Ancient and Medieval History

Ancient and Medieval History

World History from Prehistory through the Mid-1500's

K-12 Schools & Districts

Public Libraries

3 Universities & Colleges

About This Product

Ancient and Medieval History provides thorough coverage of world history from prehistory through the mid-1500s, with special Topic Centers on key eras, civilizations, and regions, including the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Rome; ancient and medieval Africa, Asia, and the Americas; and medieval Europe and the Islamic World. Each civilization’s history is brought to life through tablet/mobile-friendly videos and slideshows, primary sources, maps and graphs, timelines, suggested readings, and suggested search terms. All the Infobase history databases in a collection are fully cross-searchable.

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For a limited time, we are offering easy, instant access to Ancient & Medieval History and our other cross-searchable history databases. GO TO THE OPEN TRIAL

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  • Comprehensive Coverage: With Ancient and Medieval History, researchers can delve deep into their topics or examine different perspectives through event and topic entries, 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 Ancient and Medieval 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: Ancient and Medieval History features specially selected content—including articles, sharable slideshows, videos, primary sources, and more—that provides a study guide for a particular civilization, region, or era.

Civilizations covered include:

    • Alexander and the Hellenistic Age
    • Ancient Egypt
    • Ancient Greece
    • Ancient Maya
    • Ancient Mesopotamia
    • Ancient Rome
    • Aztec Empire
    • Inca Empire
    • Islamic World
    • Medieval Europe
    • Medieval West Africa
    • Mongol Empire
    • Persian Empires

Eras covered include:

    • Origins of Human Society: Beginnings–4000 BCE
    • Early Civilizations: 4000–1000 BCE
    • Classical Traditions: 1000 BCE–300 CE
    • Expanding Zones of Exchange: 300–1000
    • Intensified Hemispheric Interactions: 1000–1450

Regions covered include:

    • Africa
    • Asia
    • Near East
    • The Americas
  • Suggested Research Topics: Each Topic Center in Ancient and Medieval History includes handpicked selections showcasing the best resources for each topic—including in-depth overview essays—and providing guidance for research.
  • Primary Sources: Ancient and Medieval History includes hundreds of primary sources, many with introductions that provide context and background—perfect for strengthening critical-thinking skills.
  • Videos, Images, Maps, and Slideshows: Ancient and Medieval History’s videos and original, interactive whiteboard-friendly slideshows offer a fascinating visual introduction to key topics and themes, stimulating interest and providing convenient overviews and “lecture launcher” material.
  • Biographies: Under “Featured People,” Ancient and Medieval History includes helpful lists of notable archaeologists, notable ancient writers, famous Roman emperors, important pharaohs and queens of Egypt, great military leaders, popes, and famous philosophers. Each list includes dates of birth and death, a brief descriptor of the person’s achievements, and a link to relevant search results.
  • Themes in Ancient and Medieval History: Ancient and Medieval History’s Themes in Ancient History and Themes in Medieval History sections each explore 14 major themes across the entire era by region. Organized around critical subjects such as climate and geography, economy, government organization, migration and population movements, religion, and social organization, the essays trace the progress of medieval history across the world. These sections allow students to focus on a particular theme across the span of ancient and medieval world history. Discussion questions for each theme encourage students to think critically.
  • Overview Essays: Ancient and Medieval 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 encyclopedia entries, biographies, definitions, and other resources Ancient and Medieval History provides. Book chapters allow for original thinking and are ideal for an in-depth study of a topic.
  • Authoritative Source List: Ancient and Medieval 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 and distinguished print titles, primary sources, images, videos, timelines, and a list of contributors to the database—information researchers can trust.
  • Curriculum Tools: This section of Ancient and Medieval 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: Ancient and Medieval History is fully cross-searchable with any combination of the other Infobase History Research Center databases to which your institution subscribes.

  • Convenient A-to-Z topic lists that can be filtered by Topic Center
  • Tag “clouds” for all content, linking to related material
  • Searchable timelines, including a detailed general timeline, updated monthly, plus timelines by civilization, region, and era
  • “National History Day” feature, with suggested searches in accordance with the theme of the NHD competition
  • Maps and graphs with descriptions
  • Real-time, searchable Reuters® newsfeed
  • Save content directly to Google Drive
  • Single sign-on with Google or Microsoft
  • Google Sign-In allows users to easily access content with their Google credentials
  • A variety of integration options and partners, including Canvas and D2L (Desire2Learn)
  • Dynamic citations in MLA, Chicago, and Harvard formats, with EasyBib and NoodleTools export functionality
  • Read Aloud tool
  • Ability for users to set preferences for default language, citation format, and number of search results
  • 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.

  • Alexander and the Hellenistic Age
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Maya
  • Ancient Mesopotamia
  • Ancient Rome
  • Aztec Empire
  • Inca Empire
  • Islamic World
  • Medieval Europe
  • Medieval West Africa
  • Mongol Empire
  • Persian Empires

  • Origins of Human Society: Beginnings–4000 BCE
  • Early Civilizations: 4000–1000 BCE
  • Classical Traditions: 1000 BCE–300 CE
  • Expanding Zones of Exchange: 300–1000
  • Intensified Hemispheric Interactions: 1000–1450

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Near East
  • The Americas

Export to NoodleTools Functionality Added to Selected Infobase Databases

Selected Infobase databases now feature an “Export to NoodleTools” option for citation information. This new feature can be found via the Citation pop-up window on any page users wish to cite. The databases that now have NoodleTools include: American History African American History American Ind…read more →

Check Out the New Overview Videos for Ancient and Medieval History and Modern World History

Interested in our Ancient and Medieval History and Modern World History databases? Want to see how they work? Check out the overview videos below!     Ancient and Medieval History provides thorough coverage of world history from prehistory through the mid-1500s. Modern World History offers…read more →

Ancient and Medieval History: New Themes in History Sections

Two valuable resources have been added to Infobase’s Ancient and Medieval History database. The new Themes in Ancient History and Themes in Medieval History sections each explore 14 major themes across the entire era by region. This framework makes it easy for students to focus in depth on a par…read more →

Ancient and Medieval History: Single Sign-On with Google Now Available

Google Sign-In can now be turned on to allow users to sign into the Ancient and Medieval History database with their Google credentials, enabling one-click log-in access using the “Sign in with Google” button. This option is turned off by default and can be activated by account administrators in…read more →

Ancient and Medieval History: The Art of China, The Silk Road, and More

Approximately 570 video clips have just been added to Ancient and Medieval History, including clips from two series from the BBC: The Art of China and The Silk Road: Where East Met West. In The Art of China, Andrew Graham-Dixon sets out to discover what makes Chinese art and sculpture so intriguing …read more →

Ancient and Medieval History: 2017 Year in Review—Updates and More

Ancient and Medieval History has been updated and enhanced throughout the past year, increasing the educational value of this award-winning resource. Recent Updates and Additions: Articles: Added more than 380 new entries on world mythology, the Inca, and women in medieval Europe. Maps: Added 50 ne…read more →

History Research Center: Exciting New Content Added

We are delighted to announce our latest update to our five Infobase history databases (History Research Center)—valuable new entries, articles, and videos. More Than 3,300 New and Updated Entries and More Than 770 New Videos (9,500+ Clips) History Research Center now features a wealth of new cont…read more →

Additional Databases Added to Infobase Search API

With the abundance of electronic resources available today, many schools prefer to access their educational assets in one place. Federated search engines and other discovery tools allow libraries to do just that—easily search through multiple content sources in their catalog at the same time. The …read more →

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Choice

“…highly recommended…easy to use…extremely student-friendly.”

Booklist

“…comprehensive…the Topic Centers Index is an excellent forum for getting a feel for the content.”

Library Journal

“…excellent, vast and comprehensive…highly recommend[ed]…”

Reference Reviews

“…[goes] into great depth…and feature[s] primary sources that are useful and often required for assignments.”

Library Journal

“…encapsulates the classical and medieval world into one streamlined package…puts copious amounts of information at the click of a mouse…an excellent resource for…undergraduate collections seeking to support advanced study in the related fields.”

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African-American History

African-American History

MORE THAN FIVE CENTURIES OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

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K-12 Schools & Districts

Public Libraries

3 Universities & Colleges

About This Product

Covering more than 500 years of the African-American experience, African-American History offers a fresh way to explore the full spectrum of African-American history and culture. Users can start their investigation of a topic with a video or slideshow overview, use the key content called out on the home page to find an entryway into the database, or dig deep into a subject or era through the Topic Centers. Read about key figures and events, examine famous speeches and other primary sources, and get context from the in-depth timelines. An important feature is the full cross-searchability across all the Infobase history databases for an even more comprehensive view of history.

Try it today the easy way!

For a limited time, we are offering easy, instant access to African-American History and our other cross-searchable history databases. GO TO THE OPEN TRIAL

GO TO THE OPEN TRIAL

  • Comprehensive Coverage: With African-American History, users 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 African-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: African-American History features specially selected content—including articles, sharable slideshows, videos, primary sources, and more—that provides a study guide for a particular subject or era.

Subjects covered include:

    • Abolitionist Movement
    • Underground Railroad
    • Emancipation Proclamation
    • Great Black Migrations
    • Jim Crow Era
    • Harlem Renaissance
    • Civil Rights Act of 1964
    • African Americans and Politics
    • Black Contributions to America
    • Landmark Court Cases
    • African-American Heritage
    • Black Women in American History

Eras covered include:

    • Africa, Colonization, and the Slave Trade: Beginnings–1819
    • Compromise and Conflict over Slavery: 1820–1860
    • The Civil War and Reconstruction: 1861–1876
    • Segregation, Migration and the Beginnings of Protest: 1877–1928
    • The Great Depression and the New Deal: 1929–1940
    • World War II and the Start of Desegregation: 1941–1954
    • Civil Rights Protest and Progress: 1955–1971
    • Expansion of Opportunities: 1972–Present.
  • Suggested Research Topics: Each Topic Center in African-American History includes handpicked selections showcasing the best resources for each topic—including in-depth overview essays—and providing guidance for research.
  • Primary Sources: African-American History includes hundreds of primary sources, many with introductions that provide context and background.
  • Videos, Images, Maps, and Slideshows: African-American History’s videos and original slideshows provide a fascinating visual introduction to key topics and themes.
  • Biographies: Under “Featured People,” African-American History includes helpful lists of civil rights activists, trailblazing military figures, abolition leaders, Harlem Renaissance figures, major musicians, leading scientists, and influential writers. Each list includes dates of birth and death, a brief descriptor of the person’s achievements, and a link to relevant search results.
  • Controversies in History: Editorially selected pro/con articles on many high-interest controversies can be found in African-American History, enabling researchers to grasp the essence and importance of every conflict and the reasons Americans debated them.
  • Overview Essays: African-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 encyclopedia entries, biographies, definitions, and other resources African-American History provides. Book Chapters allow for original thinking and are ideal for an in-depth study of a topic.
  • Authoritative Source List: African-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 and distinguished print titles, primary sources, images, videos, timelines, and a list of contributors to the database—information researchers can trust.
  • Curriculum Tools: This section of African-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: African-American History is fully cross-searchable with any combination of the other Infobase History Research Center databases to which your institution subscribes.

