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Religion and the News

Religion is a part of the cultural milieu that shapes many of the major news events making headlines these days. Whether it’s events in the Middle East, the pronouncements of Pope Francis, or the ongoing debates over such hot-button issues as same-sex marriage or gender roles, religion is often a key factor that affects what people see and do. It shapes the views of both news makers and those who consume news.

Unfortunately, many people know little about the religious beliefs of others, so their ability to make sense of the news is diminished. They lack the knowledge to put world events in context, particularly when it comes to religion. So a great place to learn about world religions is with ProQuest K-12 products. In addition to providing excellent source material for research about religion, ProQuest databases offer useful overviews, editorially-selected content, and a diversity of perspectives about how religion shapes our world today. They can help give users a framework for reading the day’s news with intelligence and understanding. Below are three examples.


Research Topic Screencap via ProQuest eLibrary

Research Topic Screencap via ProQuest eLibrary

eLibrary, one of our largest general reference collections of periodical and digital media content, is one way to begin. In addition to the content available through targeted searching on religious topics, eLibrary has editorially-curated Research Topic pages that provide a starting point for learning about more than 7,500 of the most popular search queries, including world religions. These pages provide useful background information (overviews, history, beliefs and practices, photos, etc.) that can help place world events in context.

History Study Center

Study Topic Screencap via ProQuest History Study Center

Study Topic Screencap via ProQuest History Study Center

History Study Center, a database that covers history from ancient times to the present day, has editorially-created Study Units, which are in-depth introductions on a variety of historical topics. Each Study Unit includes a brief introduction followed by a page of editorially-selected links to reference works, biographies, maps, primary sources, journal articles, images, video clips, and websites. And there are dozens of Study Units dealing with religion—“The history of Judaism,” “The rise of Islam,” “Religion in colonial America,” “The papacy in the twentieth century,” etc. The Study Units provide useful information and historical context for understanding the world’s religions. In addition, users can find valuable material on religion on their own in History Study Center via targeted searches.


CG Religion Category Screencap

Religion Category Screencap via ProQuest CultureGrams

Although there is some historical information about religion in CultureGrams, the emphasis of this product is more on daily life and the present. So with CultureGrams, users get a glimpse into how various religions are practiced today. Each country report has a religion category that gives an overview of the religious makeup of the country and often provides a brief description of some selected religious practices. Furthermore, relevant information about religion is often available in standard categories such as History, General Attitudes, and Holidays, as well as in photos, videos, slideshows, and interviews. Plus there are learning activities that help users discover more about the world’s major religions.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these or other ProQuest products, please contact us or register for a free webinar.

Six ProQuest Resources for Holocaust Remembrance Day

We teach so that genocide on a mass scale, the specialty of the past century, can be circumvented in the future.”
― Bogdan Michalski, Why Should We Teach about the Holocaust?

As the quote above states, learning about genocide is more than a history lesson–it is an essential life lesson. Never forget. For this reason, the United Nations General Assembly designates each January 27–the anniversary of the liberation of concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau–as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this day, the United Nations encourages member states to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to develop educational programs to prevent future acts of genocide.

As many countries, including Germany, Austria and France, and several U.S. states have mandatory Holocaust education in the schools, I highlight six ProQuest products where you can find a wealth of resources designed to meet the needs of students learning about the Holocaust and genocide.

1. ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher contains a Human Rights Leading Issue, which includes sub issues on Holocaust Denial and Genocide. Here, students can find timelines with links, overviews and articles on multiple perspectives to support their research. Perfect for debates or papers analyzing more than one side to an issue, each sub issue contains an essential question with supporting pro con articles. The Holocaust Denial essential question asks students the following question:

Should Holocaust denial be a crime punishable by law?

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Visual Browse of the Human Rights Leading Issue, ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher


2. eLibrary offers more than fifty well-crafted Research Topic pages on the Holocaust, genocide and related issues. These pages are powerful visual testimonies with links to carefully selected articles, websites as well as a trove of primary source documents, videos and images.  Students can find these pages via keyword search or by clicking on the following link on the search page:

eLibrary link to list of Research Topics

Screenshot of eLibrary link to list of Research Topics

Rescue of the Danish Jews (see below) is one such Research Topic page:

Rescue of the Danish Jews

Example Research Topic Page, ProQuest eLibrary


3. Access CultureGrams to get concise historical overviews and maps of the countries in which the Holocaust occurred. CultureGrams is a fantastic resource full of reliable, up-to-date cultural content, including primary source interviews, videos and more. Students researching the Holocaust can use it to compare contemporary society with the ideologies, policies and governing methods of the totalitarian regimes during the time of the Holocaust.

CultureGrams: Germany

Screenshot of Germany in CultureGrams


4. History Study Center has in-depth study units with historical reference material on the Holocaust, Genocide in the Twentieth Century and more. Each unit includes both primary and secondary sources, including biographies, maps and video clips.

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The Holocaust Study Unit, ProQuest History Study Center


5. Historical Newspapers (Graphical) offers a unique collection on the Holocaust with full-text newspaper articles from that time period. Students can access the collection via the timeline or the Topics tab.

