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Modern World History Online

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Presents the Full Scope of World History from the 15th Century to the Present

Modern World History Online offers a comprehensive look at world history from the mid-15th century to the present. Thousands of subject entries, biographies, images, videos and slideshows, maps and graphs, primary sources, and timelines combine to provide a detailed and comparative view of the people, places, events, and ideas that have defined modern world history. Focused Topic Centers pull forward interesting entries, search terms, documents, and maps handpicked by our editors to help users find a starting point for their research, as well as videos and slideshow overviews to offer a visual introduction to key eras and regions. All the Infobase history databases in a collection are fully cross-searchable.


  • Comprehensive Coverage: images and tablet/mobile-friendly videos, slideshows, timelines, biographies of key people, event and topic entries, and maps and graphs
  • Easy Access to Content: featured content handpicked by our editors to inform research and provide guided entryways into the database, plus convenient links to key areas at the top of every page
  • Focused Topic Centers: specially selected entries, resources, videos, and slideshow overviews that provide a study guide for a particular era or region
  • Primary Sources: thousands of historical documents with introductory paragraphs that provide context and background to the sources—perfect for document-based learning and strengthening critical-thinking skills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: videos and SMART Board–friendly slideshows that provide a fascinating visual look into topics
  • Authoritative Source List: a complete inventory, by type, of the extraordinary amount of content in the database
  • Full Cross-Searchability: allows users to tailor searches across any combination of the 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 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 regional and era-specific timelines
  • Maps and graphs with descriptions
  • Real-time, searchable Reuters® newsfeed
  • Share content to Google Classroom
  • Google Sign-In allows users to easily access content with their Google credentials
  • Dynamic citations in MLA, Chicago, and Harvard styles, 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.

--------- Modern World History Online Facts On File 05/01/2003