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.

American Government by ABC-CLIO

Available in both academic and school versions, American Government from ABC-CLIO connects contemporary issues with the foundations of government and compares the political and economic systems of the United States with those of other countries.

American History by ABC-CLIO

The American History database from ABC-CLIO lets student researchers explore the key events, defining moments, and unique individual contributions that have shaped the nation.

The American Mosaic: The African American Experience by ABC-CLIO

Providing a comprehensive survey of African American history, The African American Experience from ABC-CLIO shows students the challenges and contributions of African Americans across political, social, artistic, and literary contexts.

The American Mosaic: The American Indian Experience by ABC-CLIO

The American Indian Experience from ABC-CLIO gives students entry into an often neglected side of American history, illuminating both the historical and contemporary practices of more than 150 Native American tribes across North America.

The American Mosaic: The Latino American Experience by ABC-CLIO

The Latino American Experience from ABC-CLIO offers students a deep exploration of this growing national identity that includes Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Guatemalans, Cubans, Dominicans, Columbians, Ecuadorians, and other Latino peoples in the U.S. 

The American Mosaic: The Asian American Experience by ABC-CLIO

Coming Fall 2022Bring awareness and context to the study of Asian American history using The Asian American Experience, a new research database from ABC-CLIO containing rich primary source narratives, perspective essays, expert historical reference materials and inquiry-driven student activities.

Daily Life through History by ABC-CLIO

Daily Life through History from ABC-CLIO explores the lives of ordinary people through time. Students can experience ancient and modern world history by exploring details about family life, food, clothing, work, sports, languages, literature, romance, and social customs from prehistory to the new millennium.

Health and Wellness Issues: Understanding Science, Society, and Yourself by ABC-CLIO

Health and Wellness Issues by ABC-CLIO enables students to better understand the health and wellness issues affecting them, their peers, and our greater society through a multitude of authoritative reference entries and expert perspective essays.

Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society by ABC-CLIO

News sound bites and traditional databases often merely scratch the surface of the most important issues. From ABC-CLIOIssues: Understanding Controversy and Society helps students develop an in-depth understanding of how society shapes and is shaped by controversy.

Modern Genocide: Understanding Causes and Consequences by ABC-CLIO

From ABC-CLIO, this database presents the historical, social, religious, political, and economic factors that have resulted in genocide. Users will come to understand the price of prejudice, racism, and the role of individual citizens and how their actions (or inactions) impact these issues.

Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, Ideas by ABC-CLIO

Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, Ideas from ABC-CLIO is an irresistible yet authoritative online resource that looks at American history through a unique lens, examining the values, accomplishments, and cultural development of the U.S. from the Age of Innocence in the 1900s to the social media revolution of the 21st century.

United States Geography by ABC-CLIO

From ABC-CLIO, this interactive database offers teachers, librarians, and students a combination of authoritative research sources, standards-aligned lessons and activities, and engaging features on all 50 United States.

World Geography: Understanding a Changing World by ABC-CLIO

From ABC-CLIO, this educational resource develops students' global literacy, focusing on the geographic, political, social, economic, and cultural forces that influence our world.

World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras by ABC-CLIO

World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras from ABC-CLIO explores the early cultures, powerful dynasties, and the development of societies across the world, giving students a historical road map of the events and innovations that shaped civilization itself.

World History: The Modern Era by ABC-CLIO

From ABC-CLIOWorld History: The Modern Era is a database of historical reference materials and interactive curricular units. It includes tools for enhancing lectures, creating research lists, developing student activities and addressing different learning styles.

World Religions: Belief, Culture, and Controversy by ABC-CLIO

From ABC-CLIOWorld Religions: Belief, Culture and Controversy makes research on faith and belief across humanity easier and enables a deeper understanding of the complex issues facing us in the 21st century.

World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society by ABC-CLIO

Whether they are investigating how the peace of World War I led to World War II or comparing U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia with the Iraq War, this database from ABC-CLIO helps students develop a deeper critical understanding of conflict.

Features of ABC-CLIO Databases

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

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.

  • 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 Search — 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.
  • Primary 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.

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 — History Hub, a curriculum support site for educators, supplies 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

  • Citations — 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.


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