ABC-CLIO Databases

Brought to you by the leading history content provider, the ABC-CLIO suite of databases includes 16 social studies research and curriculum databases designed to improve students’ inquiry skills and to deepen their understanding of history, contemporary issues, and global cultures.

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The ABC-CLIO Suite of Databases

Features Include

Thoughtful Topic Centers

Reflecting a research-based approach to curation of topics and subtopics by a team of scholars, educators, and librarians, all articles and entries present balanced narratives of social studies subjects.

Inquiry Learning Model

Purposeful structure assures librarians and teachers that their developing inquiry learners can seek answers, discover meaning, and build authentic understanding in a reliable environment.

Constant Updates

In every database, a unique editorial team of highly-regarded historians and educators continually updates all entries to ensure that students have access to accurate and relevant research.

Intuitive Searching

Advanced search capabilities and easy-to-use homepages streamline searching and browsing by making content discoverable by topic, time period, keyword, theme, and resource type.

Gathering and Evaluating Sources

Each database houses an entire library of thousands of primary and secondary sources plus focused primary source lists most applicable to forming a critical understanding of topics, providing students with a starting point for supporting evidence-based claims.

Video Learning Modules

More than 1,800 Course Essentials videos in the American Government, American History, World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras, and World History: The Modern Era databases give students context that primes them to explore new concepts more deeply.

ABC-CLIO databases are organized into curated topic centers aligned to social studies curricula. The topic centers scaffold the learning process with three types of resources that collectively increase students’ capacity to learn: essential background information, critical analysis, and primary and secondary sources.

In ABC-CLIO databases, expert content, intuitive organization, and impactful tools combine to make a difference in student learning.

Benefits for Educators

Literacy Strategies

Interactive research tutors and wizards tools support librarians and teachers in their commitment to strengthen student literacy skills by guiding students on the research process, like how to write a research paper, how to deliver and prepare a speech, and how to make a compelling argument.

Customizable Instruction 

The research list tool allows educators to build customized lists of articles, essays, and primary and secondary sources to use in class and to assign to students.

Instructional Adaptability 

Resources support teachers and students in any instructional mode—flipped or blended classrooms, 1:1 or small group environments, lectures, or independent research—and come with full tablet/mobile functionality.

Integration Support 

Educator support sites, accessible from within each database, supply customized instruction and curriculum alignment tools for planning and structuring lessons, plus a complete inventory of video tutorials for training support.

Standards Alignment

Alignment of all resources to either textbook or national, state, or Common Core standards supports curriculum instruction for teachers and provides librarians a framework for reinforcing material learned in the classroom.

Benefits for Students


The cite tool shows students the three most common forms of citation for the article being referenced: MLA, Chicago, and APA. Students are also able to export the entry to either EasyBib or RefWorks citation creators.

Formative Assessment

Self-assessment quizzes enable students to assess their comprehension of important concepts, direct students to resources to review when questions are answered incorrectly, and allow students to share their results.

High-Level Analysis

The CLIOview feature, unique to the American Government, U.S. Geography, World Geography, World at War, World Religions, and American Mosaic databases, provides students the opportunity to make demographic comparisons between states, countries, religions, and more.

Exporting and Sharing Options

In addition to full e-mail and print functionality, options to export content to Google Drive and Dropbox facilitate collaboration between teachers and librarians and make it easy to organize and share information with students.

Differentiated Learning

The text-to-speech tool transforms all resources into a read-along for students who read below grade level or who learn best through listening; the translate tool offers translation of all resources into 10 languages.