  • Search by Common Core, national, state, provincial, International Baccalaureate Organization, C3 Framework for Social Studies, and College Board AP standards to find correlating articles
  • Convenient A-to-Z topic lists
  • Tag “clouds” for all content, linking to related material
  • Searchable timelines, including a detailed general timeline, updated monthly, plus subject-specific and era-specific timelines
  • “National History Day” feature, with suggested searches in accordance with the theme of the NHD competition
  • Maps and graphs with descriptions
  • Real-time, searchable Reuters® newsfeed
  • Dynamic citations in MLA, Chicago, APA, and Harvard formats, with EasyBib and NoodleTools export functionality
  • 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.

Export to NoodleTools Functionality Added to Selected Infobase Databases

Selected Infobase databases now feature an “Export to NoodleTools” option for citation information. This new feature can be found via the Citation pop-up window on any page users wish to cite. The databases that now have NoodleTools include: American History African American History American Ind…read more →

African-American History: Check Out the New Overview Video

Covering more than 500 years of the African-American experience, African-American History offers a fresh way to explore the full spectrum of African-American history and culture—but don’t just take our word for it! Check out the overview video below!   Our brand-new overview video gives you…read more →

African-American History: Single Sign-On with Google Now Available

Google Sign-In can now be turned on to allow users to sign into the African-American History database with their Google credentials, enabling one-click log-in access using the “Sign in with Google” button. This option is turned off by default and can be activated by account administrators in the…read more →

African-American History: New Topic Centers

Six new subject Topic Centers have just been added to our African-American History database, offering specially selected content on milestone events and subjects throughout African-American history and complementing the Topic Centers on historical eras.  These new, more focused Topic Centers cover…read more →

History Research Center: Exciting New Content Added

We are delighted to announce our latest update to our five Infobase history databases (History Research Center)—valuable new entries, articles, and videos. More Than 3,300 New and Updated Entries and More Than 770 New Videos (9,500+ Clips) History Research Center now features a wealth of new cont…read more →

Additional Databases Added to Infobase Search API

With the abundance of electronic resources available today, many schools prefer to access their educational assets in one place. Federated search engines and other discovery tools allow libraries to do just that—easily search through multiple content sources in their catalog at the same time. The …read more →

African-American History: Hundreds of New Primary Sources

Infobase’s latest update to its African-American History database adds approximately 300 new primary source documents, providing insight and firsthand looks into historical topics from the past several hundred years—perfect for document-based learning and strengthening critical-thinking skills.…read more →

“…offers an impressive variety of sources and content well designed for browsing or searching…high quality…The interface is clean and easy to navigate…The biggest strength is the curated content…worthy of inclusion at high school, college, and public libraries…Highly recommended.”

Choice

“…authoritative…very useful for students, teachers, and librarians.”

American Reference Books Annual

“…highly recommended…easy to use…extremely student-friendly.”

Booklist

“…easy to navigate and authoritative. Highly recommended.”

Choice

“This is a very thorough online subject encyclopedia…The breadth and coverage make this a definite recommendation for those interested in Black Studies.”

MultiCultural Review

“…pulls together a variety of material and packages it into one attractive resource.”

Booklist

“…ambitiously aims to explore all aspects of the African American experience, from the past to the present…with impressive results. Even obscure topics ignored by other resources are covered here…makes some insightful connections…an excellent resource…highly recommended…”

Library Journal

“…a thorough subject encyclopedia in coverage…the synergy of all the various components…provides students and researchers with a rich web of information.”

Electronic Resources Review

“…a detailed overview…contains a vast amount of information….”

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American History

American History

MORE THAN FIVE CENTURIES OF THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

K-12 Schools & Districts

Public Libraries

3 Universities & Colleges

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.

Try it today the easy way!

For a limited time, we are offering easy, instant access to American History and our other cross-searchable history databases. GO TO THE OPEN TRIAL

GO TO THE OPEN TRIAL

  • Comprehensive Coverage: With American History, researchers can delve deep into their topics or examine different perspectives through event and topic entries, primary sources, images, videos, general and topic-specific timelines, biographies, 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, themes, and milestone events of history—including articles, shareable slideshows, videos, primary sources, and more—that provides a starting point for research.

Topic Centers include:

      • America at War:
        • Revolutionary War Battles
        • War of 1812
        • U.S.-Mexican War
        • American Civil War
        • Plains Indian Wars
        • Spanish-American War
        • World War I
        • World War II in Europe and the Pacific
        • Korean War
        • Vietnam War
        • Persian Gulf War
        • Iraq War
        • Afghanistan War
      • Daily Life in America:
        • Daily Life in the Colonial and Revolutionary Era
        • Daily Life in the Early National Period
        • Daily Life in the Civil War and Reconstruction Era
        • Daily Life in the Gilded Age
        • Daily Life in the Age of Reform
        • Daily Life in the Roaring Twenties
        • Daily Life in the Great Depression and World War II
        • Daily Life in Postwar America
        • Daily Life in Contemporary America
      • Decades and Eras:
        • The Twenties: 1920–1929
        • The Thirties: 1930–1939
        • The Forties: 1940–1949
        • The Fifties: 1950–1959
        • The Sixties: 1960–1969
        • The Seventies: 1970–1979
        • The Eighties: 1980–1989
        • The Nineties: 1990–1999
        • The 21st Century: 2000–Present
      • Early America:
        • Colonial Settlements
        • Exploration of America
        • Thirteen Colonies
        • Salem Witch Trials
      • Foreign Affairs and U.S. Government:
        • Landmark Supreme Court Cases
        • New Deal
        • U.S. Government
      • Multicultural America:
        • African-American History
        • Arab-American History
        • Asian-American History
        • Jewish-American History
        • Latino-American History
        • Native-American History
      • Society and Social Issues:
        • American Women’s History
        • Civil Rights Movement
        • Industrial Revolution
        • Manifest Destiny
        • Progressive Era
  • Suggested Research Topics: Each Topic Center in American History includes handpicked selections showcasing the best resources for each topic—including in-depth overview essays—and providing guidance for research.
  • Primary Sources: American History includes more than 10,000 primary sources, many with introductions that provide context and background—perfect for strengthening critical-thinking skills.
  • Videos, Images, Maps, and Slideshows: American History’s videos, images, original maps, and original, interactive whiteboard-friendly slideshows offer a fascinating visual introduction to key topics and themes, stimulating interest and providing convenient overviews and “lecture launcher” material.
  • Biographies: Under “Featured People,” American History includes helpful lists of award-winning writers, U.S. presidents, U.S. vice presidents, early explorers, First Ladies, Chief Justices of the U.S., great military leaders, Supreme Court justices, and Founding Fathers. Each list includes dates of birth and death, a brief descriptor of the person’s achievements, and a link to relevant search results.
  • Themes in U.S. History: American History‘s Themes in U.S. History section explores 26 major themes in American history century by century. Organized around such critical subjects as agriculture, demographics, economics, daily life, government, religion, science and technology, war, and women, the essays trace the progress of human history since the 1500s in what would become the United States, fostering critical conceptual thinking and allowing students to focus on a particular theme in one era and then examine that theme across the full reach of American history. Discussion questions for each theme encourage students to think critically.
  • Controversies in History: Editorially selected pro/con articles on many high-interest controversies in U.S. 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 encyclopedia entries, 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 and distinguished 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 users 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.

  • Convenient A-to-Z topic lists can be filtered by Topic Center
  • Tag “clouds” for all content, linking to related material
  • Searchable timelines, including a detailed general timeline, updated monthly, plus numerous subject-specific and era-specific timelines
  • “National History Day” feature, with suggested searches in accordance with the theme of the NHD competition
  • Maps and graphs with descriptions
  • Real-time, searchable Reuters® newsfeed
  • Save content directly to Google Drive
  • Single sign-on with Google or Microsoft
  • Google Sign-In allows users to easily access content with their Google credentials
  • A variety of integration options and partners, including Canvas and D2L (Desire2Learn)
  • Dynamic citations in MLA, Chicago, APA, and Harvard formats, with EasyBib and NoodleTools export functionality
  • List of contributors to the database
  • Read Aloud tool
  • Ability for users to set preferences for default language, citation format, and number of search results
  • 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.

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“…very accessible, user-friendly, comprehensive…Highly recommended.”

Choice

“American History Online is a good starting point for…undergraduate researchers…The interface is simple and easy to use; the internal and external links are generous…Recommended…”

Library Journal

“…very useful for students, teachers, and librarians.”

American Reference Books Annual

“…[an] outstanding database…A user-friendly interface, solidly written articles, and a wide range of other features make this source highly recommended….”

Booklist

American Indian History

American Indian History

15,000 Years of American Indian History and Culture

K-12 Schools & Districts

Public Libraries

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About This Product

American Indian History offers fast access to more than 15,000 years of culture and history, covering more than 600 Native American groups, through tablet/mobile-friendly videos and slideshows, images, biographies of key people, event and topic entries, primary sources, maps and graphs, and timelines. With a user-friendly interface, this award-winning database allows for an interactive, multifaceted look at the indigenous peoples of the Americas. An important feature is full cross-searchability across all the Infobase history databases for an even more comprehensive view of history.

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  • Comprehensive Coverage: With American Indian History, researchers 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 Indian 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 Indian History features specially selected content—including articles, sharable slideshows, videos, primary sources, and more—that provides a study guide for a particular culture area, era, or subject.

Culture areas covered include:

    • Arctic Culture Area
    • California Culture Area
    • Great Basin Culture Area
    • Great Plains Culture Area
    • Northeast Culture Area
    • Northwest Coast Culture Area
    • Plateau Culture Area
    • Southeast Culture Area
    • Southwest Culture Area
    • Subarctic Culture Area.

Eras covered include:

    • Native Societies, First Contact, and the Colonial Era: Beginnings–1775
    • Exploration, Trade, and Growing Conflict: 1776–1829
    • Removal and Resistance: 1830–1865
    • The Indian Wars: 1866–1890
    • Allotment and Reservations: 1891–1933
    • The Indian New Deal, Termination, and Relocation: 1934–1968
    • Self-Determination and the Red Power Movement: 1969–1979
    • Contemporary Issues: 1980–Present.

Subjects covered include:

    • American Indian Contributions to the World
    • Mythology and Religion
    • U.S. Indian Policy and Law.
  • Suggested Research Topics: Each Topic Center in American Indian History includes handpicked selections showcasing the best resources for each topic—including in-depth overview essays—and providing guidance for research.
  • Primary Sources: American Indian History includes hundreds of primary sources, many with introductions that provide context and background—perfect for strengthening critical-thinking skills.
  • Videos, Images, Maps, and Slideshows: American Indian History’s videos and original, interactive whiteboard-friendly slideshows offer a fascinating visual introduction to key topics and themes, stimulating interest and providing convenient overviews and “lecture launcher” material.
  • Biographies: Under “Featured People,” American Indian History includes helpful lists of writers; war leaders, warriors, and soldiers; political leaders and activists; explorers; spiritual and religious leaders; and artists and craftspeople. Each list includes dates of birth and death, a brief descriptor of the person’s achievements, and a link to relevant search results.
  • Controversies in History: Editorially selected pro/con articles on many high-interest controversies in history can be found in American Indian History, enabling researchers to grasp the essence and importance of every conflict and the reasons Americans debated them.
  • Overview Essays: American Indian 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 encyclopedia entries, biographies, definitions, and other resources American Indian History provides. Book Chapters allow for original thinking and are ideal for an in-depth study of a topic.
  • Tribe Index: American Indian History’s Tribe Index is a fast and easy way for students to explore the history and culture of hundreds of Native American tribes from prehistory to the present. Indexing more than 200 tribes located in North America, this powerful research tool allows users to quickly search and discover all the myriad resources relating to a tribe, including encyclopedia articles, book chapters, treaties, legends, full-color tribal flags and maps, timelines, and much more.
  • Authoritative Source List: American Indian 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 and distinguished print titles, primary sources, images, videos, timelines, and a list of contributors to the database—information researchers can trust.
  • Curriculum Tools: This section of American Indian 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 Indian History is fully cross-searchable with any combination of the other Infobase History Research Center databases to which your institution subscribes.

