In 2016, ProQuest is digitizing nearly 30 million pages of new, unique and diverse primary source content, making it accessible online in ProQuest’s acclaimed Historical Collections Program. In print, the new content would form a tower 10,000 feet tall, more than six times the height of the Empire State Building. Via ProQuest’s technology and indexing expertise, users can discover the content that’s precisely relevant to them.
ProQuest’s Historical Collections program covers a diverse range of primary sources, historical newspapers, periodicals, magazines, books, government materials and video, from 1455 to present. Among the new content added to ProQuest’s Historical Collections Program this year:
Historical primary sources are increasingly required at academic libraries for teaching and research. A 2012 Ithaka I&R survey revealed that 80% of humanities faculty assigned primary source materials in classes for lower level undergraduate students. That number goes even higher, to 95% of faculty in humanities departments assigning this content to upper level undergraduates. Additionally, analyses by ProQuest show an increasing reliance on online primary sources in published research. For example, references to digitized newspapers in humanities dissertations has risen each year since ProQuest began its historical newspaper program, according to keyword search analysis.
“ProQuest’s Historical Collections Program delivers unique and diverse primary source materials that have been requested by faculty and researchers in the humanities and social sciences disciplines, said Susan Bokern, ProQuest Vice President, Information Solutions. “Primary sources improve research outcomes by connecting students and faculty to a broader range of original voices written at that moment in history. ProQuest seeks out and enters into strategic partnerships to find and digitize this unique content to support the mission of the library as well as student achievement and researcher success.”
Additional new resources launching later in 2016 include: