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Updating and Reviewing CultureGrams Reports

CultureGrams Landing Page

CultureGrams Landing Page via ProQuest

CultureGrams editors put forth a lot of effort in making sure that the content in our country, state, and province reports is both accurate and up-to-date. And, unlike some of our competitors, our commitment to providing reliable cultural content doesn’t end once our reports are created initially. We continually update, review, and expand our reports for the benefit of our customers. Our reports change because people and places change. Below is an explanation of some of our most important content revision processes.

  1. Weekly updates–When we say that CultureGrams reports are  “updated” weekly, we mean that our editors follow the news and incorporate any major news events into the history sections of the World reports and the timelines of the Kids, States, and Provinces reports. Where there are changes in the head of state and/or government, those are included as well. As the editors do their weekly updates, they may update other sections of the texts as well, but the focus is on history and government.
  2. Statistical updates–The statistical information in all of our reports is updated by the editors once a year, as new statistics are available.
  3. Major updates–Each report is given a thorough going over  by the editors about once a year to make sure that all of the content is up-to-date. It also includes reviewing the photo galleries and other content. In the Kids, States, and Provinces editions, the major update may also include expanding the most recent history section in a report or adding a new history section, if needed.
  4. Reviews–Reviews usually occur on about a five-year cycle. And they involve getting feedback from native or long-term residents rather than just through the research of our editors. These reviews from insiders help us keep the information in the reports accurate and up-to-date. When revisions are warranted, we make them.
  5. Expansions–For the past several years now, we’ve been working hard to expand the cultural content of our existing World Edition reports by at least 50%. The focus is on the cultural content primarily. The expansion process involves the contributions of a native or long-term resident for each country, who writes new content for us. Then that content is reviewed by another native or long-term resident.

If you have any questions about these processes, please let us know.

CultureGrams: We Want Video of Your State!


If you’ve ever explored the CultureGrams Video Gallery, you know that we have great content from around the world, including people cooking, kids working and playing, citizens celebrating holidays, and much more. But you may have noticed that we don’t have very many videos from the USA. We are asking for your help in solving this problem!

If you have digital video of your state, you could get paid for it!

You could film things like

  • scenery
  • food
  • people (including interviews)
  • cultural topics

and more!

To get ideas of other things to film, read through the report for your state and for the United States.

Leave a comment here or email us at cgeditors<at>proquest<dot>com for more details about subjects to film, technical requirements, and payment.

We look forward to seeing your video in CultureGrams!

CultureGrams: State Nickname Quiz

States Edition via ProQuest CultureGrams

States Edition via ProQuest CultureGrams

How well do you know U.S. state nicknames? Test your knowledge with this quiz from the editors at CultureGrams. What is the state associated with each nickname?

  1. The Silver State
  2. The Buckeye State
  3. The Lone Star State
  4. The Green Mountain State
  5. The Pelican State
  6. The Beaver State
  7. The Badger State
  8. The Land of Enchantment
  9. The Peach State
  10. The Garden State
  11. The Equality State
  12. The First State
  13. The Sunshine State
  14. The Mount Rushmore State
  15. The Bluegrass State
  16. The Bay State
  17. The Sooner State
  18. The Last Frontier
  19. The Golden State
  20. The Constitution State

Check your answers with the quiz key in the comment section. And for more information about each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., check out the CultureGrams States Edition.

Arrange Training Just For Your School

Trending Leading IssuesThe ProQuest Training and Consulting Partners don’t provide only pre-recorded training videos or public webinars. We are also available to arrange training directly with your school to meet your local needs. Our privately arranged training is available to any licensed ProQuest customer at no cost. We are happy to discuss unique interests and needs you’d like to cover, and you can invite faculty and staff members to join. To get started, just email the Training and Consulting Partners at training@proquest.com . We’ll respond back to you and work to get everything arranged!

If public webinars are all that’s needed to meet your needs, visit us at www.proquest.com/go/webinars.