  • Convenient A-to-Z topic lists
  • Tag “clouds” for all content, linking to related material
  • Searchable timelines, including a detailed general timeline, updated monthly, plus timelines by culture area and era
  • “National History Day” feature, with suggested searches in accordance with the theme of the NHD competition
  • Maps and graphs with descriptions
  • Real-time, searchable Reuters® newsfeed
  • Save content directly to Google Drive
  • Single sign-on with Google or Microsoft
  • Google Sign-In allows users to easily access content with their Google credentials
  • A variety of integration options and partners, including Canvas and D2L (Desire2Learn)
  • Dynamic citations in MLA, Chicago, APA, and Harvard formats, with EasyBib and NoodleTools export functionality
  • Read Aloud tool
  • Ability for users to set preferences for default language, citation format, and number of search results
  • 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.

“…fills an important niche; it is an excellent resource for exploration of Native history and culture, and a valuable starting point for research…Recommended.”

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“…a valuable resource…highly recommended…”

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“…highly recommended…easy to use…extremely student-friendly.”

Booklist

“…colorful…an interactive, multifaceted look at the indigenous peoples of the Americas…As a one-stop approach for accessing a broad range of content, this resource will appeal to all levels of users seeking information on Native history and culture.”

Library Journal

“…recommended for its content, especially the historical documents. Great for introducing students and new researchers at high school, college, and public libraries to primary sources.”

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“…an authoritative and comprehensive web source for novice and advanced searchers and researchers. Highly recommended…”

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World Religions

World Religions

Offers research topics for courses in history, politics, ethics, classics and other global studies

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From the beginnings of human history, societies and cultures have established themselves around religious and spiritual practices. Religion has affected decisions personal and political, local and global, and continues to play an important role in the lives of individuals and in the cultures of nations. With a dynamic new design, new features, and expanded coverage, World Religions explores religion and spirituality in an objective manner, from the ceremonies of the first practitioners to the elaborate rituals of today.

Ideal for research and study in the library, the classroom, or at home, our new, easy-to-navigate interface puts the information users need front and center. Topic Centers feature specially selected content on 15 of the world’s religions and traditional spiritual practices, quickly guiding users to information on important topics, spiritual leaders, sacred texts, and holy days and festivals. A wealth of new content has been added. The new home page offers many ways to begin exploring the material, from videos and slideshows to sacred texts, sacred music, primary sources, a calendar of holidays and observances, and more.

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  • Comprehensive Coverage: World Religions includes a treasure trove of articles—including more than 5,000 new articles on ancient religions/mythology and faith in America—tablet/mobile-friendly videos, and images on the beliefs, practices, and history of religions across the world, allowing users to delve deep into their topics.
  • Unique Topic Centers: The perfect starting point for research, World Religions’ Topic Centers feature clearly organized, focused content on 15 living religions—including African Traditional Religion, Baha’i Faith, Buddhism, Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity, Confucianism, Daoism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Native American Religions, New Religious Movements, Protestantism, Shinto, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism—with links to core essays, key primary sources, complete sacred texts, fact files, glossary terms, timelines, images, videos, and more. Researchers can compare world religions easily with these identically structured Topic Centers, which emphasize diversity within and among religions across time while also showing similarities and common ideologies.
  • News Articles: World Religions’ “Religion in the News” section features regularly updated news articles from Reuters® to help users stay on top of the latest information.
  • Video Clips: World Religions features engaging tablet/mobile-friendly video clips that stimulate interest, provide convenient overviews and lecture-launcher material, and bring to life spiritual traditions from around the world.
  • Image Slideshows: World Religions contains images—including full-color photographs—organized into informative slideshows that offer fascinating visual introductions to key topics and themes.
  • Primary Sources: World Religions includes hundreds of historical documents with introductory paragraphs that provide context and background to the sources.
  • Sacred Texts: Ideal for researchers seeking a deeper understanding of the world’s faiths, World Religions contains an eBook shelf of 100 complete sacred texts from the world’s major religions. From the Bible and the Quran, to the Tibetan Book of the Dead and Daodejing, to Popol Vuh and the Táin bó CuailngeWorld Religions provides a truly global collection of some of the most influential religious writings and collections of mythology.
  • Sacred Music: World Religions features both audio and video clips of sacred music, allowing users to explore a key part of many religious observances. These recordings include:
    • “Amazing Grace,” performed by Marion Williams
    • Chanting by Tibetan monks of the Gelugpa sect
    • Chants by Benedictine monks
    • Torah blessing
    • Hymn from the Resurrectional Apolytikia
    • Adhan prayer
    • Purusha Sukta, recited by Sri Venkata Sastry
    • “Saint Bamba,” performed by Youssou N’Dour
    • “Troddin to Zion/I’m a Rastaman,” performed by Morgan Heritage
  • Holidays and Observances Calendar: World Religions includes a calendar of holidays and observances from around the world and across faiths—a boon for researchers, and for educators planning topics for class discussion.
  • Book Chapters: Chapters from authoritative print titles complement the thousands of encyclopedia entries, biographies, definitions, and other resources World Religions provides. Book chapters allow for original thinking and are ideal for an in-depth study of a topic.
  • Authoritative Source List: World Religions features a complete inventory, by type, of the extraordinary amount of expertly researched and written content in the database, including books such as Facts On File’s six-volume Encyclopedia of World Religions set and Wiley-Blackwell’s critically acclaimed Companions to Religions series as well as thousands of entries from a wealth of award-winning proprietary print titles; primary sources; images; videos; timelines; and a list of contributors to the database. Edited by academics and specialists from leading departments of religious studies, World Religions’ content is information researchers can trust.
  • Full Cross-Searchability: World Religions is fully cross-searchable with any combination of Infobase History Research Center databases to which your institution subscribes.
  • Writing, Usage, and Research Tips: The Curriculum Tools section of World Religions features usage and research tips for students and educators, such as:
    • Tips for students on topics including analyzing primary sources, avoiding plagiarism, citing sources, completing a primary source worksheet, evaluating online sources, and writing a research paper
    • Educator tools, including advice on preventing plagiarism and teaching about religion

  • In-depth articles with extensive background on relevant topics, plus biographies and entries on key topics and terms
  • A detailed general timeline, plus religion-specific timelines
  • Original maps and charts with descriptions
  • Convenient A-to-Z topic lists that can be filtered by Topic Center
  • Tag “clouds” for all content, linking to related material
  • Search Assist technology
  • Real-time, searchable Reuters® newsfeed
  • Save content directly to Google Drive
  • Single sign-on with Google or Microsoft
  • Google Sign-In allows users to easily access content with their Google credentials
  • Google Translate for 100+ languages
  • A variety of integration options and partners, including Canvas and D2L (Desire2Learn)
  • Dynamic citations in MLA, Chicago, and Harvard formats, with EasyBib and NoodleTools export functionality
  • Ability for users to set preferences for default language, citation format, and number of search results
  • Persistent record links
  • List of contributors to the database
  • Read Aloud tool
  • Searchable Support Center with valuable help materials, how-to tips, tutorials, and live help chat.

Export to NoodleTools Functionality Added to Selected Infobase Databases

Selected Infobase databases now feature an “Export to NoodleTools” option for citation information. This new feature can be found via the Citation pop-up window on any page users wish to cite. The databases that now have NoodleTools include: American History African American History American Ind…read more →

World Religions: Check Out the Overview Video

World Religions explores religion and spirituality in an objective manner, from the ceremonies of the first practitioners to the elaborate rituals of today. Ideal for research and study in the library, the classroom, or at home, the easy-to-navigate interface puts the information users need front …read more →

World Religions: Single Sign-On with Google Now Available

Google Sign-In can now be turned on to allow users to sign into the World Religions database with their Google credentials, enabling one-click log-in access using the “Sign in with Google” button. This option is turned off by default and can be activated by account administrators in the Admin Po…read more →

World Religions: The Story of God and More

Approximately 380 video clips have just been added to World Religions, including clips from the following three series: The Story of God with Morgan Freeman by National Geographic Digital Media: This six-part series explores how religion has shaped the history of the world and how it continues to mo…read more →

World Religions: 2017 Year in Review—Updates and More

World Religions has been updated and enhanced throughout the past year, increasing the educational value of this award-winning resource. Recent Updates and Additions: Authoritative sources: Added six new books by academic press Wiley-Blackwell covering content on such key areas as African religions,…read more →

World Religions: New and Improved

Infobase is pleased to announce the official relaunch of World Religions, its unbiased, comprehensive guide to the world’s religions and spiritual traditions. The World Religions database now brings its extensive range of content front and center for a richer research experience—adding a…read more →

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“…the excellent image and video collections make World Religions…a unique and valuable database for classroom teaching…Recommended.”

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“This polished and image-intensive resource will appeal to student researchers and general browsers alike. Whether looking for basic factual information for comparative purposes, conducting in-depth research, or searching for supplemental audio and video support material, users will appreciate the ease of access, breadth and depth of coverage, and high-quality visuals. Recommended for public libraries and collections that serve secondary and undergraduate students.”

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World News Digest

World News Digest

NOT Fake News: Content You Can Trust

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Take a quick look at the overview video for World News Digest:

Presenting more than eight decades of authoritative news summaries and background articles, World News Digest contains a wealth of material and a dynamic interface that makes it easy to explore the events that shape our world. World News Digest frames events for research and is the place to start any reference project—take a look today.

For 80 years, World News Digest has been a go-to resource for context and background on key issues and events in the news. Hundreds of news sources, governments, and organizations—including ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, NBC News, NPR, and the parliament of Canada—rely on World News Digest for a broader view of the issues that matter today.

