Ancient and Medieval History

An Exploration of World History, from Prehistory through the Mid-1500s
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    Ancient and Medieval History provides thorough coverage of world history from prehistory through the mid-1500s, with special Topic Centers on key 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.


    • Comprehensive Coverage: With Ancient and Medieval 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 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. Topic Centers include:
      • Ancient and Medieval Africa: 5000 BCE–1500 CE
      • Ancient Egypt: 5000 BCE–650 CE
      • Ancient Near East: 4000 BCE–650 CE
      • Ancient Greece: 3300–30 BCE
      • Ancient and Medieval Asia: 3000 BCE–1600 CE
      • The Americas: 2000 BCE–1500 CE
      • Ancient Rome: 800 BCE–500 CE
      • Medieval Europe: 500–1500 CE
      • Islamic World: 570–1500 CE.
    • 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 document-based learning and strengthening critical-thinking skills.
    • Videos, Images, Maps, and Slideshows: Ancient and Medieval 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,” 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.
    • 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.


    • 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 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 civilization-specific timelines
    • 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, 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.

    Library Journal Best Database, “Best for High Schoolers” category

    “…a wealth of information…this database’s scope and ease of use make it an asset for any school or public library.”

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

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

    “…will be particularly useful for teachers and librarians to use as a teaching and research tool…useful to students in the middle and high school grades researching on this topic.”
    American Reference Books Annual

    “…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

    “…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 high-school and undergraduate collections seeking to support advanced study in the related fields.”

    “…[goes] into great depth…and feature[s] primary sources that are useful and often required for assignments.”
    Library Journal

    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. Read More ›

    Ancient and Medieval History: New LTI—Itslearning

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