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.

6 Tips to Avoid Losing Yourself During Organizational Change

Change is constant. Our worlds are constantly shifting and so are we… but that doesn’t make change any easier.  Between COVID’s impact on our work environments (shifting from in-person to remote work), student enrollment declines (and therefore budget deficits), legislative proposals and codification of major political issues, restructures and reprioritization within organizations, and closures of institutions, it is a promising and challenging time to be an educator or education-adjacent staff member. How do you stabilize when the foundation of your career continues to shake without warning?  There aren’t easy ways to navigate organizational change. However, there are several tips you can utilize to continue to remain rock steady in your role.  Know Your Integrity, Values, and Core of Your Practice  How do you hope to practice as an educator? Who do you serve? Regardless of where you work, how do you hope to show up in relational practice, and how do your identities help you navigate your institution(s)?  Find Mentors and Circles of Support Mentorship is multidirectional and can help provide perspective as you navigate political landscapes. Mentors can share their own experiences, reflect your thoughts back, help you develop tools, and also help connect you with other professionals who […]

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Credo Social Media Posts for July 2022

At Credo we understand the need for libraries to write interesting social media content to engage your users and raise awareness of valuable resources and services. That’s why we’ve created this monthly blog post with social media posts featuring interesting observances, trivia, this-day-in-history, and humor that your library can copy/paste to its own feed with no attribution necessary. P.S.: the images here are all in the public domain (mostly from Pixabay and Wikimedia Commons), so feel free to take advantage of them when you post! July 1 Happy birthday to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, who remains a beloved figure more than 20 years after her tragic death. Born #onthisday in 1961. Learn more about Lady Di at Credo Reference. https://search.credoreference.com/search/all?searchPhrase=Diana%20Spencer July 3 Happy birthday to Top Gun Tom Cruise, born #onthisday in 1962 in Syracuse, NY. Learn more about the film actor, producer, and Scientologist at Credo Reference. https://search.credoreference.com/search/all?concept=Tom%20Cruise July 4 Happy 4th of July! Celebrate by learning more about the Declaration of Independence at Credo Reference. https://search.credoreference.com/content/entry/columency/declaration_of_independence/0 July 6 Louis Pasteur successfully gave the first anti-rabies vaccine to a 9-year-old boy #onthisday in 1885. Learn more about the French chemist and microbiologist, regarded as one of the […]

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How to Make Instruction More Interesting with Multimedia

Whether you’re a teacher or a student, you know from experience that lessons with more dynamic, visual elements are more likely to stick in your mind. Research shows that we learn better when our materials include a mixture of both graphics and text, and that’s where multimedia instruction comes in. What Is Multimedia Instruction?  Multimedia instruction is simply a lesson containing both words and pictures. The words can be either read or spoken aloud. The pictures can be moving images like video or animation, or stationary. The vast majority of contemporary classrooms incorporate multimedia learning. Multimedia instruction can refer to e-learning tools, video lessons, or PowerPoint presentations. If you teach online, maybe you use a cloud-based phone service for video calls and screen sharing. However, multimedia instruction can also simply mean learning from an illustrated book.  The key to good multimedia instruction is that the visual elements complement the text and allow for a greater understanding of the lesson’s content.  Why Use Multimedia Instruction?  Let’s take a look at the scientific basis for the multimedia style of teaching and learning. Short-term and long-term memory You may already know that you have two kinds of memory. Your short-term memory retains information […]

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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.”

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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.”

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“…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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Films On Demand: Sociology Collection

Sociology Video Collection

3 Universities & Colleges

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The thousands of individual titles in this collection comprehensively cover the wide range of topics essential to the study of sociology. From poverty, gender inequality, and social justice to crime, prejudice, globalization, and so much more, key subjects in sociology are explored by in-depth documentaries and curriculum-focused instructional videos.

