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1 SIRS Decades Primary sources documenting life and events in 20th-century America 2008

2 SIRS Decades ~ 5,000 primary source docs with editorially written captions topic essays, researched and written by ProQuest editors. ~ 200 source titles including special collections and document archives DBQs correlated to history standards by educational expert. Whats in Decades?

3 Welcome to SIRS Decades Covers 20 th Century U.S. History and related topics. High-interest primary sources required by middle and high school social studies departments. Editorially selected content and editorially created introductions improve student understanding. SIRS ® Decades

4 SIRS Decades Documents Photos Editorial Cartoons Speeches Advertisements Posters Personal Letters Maps/Charts Literary Works Art Multimedia (via weblinks) Content Types

5 SIRS Decades Selected UMI microfilm chosen, annotated, and digitized by ProQuest editors. Document images, some digitized for the first time! Library of Congress Scribners Billboard FDR Presidential Museum NARA More… Content Sources

6 SIRS Decades Researched and written by ProQuest editors for each decade topic. In-text links to additional resources. Decade Essays

7 SIRS Decades Document Based Questions available for every topic. Students analyze, synthesize, and reference documents to answer essay question. Part of AP and some state testing (New York). DBQs

8 SIRS Decades Special feature shows connections between past and present issues and topics. Inline links to current information. So What?

9 SIRS Decades Decade browse buttons Keyword/Natural Language Search Subject Heading Search Results sorting: Relevance/Date Date limit option Limit source type checkboxes Links to DBQs, standards, timeline Home Page

10 SIRS Decades Home page links Decades browse buttons Breadcrumb navigation links Previous and next buttons Topics links list Thumbnail graphics Inline hyperlinks Decade Browse Pages

11 SIRS Decades Source and PDF version (for printing) document link Multi-page document (previous/next) Summary Document image Transcriptions Document Features

12 SIRS Decades Create a newspaper for an historical topic or event. Compare daily life then and now (cost of food, fashion, automobiles). Student Usage Ideas

13 SIRS Decades Compare social issues then and now (music, drug use, womens rights). Prepare for the AP U.S. History examination (DBQs). Student Usage Ideas

14 History Happenings & proquestk12.com Sign up for History Happenings newsletter. Decades usage ideas! Additional background information, training materials, posters, custom flyers, podcasts, videos. Download our latest source lists.

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