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

3 Universities & Colleges

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.”

Choice

“…a valuable resource…highly recommended…”

American Reference Books Annual

“…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.”

Library Journal

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

Library Journal

Films On Demand: History Collection

History Video Collection

3 Universities & Colleges

About This Product

From America to Zimbabwe, from the ancient world to the present day, our collection of thousands of history titles brings to life the time and place your students are studying. This unparalleled collection of documentaries, educational videos, interviews, speeches, and newsreels can be put to work in countless ways.

This collection is available as a single-subject collection or as part of the Films On Demand Master Academic Video Package.

  • Ken Burns’s award-winning documentaries and series, including The Civil War; Jazz; The War; The Roosevelts: An Intimate History; Prohibition; Thomas Jefferson; The Vietnam War; The Dust Bowl; and others.
  • Ancient Civilizations – a comprehensive seven-hour series.
  • More than 40 titles from the award-winning Bill Moyers Collection including A Walk through the 20th Century (16+ hours); Buying the War (Emmy Award winner); LBJ’s Road to War; Abraham Lincoln Revealed; Report from Philadelphia; and others.
  • California Newsreel titles on African-American history, including Goin’ to Chicago (a CINE Golden Eagle Award winner); Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North; The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow; Hoxie: The First Stand; and more.
  • The Silk Road: Where East Met West – the fascinating three-part story of the lucrative trade route which changed the course of civilization forever.
  • The Sand Creek Massacre: Seven Hours That Changed American History – a winner of multiple film festival awards that introduces the 1864 massacre of a peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho camp in a way that written accounts and dramatizations cannot.
  • Twenty-six hours of PBS’s Empires series, including The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization; Egypt’s Golden Empire; The Roman Empire in the First Century; Martin Luther; and The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance.
  • Lost Kingdoms of Africa – a four-hour series that guides viewers on a tour of discovery through the birthplace of humanity, and speaks with elders, artisans, and archaeologists to learn what made Africa’s kingdoms great.
  • Becoming American: The Chinese Experience – the six-hour series from Public Affairs Television.
  • Hundreds of historic speeches and newsreels.
  • Inside the Medieval Mind – a spellbinding four-hour series from the BBC that reveals the intellectual landscape of the Middle Ages in all its diversity, rigidity, ugliness, and beauty.
  • Greetings from Grozny: Inside the Chechen Conflict – CINE Gold Eagle Award-winning documentary from the Wide Angle series that reveals the human face of the then-ongoing Chechen conflict.
  • Counter Histories: Rock Hill – looks back to South Carolina in 1961 when African-American men who would become known as the Friendship 9 sat down at a lunch counter to protest for civil rights.
  • More than 450 top-rated titles from A&E, including critically acclaimed series such as America: The Story of Us; Engineering an Empire; Year by Year: 1929–1967; The Presidents; America: Promised Land; Roots; Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color; Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire; and more.

This collection is a flexible, essential tool for any history department. All titles are segmented into short, pedagogical clips, ideal for intermittent use during classroom lectures. For classwork viewing, students can choose to watch an entire film without interruption. Titles within the collection are sorted across distinct, browsable subject categories, enabling refined searches for available titles in specific topic areas.

  • Unlimited access from your computer/laptop, tablet, or phone—on campus or off
  • Create and share playlists—use premade clips, full videos, or custom segments to engage students
  • Add a personalized video introduction to any playlist you create
  • Upload the proprietary digital video content you already own and use (like lectures, seminars, etc.) to the platform
  • Captions, interactive transcripts, citations, Google Translate, and more
  • New videos added at no additional cost
  • Videos can be easily added to LibGuides, distance education courses, social media platforms, and LMSs such as D2L, Canvas, Moodle, and others
  • Public performance rights and no copyright infringement
  • Keyword tags for all content, linking to related material

Films On Demand: Art & Architecture Collection

Art & Architecture Video Collection

3 Universities & Colleges

About This Product

This vibrant selection of documentaries, interviews, biographies, and how-to videos spans the visual arts—from sculpture, painting, and photography to history, theory, criticism, and appreciation—with enough range to suit the needs of both basic and advanced courses.

This collection is available as a single-subject collection or as part of the Films On Demand Master Academic Package.

  • Photo – the 12-part series from Arte France that traces the adventure of photography as an art form, from its beginnings up through the 21st century, revealing the hidden stories and trade secrets concealed in a series of photographs.
  • Palettes: Great Artists and Their Paintings, along with Palettes II and III – the massive 50-part series from Arte France, featuring Louvre art historian and critic Alain Jaubert’s scrutinizing take on classic works.
  • Making Masterpieces series – both the original A History of Painting Technique and its follow-up, A History of Painting Concepts. Twelve parts total.
  • Heaven on Earth: Monuments to Belief – a six-part series documenting how religions have expressed their spiritual devotion through architecture and art.
  • Inside the Tate Modern: A Century of Modern Art – a five-part series showing, through the works of 35 modern masters, how art evolved in the 20th century.
  • Soup Cans and Superstars: How Pop Art Changed the World – a BBC film that takes a fresh look at one of the most important art movements of the 20th century.
  • Civilizations – a nine-part PBS series that reveals the role art and creative imagination have played in forging humanity and introduces viewers to works of beauty, ingenuity, and illumination across cultures.
  • Citizen Loewy—How a Frenchman Designed the American Dream – program about French designer Raymond Loewy, who was a star when the American way of life was at its flamboyant capitalist peak and who styled his own destiny as a Hollywood thriller with a tragic end.
  • Documenting the Face of America: Roy Stryker and the FSA/OWI Photographers – critically acclaimed documentary on the government photography project that captured the iconic images of the Great Depression.
  • Vertical City: Ten Skyscraper Case Studies and Vertical City 2 – a 22-part series that illuminates the design and building process behind the world’s tallest towers.
  • Realism: The Artistic Form of the Truth and Romanticism: Imagining Freedom – multiple-award winners by Films for the Humanities & Sciences.
  • The Art of Germany, Art of America, Art of Russia, Art of Spain, Art of China, and Art of Scandinavia – six series spanning more than fifteen hours of programming from the BBC.
  • Documentaries on the life and work of prominent artists and architects throughout history, including da Vinci, Noguchi, Kahlo, Bernini, Michelangelo, van Eyck, Warhol, Gehry, Duchamp, Hockney, Matisse, Serra, Lin, Chihuly, Goya, Libeskind, Dürer, Pollock, Kandinsky, and many others.
  • Images: 150 Years of Photography – a six-part series of film essays that looks at various aspects of photography throughout its history.
  • Smart Secrets of Great Paintings – ten 30-minute programs show how a painted image echoes the spirit of its time and relates to a particular historic event.

All titles are segmented into short, pedagogical clips, ideal for intermittent use during classroom lectures. For classwork viewing, students can choose to watch an entire film without interruption. Titles within the collection are sorted across distinct, browsable subject categories, enabling refined searches for available titles in specific topic areas.

  • Unlimited access from your computer/laptop, tablet, or phone—on campus or off
  • Create and share playlists—use premade clips, full videos, or custom segments to engage students
  • Add a personalized video introduction to any playlist you create
  • Upload the proprietary digital video content you already own and use (like lectures, seminars, etc.) to the platform
  • Captions, interactive transcripts, citations, Google Translate, and more
  • New videos added at no additional cost
  • Videos can be easily added to LibGuides, distance education courses, social media platforms, and LMSs such as D2L, Canvas, Moodle, and others
  • Public performance rights and no copyright infringement
  • Keyword tags for all content, linking to related material

Films On Demand: Archival Films & Newsreels Collection

Archival Films & Newsreels Video Collection

Public Libraries

3 Universities & Colleges

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A rare view of what rush hour in London looked like in 1897. The dramatic and suspenseful newsreel announcing the crash of the Hindenburg zeppelin. President Ronald Reagan’s challenging speech at the Brandenburg Gate. Throughout modern history, cameras have recorded public events, wars, cultural phenomena, and government programs. This collection is a treasure trove of archival and historical films from multiple sources.

  • The Prelinger Archives – a collection of films relating to U.S. cultural and social history and the evolution of everyday life in America.
  • The WPA Film Library – more than 2,800 clips and newsreels from the late 1800s onward.
  • The United Newsreel collection – the series of newsreels produced by the U.S. Office of War Information during World War II.
  • The Universal Newsreel collection – a series of seven- to 10-minute newsreels produced by Universal Studios that were released twice per week between 1929 and 1967.
  • Recordings from the National Archives and Records Administration of historic speeches and events.

  • Conveniently segmented for lecture and in-class use
  • Unlimited access from any location—on campus or off
  • High-interest videos of historical and cultural importance, dating from before World War I to today
  • Custom Content Upload Option
  • Captions, interactive transcripts, citations, Google Translate, and more
  • New videos added at no additional cost
  • Easily embed videos into Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, or other CMS
  • Tablet, mobile, PC & Mac friendly
  • Create and share personalized playlists using segments from multiple videos
  • Add a personalized video introduction to any playlist you create
  • Keyword tags for all content, linking to related material

British Pathe
Fedflix
Looks International
Nat’l Archives and Records Administration
NBC News
Prelinger Archives
The WPA Film Library
United News
Universal Newsreel

Art History Essentials Collection

Art History Essentials Collection

3 Universities & Colleges

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Containing insightful articles and breathtaking images, the Art History Essentials Collection spans humanity’s relationship to art and design through the millennia and around the globe. Researchers will find biographies, criticisms, and explorations of technique across media and cultures.

Credo Essentials Collections offer access to award-winning, notable, and peer-acclaimed reference content. Available collections cover dozens of in-demand subjects and are curated by Credo. Each are seamlessly updated as new editions publish and new content is licensed. Content is regularly refreshed to ensure continued relevance. Credo Essentials Collections are full text and searchable alongside the content on the Credo research platform.

  • Content updates: Art History Essentials Collection titles are seamlessly updated and weeded for your convenience.
  • Citation management: With the Art History Essentials Collection, users can conveniently cite entries in MLA, Chicago, APA, and Harvard formats.
  • Embeds: The Art History Essentials Collection allows users to embed entries in their school’s learning management system, virtual learning environment or other guides/websites. Any entry may be embedded, including those with images, audio, or videos.
  • Permalinks: The Art History Essentials Collection’s record URLs make it easy for researchers to return to previously viewed pages, and allow users to create “custom collections on the fly.”
  • Integration options: Art History Essentials Collection content can be embedded into LibGuides or any LMS that supports iFrame, including Canvas, D2L, Moodle, and Blackboard.
  • Google Drive integration: Users can save Art History Essentials Collection entries to Google Docs via Google Authenticator or through their personal Gmail accounts.
  • Export entries: Users can print, save as a PDF, or email Art History Essentials Collection entries simply and conveniently.
  • Responsive design: The Art History Essentials Collection’s platform ensures a smooth user experience on any type of device.
  • Accessible content: Audio files and dictation of text content (downloadable in MP3 format) improve accessibility and provide different avenues for students to absorb information.
  • Translations: Text content is translated into 60+ languages.

  • Aesthetics
  • American Art
  • Ancient Art
  • Art Conservation
  • Art History
  • Art Techniques
  • Artist Biographies
  • Asian Art
  • Color Theory
  • Design
  • Digital Art
  • European Art
  • Indigenous Art
  • Interior Design
  • Museum Studies
  • Painting

In an effort to curate the very best content for each collection, notable awards and recommendations are used to guide our selection process. Several titles in each collection have been distinguished in the following lists:

  • Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • Choice Community College Recommendation
  • Choice Community College Top 75
  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title (OAT)
  • Library Journal Best Reference
  • Resources for College Libraries (RCL) 
  • Reference & User Services Association (RUSA)

World History Essentials Collection

World History Essentials Collection

3 Universities & Colleges

About This Product:

This collection offers the perfect opportunity for libraries to replace dusty world history volumes from the stacks with easily searchable resources in the digital format students today prefer. Comprehensive titles from publishers like I. B. Tauris, Columbia University Press, and Edinburgh University Press delve into the people and events of various geopolitical regions, as well as broader themes like colonization and warfare.

