About This Product
American History is a comprehensive resource that spans our nation’s history, with a user-friendly interface and award-winning content. The home page offers many ways to begin exploring the material, from the videos, slideshow overviews, and Topic Centers to the lists of key content handpicked by our editors to help users find a starting point for their research. By providing the most comprehensive range of information in one complete resource—subject entries, biographies, primary sources, videos and slideshows, images, timelines, and maps and graphs, plus full cross-searchability across all the Infobase history databases—American History offers a virtual library of American history for educators, students, and researchers of all ages.
- Comprehensive Coverage: With American History, students can delve deep into their topics or examine different perspectives through event and topic entries, slideshows, primary sources, images, tablet/mobile-friendly videos, general and topic-specific timelines, biographies of key people, original maps and charts, and more.
- Easy Access to Content: Featured content in American History is handpicked by our editors to inform research and provide guided entryways into the database, plus convenient links to key areas are at the top of every page.
- Editorially Curated Topic Centers: American History features specially selected content on different eras and themes of history—including articles, shareable slideshows, videos, primary sources, and more—that provides a starting point for research. The topics covered include American women’s history, the U.S. government, the Colonial Era, the American Revolution, the Early National Period and expansion, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, the Progressive Era and World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II and the Forties, the Fifties, the Sixties, the Seventies, the Eighties, the Nineties, and the 21st Century.
- Primary Sources: American History includes more than 8,500 primary sources, many with introductions that provide context and background—perfect for document-based learning and strengthening critical-thinking skills.
- Featured Videos and Slideshows: American History’s videos and original, SMART Board–friendly slideshows provide a fascinating visual look into topics, reinforcing visual learning, stimulating interest, and providing convenient overviews and discussion starter material.
- Controversies in History: Editorially selected pro/con articles on hundreds of controversies in history can be found in American History, enabling researchers to grasp the essence and importance of every conflict and the reasons Americans debated them.
- Overview Essays: American History includes substantial and thorough overview essays giving extensive background on relevant historical topics and eras.
- Book Chapters: Chapters from authoritative print titles written by noted historians complement the thousands of biographies, definitions, and other resources American History provides. Book Chapters allow for original thinking and are ideal for an in-depth study of a topic.
- Authoritative Source List: American History features a complete inventory, by type, of the extraordinary amount of expertly researched and written content in the database, including articles from a wealth of award-winning proprietary print titles (including the new edition of the award-winning Encyclopedia of American History), primary sources, images, videos, timelines, and a list of contributors to the database—information researchers can trust.
- Curriculum Tools: This section of American History features writing and research tips for students and educators, including:
- Advice on analyzing and understanding editorial cartoons, primary sources, and online sources
- Guides for presenting research, including avoiding plagiarism, citing sources, completing a primary source worksheet, summarizing articles, and writing research papers
- Educator tools, including advice on preventing plagiarism and using editorial cartoons in class.
- Full Cross-Searchability: American History is fully cross-searchable with any combination of the other Infobase History Research Center databases to which your institution subscribes.
- Election-Related Content: American History includes rich historical content ideal for election-related studies and lesson plans, allowing students to research past elections, political parties, key figures, and important terms through essays, primary source documents, images, videos, tables, charts, and maps that put the 2016 election into perspective.
- Universal Folder for all saved items across any Infobase History Research Center databases in your collection, plus enhanced Save-to-Folder functionality
- Search by Common Core, national, state, provincial, International Baccalaureate Organization, and College Board AP standards to find correlating articles
- Supports 1:1 initiatives, blended instruction, flipped classrooms, project-based learning, and document-based question environments
- Convenient A-to-Z topic lists can be filtered by Topic Center
- Tag “clouds” for all content, linking to related material
- A detailed general timeline, updated monthly, plus numerous subject-specific and era-specific timelines
- Maps and graphs with descriptions
- Real-time, searchable Reuters® newsfeed
- Share content to Google Classroom
- Download content directly to Google Drive
- Google Sign-In allows users to easily access content with their Google credentials
- A variety of integration options and partners, including Schoology, Canvas, and D2L (Desire2Learn)
- Dynamic citations in MLA, Chicago, and Harvard formats, with EasyBib export functionality
- List of contributors to the database
- Read Aloud tool
- Ability for users to set preferences for default language, citation format, number of search results, and standards set for correlations
- Persistent record links
- Search Assist technology
- Searchable Support Center with valuable help materials, how-to tips, tutorials, and live help chat
- Google Translate for 100+ languages.