American Indian History

15,000 Years of American Indian History and Culture
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    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.


    • Comprehensive Coverage: With American Indian 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 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 or era. Topic Centers 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
      • 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.
    • 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.
    • Videos, Images, Maps, and Slideshows: American Indian History’s videos and original slideshows provide a fascinating visual introduction to key topics and themes.
    • 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.
    • 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.


    • 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 timelines by culture area and era
    • Maps and graphs with descriptions
    • Real-time, searchable Reuters® newsfeed
    • Dynamic citations in MLA, Chicago, APA, and Harvard formats, with EasyBib 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.

    Booklist Editors’ Choice Reference Source

    Library Journal Best Database

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

    “…a valuable resource…clearly written…highly recommended…”
    American Reference Books Annual

    “…highly recommended for small and medium-sized public, academic, and school libraries…easy to use…extremely student-friendly.”

    “The information is clearly laid out and the database is easy to use. The quantity and quality of the information presented make this a valuable resource for school and public libraries alike.”

    “…browseable and attractive…very useful…a gorgeous update on an already superlative…database.”

    “…recommended for its content, especially the historical documents.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

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

    American Indian History: Check Out the New Overview Video

    With a user-friendly interface, the award-winning American Indian History database allows for an interactive, multifaceted look at the indigenous peoples of the Americas, offering fast access to more than 15,000 years of culture and history and covering more than 600 Native American groups—but don’t just take our word for it! Check out the overview video below!   Our brand-new overview video gives you an up-close look at the depth and breadth of American Indian History, 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 The editorially curated Topic Centers, featuring specially selected content on different culture areas and eras of history The comprehensive, convenient A-to-Z topic lists. Read More ›

    American Indian History: 100 New Primary Sources

    Infobase’s latest update to its American Indian History database adds approximately 100 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 ›

    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 ›

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