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

  • Up: The Classic Documentary Series – the longitudinal study documentary series that revisits the lives of the same people every seven years, from the age of seven to the present day. Aside from the core episodes from Michael Apted’s original U.K. series, the format was also extended to America, Japan, South Africa, and Russia/U.S.S.R. 20 programs.
  • Why Poverty? – the Peabody Award-winning PBS series that presents more than eight hours of moving and thought-provoking stories from around the globe, while asking difficult questions about why a billion people worldwide still live in poverty.
  • Racial Facial – short but powerful look at race in America. It provides a blur of fascinating images and video—historical and contemporary—depicting both the division and blending that has characterized the history and treatment of people of color in this country.
  • Understanding Sociology – a comprehensive seven-part series introducing sociology’s origins, core concepts, theory, research methods, applications, and more.
  • Numerous titles on women’s issues around the globe: Jihadi Brides; The Rise of Female Violence; Maids: Docile and Invisible—A Story on Domestic Workers; To End Honor Killing; Breaking the Wall of Gender Inequality: How Gender Balance Can Transform the Global Economy; and many others.
  • Race: The Power of an Illusion – the groundbreaking three-hour documentary series by California Newsreel that debunks the misconception that “race” is a physiologically accurate way to categorize human beings.
  • America in Black and White – a five-part ABC News Nightline series covering the wide-ranging issues of race relations in America and gun violence, including a unique look at traffic stops from the perspective of officers and civilians; gun safety for civilians; law enforcement training; and more.
  • Real People, Real Sex—Clinical Conversations for the Human Sexuality Classroom – each program in this eight-part series includes spontaneous, unrehearsed conversations with interviewees as they reflect on their personal experiences.
  • Institute of Art and Ideas: Cutting-Edge Debates and Talks from the World’s Leading Thinkers, Series 1 & 2  – from Europe’s leading forum for big ideas, boundary-pushing thinkers, and challenging debates comes this 95-part series offering unique access to the most brilliant minds working today in the fields of science, philosophy, politics, and art.
  • More than 80 documentaries and lectures on LGBTQ issues, including Suited and Fall to Gracefrom HBO®; How Gay Is Pakistan?; Sex Changes That Made History; Cold Fear: Gay Life in Russiafrom BBC; and many others.
  • More than 195 exclusive programs from The Bill Moyers Collection, including On Our Own Terms, his six-hour series on death and dying; Challenging Hispanic Stereotypes: Arturo Madrid; America’s Growing Economic Divide; Unequal Education; and more.
  • Ken Burns’s two-part series Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton andSusan B. Anthony, a Peabody, Emmy, and CINE Gold Eagle Award winner.
  • Documentaries on key figures who reshaped the social landscape or our view of it, including Margaret Sanger, Arturo Madrid, Jane Elliot, Paul Robeson, Susan B. Anthony, Alfred Kinsey, Sandra Laing, Martin Luther King Jr., Margaret Fuller, Paul Ehrlich, Sojourner Truth, Richard Rodriguez, William Julius Wilson, Gloria Steinem, Luis Valdez, and more.

This collection is a flexible, essential tool for any sociology educator. All titles are segmented into short, pedagogical clips, ideal for intermittent use during classroom lectures. For classwork viewing, students can choose to view the entire film without interruption. Titles 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: Psychology Collection

Psychology Video Collection

3 Universities & Colleges

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The breadth of this collection is unrivaled: reviews of classic studies; overviews of foundational and contemporary theories; case studies of psychological disorders; instructional titles on research methods and statistics; interviews with prominent psychologists; documentaries on topics such as personality, sexuality, aging, happiness, and intelligence; and more.

