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, students 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—perfect for document-based learning and strengthening critical-thinking skills.
    • Videos, Images, Maps, and Slideshows: American Indian History’s videos and original, SMART Board–friendly slideshows provide a fascinating visual look into topics, reinforcing visual learning, stimulating interest, and providing convenient overviews and discussion starter 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.
    • 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
    • Supports 1:1 initiatives, blended instruction, flipped classrooms, project-based learning, and document-based question environments
    • 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
    • Share content to Google Classroom
    • Save content directly to Google Drive
    • Single sign-on with Google or Microsoft
    • Google Sign-In allows users to easily access content with their Google credentials
    • A variety of integration options and partners, including Schoology, Canvas, itslearning, and D2L (Desire2Learn)
    • Dynamic citations in MLA, Chicago, 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, “Best for High Schoolers” category

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

    “…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

    “This is a unique database with good sensitivity, good deep and broad content with great browse searching, good illustrations and maps, and useful learning centers. I would recommend it for middle and high schools as well as for teachers as a projected teaching tool.”
    American Reference Books Annual

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

    “…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.”

    “…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

    “..inviting for beginning and advanced users…This online resource is powerful…The content is comprehensive…Highly recommended.”
    The Book Report

    American Indian History: Three Brand-New Subject Topic Centers

    Just in time for Native American Heritage Month, three new subject Topic Centers have been added to the American Indian History database—offering specially selected content on key subjects throughout American Indian history and complementing the Topic Centers on culture areas and eras—along with more than 280 flags of American Indian tribes. Read More ›

    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: Single Sign-On with Google Now Available

    Google Sign-In can now be turned on to allow users to sign into the American Indian History database with their Google credentials, enabling one-click log-in access using the “Sign in with Google” button. Read More ›

    American Indian History: New LTI—Itslearning

    Infobase has added itslearning to its selection of supported LTI apps for American Indian History. Subscribers can embed American Indian History resources directly into their courses without leaving the LMS. 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 ›

    Google Sign-In and Share to Google Classroom Options Now Available for Selected Infobase Products

    Infobase is pleased to announce that two new features have been added to its streaming video services and to selected databases: Google Sign-In and the option to share Infobase content to Google Classroom. 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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