  • Topic-based research support: World News Digest promotes understanding of a topic by combining the latest news with key context and background. It has been the source for authoritative news summaries and background articles since 1940.
  • Exclusive, extensive coverage: World News Digest is packed with more than 300,000 original articles from 1940 to today. These include overviews of historic events, country profiles, historical documents, biographies, research features, special reports, editorials, and editorial cartoons. World News Digest also provides easy access to extensive historical video footage from the 1940s through the 2010s, bringing decades of key historic events to life. This rich archive provides a solid foundation for research.
  • News headlines: World News Digest features up-to-the-minute coverage with news articles from Reuters®.
  • Facts and figures researchers can trust: World News Digest offers researchers accurate, objective, and concise coverage of the most vital stories and issues.
  • Information in context: In our age of information overload, World News Digest offers clear and cogent political, economic, and cultural features that give a sense of time, place, and circumstance.
  • Videos: World News Digest features a wealth of historical footage, filterable by decade, including Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1941 “Day of Infamy” speech, footage from the Apollo 11 moon landing, President Reagan’s speech at the Brandenburg Gate in 1987, and hundreds more.
  • News Media Roundups: World News Digest spotlights timely, hot-button events of the week, linking to a wide range of editorially curated content about each event, including news articles, social media reaction, videos, editorial cartoons, and infographics.
  • Landmark Events in History: This section of World News Digest highlights major events, browsable by decade, from 1940 to today, including the attack on Pearl Harbor, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • Browse news by country, people, or topic: The Browse News options available in World News Digest allow for a geographical, biographical, or thematic approach to recent history and current events.
  • Facts and statistics: The Facts & Statistics section in World News Digest features encyclopedia content for facts, figures, and general information behind the news.
  • Historical Documents: This section of World News Digest features primary sources with introductory notes that provide context and background—perfect for strengthening critical-thinking skills.
  • U.S. Presidential Elections: This World News Digest section compiles news articles, photographs, primary sources, and more for each presidential election from 1940 to 2016, plus a 2020 Elections Guide.
  • That Day in History: This World News Digest feature enables users to search a specific date for all the news that happened that day. Students can find out what took place on their birthdays or other important dates, locate upcoming anniversaries of major events, or just get a snapshot of all the developments from notable dates in history.
  • Curriculum Tools: This section of World News Digest features writing and research tips for students and educators—emphasizing information literacy—including:
    • Advice on analyzing and understanding editorial cartoons, newspaper editorials, historical documents, online sources, and more
    • Guides for presenting research, including avoiding plagiarism, citing sources, summarizing articles, writing research papers, and writing and delivering speeches
    • Educator tools, including advice on assessing students’ speeches, exploring point of view, preventing plagiarism, and using editorial cartoons and newspaper editorials in class.
  • Background and overviews: World News Digest provides crucial overviews and special features summarizing key topics to jump-start research.
  • Authoritative sources: World News Digest features expertly researched and written content distilled from a multitude of carefully selected print and electronic sources to form the essential record of world events.

  • Editorial newsfeed, historical newspaper editorials, and editorial cartoons from national and international newspapers, adding context and perspective on news events from 1940 to today
  • “Forward in Time” and “Back in Time” links for a complete chronological chain of events
  • Key background information such as searchable historical documents and images, primary sources, country profiles, and obituaries
  • Research Features and in-depth coverage guides on high-interest topics
  • Objective, concise historical and current news summaries
  • Carefully curated videos and news graphics embedded into coverage of today’s latest developments
  • Background information for every country, with Google Maps
  • Google Translate for more than 100 languages
  • Subject-based Search Assist technology
  • Tabbed search results with filters
  • Dynamic citations in MLA and Chicago formats, with APA guidelines
  • Read Aloud tool
  • Featured Story widget
  • Uses HTTPS, a requirement for many new browser features, to protect the security and privacy of our users
  • Searchable Support Center with valuable help materials, how-to tips, tutorials, and live help chat.

World News Digest: New COVID-19 Content and More

World News Digest, the go-to resource for context and background on key issues and events in the news, is continuously updated with authoritative news summaries and background articles on the issues that matter today, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 U.S. elections. Here are some new fea…read more →

World News Digest: New Overview Video

Hundreds of news sources, governments, and organizations—including ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, NBC News, NPR, and the parliaments of Canada and Australia—rely on World News Digest for a broader view of the issues that matter today. Presenting more than seven decades of authoritative new…read more →

World News Digest: New Google Maps Integration

In an exciting update, World News Digest users can now find Google Maps at the top of each country’s overview. The maps come with an Expand option that enlarges the map to full screen, zoom in/zoom out options, the ability to click and drag to explore the map, and several map types including Terra…read more →

World News Digest: Spotlight on the 2020 Elections Guide

On November 3, 2020, voters in the U.S. will go to the polls to cast ballots in elections on the federal, state, and local levels, including for the presidency and Congress. The first Democratic Party primary debates have already begun for the 2020 presidential election—an election that promises t…read more →

World News Digest: New and Improved!

We’re delighted to announce that the award-winning World News Digest has just been relaunched. The go-to resource for context and background on key issues of both historical events and breaking news now features an improved design, a brand-new video collection and editorial newsfeed, and man…read more →

World News Digest: Brand-New Video Feature Coming Soon!

World News Digest will be relaunching for back-to-school, and one of the many highlights will be the addition of a brand-new video feature! For the first time, users will have easy access to extensive historical video footage—from the 1940s through the 2010s—never before contained in the databas…read more →

World News Digest: Spotlight on New Editorial Newsfeed

One of the many highlights of the soon-to-be-relaunched World News Digest will be the addition of an editorial newsfeed featuring current newspaper editorials, many from international sources, via NewsEdge. These thought-provoking new editorials will keep students and researchers on top of trendi…read more →

World News Digest: New & Improved Version Coming Soon

Infobase is delighted to announce that the award-winning World News Digest database will soon be relaunched, with a completely new design, improved navigation, powerful new functionality, and a wealth of exciting new content—including a brand-new video collection and much more. Here is a brief o…read more →

World News Digest: 2018 Updates

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“…user friendly…in depth…comprehensive and easy to use…provides a wealth of unbiased information concerning national and international news events and is highly recommended.”

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“…provides a wealth of information and will help students researching for a multitude of assignments.”

American Reference Books Annual

“…a must for students obtaining background information on a topic…intuitive for even novice users…”

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World Geography and Culture

World Geography and Culture

Explore and compare the world's places and peoples

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Comprehensive, authoritative, and easy to navigate, World Geography and Culture is an award-winning resource for the study of countries, cultures, and geography concepts.

Every country of the world is profiled in depth, with more than 40 entries and more than 100 statistical indicators covering all aspects of each nation’s geography, history, society, and culture. At-a-glance information, maps and flags, videos, images, audio recordings, gazetteer entries, biographies of famous people, a timeline, and current news supplement each country profile. Information for the U.S. states, Canadian provinces, and international territories is similarly detailed.

In addition to researching individual countries and states, a variety of tools are available for studying Earth and geographic regions, comparing countries and states, and researching terms and concepts:

  • Compare and rank countries and states by a variety of indicators.
  • Browse full-color regional and world maps on a variety of topics, including demographic, economic, education, energy, and politics.
  • Learn about key ideas important to the study of geography by exploring the Geography Concepts and Principles section.
  • Explore the Earth system through illustrations in the section Focus on the Earth.
  • Research landforms, water features, and administrative regions by browsing the Gazetteer.
  • Discover the top 10 biggest cities, largest deserts, highest mountains, and much more by viewing lists of geography extremes.
  • Look up a term in the extensive geography glossary.
  • Convert between the most common units of area, length, temperature, time, weight, energy, speed, or volume using the conversion calculator.

  • Extensive country entries: descriptions of more than 200 countries and territories, with information on geography, people and culture, weather and climate, history, government, and society; maps and flags; facts and figures; videos, images, and audio recordings; and news articles
  • U.S. state profiles: descriptions of all 50 states and Washington, D.C., with political, outline, elevation, and locator maps; city and geographical features maps; flags; facts and figures; government information; biographies; timeline; videos and images
  • Original, easy-to-read maps: more than 1,600 political, elevation, and outline maps; regional geographic and thematic maps; city, state, and physical features maps; and more
  • Compare and rank tools: tools that compare and rank countries or U.S. states by a variety of criteria
  • Images, videos, and audio recordings: more than 8,000 images and illustrations offer a visual exploration of the world’s cultures, more than 2,800 video clips from 180 full-length videos provide introductions to the study of human and physical geography, and more than 200 audio recordings of national anthems bring another dimension to users’ research on nations around the world
  • News articles by country, updated regularly
  • Authoritative source list: expertly researched and written content from a wealth of print titles.

  • Gazetteer
  • Geography concepts and principles
  • Maps, flags, and illustrations
  • Videos, images, and audio recordings
  • Geography glossary
  • Conversion calculators
  • “Did You Mean…?” search feature
  • Persistent record links
  • Dynamic citations in MLA and Chicago formats.

  • Encyclopedia of the World’s Nations and Cultures, 4 volumes
  • Encyclopedia of World Geography, 3 volumes
  • Encyclopedia of World Constitutions, 3 volumes
  • World Encyclopedia of Political Systems and Parties, 4 volumes
  • Encyclopedia of the United States Congress
  • Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics
  • Encyclopedia of Women and American Politics
  • Encyclopedia of World History
  • Helicon Encyclopedia of World History
  • Funk and Wagnall’s Standard Encyclopedia
  • Encyclopedia of African History and Culture, 5 volumes
  • Encyclopedia of Historic Places, 3 volumes
  • Encyclopedia of Holidays and Celebrations, 3 volumes
  • American Biographies: American Political Leaders
  • Biographical Dictionary of Modern World Leaders, 2 volumes
  • Encyclopedia of World Scientists
  • Encyclopedia of World Writers
  • African-American Political Leaders

Each Country Profile Includes the Following Content:

Full Articles

GEOGRAPHY
Geographical Features
Environment
Flora and Fauna

PEOPLE & CULTURE
Ethnic Composition
Languages
Religions
Folklore and Mythology
Entertainment and Recreation
Etiquette
Family Life
Personal Appearance
Sports
Culture and Lifestyle
Cuisine
Holidays and Celebrations
Rites of Passage
Famous People
Weather and Climate

HISTORY
History Overview
Timeline

GOVERNMENT
Government Overview
Constitution
Local Government
Executive
Legislative
Judiciary
Political Parties
Citizenship
Election Process
Other Political Forces
National Prospects

SOCIETY
Defense
Economy
Foreign Policy
Human Rights
Education
Media
Living Conditions
Health
Status of Women
Work
Science and Technology

Gazetteer Entries

Landforms
Physical and Administrative Regions
Populated Places
Public Works or Landmarks
Water Features

Maps and Flags

Political Map
Elevation Map
Outline Map
Locator Map
Land Use & Agriculture Map
Major City Map
Color Flag
Outline Flag

Videos and Images

Video Gallery
Image Gallery

Statistics

GEOGRAPHY
Location
Geographic Coordinates
Area
Area Comparison
Land Boundaries
Coastline
Maritime Claims
Terrain
Elevation Extremes
Natural Resources
Land Use
Irrigated Land
Natural Hazards

GOVERNMENT
Country Name
Dependency Status
Government Type
Capital
Administrative Divisions
Dependent Areas
Independence
Constitution
Suffrage
Political Parties and Leaders
Political Pressure Groups and Leaders
International Organization Participation
Diplomatic Representation in the U.S.
Diplomatic Representation from the U.S.

