American History

More Than 500 Years of Political, Military, Social, and Cultural History
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    American History is a comprehensive resource that spans our nation’s history, with a user-friendly interface and award-winning content. The home page offers many ways to begin exploring the material, from the videos, slideshow overviews, and Topic Centers to the lists of key content handpicked by our editors to help users find a starting point for their research. By providing the most comprehensive range of information in one complete resource—subject entries, biographies, primary sources, videos and slideshows, images, timelines, and maps and graphs, plus full cross-searchability across all the Infobase history databases—American History offers a virtual library of American history for educators, students, and researchers of all ages.


    • Comprehensive Coverage: With American History, 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 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.

    Subjects and milestone events covered include:

      • American Civil War
      • American Women’s History
      • Industrial Revolution
      • Korean War
      • Manifest Destiny
      • New Deal
      • Revolutionary War Battles
      • Spanish-American War
      • U.S. Government
      • U.S.-Mexican War
      • War of 1812.

    Eras covered include:

      • The Colonial Era: Beginnings–1776
      • The American Revolution: 1775–1783
      • The Early National Period and Expansion: 1783–1859
      • The Civil War and Reconstruction: 1860–1876
      • The Gilded Age: 1870–1900
      • The Progressive Era and World War I: 1890–1920
      • The Roaring Twenties: 1920–1929
      • The Great Depression: 1929–1941
      • World War II and the Forties: 1939–1949
      • 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.
    • 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.
    • Videos, Images, Maps, and Slideshows: American History’s videos, images, original maps, and original slideshows provide a fascinating visual introduction to key topics and themes.
    • 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: Especially helpful for students in honors-level and AP-level U.S. history courses, 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, 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.


    • 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 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
    • Maps and graphs with descriptions
    • Real-time, searchable Reuters® newsfeed
    • Dynamic citations in MLA, Chicago, APA, and Harvard formats, with EasyBib export functionality
    • List of contributors to the database
    • Read Aloud tool
    • Ability for users to set preferences for default language, citation format, number of search results, and standards set for correlations
    • Persistent record links
    • Search Assist technology
    • Searchable Support Center with valuable help materials, how-to tips, tutorials, and live help chat
    • Google Translate for 100+ languages.

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    Library Journal Best Database

    The ComputED Gazette‘s Education Software Review Award (EDDIES)

    “The interface is simple and easy to use; the internal and external links are generous…Recommended for school, public, and college libraries.”
    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…”

    American History: Topic Centers Expanded

    American History‘s Topic Centers have been expanded and reorganized, making the award-winning database an even better starting point for U.S. Read More ›

    American History: New Themes in U.S. History Section—Ideal for AP Studies!

    Just in time to prepare for the AP U.S. history exam on May 10, a new section has been added to Infobase’s American History database. Themes in U.S. Read More ›

    American History: Check Out the New Overview Video

    With a user-friendly interface and powerful functionality, American History provides the most comprehensive range of American history information in one complete resource—but don’t just take our word for it! Our brand-new overview video gives you an up-close look at the depth and breadth of the award-winning database, including: The authoritative Sources page listing the expertly researched and written content in the database The easy access to the extensive range of books, primary sources, images, videos, timelines, and other content types The easy-to-use Search and Browse options, including the filters to narrow down the results The editorially curated Topic Centers, featuring specially selected content on different eras, themes, and milestone events of history The comprehensive, convenient A-to-Z topic lists. Read More ›

    American History: New Topic Centers on Milestone Events

    Nine new Topic Centers have just been added to the American History database, offering specially selected content on milestone events and subjects throughout American history and complementing the Topic Centers on historical eras. Read More ›

    American History: 2018 Updates

    American History is continuously updated and enhanced, increasing the educational value of this award-winning resource. Here is a recap of some of the content updates made so far this year. Read More ›

    American History: 2017 Year in Review—Updates and More

    American History has been updated and enhanced throughout the past year, increasing the educational value of this award-winning resource. Recent Updates and Additions: Primary sources: Added more than 5,000 new, original primary documents covering all aspects of American history, with special focus on such core areas as daily life, slavery, immigration, women, and more. Read More ›

    American History Online: Thousands of New Primary Sources

    Infobase’s latest update to its American History Online database adds more than 5,000 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 ›

    American History Online: Help Students Understand the 2016 Election

    The 2016 election was unprecedented and unpredictable. Students are still struggling to understand the electoral process that led to the hotly debated win as well as the issues surrounding the incoming administration, the president-elect’s appointments, and past and future Supreme Court decisions. 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. 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. Read More ›

    American History Online: Spotlight on Valuable Election-Related Content

    Primary season has begun, political campaigns are in full gear, and the U.S. presidential election is only nine months away. Turn to American History Online for rich historical content ideal for election-related studies and lesson plans. Read More ›

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