About This Database
More Than 500 Years of Political, Military, Social, and Cultural History—and Now Better Than Ever!
American History Online 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 Online offers a virtual library of American history for educators, students, and researchers of all ages.
- Comprehensive Coverage: With American 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 American 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: American History Online features specially selected content on different eras and themes of history—including articles, shareable slideshows, videos, primary sources, and more—that provides a starting point for research. The topics covered include American women's history, the U.S. government, the Colonial Era, the American Revolution, the Early National Period and expansion, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, the Progressive Era and World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II and the Forties, the Fifties, the Sixties, the Seventies, the Eighties, the Nineties, and the 21st Century.
- Primary Sources: American History Online includes thousands of historical documents with introductory paragraphs that provide context and background to the sources—perfect for document-based learning and strengthening critical-thinking skills.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: American 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.
- Controversies in History: Editorially selected pro/con articles on hundreds of controversies in history can be found in American History Online, enabling researchers to grasp the essence and importance of every conflict and the reasons Americans debated them.
- Book Chapters: Chapters from authoritative print titles written by noted historians complement the thousands of biographies, definitions, and other resources American History Online provides. Book Chapters allow for original thinking and are ideal for an in-depth study of a topic.
- Authoritative Source List: American History Online features a complete inventory, by type, of the extraordinary amount of content in the database, including the revised edition of the award-winning Encyclopedia of American History.
- Full Cross-Searchability: American History Online 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 Online includes rich historical content ideal for election-related studies and lesson plans, allowing students 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.
- 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 can be filtered by Topic Center
- Tag "clouds" for all content, linking to related material
- In-depth overview essays outlining main time periods throughout history
- A detailed general timeline, updated monthly, plus numerous subject-specific and era-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
- 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.