ECONOMY
GDP (PPP)
GDP (Real Growth Rate)
GDP (per Capita)
Population Below Poverty Level (%)
Household Income or Consumption by Percentage Share (%)
Distribution of Family Income (Gini Index)
Inflation Rate (Consumer Prices – %)
Labor Force
Labor Force (by Occupation)
Unemployment Rate (%)
Budget
Industries
Industrial Production Growth Rate (%)
Electricity (Production – kWh)
Electricity (Consumption – kWh)
Electricity (Exports – kWh)
Oil (Production – bbl/day)
Oil (Consumption – bbl/day)
Oil (Exports – bbl/day)
Oil (Imports – bbl/day)
Oil (Proved Reserves – bbl)
Natural Gas (Production – cu m)
Natural Gas (Consumption – cu m)
Natural Gas (Imports – cu m)
Natural Gas (Proved Reserves – cu m)
Agriculture (Products)
Exports (Commodities)
Exports (Partners)
Imports
Imports (Commodities)
Imports (Partners)
Debt (External)
Economic Aid (Donor)
Currency (Code)
Exchange Rates
Fiscal Year

PEOPLE
Population
Age Structure
Median Age (Years)
Birth Rate (Births/1,000 Population)
Death Rate (Deaths/1,000 Population)
Net Migration Rate (Migrants/1,000 Population)
Sex Ratio (Males/Females)
Infant Mortality Rate (Deaths/1,000 Live Births)
Life Expectancy at Birth (Years)
Total Fertility Rate (Children Born/Woman)
HIV/AIDS (Adult Prevalence Rate – %)
HIV/AIDS (People Living with HIV/AIDS)
HIV/AIDS (Deaths)
Nationality
Religions
Literacy
Languages
Ethnic Groups

MILITARY
Military Branches
Military Service Age and Obligation
Manpower Fit for Military Service
Manpower Reaching Military Service Age Annually
Military Expenditures (Percent of GDP)

COMMUNICATIONS
Telephones (Main Lines in Use)
Telephones (Mobile Cellular)
Telephone System
Television Broadcast Stations
Radio Broadcast Stations
Internet Country Code
Internet Hosts
Internet Users

TRANSPORTATION
Railways
Roadways
Waterways
Pipelines
Ports and Terminals
Merchant Marine
Airports
Airports (with Paved Runways)
Airports (with Unpaved Runways)

TRANSNATIONAL ISSUES
Disputes (International)
Illicit Drugs

Each State Profile Includes the Following Content:

Full Articles

At-A-Glance Overview
History
Timeline
Government
Economy
Education
People & Culture
Famous People Biographies
Weather & Climate
Points of Interest
Geography
State Capital
Governor
Senators

Gazetteer Entries

Landforms
Physical and Administrative Regions
Populated Places
Public Works or Landmarks
Water Features

Maps, Flags, and Symbols

Major Cities Map
Counties Map
Outline Map
Locator Map
Elevation Map
Color Flag
Outline Flag
State Seal (black and White)
State Seal (color)
State Bird (color)
State Flower (color)
State Tree (color)

Videos and Images

Videos
Geographic Points of Interest (Photographs)
Landmarks (Photographs)

Statistics

GEOGRAPHY
Total Area
Land Area
Water Area
Highest Elevation
Lowest Elevation
Major Rivers
Major Lakes
Length of Tidal Shoreline
Rural Land Use—in thousands of acres
Native American Land

CRIME
Violent Crimes Reported per 100,000 Population
Property Crimes Reported per 100,000 Population
Rate of Identity Theft per 100,000 Population
Federal/State Prisoners
Prisoner Executions

ECONOMY
Unemployment Rate
Major Agricultural Products
Natural and Mineral Resources
Major Industries
Number of Farms
Farm Acreage in Millions
Acreage per Farm

EDUCATION
Number of Degree Granting Institutions
Total College Enrollment
Population 25 and over High School Graduate or Higher
Public Elementary and Secondary Schools Teachers
Average Salary of Public Elementary and Secondary School Teachers
Average Spending per Student
Education Expenditures—rank among states

POPULATION
Resident Population
Resident Population Percent Change
Population Density—per square mile
Resident Population by Race or Latino/Hispanic Origin
Urban Population
Rural Population
Population 18 and under
Population 65 and over
Population 25 and over with Bachelor’s Degree or More
Percentage of Persons below Poverty Level
Per Capita Money Income in past 12 months
Marriage Rate—per 1,000 people
Divorce Rate—per 1,000 people
Number of Births
Birth Rate—per 1,000 people
Infant Mortality Rate—per 1,000 live births
Doctors per 100,000 Resident Population

TRANSPORTATION
Number of Registered Motor Vehicles
Total Highway Mileage
Rank Total Traffic Fatalities

Updated State and Country Data, New Images, and More Added to World Geography and Culture

The award-winning database World Geography and Culture is continuously updated with fresh statistics, content, and more. Some of the latest updates include: Updates to entries for countries including Somalia, Zambia, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, and Liberia on the subjects of geography, people and cu…read more →

World Geography and Culture: Brand-New Audio Recordings and More

More than 200 audio recordings of national anthems have just been added to World Geography and Culture, bringing a new dimension to users’ geography, history, and culture research on nations around the world. Users can find the new recordings via Search under the “Images and Videos” tab, by se…read more →

World Geography and Culture: Updated Country Data and More

The award-winning database World Geography and Culture is continuously updated with fresh statistics and other content. Some of the latest updates and features include: Updates to entries for countries including Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Jordan, Belize, United Arab Emirates, Finland, Canada, an…read more →

World Geography and Culture: Updated Country Statistics, New Images, and More

The award-winning database World Geography and Culture is continuously updated with fresh data and statistics. Some of the latest updates and features include: Updates to entries for countries including Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Botswana, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya,…read more →

World Geography and Culture: Updated Country Information and More

The award-winning resource World Geography and Culture is continuously updated with fresh data and statistics. Some of the latest updates and features include: Updates to entries for countries including Bolivia, Guatemala, Uruguay, Thailand, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka on the subjects of geography,…read more →

World Geography and Culture: Updated Country and State Data, New Images, and More

The award-winning resource World Geography and Culture is continuously updated with fresh data and statistics. Some of the latest updates and features include: Updates to entries and statistical data for countries including Brazil, El Salvador, Eritrea, Eswatini, Germany, Honduras, India, Mali, Ma…read more →

World Geography and Culture: Updated Statistics, New Images, and More

The award-winning resource World Geography and Culture is continuously updated with fresh data and statistics. Some of the latest updates and features include: Updates to entries and statistical data for countries including Argentina, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Dominica, Egypt, Iraq, and Israe…read more →

World Geography and Culture: Updated Country Data, New Images, and More

The award-winning resource World Geography and Culture is continuously updated with fresh data and statistics. Some of the latest updates and features include: Updates to entries and statistical data for countries including Japan, Peru, Costa Rica, Greece, the Philippines, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Ecua…read more →

World Geography and Culture: Updated Country Statistics and More

The award-winning resource World Geography and Culture is continuously updated with fresh data and statistics. Some of the latest updates and features include: Updates to entries and statistical data for countries including Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Italy, Jamaica, M…read more →

World Geography and Culture: 2018 Updates

World Geography and Culture is continuously updated and enhanced, increasing the educational value of this award-winning resource. Here is a recap of some of the content updates made so far this year. Recent Updates and Additions: Country entries: Fully revised and updated 500 entries for 12 countri…read more →

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Reference Reviews

“…both novice and expert researchers will be able to make good use of the tools it provides…will be enormously helpful to students seeking topics for research…A well-conceived and well-designed geographical reference, World Geography and Culture Online is strongly recommended…”

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Today’s Science

Today's Science

The STEM resource that helps students think like scientists

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K-12 Schools & Districts

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3 Universities & Colleges

About This Product

Take a quick look at the overview video for Today’s Science:

Today’s Science bridges the gap between the science taught in class and real-world discoveries—giving in-depth explanations of important advances in biology, chemistry, the environment, space, physics, and technology. Featured articles offer easy access to related content such as crossword puzzles, cartoons, and questions; additional articles that help place news and discoveries in context; and interviews with scientists that bring the research to life. An extensive backfile dating back to 1992 illustrates how one scientific advance leads to another; the stories focus on the questions scientists ask themselves and, in doing so, reinforce science educators’ traditional emphasis on the scientific method.

This essential STEM resource shows how the scientific method can be applied to everyday life, helping students think like scientists—applied science in a nutshell. Plus, the fully responsive design, intuitive navigation, easy access to key content, eye-catching images, and other features make Today’s Science an efficient, effective, and user-friendly experience.

  • High-Interest Science News Articles: Today’s Science contains more than 6,000 original articles, written in easy-to-understand language, highlighting the most important advances in fields such as anthropology (including archaeology), astronomy and space, biology, chemistry, Earth science, the environment, mathematics, medicine and health, physics, psychology, science and society, and technology. Each article includes stunning videos, images, and diagrams that give students a front-row seat in a virtual scientific amphitheater.
  • Research Topics Section: “Need a Research Topic?” Today’s Science includes summaries of key topics, with links to related articles to jump-start student research.
  • Conversations with Scientists: A unique feature, Today’s Science includes more than 700 engaging and insightful Q&As with today’s leading scientists across virtually every field of science. Each Q&A includes a brief introduction, including a synopsis of the scientist’s career development, academic affiliations, and awards and achievements. The articles explore the how and why of the scientists’ research as well as their perspective of the latest developments in their field and the career paths that they followed to achieve their goals. In-text links are provided to related articles, associations, and institutions. These articles also serve as primary source documents.
  • Glossary of Key Terms: Today’s Science includes an extensive glossary of key scientific terms and principles in an A-to-Z index as well as pop-up glossaries throughout the database, encouraging science literacy.
  • Editorial Cartoons & Questions: Today’s Science contains thousands of editorial cartoons chosen specifically to support and illustrate scientific principles and engage students in critical thinking.
  • Crossword Puzzles: Today’s Science also includes hundreds of original, interactive crossword puzzles to help students learn and retain the key scientific terms and concepts used in Today’s Science’s news articles. The crossword puzzles are also available in a printable format.
  • Educator and Student Tools: Today’s Science provides assignments and research tools that help students speak—and educators teach—about science, including:
    • Tips for students on analyzing editorial cartoons and primary sources, evaluating online sources, avoiding plagiarism, and more.
    • Advice for educators on assigning crossword puzzles, conducting experiments, preventing plagiarism, discussing editorial cartoons, and using primary sources in class.
  • Video News Briefs: Extending its coverage of breaking science news, Today’s Science features hundreds of Science Video News Briefs, with more added weekly—using engaging, real-world examples to teach applied science.
  • Extensive Article Topic Index: Today’s Science includes a full, hyperlinked list of topics covering virtually the entire scope of STEM. Whether students are looking for the latest developments in various topic areas such as immunology, green energy, human behavior, or El Niño, Today’s Science provides easy and quick access to virtually any topic in science.
  • Extensive Backfile and Hyperlinks: Today’s Science features an extensive backfile and 30,000+ embedded hyperlinks to related articles that illustrate how one scientific advance leads to another.
  • Impressive, Engaging Visuals: Today’s Science includes 20,000+ eye-catching and illuminating images, photographs, diagrams, and charts.
  • Discussion Questions: Each article in Today’s Science includes discussion questions designed to encourage critical thinking.
  • Year in Science: Every January, Today’s Science puts together an article summarizing major events in science news from throughout the previous year, complete with links to related articles, discussion questions, a special crossword puzzle focused on the year’s events, and more.
  • Authoritative Sources: Articles in Today’s Science are expertly researched and written by scientists and science journalists, and distilled from major scientific journals and news sources—content researchers can trust. These news sources and peer-reviewed journals include:
    • American Journal of Human Genetics
    • Applied Physics Letters
    • Astrophysical Journal
    • Biology Letters
    • Cell
    • Current Biology
    • Energy and Environmental Science
    • Genome Biology
    • Journal of Experimental Biology
    • Journal of Neuroscience
    • Journal of the American Chemical Society
    • Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
    • The Lancet
    • Nature
    • Nature Nanotechnology
    • Nature Neuroscience
    • Nature Photonics
    • New England Journal of Medicine
    • Physical Review Letters
    • PLoS One
    • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
    • Proceedings of the Royal Academy
    • Science
    • Science Advances
    • Science Translational Medicine
    • and many more.