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

  • The Brain, with David Eagleman – six-part PBS series that explores the wonders of the human brain and reveals why we feel and think the things we do. This ambitious project blends science with innovative visual effects and compelling personal stories and addresses some big questions.
  • Into the Mind – the highly acclaimed three-hour BBC series that traces the history of experimental psychology, from dubious beginnings to the profound new understanding that neuroscience has revealed about emotions, free will, and the mind itself.
  • Right Between Your Ears – through the eyes of a group of people convinced that they knew the date of the end of the world, this program explores how people believe, how we turn beliefs into certainties, and how we then mistake them for the truth.
  • Films on leading psychologists and their experiments and theories—including Freud, Jung, Dewey, Piaget, Spock, Skinner, Milgram, Loftus, Bandura, Davidson, Ainsworth, and others.
  • Close to Home – Bill Moyers’s unforgettable five-hour series on addiction.
  • Forty titles by Davidson Films, including the 10-part Giants of Psychology series, plus titles on geriatric aging, childhood learning, and more.
  • Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness—A Fred Friendly Seminar – multiple-award-winning seminar on the challenge of caring for America’s mentally ill, featuring prominent mental health professionals, policymakers, and legal luminaries.
  • More than 45 titles on addiction from Hazelden Publishing.
  • Animated Neuroscience and the Action of Nicotine, Cocaine, and Marijuana in the Brain – CINE Golden Eagle Award-winning program that takes viewers deep into the brain to study the effects of these three substances.
  • In the Shadow of Feeling – a powerful look at the factors that can transform a child into a psychopath. COMMFFEST Award winner.
  • Becoming Me: The Gender Within – Telly Award-winning documentary that profiles five transgendered individuals, two of whom are undergoing reassignment surgery.
  • Key Issues in Psychological Research – covers ethical guidelines for research and reasons for breaching those guidelines; how to address research justification, use of knowledge, and interpretation of findings in a socially sensitive research proposal; and how to be aware of social construction and possible ethnocentric biases.
  • Cutting-edge presentations on contemporary issues from the TED and Falling Walls series of scholarly talks, including Oliver Sacks (on hallucinations), Nancy Etcoff (on the science of happiness), V. S. Ramachandran (on brain anomalies), Antonio Damasio (on consciousness), Patricia Kuhl (on infant language learning), Paul Zak (on the biology of morality), Temple Grandin (on the value of autistic thinking), and more. (Exclusive academic distribution)

This collection is a flexible, essential tool for any psychology educator. 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: Political Science Collection

Political Science Video Collection

3 Universities & Colleges

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Whether the focus is American government or global politics, this vast collection is an invaluable asset for political science educators and students. From the basics of civics, American democracy, and other forms of government, to the major public policy issues of the day—immigration, globalization, national security, privacy—you will have at your fingertips a rich source of documentary and instructional content that adds context to every lesson.

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

  • U.S. Government: How It Works – a comprehensive six-part series that explores key aspects of U.S. government and public policy.
  • The Curse of Osama: Culture and Geopolitics in the Post-9/11 Age – a five-hour series that investigates the effect al Qaeda and its affiliates have had on the Islamic world, the global community, and millions of innocent people.
  • Poverty in America – a six-part series that combines scholarly analysis with a human-centered approach to look at the causes and effects of economic hardship in the U.S., while suggesting ways for society to combat the cycle of poverty.
  • Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks – from HBO®, a searing account of the horrific events when members of an Islamic terrorist group stormed into the Paris offices of the satiric weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, killing 11 people and injuring 11 others before also killing a police officer.
  • Due Process: Understanding the U.S. Criminal Justice System – the essential introductory series that outlines the basics of crime, law, enforcement, and the court system.
  • More than 100 titles from The Bill Moyers Collection on topics such as gun control, drone wars, partisan politics, fiscal policy, and much more, such as the Emmy Award-winning Buying the War.
  • American Umpire – a thought-provoking documentary about U.S. foreign policy that chronicles how the United States became the world’s policeman and questions how long we must continue to play this role.
  • Immigration Battle – a PBS documentary examining the hard-fought battles and secret negotiations over immigration reform on Capitol Hill, including the Obama administration’s push for policy changes that could impact the fate of millions and define what it means to be American for decades to come.
  • What Are We Doing Here? Why Western Aid Hasn’t Helped Africa – multiple-award-winning documentary that follows four young Americans as they experience firsthand the scope and intractability of Africa’s suffering, while aid workers, government officials, and ordinary individuals explore why providing aid is no panacea.
  • Bitter Harvest: The War on Drugs Meets the War on Terror – a fascinating episode of the Wide Angle documentary series that examines the uneasy relationship between forces aligned against the Taliban and the drug lords who control cultivation of much of the world’s heroin.
  • Equal Justice Under Law: Landmark Cases in Supreme Court History – the classic six-part series that investigates the role of the Supreme Court by looking at landmark cases that set major precedents.

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: Philosophy & Religion Collection

Philosophy & Religion Video Collection

3 Universities & Colleges

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Ethics and morality. Logic and faith. The meaning of life and the afterlife. This wide-ranging collection covers the fundamental concepts of reality, epistemology, and value as well as the contrasting narratives, rituals, and beliefs of the world’s religions. From Aristotle to Zarathustra, atheism to Zen, these videos are certain to enlighten, challenge, and spark discussion.