Credo Essentials Collections offer access to award-winning, notable, and peer-acclaimed reference content. Available collections cover dozens of in-demand subjects and are curated by Credo. Each are seamlessly updated as new editions publish and new content is licensed. Content is regularly refreshed to ensure continued relevance. Credo Essentials Collections are full text and searchable alongside the content on the Credo research platform.

  • Content updates: World History Essentials Collection titles are seamlessly updated and weeded for your convenience.
  • Citation management: With the World History Essentials Collection, users can conveniently cite entries in MLA, Chicago, APA, and Harvard formats.
  • Embeds: The World History Essentials Collection allows users to embed entries in their school’s learning management system, virtual learning environment or other guides/websites. Any entry may be embedded, including those with images, audio, or videos.
  • Permalinks: The World History Essentials Collection’s record URLs make it easy for researchers to return to previously viewed pages, and allow users to create “custom collections on the fly.”
  • Integration options: World History Essentials Collection content can be embedded into LibGuides or any LMS that supports iFrame, including Canvas, D2L, Moodle, and Blackboard.
  • Google Drive integration: Users can save World History Essentials Collection entries to Google Docs via Google Authenticator or through their personal Gmail accounts.
  • Export entries: Users can print, save as a PDF, or email World History Essentials Collection entries simply and conveniently.
  • Responsive design: The World History Essentials Collection’s platform ensures a smooth user experience on any type of device.
  • Accessible content: Audio files and dictation of text content (downloadable in MP3 format) improve accessibility and provide different avenues for students to absorb information.
  • Translations: Text content is translated into 60+ languages.

  • African History
  • American History
  • Asian History
  • Colonization
  • European History
  • Historians
  • Inventors
  • Latin American History
  • Military History
  • Middle Eastern History
  • Political History
  • Revolution
  • Social History

In an effort to curate the very best content for each collection, notable awards and recommendations are used to guide our selection process. Several titles in each collection have been distinguished in the following lists:

  • Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • Choice Community College Recommendation
  • Choice Community College Top 75
  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title (OAT)
  • Library Journal Best Reference
  • Resources for College Libraries (RCL) 
  • Reference & User Services Association (RUSA)

United States History Essentials Collection

United States History Essentials Collection

3 Universities & Colleges

About This Product:

From revolutionary times through the Civil Rights Era and up to the recent events that shape our political discourse today, this collection offers a wealth of insightful titles into United States history. Defining moments like the battle of Gettysburg, landmark Supreme Court cases like Plessy v. Ferguson, and cultural evolutions like the social history of American families are illuminated and analyzed through these thoughtfully curated texts.

Credo Essentials Collections offer access to award-winning, notable, and peer-acclaimed reference content. Available collections cover dozens of in-demand subjects and are curated by Credo. Each are seamlessly updated as new editions publish and new content is licensed. Content is regularly refreshed to ensure continued relevance. Credo Essentials Collections are full text and searchable alongside the content on the Credo research platform.

  • Content updates: United States History Essentials Collection titles are seamlessly updated and weeded for your convenience.
  • Citation management: With the United States History Essentials Collection, users can conveniently cite entries in MLA, Chicago, APA, and Harvard formats.
  • Embeds: The United States History Essentials Collection allows users to embed entries in their school’s learning management system, virtual learning environment or other guides/websites. Any entry may be embedded, including those with images, audio, or videos.
  • Permalinks: The United States History Essentials Collection’s record URLs make it easy for researchers to return to previously viewed pages, and allow users to create “custom collections on the fly.”
  • Integration options: United States History Essentials Collection content can be embedded into LibGuides or any LMS that supports iFrame, including Canvas, D2L, Moodle, and Blackboard.
  • Google Drive integration: Users can save United States History Essentials Collection entries to Google Docs via Google Authenticator or through their personal Gmail accounts.
  • Export entries: Users can print, save as a PDF, or email United States History Essentials Collection entries simply and conveniently.
  • Responsive design: The United States History Essentials Collection’s platform ensures a smooth user experience on any type of device.
  • Accessible content: Audio files and dictation of text content (downloadable in MP3 format) improve accessibility and provide different avenues for students to absorb information.
  • Translations: Text content is translated into 60+ languages.