  • Extensive biographies, focusing on more than 2,000 scientists—from historic figures to modern-day innovators
  • Article tools including Save (with Print and Download options), Share, and Citation
  • Fully responsive and mobile friendly—will work on all desktop, mobile, and tablet devices
  • Read Aloud tool
  • Searchable Science Encyclopedia
  • Persistent record URL links
  • Dynamic citations in MLA, Chicago, and APA formats, with EasyBib and NoodleTools export functionality
  • Embed code feature—easily add articles to any HTML page or learning management system
  • Uses HTTPS, a requirement for many new browser features, to protect the security and privacy of our users
  • Searchable Support Center with valuable help materials, how-to tips, tutorials, and live help chat
  • Google Translate for 100+ languages.

Check Out the New Overview Video for Today’s Science!

Today’s Science bridges the gap between the science taught in class and real-world discoveries, giving in-depth explanations of important advances in biology, chemistry, environmental science, space, physics, and technology. This essential STEM resource shows how the scientific method can be appli…read more →

Today’s Science: Looking Back on a Year in Science

The award-winning Today’s Science database’s featured issue—2019: A Year in Science—spotlights scientific advances from the past year that increased our knowledge of nature and, in some cases, of ourselves. With A Year in Science, students can take a look back at the major discoveries and …read more →

Today’s Science: 2018 Updates

Today’s Science is continuously updated and enhanced, increasing the educational value of this award-winning resource. Here is a recap of some of the content updates made so far this year. Recent Updates and Additions: Articles: Added 60 new articles and revised and updated more than 100. Hyperlin…read more →

Today’s Science: 2017 Year in Review—Updates and More

Today’s Science has been updated and enhanced throughout the past year, increasing the educational value of this award-winning resource. Recent Updates and Additions: Articles: Added 123 new articles, with more than 400 revised and updated. Hyperlinks: Added 3,000+ new glossary links, 1,000+ ency…read more →

Infobase Can Help Librarians Fight Fake News

There’s been a lot of buzz about fake news lately, from false versions of legitimate news sites to online publications that publish misleading or even fabricated stories. Fake news can have real-life repercussions, ones that are often heartbreaking and even violent; a misinformed public cannot mak…read more →

“…look to Today’s Science…The essays are engaging and reflect current research…The interface is clear and inviting…a useful tool…highly recommended…”

Booklist, starred review

“…a solid candidate for acquisition…Recommended.”

Choice

“…articles are engaging and thorough…always well written…”

Library Journal

“This is a solid science source…presents scientific topics in an engaging way.”

American Reference Books Annual

“[Our] students find the database Today’s Science ‘innovative, intuitive and user-friendly’ to use….Students find the features such as emailing and Read Aloud most productive to their research needs…along with listing key words and the various citation styles that are given for each article…a worthwhile database to explore for all your research endeavors related to science.”

Kimberly Gay, Head of Reference, Prairie View A&M University

Science Online

Science Online

Give Your Students a Superior STEM Foundation

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3 Universities & Colleges

About This Product

Take a quick look at the overview video for Science Online:

With a wealth of content and a dynamic design that facilitates STEM research and learning, the award-winning Science Online offers a comprehensive overview of a broad range of scientific disciplines. Topic Centers feature specially selected content on core science disciplines to help researchers find a starting point for their research. Users can also access the full, updated content of our unique science eLearning Modules, which target a variety of core topics and feature valuable Educator Support materials for seamless in-class integration.

  • Comprehensive Coverage: Science Online contains a wealth of proprietary book and journal articles, images and videos, topic-specific timelines, tables and charts, and diagrams that provide a thorough grounding in all areas of the science curriculum.
  • Topic Centers: Science Online includes specially selected content that composes a virtual study guide for the most researched scientific disciplines, including biology, chemistry, computer science, Earth science, environmental science, marine science, space and astronomy, and physics. Each Topic Center includes a series of editor-selected overview articles, suggested keyword searches, key videos and animations, printable experiments, diagrams, key tables and data, and a comprehensive topic timeline.
  • eLearning Modules: Science Online features 10 science eLearning Modules—Biomes of the EarthCellsEnergy and the EnvironmentEssential ChemistryGenetics and EvolutionGlobal WarmingGreen TechnologyThe Human Body: How It WorksPhysics in Action, and The Plant World. eLearning Modules provide an in-depth exploration of a core science subject with extensive sequential articles in a narrative format, key videos and animations, diagrams and images, and glossaries. Educator support materials—including learning objectives, discussion questions, assessment questions with answer keys, and student-based projects—are also included.
  • Videos and Animations: Videos and animations reinforce visual learning, stimulate interest, and provide convenient overviews and discussion starters. Science Online includes more than 4,000 video clips, many specifically produced for Science Online and not available anywhere else. All videos include full-text transcripts that are searchable and display right below the video player. They also include a record URL, closed captions, and run times.
  • Biographies: Science Online includes helpful lists of leading computer scientists, astrophysicists, inventors, engineers, environmentalists, women scientists, astronauts, and mathematicians. Each list includes dates of birth and death, a brief descriptor of the person’s achievements, and a link to relevant search results.
  • Science in the News: Science Online contains a selection of featured articles from the award-winning Today’s Science, highlighting recent scientific events and discoveries. Also included in search results are science-related news articles from Reuters®, covering current science developments within the past five years.
  • Authoritative Source List: Science Online 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, images, videos, timelines, and a list of contributors to the database—information researchers can trust.

  • Resource Centers with extensive A-to-Z lists that can be filtered by topic
  • Tag “clouds” for all content, linking to related material
  • Educator and student tools, and sources index
  • Searchable timelines by subject and era, updated monthly
  • Real-time, searchable Reuters® newsfeed
  • Conversion calculator
  • Save content directly to Google Drive
  • Single sign-on with Google or Microsoft
  • Google Sign-In allows users to easily access content with their Google credentials
  • A variety of integration options and partners, including Canvas and D2L (Desire2Learn)
  • Dynamic citations in MLA, Chicago, APA, and Harvard formats, with EasyBib and NoodleTools export functionality
  • List of contributors to the database
  • Read Aloud tool
  • Ability for users to set preferences for default language, citation format, and number of search results
  • Google Translate for 100+ languages
  • Search Assist technology
  • Persistent record links
  • Searchable Support Center with valuable help materials, how-to tips, tutorials, and live help chat.

Export to NoodleTools Functionality Added to Selected Infobase Databases

Selected Infobase databases now feature an “Export to NoodleTools” option for citation information. This new feature can be found via the Citation pop-up window on any page users wish to cite. The databases that now have NoodleTools include: American History African American History American Ind…read more →

Science Online: Check Out the New Overview Video

Infobase’s acclaimed Science Online database facilitates STEM research and learning with assets that encourage users to find the information they need, evaluate it, and apply it. Want to see how it works? Check out the overview video below!   Our brand-new overview video gives you an up-close…read more →

Science Online: Single Sign-On with Google Now Available

Google Sign-In can now be turned on to allow users to sign into the Science Online database with their Google credentials, enabling one-click log-in access using the “Sign in with Google” button. This option is turned off by default and can be activated by account administrators in the Admin Por…read more →

Science Online: New and Updated Biographies

More than 160 new articles have been added to Science Online, including 105 biographical entries on current or important scientists, many of whom are Nobel Prize winners. These biographies include: Biologists: Jennifer Doudna, Kevin Esvelt, Satoshi Omura, Pamela Silver, and Youyou Tu Chemists: Berna…read more →

Science Online: Learn More about Human Spaceflight

July 20th marks 50 years since the first moon landing. Just in time to celebrate this historic anniversary, a wealth of new and updated articles from the latest edition of Infobase’s Human Spaceflight series have been added to Science Online. The topics covered include: Early Human Spaceflight Ear…read more →

Science Online: 2018 Updates

Science Online is continuously updated and enhanced, increasing the educational value of this award-winning resource. Here is a recap of some of the content updates made so far this year. Recent Updates and Additions: Articles: Added original and exclusive content from the following sources: The Gre…read more →

Science Online: 2017 Year in Review—Updates and More

Science Online has been updated and enhanced throughout the past year, increasing the educational value of this award-winning resource. Recent Updates and Additions: Interactive experiments and activities: Added 304 new interactive science experiments and learning objects on such core topics as: Ac…read more →

Science Online: A Wealth of New Content

Regularly updated, Science Online now includes a wealth of new and updated articles, many of which are from the latest editions of the following critically acclaimed series and titles: Science Foundations Series: Artificial Intelligence, Second Edition Atomic Structure, Second Edition The Big Bang, …read more →

Science Online: New Cells eLearning Module

Infobase is delighted to announce that a brand-new eLearning Module on cells has just been added to Science Online, bringing the total number of in-depth eLearning Modules to 10. With the increasing importance placed on STEM education and the critical role cells and the ongoing research on them play…read more →

Science Online: Complete Revision and Upgrade

Infobase, the award-winning provider of digital reference content to the school and library community, announces the complete revision and upgrade of its acclaimed Science Online database. Rebuilt from the ground up, this trusted resource now features a new, dynamic design and a wealth of new conten…read more →

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Choice

“…a worthwhile resource…highly recommended…”

Booklist

“…super-easy to navigate and covers a wide range of science topics…This resource should set a standard for those wishing to attract—and maintain—a steady user following.”

Library Journal

“…accessible and easy to use and students are likely to find research on this site fun and even interesting.”

American Reference Books Annual

“Science Online is an essential online resource for students taking science-related courses. This database offers our patrons a comprehensive, curriculum-focused overview of a broad range of scientific disciplines. Our students find the content is well organized and easy to search for their topics.”

Kwei-Feng Hsu, Director of Library Information and Technical Services, Wharton County Junior College

Polling the Nations

Polling the Nations

Thousands of Public Opinion Polls - Perfect for Research, Debates and Discussions

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K-12 Schools & Districts

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3 Universities & Colleges

About This Product

Polling the Nations, the critically acclaimed online database of public opinion polls, has been completely redesigned and rebuilt from the ground up. Aggregated from more than 1,000 sources, the polls feature 750,000+ poll questions covering hundreds of breaking-news events, including the 2020 presidential election, COVID-19, climate change, and Black Lives Matter, and thousands of topics, including affirmative action, criminal justice reform, immigration, voting rights, and many more. The clean, intuitive new design and powerful, interactive tools provide users with great flexibility to customize and organize the information exactly as they wish.

Polling the Nations brings together thousands of polls going back more than a third of a century, giving students the tools they need to investigate, analyze, and think critically about the important challenges facing the world—a must-have database for any institution.

Why Polls Are Important

Polls are essential parts of contemporary life—a trusted measure of public sentiment that help students and scholars gauge what large numbers of people are thinking or doing. By informing citizens, leaders, and businesses what broad swaths of the population believe on specific issues and ideas, polls can even steer the economy, influence elections, and determine the direction of the country.

Polls play a unique and important role in today’s world. Although polls aren’t perfect and can occasionally yield flawed results, evidence shows overwhelmingly that they are the best and most accurate way to measure public opinion at a given moment in a given era. Polls are also objective and unbiased. Unlike other forms of information—articles, reports, speeches, etc.—polls rely entirely on raw data unfiltered by ideology or political slant. In addition, they are easy to read and understand.

A Vital Tool for Researchers

For students, the information gained from polls is especially useful in pro/con discussions, debates, presentations, and reports. The polling results in Polling the Nations can be used to add real-life, up-to-date information on a wide range of topics in subjects including social studies, history, civics, government, political science, economics, current events, sociology, and media and cultural studies. Polling the Nations is also an outstanding resource for math and statistics courses that require students to create graphs to display data.