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Nov. 12, 1938, New York Times article via ProQuest Historical News Graphical


6. ProQuest Research Companion is a terrific resource that supports information literacy, writing and research skills to help students to effectively find, verify and use information. One of the valuable tools in this resource is the Source Evaluation Aid, which provides website information, such as top level domain, site owner and site description. This tool also indicates whether or not a particular site a student accesses online is a possible hate site, which is useful because sometimes it is not readily apparent whether or not a site might belong to a hate group.

Screenshot of the Source Evaluation Aid tool in ProQuest Research Companion

Screenshot of the Source Evaluation Aid tool in ProQuest Research Companion. The red flag alerts users that the website accessed is a possible hate site. The URL entered in this example belongs to the Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust (CODOH), which is listed in the Southern Poverty Law Center as an active Holocaust Denial group.

We are constantly adding new material to our products. If you have suggestions for new Holocaust topics for consideration for our products, feel free to let us know in the comments section below or tweet us at #ProQuest.

History Study Center Releases New Content



The latest release of History Study Center is now live at www.historystudycenter.com, and includes new video content, reference works and journals and updates to Study Units.


The INTELECOM History Video Collection, with 900 video clips, has been added to the Multimedia search (with many clips also added to relevant Study Units).

INTELECOM Intelligent Telecommunications, a non-profit corporation operated by a joint power authority of 31 California community colleges, is a leading producer of curriculum-based media for online, distance and classroom learning. The INTELECOM History Video Collection included in History Study Center includes hundreds of clips originally from the curriculum-based documentary series Framework For Democracy and An Unfinished Nation. They provide an introduction to major topics in American history with contributions from leading historians and former politicians.

The presentation of all video content in History Study Center has also been updated so that clips appear inline within the full record and display in mp4 format.

Reference works

The Native North Americans six volume set, which provides concise articles exploring all facets of the history and culture of the native peoples of North America, has been added to the Maps & Reference search.

  • Native North Americans: Arts, Society, and Religion
  • Native North Americans: Peoples of the East, Southeast, and Plains
  • Native North Americans: History
  • Native North Americans: Personalities and Places
  • Native North Americans: Peoples of the Southwest, West, and North
  • Native North Americans: Warfare, Economy, and Technology


25 new full text journals have been recently added to the Journals search:

  • African Studies Review
  • America’s Civil War
  • The Americas
  • Anglican and Episcopal History
  • The Arkansas Historical Quarterly
  • Aviation History
  • Bulletin of the History of Medicine
  • Classical World
  • Cliometrica
  • Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Culture
  • Fides et Historia
  • Historical Journal of Massachusetts
  • Historically Speaking
  • History in Africa
  • International Journal of African Historical Studies
  • Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History
  • Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society
  • Journal of Late Antiquity
  • Journal of Policy History
  • Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Late Imperial China
  • Vietnam
  • The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
  • Wild West
  • Wisconsin Magazine of History

Content updates

Many Study Units have been updated in this release with additional journal content, reference articles and revisions to web links, plus articles from the important British news weekly The Spectator (also available via Selections from Historical Periodicals). MARC records have also been updated.

New Title Lists Posted for eLibrary

Just in time for Christmas!

Title lists for all editions of eLibrary have recently been updated and released for distribution. Follow the links below to get your .xls version of the product title list to which your institution subscribes:

All the title lists, besides eLibrary Australasia, eLibrary Science and eLibrary Elementary, include a complete list of the more than 7,000 editor-created and curated Research Topics pages, a feature unique to eLibrary. Curriculum Edition title lists include periodical and special collections titles for ProQuest Learning Literature and History Study Center.

All title lists include information about whether the titles are current feeds, the date of the earliest publication in the product for the title as well as the date of the most recent publication (i.e. the coverage dates). New title lists are distributed for eLibrary about every two months.

Going Beyond the Content — Tools for Better Results

Content is, of course, essential to any research project.  However, often overlooked are the benefits which may be derived by using the research tools that are available with the content.  One example of this is the “My Archive” section of  History Study Center.  “My Archive” provides a number of simple but very effective research tools.  First, “My Archive” allows researched items to be permanently saved, until you decide you no longer need them.  It also provides an organizational tool:  Items may be placed into folders of choice based upon topic or media type.  It additionally allows your most effective searches to be saved for later access. . .

Once items are organized, “My Archive” provides an annotation tool for adding notes discussing the content of any saved item.  Finally, once everything is organized and notes have been taken, links to items in “My Archive” may be shared with others.  One example of this might be an educator organizing “My Archive” with key items for each student, and sharing those items and notes via email or print. . .

These are just a few examples of the many ways in which ProQuest K-12 resources help further content with tools to assure better results!

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Critical Thinking Tools — History Study Center

History Study Center™ offers some tools that can help enhance student research on American, British, and European history.  Our “Document Based Question” page provides access to key questions and elements gathered from within History Study Center’s vast collection of historical information.  You may use just the provided documents for the exercises, branch out and have students also pull in other resources from History Study Center, or use the Document Based Question collection as a pattern for creating your own exercises.

For information and training on ProQuest’s K-12 resources, be sure to visit our Training and Support page at http://www.proquestk12.com/trainingsupport, where you can contact a member of our training staff, view recorded videos, or join one of our free monthly webinars.

–Jeff Cutler