NEW is the Order of the Day for ProQuest


Bulletin: The upgraded search interface for CultureGrams just went live today! That follows a new search interface for SIRS Discoverer that went live over the summer — while you were hopefully getting some great rest and relaxation! And, just around the corner later this month we will be introducing a new ProQuest user interface as well.

You can see and learn more about all of these new changes, and all of your other ProQuest resources by joining the Training and Consulting Partners in one of our free monthly webinars. Alternately, you can contact us directly to get some one-on-one time or to schedule time for a group of educators in your school or district. There’s a lot of great things to learn this year — join us and we’ll keep you up-to-date!

CultureGrams Progress Report

With the year more than half over, we thought it would be a good time to update you on what we’ve been up to for the first seven months of the year. CultureGrams is always a product on the move. We’re adding new content (new Kids Edition reports, photos, slideshows, video, interviews, etc.), reviewing and updating the content that is already there, adding new features, and doing all that we can to make CultureGrams the premier product of its kind in the market. So what have we added for so far this year? Here is a partial list of exciting new additions:

Plus we are just about to release an improved user interface for CultureGrams that is better designed for use on mobile devices, that will offer improved performance and easier navigation, and that will align more effectively with other ProQuest K-12 products. Below is a sneak peek, but more details are forthcoming.

New CultureGrams User Interface

CultureGrams just keeps getting better and better. And there is even more to come in 2015. Stay tuned for the latest details.

Teaching World Cultures: Three ProQuest Resources

Why Study Culture?

“In today’s world, understanding both our similarities and our diversity becomes increasingly important. Through an understanding and appreciation of cultural difference, children will be better prepared to live in an ever-shrinking global community. And increasingly, our classrooms are becoming miniature models of the global community itself.”—Nancy Jervis, Ph.D., China Institute

The quote above shows just how vital it is for students to study culture.

Students need to be prepared for our increasingly interdependent, globalized and networked world. Migration and immigration are causing societies to become more culturally and linguistically diverse.  The nature of the workforce is changing as globalization continues to level the playing field for workers worldwide.  And many of today’s issues—ranging from climate change to public health to terrorism–have a global dimension, requiring people to work with others from different cultures and nations to solve such problems.

In the introduction to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the authors identify the understanding of other perspectives and cultures as an essential feature for college and career readiness. Common Core Standards require students to read a variety of literature and informational texts and encourage a focus on deep research by asking students to gather information from multiple resources.

Below, I highlight three ProQuest resources to help meet CCSS literacy requirements and to develop increased cultural awareness in your students so that they are equipped for college and career.

Three ProQuest Resources:

1. CultureGrams contains primary and secondary source cultural content for more than 160 countries. There are four editions: the World Edition (for students in middle school and up) and the Kids, States, and Canadian Provinces editions (for students in upper elementary school).  Each country contains up-to-date information on the people and their customs and courtesies as well as facts on lifestyle (housing, diet, recreation, etc.) and society (government, economy, education, etc.).  Students can access interviews, videos, recipes, graphs, maps and more. The Curriculum Standards PDF shows all the of the national standards met or developed by each CultureGrams product.


Screenshot of Argentina in CultureGrams

2. SIRS Issues Researcher contains a World Cultures Leading Issue with articles on multiple perspectives to help students with their research. The World Cultures Leading Issues, along with the hundreds of other Leading Issues, are crafted to help students analyze and synthesize a wide variety of resources and present a cogent argument.  Perfect for debates or papers covering more than one side to an issue, each sub issue contains an essential question with supporting pro/con articles.

World Cultures Leading Issue

Screenshot of World Cultures Leading Issue, SIRS Issues Researcher.

3. eLibrary has hundreds of culturally-relevant Research Topic pages, including ones on indigenous peoples, religious groups, ethnic foods, as well as many on literature and the arts, such as haiku and folk dance. These pages contain links to editorially-selected articles and websites as well as a trove of primary source documents, videos and images.  Here is a sampling of the type of eLibrary Research Topic pages relevant to the study of culture:

eLibrary Research Topic Pages

Collage of screenshots of three eLibrary Research Topic pages

How to Find Research Topic Pages:

Students can find these pages via keyword search or by clicking on the following link on the search page in eLibrary:

Research Topics link on the Basic Search page

Screenshot of eLibrary link to list of Research Topics

Tell Us What You’re Doing!

