. I'm exciting to plunge in! Thank you"
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