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

  • Great Ideas of Philosophy I and II – ten hours in total, these critically acclaimed series from Films for the Humanities & Sciences investigate the core questions and concepts of philosophy—from ethics to aesthetics, metaphysics, logic, reason, and beyond.
  • Genius of the Modern World – Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Sigmund Freud—this three-part series discovers how these skeptical “masters of suspicion” created groundbreaking, penetrating ways of seeing the world that still shape how we make sense of our lives today.
  • Two Thousand Years: The History of Christianity – hosted by acclaimed writer Melvyn Bragg, this classic ten-part series charts the story of Christianity from its very beginnings to the second millennial anniversary of the birth of Jesus.
  • Great Philosophers – a 15-part series from the BBC that presents a comprehensive introduction to the concepts of Western philosophy through 15 of its greatest thinkers, presented by world-renowned philosophy scholar Bryan Magee.
  • Questioning Darwin – HBO® documentary that takes an in-depth look at the views of creationist Christians, who reject Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, while also examining how Darwin handled the question of God as he developed his theory of natural selection.
  • Great Thinkers: In Their Own Words – a three-hour series that looks at important thinkers of the 20th century—the new breed of social philosophers who were able to spread novel ideas and shape the ethos of the modern age via the advent of radio and TV.
  • Divine Women – a three-hour BBC series exploring the status of women in religion, from 10,000 BC to the contemporary era.
  • Beyond Theology – an ambitious 10-part series featuring the insights and experiences of respected theologians, scholars, and authors as they discuss the emergence of worldviews that integrate scientific inquiry and spiritual insights, while exploring the convergence of a wide range of religious traditions.
  • Genius of the Ancient World – examines the three giants of ancient philosophy: the Buddha, Socrates, and Confucius. All lived in the 6th–5th centuries BC—a period of unprecedented and intense intellectual development.
  • The Story of the Jews, with Simon Schama – an epic five-part PBS series exploring the extraordinary story of the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day.
  • Sufi Soul: The Mystical Music of Islam – a personal journey into the traditions of Sufi music in Syria, Turkey, Pakistan, India, and Morocco.
  • The Holy Wars – from the medieval Crusaders to modern-day jihadists, this three-part series examines the historical relationship between militarism and strictly interpreted religion.
  • Essentials of Faith – a seven-part series that exposes the internal arguments and core beliefs of the world’s major religions.
  • Power and Piety – a five-part series investigating the destructive links between religion and conflict: Islamic extremism in the U.K. and Pakistan, right-wing Christianity in the U.S., Indonesia’s secular state, Hindu Nationalism in India, and Myanmar’s hardline Buddhists.

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: History Collection

History Video Collection

3 Universities & Colleges

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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: Geography Collection

Geography Video Collection

3 Universities & Colleges

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Covering both physical and human geography, this vast collection covers the natural and social processes that pattern and change the earth’s surface. Students will find documentaries, presentations, and instructional titles that bridge social and natural sciences to address the major issues in geography: environmental change, transformation of economy and culture, urbanization, regional or global inequality, natural hazards, and more.