Polls Are Primary Sources

Clear and unbiased, Polling the Nations’ polls are excellent primary sources that encourage and facilitate critical thinking and learning. Having access to this direct, unfiltered information provides a fresh perspective that can be found in no other place.

The Most Comprehensive Resource

Polling the Nations’ sheer comprehensiveness makes it the best resource for polling data, having more surveys from more sources in more countries than any other resource anywhere. The polls cover all 50 states, dozens of U.S. cities, Canadian provinces, and more than 100 countries around the world. Polling the Nations is updated regularly so users always have access to the latest polls. Plus, having more than 30 years of outstanding reference material makes it easy for researchers to track changing public opinions on topics over time.

  • Definitive coverage: Polling the Nations features the full text of more than 750,000 questions from more than 18,000 surveys conducted in the United States and more than 100 other countries—more nations than any other resource—from 1986 to the present. Plus, an extensive index contains more than 3,000 topics on politics, social issues, economics, and more.
  • Recent coverage: Updated regularly, hundreds of new polls are added every month.
  • Full-color, customizable display: All polls in Polling the Nations appear in full color, and most can be displayed in multiple formats: bar graph, pie chart, and raw data. The interactive display tools allow users to customize the content for reports and presentations.
  • Clear organization: Every poll question in Polling the Nations includes the question’s source, date, sample size, location, and method—all the essential information readers need to interpret, analyze, and understand it. In addition, the poll question pages feature not just the individual poll question, but the entire poll from which the question was asked, enabling students to view every poll in its entirety and in context.
  • Authoritative sources: Polling the Nations provides surveys from the most respected polling organizations in the world, including CNN, ABC/USA Today, CBS/New York Times, Fox News, NBC/Wall Street Journal, Quinnipiac, Economist/YouGov, Marist, and Pew Research Center, as well as from major universities, foundations, associations, and corporations.
  • Easy to search: Polling the Nations’ search bar—always visible on the top of every page—makes finding polls quick and easy, and multiple filter options streamline search results.
  • Easy to browse: Students can also browse polls by Topics, Locations, or Sources using the links in either the right rail of the home page or the drop-down menu in the top left corner of each page. The Topics, Locations, and Sources pages each highlight high-interest subjects in a banner across the top—many of which include a background article to help readers assess and contextualize the polls.
    • Browse by Topic: The Topics page features thousands of topics and subtopics to help readers refine their search.
    • Browse by Location: The Locations page features hundreds of places indicating specific geographic areas where polls were conducted, enabling readers to compare results from state to state or country to country.
    • Browse by Source: The Sources page features more than 1,000 companies whose polls Polling the Nations aggregates, allowing readers to zero in on a single source or compare the results of different polling companies.
  • A range of topics: The timely, curricular topics polled include:
    • Animal rights
    • Celebrities and entertainment
    • Climate change and environmental issues
    • Crime and prisons
    • Economics and finance
    • Education
    • Foreign policy
    • Gay rights
    • Gender
    • Government and politics
    • Gun control
    • Health care reform
    • Immigration
    • Internet and media
    • Legalizing marijuana
    • Police and safety
    • Popular culture
    • Religion
    • Sports
    • and many more.

  • Updated regularly
  • Fully responsive design for mobile and other platforms
  • “Polls in the News” on home page, showcasing current high-interest polls
  • Save to Folder, Print, and Download options in top bar, above each poll; Download option allows users to download poll data to Excel
  • My Content feature, enabling users to save and organize polls for future reference
  • Dynamic citations in MLA and Chicago formats, with EasyBib and NoodleTools export functionality
  • Persistent record links
  • An accessible interface, including VPAT, to ensure a comfortable research experience for all users
  • Searchable Support Center with valuable help materials, how-to tips, tutorials, and live help chat
  • Google Translate for 100+ languages.

  • A range of topics: The timely, curricular topics polled include:
    • Animal rights
    • Celebrities and entertainment
    • Climate change and environmental issues
    • Crime and prisons
    • Economics and finance
    • Education
    • Foreign policy
    • Gay rights
    • Gender
    • Government and politics
    • Gun control
    • Health care reform
    • Immigration
    • Internet and media
    • Legalizing marijuana
    • Police and safety
    • Popular culture
    • Religion
    • Sports
    • and many more.

New & Improved Polling the Nations Coming Soon

We are pleased to announce that our Polling the Nations database is being completely redesigned, rebuilt from the ground up, later this month. The new and improved resource—indispensable for anyone seeking poll data on issues going back more than a third of a century—will feature a cleaner, full…read more →

Polling the Nations: New Questions and Polls

More than 110 new polls with 3,800+ questions have been added to Polling the Nations from trusted sources including CBS News, AARP, Elon University, CNN, Kaiser Family Foundation, NBC, Marist Institute for Public Opinion, and ABC/Washington Post. The new questions and polls cover timely and importa…read more →

Polling the Nations: Brand-New Polls and Questions

Polling the Nations, Infobase’s latest addition to its family of databases, has just received an update that includes 24 new polls from such trusted sources as CBS News, NBC/Wall Street Journal, Quinnipiac, Marist, and Fox News, and more than 700 new questions. These new polls cover such topics as…read more →

Polling the Nations: Trusted Source of Polling Statistics Comes to Infobase

Infobase is proud to announce that it has acquired Polling the Nations, adding it to its list of online resources for high schools and academic and public libraries. Polling the Nations is an online database of public opinion polls containing the full text of more than 700,000 questions and respons…read more →

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Modern World History

Modern World History

World History from the Mid-15th Century to the Present

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Modern World History offers a comprehensive look at world history from the mid-15th century to the present. Thousands of subject entries, biographies, images, videos and slideshows, maps and graphs, primary sources, and timelines combine to provide a detailed and comparative view of the people, places, events, and ideas that have defined modern world history. Focused Topic Centers pull forward interesting entries, search terms, documents, and maps handpicked by our editors to help users find a starting point for their research, as well as videos and slideshow overviews to offer a visual introduction to key eras and regions. All the Infobase history databases in a collection are fully cross-searchable.

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  • Comprehensive Coverage: With Modern World History, researchers can delve deep into their topics or examine different perspectives through event and topic entries, primary sources, images, videos, general and topic-specific timelines, biographies, original maps and charts, and more.
  • Easy Access to Content: Featured content in Modern World 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: Modern World 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. Topic Centers include:
    • Africa
    • Asia and Oceania
    • Europe
    • Middle East
    • The Americas
    • The First Global Age: 1450–1770
    • An Age of Revolutions: 1750–1914
    • A Half Century of Crisis: 1900–1945
    • Promises and Paradoxes: 1945–Present.
  • Suggested Research Topics: Each Topic Center in Modern World History includes handpicked selections showcasing the best resources for each topic—including in-depth overview essays—and providing guidance for research.
  • Primary Sources: Modern World History includes hundreds of primary sources, many with introductions that provide context and background—perfect for strengthening critical-thinking skills.
  • Videos, Images, Maps, and Slideshows: Modern World History’s videos, images, original maps, and original, interactive whiteboard-friendly slideshows offer a fascinating visual introduction to key topics and themes, stimulating interest and providing convenient overviews and “lecture launcher” material.
  • Biographies: Under “Featured People,” Modern World History includes helpful lists of Enlightenment thinkers, women in world history, Renaissance painters, and dictators and tyrants. Each list includes dates of birth and death, a brief descriptor of the person’s achievements, and a link to relevant search results.
  • Themes in Modern History: Modern World History’s Themes in Modern History section explores 26 major themes in modern world history century by century. Organized around such critical subjects as economy and trade, government organization, migration and immigration, religion, science and technology, social organization, and war, the essays trace the progress of modern history across the world, fostering critical conceptual thinking and allowing students to focus on a particular theme in one era and then examine that theme across the span of modern world history. Discussion questions for each theme encourage students to think critically.
  • Pro/Con Articles: Editorially selected articles on many high-interest controversies in history can be found in African-American History, enabling researchers to grasp the essence and importance of every conflict and the reasons Americans debated them.
  • Overview Essays: Modern World 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 encyclopedia entries, biographies, definitions, and other resources Modern World History provides. Book chapters allow for original thinking and are ideal for an in-depth study of a topic.
  • Authoritative Source List: Modern World 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 and distinguished print titles, primary sources, images, videos, timelines, and a list of contributors to the database—information researchers can trust.
  • Curriculum Tools: This section of Modern World 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: Modern World History is fully cross-searchable with any combination of the other Infobase History Research Center databases to which your institution subscribes.

  • Search by Common Core, national, state, provincial, International Baccalaureate Organization, C3 Framework for Social Studies, 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
  • Searchable timelines, including a detailed general timeline, updated monthly, plus regional and era-specific timelines
  • “National History Day” feature, with suggested searches in accordance with the theme of the NHD competition
  • Maps and graphs with descriptions
  • Real-time, searchable Reuters® newsfeed
  • Share content to Google Classroom
  • Save content directly to Google Drive
  • Single sign-on with Google or Microsoft
  • Google Sign-In allows users to easily access content with their Google credentials
  • A variety of integration options and partners, including Schoology, Canvas, itslearning, and D2L (Desire2Learn)
  • Dynamic citations in MLA, Chicago, and Harvard formats, with EasyBib and NoodleTools export functionality
  • 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.

  • Editorially Curated Topic Centers: Modern World 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. Topic Centers include:
    • Africa
    • Asia and Oceania
    • Europe
    • Middle East
    • The Americas
    • The First Global Age: 1450–1770
    • An Age of Revolutions: 1750–1914
    • A Half Century of Crisis: 1900–1945
    • Promises and Paradoxes: 1945–Present.

Export to NoodleTools Functionality Added to Selected Infobase Databases

Selected Infobase databases now feature an “Export to NoodleTools” option for citation information. This new feature can be found via the Citation pop-up window on any page users wish to cite. The databases that now have NoodleTools include: American History African American History American Ind…read more →

Check Out the New Overview Videos for Ancient and Medieval History and Modern World History

Interested in our Ancient and Medieval History and Modern World History databases? Want to see how they work? Check out the overview videos below!     Ancient and Medieval History provides thorough coverage of world history from prehistory through the mid-1500s. Modern World History offers…read more →

Modern World History: New “Themes in Modern History” Section

A new Themes in Modern History section has been added to Modern World History, exploring 26 major themes in world history by era. This approach fosters critical conceptual thinking, encouraging students to think about themes, or unifying threads, that drove historical change throughout time. Organiz…read more →

Modern World History: Single Sign-On with Google Now Available

Google Sign-In can now be turned on to allow users to sign into the Modern World History database with their Google credentials, enabling one-click log-in access using the “Sign in with Google” button. This option is turned off by default and can be activated by account administrators in the Adm…read more →

Modern World History: 2018 Updates

Modern World History is continuously updated and enhanced, increasing the educational value of this award-winning resource. Here is a recap of some of the content updates made so far this year. Authoritative sources: Added seven new volumes from the Milestones in World History series: The Chinese C…read more →

Modern World History: Guns, Germs, and Steel and More

Approximately 240 video clips have just been added to Modern World History, including clips from the three-part Guns, Germs, and Steel series by National Geographic. Based on Jared Diamond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, this classic series follows humankind’s bumpy journey from the Ice Age to th…read more →

Modern World History: 2017 Year in Review—Updates and More

Modern World History has been updated and enhanced throughout the past year, increasing the educational value of this award-winning resource. Recent Updates and Additions: New articles: Added 700 new entries on topics spanning the entire modern world history curriculum. The authoritative sources ad…read more →

History Research Center: Exciting New Content Added

We are delighted to announce our latest update to our five Infobase history databases (History Research Center)—valuable new entries, articles, and videos. More Than 3,300 New and Updated Entries and More Than 770 New Videos (9,500+ Clips) History Research Center now features a wealth of new cont…read more →

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Issues & Controversies in History

Issues & Controversies in History

Be at the center of great debates in U.S. and world history!

