The Alberta Research Portal (ARP) is your gateway to a world-class collection of primary sources. This portal lets you access the Gale Primary Sources collection, a resource with 69 unique primary source collections, including extensive resources related to First Nations and Indigenous peoples, the Associated Press Collections, Smithsonian Collection Online, Archives of Human Sexuality and Gender, Sabin Americana, and 25 titles from the Gale Virtual Reference Library, to name but a few.
Primary sources are documents or records containing first-hand information from someone who has experienced an event. They may be created at the time of an event or shortly after. A wide variety of things can be considered primary sources, including interviews, works of art, diaries, letters, journals, manuscripts, newspaper articles, photographs, government documents, legal records, audio recordings, etc.
All Albertans get equal access to this collection, with no need to log in! If you are within our provincial boundaries, you can use the ARP - all you need is a computer with an internet connection.
The ARP can help with a wide variety of research needs. These may include:
This portal was created thanks to the generosity of several TAL members who contributed towards the purchase of Gale Primary Sources. These contributors are recognized throughout the Alberta Research Portal website. The purchase of Gale Primary Sources and the creation of the Alberta Research Portal is an outstanding example of how collaboration across the library sectors can benefit everyone in our province. We also extend our sincere thanks to Gale Cengage Learning for developing the ARP website.
To start using the Alberta Research Portal, simply go to http://abresearchportal.ca . You can also access the Gale Primary Source collection through your library’s digital resources.