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

  • Great Cities: Rise of the Megalopolis – surveys the emergence and development of the megacity—both as an intellectual concept and as a physical phenomenon that is altering the face of the planet—and its association to poverty, unemployment, rampant crime, poor or nonexistent health care, and air and water pollution.
  • The Silk Road – explores the mythical network of trade routes that for centuries linked the Far East to the West, taking an extended trip through six countries and cultures and encountering specialists, historians, or just everyday people who will help viewers grasp the past and present identities of those countries.
  • The Explorers: Five Europeans Who Redrew the Map of the World – reconstructs European voyages of discovery that took place in the 15th through 18th centuries, and profiles the visionaries who led them, using sophisticated animation and expertise from modern scholars and archivists.
  • Mapping the World – a three-part series that tells the dramatic story of mapmaking—its origins, development, myriad uses, and ongoing potential, from prehistoric rock art to the globe-spanning visions of Google Earth.
  • Slum Cities – explores the tragedy of illegal slums filled with some of the poorest people in the world, lacking water, sanitation, and other resources needed to support exploding populations. Slum residents, as well as those who have broken out of the cycle of poverty, are interviewed in Mumbai, India, and Rio de Janeiro.
  • Journalist Simon Reeve investigates some of the most exotic and enticing locations on Earth in the series Australia; Caribbean; Greece; Indian Ocean; Ireland; and Sacred Rivers.
  • Wild Canada – a four-part series that captures the vast Canadian landscape in stunning, high-definition visuals.
  • The Power of Place: Geography for the 21st Century – a 26-part Annenberg Learner series teaching the geographic skills and concepts that are necessary to understand the world.
  • Strange Days on Planet Earth – an award-winning six-hour series hosted by Edward Norton that uses remarkable imagery to explore new discoveries about the health of planet Earth and how seemingly distant events are connected to human health and society.
  • Fighting the Tide: Developing Nations and Globalization – a 14-part series that documents how the consumption and spending habits of Western civilization affect people thousands of miles away, with each episode focusing on a different country.
  • Rivers and Life: How Waterways Cradle and Confound Human Society – a six-hour series that guides viewers through cultures and countries shaped by rivers, including the Amazon, Ganges, Mississippi, Nile, Rhine, and Yangtze.
  • Making North America – a spectacular PBS series that sets out to answer three fundamental questions: How was the continent built? How did life evolve here? And how has its spectacular landscape shaped human lives and destinies?
  • Terra Report: A World of Trouble – a series in five parts revealing the dangers threatening the natural world as well as specific socioeconomic factors intertwined with them—showcases the realities of environmental devastation, species extinction, famine, starvation, and political instability in Africa, Asia, and South America.

All titles are segmented into short, pedagogical clips, ideal for classroom use. 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: Communication Collection

Communication Video Collection

3 Universities & Colleges

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From rousing speeches and persuasive business proposals to engaging advertisements and heart-wrenching films, the ways in which we communicate—and why—are wide ranging, and every form of communication has its dos and don’ts. This collection covers both basic and advanced techniques of communicating across multiple mediums and varied settings. Instructional videos, documentary films, and expert presentations cover advertising, digital media, film, journalism, interpersonal communication, and more.

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

  • Communication Essentials – the popular four-part series by Films for the Humanities & Sciences featuring critical skills for listening, writing, speaking, and reading.
  • The CLIOs, 2000–2013 – thirteen years (and counting), totaling more than 35 hours of winning entries across all categories for this prestigious advertising awards program.
  • Barriers to Communication and How to Overcome Them – through expert interviews and creative vignettes, the video offers solutions to overcoming common communication problems.
  • Multiple, EXCLUSIVE titles from The Bill Moyers Collection, including Jon Stewart on Humor and an Informed Public; Media Consolidation and the Erosion of Democracy; Big Media, Big Money, Big Trouble; and more.
  • The Story of English and Do You Speak American? – Robert MacNeil’s Emmy Award-winning nine-hour PBS series on linguistics, and its three-hour follow-up (a CINE Golden Eagle Award winner) that focuses on American English and its regional dialects.
  • Sex, Censorship, and the Silver Screen – a four-hour series that uses film clips spanning the bulk of motion picture history to tell the story of the battle between artistic freedom and the heavy-handed restriction and piousness that risk-taking films have generated.
  • Digital Communication Skills: Dos and Don’ts – offers guidance on email, texting, videoconferencing, and using the phone for business calls or voice mail.
  • Internet Research: What’s Credible? – teaches strategies for narrowing down results and homing in on credible sources of information online.
  • The Public Mind – classic four-hour series that explores “image and reality in America”—or how public opinion is formed through the mingling of fact and fiction in a society saturated with images.
  • How to Make It in Film – extensive series that covers all aspects of the filmmaking process, from script writing to production.
  • Sexual and Racial Stereotypes in the Media – a two-part series from Films for the Humanities & Sciences that scrutinizes the media in order to both expose and understand common sources of bias and the intentions behind them.
  • The 5 Communication Secrets That Swept Obama to the Presidency – instructional program that reveals a set of methods and attitudes at the core of successful communication by studying the skills and tactics of one of its modern-day masters.
  • Mashed Media: The Changing Face of Journalism – a film shot over a two-year period that follows bloggers, hackers, independent publishers, and social media mavericks working at the forefront of digital media innovation.

All titles are segmented into short, pedagogical clips, ideal for classroom use. 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

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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