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Issues & Controversies in History places students at the center of the great debates and conflicts in U.S. and world history, exploring the issues as the key players saw them, or, in some cases, as historians have interpreted them. Formerly known as Issues & Controversies in American History, this comprehensive reference database has been expanded to cover every region of the world from antiquity to the present. It delivers dynamic, concise, and balanced coverage of a broad range of topics, from slavery, empire, and revolution to race, gender, economy, and disease, all over the globe. Plus, the redesigned home page brings the core content to the forefront, with a fully responsive design, easier navigation, and a cleaner presentation.

By building a deeper understanding of how historical events and conflicts have influenced U.S. and world history over the past 5,000 years, Issues & Controversies in History is essential for undergraduates studying history, political science, economics, sociology, speech and debate, writing, journalism, and many other subjects.

  • Focused Presentation: Articles in Issues & Controversies in History are divided into four sections—American History Eras, World History Eras, History Regions, and History Subjects:

American History Eras:

    • Beginnings to 1606: Three Worlds Meet
    • 1607–1760: Colonization and Settlement
    • 1761–1812: Revolution and New Nation
    • 1813–1855: Expansion and Reform
    • 1856–1869: Civil War and Reconstruction
    • 1870–1899: Industrialization and the Gilded Age
    • 1900–1928: Progressivism and the Emergence of Modern America
    • 1929–1945: The Great Depression and World War II
    • 1946–1971: Postwar and Civil Rights Era
    • 1972–Present: Contemporary Era.

World History Eras:

    • Prehistory–500 CE: The Ancient World
    • 501–1450: The Medieval World
    • 1451–1750: Global Expansion and Encounter
    • 1751–1900: Age of Revolutions
    • 1901–1945: Crisis and Achievement
    • 1946–Present: Promises and Paradoxes

History Regions:

    • Africa
    • Americas/United States
    • Asia and Oceania
    • Europe
    • Middle East

History Subjects:

    • Business, Labor, and Industry
    • Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, and Human Rights
    • Courts and Crime
    • Diplomacy and Foreign Relations
    • Disease and Health
    • Economy and Trade
    • Education
    • Empires and Civilizations
    • Environment and Natural Resources
    • Exploration, Colonialism, and Imperialism
    • Federalism and States’ Rights
    • Indigenous Peoples and Native Americans
    • Migration, Immigration, and Diaspora
    • Politics, Government, and Law
    • Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality
    • Rebellions and Revolutions
    • Religion and Cosmology
    • Science and Technology
    • Slavery
    • Society, Culture, and Social Issues
    • War and Military
    • Westward Expansion
    • Women and Gender
  • Balanced Articles: The objective, unbiased articles in Issues & Controversies in History provide clear pro and con arguments on hundreds of controversies in U.S. and world history. Each article is centered on original documents, with the goal of teaching students how to interpret primary sources, assess point of view, improve critical-thinking skills, and understand the forces that have shaped U.S. and world history.
  • Authoritative Content: All articles in Issues & Controversies in History are written by historians and experts, based on current scholarship.
  • Specially Created Educator Resources and Enhanced Lessons: Issues & Controversies in Historyfeatures an array of valuable educator resources and critical-thinking assets to enhance any lesson or debate prep. Selected articles in Issues & Controversies in History are introduced by an original, three-minute tablet/mobile-friendly video, with additional instructor support materials that feature lesson plans and printable handouts. These are clearly called out on the Educator Resources page.
    • Original overview videos that introduce key issues in a clear and dynamic fashion and are perfect discussion starters;
    • Printable handouts that can be downloaded as PDFs and include collaborative projects;
    • “Extend the Lesson” sections that pose counterfactual “What If?” questions, challenging students to think about the issues beyond the scope of the article and to lead in-class debates;
    • Discussion questions and self-assessments with answer keys that promote critical thinking and inspire further exploration of the topic;
    • Plus, valuable learning objectives, procedures, and resources.
  • Rich Related Resources: Issues & Controversies in History includes more than 2,400 primary source documents, timelines, background articles, biographies, editorial cartoons, and more.
  • Video Resources: Issues & Controversies in History features proprietary tablet/mobile-friendly videos on selected controversies in history, perfect for introducing these topics in a succinct and entertaining manner.
  • Primary Sources: Issues & Controversies in History includes an enormous range of historical documents with introductory paragraphs that provide context and background to the sources—perfect for strengthening critical-thinking skills and essential to understanding the past. Original documents include speeches, editorials, newspaper articles, letters, and diaries, but also graphic works and physical objects, such as editorial cartoons, paintings, coins, statues, pottery, and ancient monuments.
  • Editorial Cartoons: Issues & Controversies in History’s editorial cartoons can help students better understand, visually, what is going on in the world. The cartoons illustrate events from throughout history, complete with questions that may be useful in helping students interpret the cartoon’s message.
  • Timelines: Issues & Controversies in History includes a list of topic-specific timelines—filterable by era, region, and subject—that can help users follow the major historical events and trends of a topic chronologically.
  • U.S. Presidential Elections Section: Issues & Controversies in History’s “U.S. Presidential Elections” section provides background and results of every U.S. presidential election since 1789, including voting statistics and biographies. Students can get valuable context, insight, and understanding of this year’s election by reviewing the stories behind those of years past.
  • Great for Distance Learning: Issues & Controversies in History is easy to access on or off-site, can be used for individual research or homework help, and has a variety of features—such as Enhanced Lessons for selected hot-button issues and exclusive Educator Resources—that make it a great source for virtual instruction or at-home learning.

  • Fully responsive design for mobile and other platforms
  • Bibliographies and websites
  • Background Encyclopedia content
  • Searchable images, maps, graphs, tables, charts, and chronologies
  • Counterfactual “What if?” sections for selected articles exploring what might have happened had people made different choices
  • Google Translate for 100+ languages
  • Ability to download text articles as PDFs
  • Read Aloud tool
  • Embed code feature—easily add content to any HTML page or learning management system
  • Save content directly to Google Drive so students can complete assignments at home
  • Single sign-on with Google or Microsoft
  • Persistent record links
  • Dynamic citations in APA, MLA, Chicago, and Harvard formats, with EasyBib and NoodleTools export functionality
  • An accessible interface, including VPAT, to ensure a comfortable research experience for all users
  • Searchable Support Center with valuable help materials, how-to tips, tutorials, and live help chat.

History Subjects:

    • Business, Labor, and Industry
    • Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, and Human Rights
    • Courts and Crime
    • Diplomacy and Foreign Relations
    • Disease and Health
    • Economy and Trade
    • Education
    • Empires and Civilizations
    • Environment and Natural Resources
    • Exploration, Colonialism, and Imperialism
    • Federalism and States’ Rights
    • Indigenous Peoples and Native Americans
    • Migration, Immigration, and Diaspora
    • Politics, Government, and Law
    • Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality
    • Rebellions and Revolutions
    • Religion and Cosmology
    • Science and Technology
    • Slavery
    • Society, Culture, and Social Issues
    • War and Military
    • Westward Expansion
    • Women and Gender

American History Eras:

    • Beginnings to 1606: Three Worlds Meet
    • 1607–1760: Colonization and Settlement
    • 1761–1812: Revolution and New Nation
    • 1813–1855: Expansion and Reform
    • 1856–1869: Civil War and Reconstruction
    • 1870–1899: Industrialization and the Gilded Age
    • 1900–1928: Progressivism and the Emergence of Modern America
    • 1929–1945: The Great Depression and World War II
    • 1946–1971: Postwar and Civil Rights Era
    • 1972–Present: Contemporary Era.

World History Eras:

    • Prehistory–500 CE: The Ancient World
    • 501–1450: The Medieval World
    • 1451–1750: Global Expansion and Encounter
    • 1751–1900: Age of Revolutions
    • 1901–1945: Crisis and Achievement
    • 1946–Present: Promises and Paradoxes

Issues & Controversies in History Has Arrived!

Infobase is delighted to announce that the relaunched Issues & Controversies in History database is here! Formerly known as Issues & Controversies in American History, this redesigned, revamped, reimagined new database offers users significantly greater curricular value, with expanded cover…read more →

Coming Soon: Relaunch of Issues & Controversies in American History—Name Change, New World History Content & Much More

At the end of this summer, Issues & Controversies in American History will be relaunched with a completely new design, powerful new functionality, and a name change that reflects the extensive new world history content being added to the database: Issues & Controversies in History. The redes…read more →

Issues & Controversies in American History: This Month in History, May 2020—Standard Oil

Featured in Issues & Controversies in American History: Should the Government Break Up the Company? Founded in 1870, the Standard Oil Company would soon become one of the largest and most powerful companies in the United States. Standard Oil prospered by absorbing its rivals or forcing them out…read more →

Issues & Controversies in American History: This Month in History, April 2020—Love Canal

Featured in Issues & Controversies in American History: Who Should Pay for the Cost of Cleaning Up Hazardous Waste Sites? In 1978, New York State health commissioner Robert Whalen declared a public health emergency revolving around Love Canal, an abandoned chemical waste site buried beneath a s…read more →

Issues & Controversies in American History: This Month in History, March 2020—Boston “Massacre”

Featured in Issues & Controversies in American History: Were British Soldiers or American Colonists to Blame? On the snowy evening of March 5, 1770, during a period of escalating tension between American colonists and British soldiers, a crowd of people gathered in front of the Customs House in…read more →

Issues & Controversies in American History: This Month in History, February 2020—Slave Reparations

Featured in Issues & Controversies in American History: Should African Americans Receive Reparations for Slavery? Since the United States abolished slavery in 1865, former slaves and their descendants have raised the issue of whether they should receive compensation and redress in some form for…read more →

Issues & Controversies in American History: This Month in History, January 2020—League of Nations

Featured in Issues & Controversies in American History: The Pros and Cons of U.S. Membership After World War I ended in 1918, the victorious powers negotiated a treaty that established the League of Nations, a global peacekeeping organization. More than 40 countries would soon join the new orga…read more →

Issues & Controversies in American History: This Month in History, December 2019—The Monroe Doctrine

Featured in Issues & Controversies in American History: The U.S. Closes the Western Hemisphere to European Influence In the early 1820s, U.S. leaders feared that Spain might try to reclaim its former colonies in the Western Hemisphere that had recently gained their independence. Great Britain o…read more →

Issues & Controversies in American History: This Month in History, November 2019—The Iroquois Influence Thesis

Featured in Issues & Controversies in American History: Did the Iroquois Confederacy Influence the Drafting of the Constitution of the United States? When the framers of the U.S. Constitution gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 to create a new form of government for the United States, they examine…read more →

Issues & Controversies in American History: This Month in History, October 2019—USA Patriot Act

Featured in Issues & Controversies in American History: USA Patriot Act: Defense Against Terrorism or Restriction of Liberties? On September 11, 2001, the United States suffered a devastating series of attacks when terrorists crashed three airplanes into the World Trade Center in New York City …read more →

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