Are you using ProQuest to help your students learn about different cultures? Did you create a lesson plan using one of our products? If so, we’d love to here about it! Let us know in the comment box below.


United States Research Projects

This is the time of year for class projects. My daughter’s 3rd grade class was assigned a project for social studies. Each student chooses a state in the U.S. and once the project is complete, they present it to the class. There are 38 students in both 3rd grade classes, so they were able to cover most of the states. Some students used poster board with pictures and text (see photo below), some constructed dioramas, and others wrote a report and brought in photos and postcards. The teacher encouraged the students to wear clothes associated with the assigned state, or to bring in foods common in that state. I think this is a great way to learn new information about the United States.

TN state project

Tennessee State Project
Image by Jennifer Oms

Something that helped my daughter while she was doing her research was SIRS Discoverer Country Facts and CultureGrams States Edition. These products offer wonderful information on each state in the U.S.

SIRS Discoverer State Facts includes a statehood timeline, map and flag, state symbol photos, population information, and more! In addition, SIRS Discoverer offers Country Facts and Canada Facts.

ProQuest SIRS Discoverer: Country Facts--Tennessee

ProQuest SIRS Discoverer: Country Facts–Tennessee


CultureGrams States Edition includes a detailed map of each state, flag, symbols, interesting facts about each state, population information, history, and more. CultureGrams also offers the Provinces Edition, World Edition, and Kids Edition.

CultureGrams States Edition

ProQuest CultureGrams: States Edition

Both products offer beautiful, full-color, printable PDFs for each state. Next time your students have a class project, turn to SIRS Discoverer and CultureGrams!

How do you approach research of U.S. states in your classroom? Comment below or tweet us at #ProQuest.

Happy Presidents’ Day!

Washington Monument
Source: U.S. Navy photo by Sgt. Andy Dunaway

Looking for a good way to celebrate President’s Day? Take a trip through our CultureGrams States Edition Washington, D.C. report. The nation’s capital was named after George Washington (and Christopher Columbus) and is home to the National Mall. Located in the middle of downtown Washington, D.C., this national park was set aside as an area for national remembrance and features memorials commemorating some of our early presidents. The Washington Monument stands close to the center of the mall, between the steps of the Capitol Building and the Lincoln Memorial. Visitors to the monument can climb all 897 steps or ride the elevator to the top to see the spectacular view. The Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech, houses a 19-foot-tall marble statue of Lincoln.

CultureGrams: Looking Back on 2014

Our  CultureGrams editors were very busy last year, making the product better than ever with lots of new and updated content. Below is a list of what we added in 2014 and a preview of what to expect in 2015.

  • We added 24 new Kids Edition country reports.
  • We expanded 14 World Edition country reports, which means that the cultural content in these reports increased by at least 50%.
  • We added 30 new interviews to the Faces of the World Interview collection.
  • We updated all of our data tables.
  • We’re continuing with our regular and ongoing process of major updates and review of all CultureGrams reports by native and in-country experts.
  • We expanded our multimedia offerings by adding over 300 new photos and 36 new slideshows to CultureGrams.
  • We are well into the process of adding internal links to the World Edition country reports, which will link out directly to supplementary photos, recipes, and definitions.
Kids Edition Landing Page

Kids Edition Screencap via ProQuest CultureGrams

And for 2015, here is what we have planned.

  • More Kids Edition country reports (we’ve already added 6 new country reports so far in 2015)
  • More interviews
  • More multimedia (we’ve already added 174 new videos in 2015)
  • A brand new Average Person infographic feature that will depict the demographic characteristics of a hypothetical person in each country, highlighting factors such as income level, family size, language, and religion
  • Ongoing reviews, weekly and annual updates
  • And more

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