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.

  • 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:
        • New Deal
        • U.S. Government
      • Society and Social Issues:
        • American Women’s History
        • Industrial Revolution
        • Latino-American History
        • Manifest Destiny
  • 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
  • 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.

Comprehensive Coverage: With African-American 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 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.

Comprehensive Coverage: With African-American 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 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.

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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….”

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American Indian History

American Indian History

MORE THAN FIVE CENTURIES OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

K-12 Schools & Districts

Public Libraries

3 Universities & Colleges

About This Product

Take a quick look at the overview video for American Indian History:

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, 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
  • 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.

Comprehensive Coverage: With African-American 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 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.

Comprehensive Coverage: With African-American 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 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.

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Ted Lasso: 12 Lessons on Social and Emotional Learning

There are two big things the pandemic has given us that we didn’t know we needed. One is an emphasis on social and emotional learning (SEL), and the other is TED LASSO. Now you’re probably asking yourself: What on earth does an Apple TV show about an American football coach who is recruited to coach soccer in England (despite having zero experience) have to do with SEL? The answer: EVERYTHING. But, what is SEL? Good question. SEL is… As a former classroom teacher and current SEL advocate, I was blown away by how many SEL lessons are depicted in this heartwarming show about soccer/football. At its heart, Ted Lasso is a show about so much more than sportsball. It’s about what we can do, and be, as humans, to make the world a better place. So, here are some of the SEL lessons we find in this rare gem of a show. While these lessons are tailored for educators, I think you’ll find a bit of something in it for everyone. I hope you enjoy them. Lesson 1: Learn Student Names This modern-day Mr. Rogers does one thing that every good teacher knows—he learns and remembers names. Our names are […]

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As Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) information professionals, being part of racial and ethnic affinity groups within organizations and associations has played an essential role in our professional development, well-being, and leadership development, just to name a few things. In this blog post, I interviewed Aidy Weeks, the librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, about the critical role that the Latinx Caucus of the Medical Library Association has played in her career.  Jamia: Can you please tell us how the Latinx Caucus of the Medical Library Association (MLA) was formed?  Aidy: The Latinx Caucus was originally the Latino Special Interest Group. or Latino SIG for short. It started as an idea during the MLA 2011 Annual Meeting. Two years later, those interested in forming the group met at the MLA 2013 Annual Meeting. Between May–November 2013, they sent out a petition seeking support to establish the group. In November 2013, Brenda Linares, a founding member, submitted a Statement of Purpose to the MLA Section Council. Less than a year later, in May 2014, the Latino SIG held its first official meeting. The founding Latino Special Interest Group co-conveners (or co-chairs) were Brenda Linares and Diana Almader-Douglas. […]

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“…fills an important niche; it is an excellent resource for exploration of Native history and culture, and a valuable starting point for research…Recommended.”

Choice

“…a valuable resource…highly recommended…”

American Reference Books Annual

“…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.”

Library Journal

“…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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