  • African Americans
  • American Culture
  • American Government
  • American West
  • Civil Rights
  • Civil War
  • Constitutional History
  • Military History
  • Native Americans

In an effort to curate the very best content for each collection, notable awards and recommendations are used to guide our selection process. Several titles in each collection have been distinguished in the following lists:

  • Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • Choice Community College Recommendation
  • Choice Community College Top 75
  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title (OAT)
  • Library Journal Best Reference
  • Resources for College Libraries (RCL) 
  • Reference & User Services Association (RUSA)

United States History Essentials Collection

United States History Essentials Collection

3 Universities & Colleges

About This Product:

From revolutionary times through the Civil Rights Era and up to the recent events that shape our political discourse today, this collection offers a wealth of insightful titles into United States history. Defining moments like the battle of Gettysburg, landmark Supreme Court cases like Plessy v. Ferguson, and cultural evolutions like the social history of American families are illuminated and analyzed through these thoughtfully curated texts.

Credo Essentials Collections offer access to award-winning, notable, and peer-acclaimed reference content. Available collections cover dozens of in-demand subjects and are curated by Credo. Each are seamlessly updated as new editions publish and new content is licensed. Content is regularly refreshed to ensure continued relevance. Credo Essentials Collections are full text and searchable alongside the content on the Credo research platform.

  • Content updates: United States History Essentials Collection titles are seamlessly updated and weeded for your convenience.
  • Citation management: With the United States History Essentials Collection, users can conveniently cite entries in MLA, Chicago, APA, and Harvard formats.
  • Embeds: The United States History Essentials Collection allows users to embed entries in their school’s learning management system, virtual learning environment or other guides/websites. Any entry may be embedded, including those with images, audio, or videos.
  • Permalinks: The United States History Essentials Collection’s record URLs make it easy for researchers to return to previously viewed pages, and allow users to create “custom collections on the fly.”
  • Integration options: United States History Essentials Collection content can be embedded into LibGuides or any LMS that supports iFrame, including Canvas, D2L, Moodle, and Blackboard.
  • Google Drive integration: Users can save United States History Essentials Collection entries to Google Docs via Google Authenticator or through their personal Gmail accounts.
  • Export entries: Users can print, save as a PDF, or email United States History Essentials Collection entries simply and conveniently.
  • Responsive design: The United States History Essentials Collection’s platform ensures a smooth user experience on any type of device.
  • Accessible content: Audio files and dictation of text content (downloadable in MP3 format) improve accessibility and provide different avenues for students to absorb information.
  • Translations: Text content is translated into 60+ languages.

  • African Americans
  • American Culture
  • American Government
  • American West
  • Civil Rights
  • Civil War
  • Constitutional History
  • Military History
  • Native Americans

In an effort to curate the very best content for each collection, notable awards and recommendations are used to guide our selection process. Several titles in each collection have been distinguished in the following lists:

  • Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • Choice Community College Recommendation
  • Choice Community College Top 75
  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title (OAT)
  • Library Journal Best Reference
  • Resources for College Libraries (RCL) 
  • Reference & User Services Association (RUSA)

World News Digest

World News Digest

NOT Fake News: Content You Can Trust

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K-12 Schools & Districts

Public Libraries

3 Universities & Colleges

About This Product

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

World News Digest 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: News Media Roundups: Created more than 150 new collections of various media on …read more →

World News Digest: 2017 Year in Review—Updates and More

World News Digest has been updated and enhanced throughout the past year, increasing the educational value of this award-winning resource. Recent Updates and Additions: News Media Roundups: Added 340 new collections of various media on breaking news as it occurred; the feature is now searchable, and…read more →

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