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Ancient and Medieval History Online

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An Exploration of World History, from Prehistory through the 1500s

Ancient and Medieval History Online provides thorough coverage of world history from prehistory through the 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 Online, 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 Online 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.
  • Focused Topic Centers: Ancient and Medieval History Online 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 BCE-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 CE-1500 CE, and Islamic World: 570 CE-1500 CE. 
  • Primary Sources: Ancient and Medieval History Online includes thousands of historical documents with introductory paragraphs that provide context and background to the sources—perfect for document-based learning and strengthening critical-thinking skills.
  • Featured Videos and Slideshows: Ancient and Medieval History Online'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.
  • Book Chapters: Chapters from authoritative print titles written by noted historians complement the thousands of biographies, definitions, and other resources Ancient and Medieval History Online 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 Online 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 print titles, primary sources, images, videos, timelines, and a list of contributors to the database—information researchers can trust.
  • Full Cross-Searchability: Ancient and Medieval History Online is fully cross-searchable with any combination of the other Infobase History Research Center databases to which your institution subscribes.


  • Universal Folder for all saved items across any Infobase History Research Center databases in your collection, plus enhanced Save-to-Folder functionality
  • Search by Common Core, national, state, provincial, International Baccalaureate Organization, and College Board AP standards to find correlating articles
  • Convenient A-to-Z topic lists that can be filtered by Topic Center
  • Tag "clouds" for all content, linking to related material
  • In-depth overview essays on relevant historical topics under Suggested Reading
  • 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
  • Download content directly to Google Drive
  • Google Sign-In allows users to easily access content with their Google credentials
  • A variety of integration options and partners, including Schoology, Canvas, and D2L
  • 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.

--------- Ancient and Medieval History Online Facts On File 06/01/2001

"...comprehensive...the Topic Centers Index is an excellent forum for getting a feel for the content."

Library Journal

"...encapsulates the classical and medieval world into one streamlined package...puts copious amounts of information at the click of a mouse...A stand-out feature of the site is the 'Focus on History through Video' gallery...an excellent resource for high-school and undergraduate collections seeking to support advanced study in the related fields."


"Users will find concise information on the ancient civilization of Africa, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Mesoamerica. Its more than 100 original maps, charts, and tables [are] often hard-to-find in other sources. Navigation is extremely easy...quite comprehensive...A nice supplement for social studies classes studying ancient history."
The Book Report

"...the Facts On File databases...have a clear, intuitive, easy-to-use and understand interface...the Facts On File databases, with their reference book resources, their collection of maps and images, and the number of videos included, is a great value for its subscription price. I like the special resources, like posters, tent cards and web page icons...I also appreciate how easy it was to download MARC records for my library's OPAC program."

Paul Zaccagnino, Salesian High School, New Rochell

"...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."

"...useful to students in the middle and high school grades..."

American Reference Books Annual

"The thousands of fully hyperlinked subjects and time line entries, biographies, maps, and charts bring together a vast array of subjects...The screen is easy to read, and the navigation is simple...Background information provided for the maps, visuals, and tables is especially well done...Primarily recommended for public and school libraries, though academic libraries will appreciate its ready-reference appeal."
Library Journal

"...a handy, accessible reference...Recommended."

"...[goes] into great depth...and feature[s] primary sources that are useful and often required for assignments."

Library Journal

"...browseable and attractive...very useful...a gorgeous update on an already superlative...database."

“…excellent, vast and comprehensive…highly recommend[ed]…”

Reference Reviews

"...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

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