World Geography

Understanding a Changing World


300 years ago, American students needed only to learn rudimentary reading, writing, and mathematics in order to pursue a successful career as an adult. Today, having a broad knowledge of the myriad places, cultures, and ongoing events around the world is essential to being an effective citizen, informed voter, and contributing member of an interconnected global society. But for 21st-century learners, the responsibility to be informed about what's beyond their day-to-day lives is accompanied by boundless opportunities to play a role on the world stage—and to experience all that is unique, exciting, beautiful, and tragic in the world.

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Topics Geography and World Cultures/General
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World Geography: Understanding a Changing World provides curriculum-aligned online tools that develop students' global literacy, focusing on the geographic, political, social, economic, environmental, and cultural forces that are increasingly important in our globalized world.

World Geography: Understanding a Changing World is presented in a highly visual format that engages users and helps them gain understanding and become informed citizens of the world. Content is truly comprehensive, comprising nearly 25,000 primary and secondary sources, yet is simple to navigate. Students can perform advanced searches by region and category as well as country, and utilize CLIOView to make meaningful demographic comparisons between countries. The Perspectives sections support student inquiry by posing such questions as "What will Pakistan look like in 2023?", "Can indigenous tribes use geographic information systems to protect their interests without significant risks?", and "How have new technologies changed human perception of geography?"

Users will learn about country-specific holidays and celebrations and read balanced feature stories that offer an in-depth look at international issues. Overview sections present the big picture; integrated reference entries with detailed examinations of specific topics are a click away. Students aged eight to eighty can utilize user-friendly search functions to learn about illiteracy, population growth, common currency, natural resources, GDP per capita, and more.


  • Contains profiles of nearly 200 countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, providing a portrait of each nation's location, people, and culture; recent and early history; politics; and economy; plus more than 600 maps, including political and topographical by country and world region
  • Includes Perspectives sections that provide historical background, multiple perspectives, learning activities, and more to stimulate critical thinking on perplexing questions such as "How has U.S. support of Israel played a key role in ensuring the existence of the Jewish state?" and "Can Borneo develop sustainable economic growth without further destroying its environmental resources?"
  • Provides more than 1,700 biographies of important political and cultural figures, including Nigerian human rights activist and playwright Wole Soyinka, Czech playwright and former president Vaclav Havel, and King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand


  • New in-depth stories on relevant issues across the world today are featured on the database home page
  • Powerful targeted searching makes everything accessible by text and reference category, while "Did you mean?" search assistance prevents misspellings from slowing the learning process
  • Primary and secondary sources include political and topographic country maps, video and audio clips, noteworthy speeches, facts and figures, recipes, glossary terms, and national constitutions, as well as geography, history, government and politics, and culture sections for every nation
  • Geography Concepts sections take interested students on a tour of the study of geography itself, explaining what it entails in various aspects and identifying the challenges that different specialists within geography face
Advisory Board

M. Troy Burnett is associate professor of geography at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. His current research involves the role of wildlife corridors in mitigating the impacts of climate change and human habitat alteration. Dr. Burnett also teaches the Wildlife Corridors Project at Banff National Park. He is a prolific contributor to ABC-CLIO's World Geography database, having written on topics ranging from energy use in the U.S. to independence for Kashmir, to the demographics of China; and Dr. Burnett is editor of Natural Resource Conflicts: From Blood Diamonds to Rainforest Destruction (ABC-CLIO 2016). Dr. Burnett earned his PhD in geography from UCLA.

Niem Huynh is a graduate recruiter at Concordia University and a research fellow for the American Association of Geographers. Dr. Huynh specializes in geography education and is recipient of a National Science Foundation reserach grant to study STEM learning. She has served the College Board as an Advanced Placement reader for human geography and, as a member of the Geography Education Research Committee, she helped develop the National Council for Geography Education's Road Map for 21st Century Geography Education. Dr. Huynh has taught high school and at the university level. She received her PhD in geography from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Joseph Kerski is education manager for the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), adjunct instructor of geography at the University of Denver, and past president of the National Council for Geographic Education. Dr. Kerski has taught geography in high schools, community colleges, universities, and in the professional world. He is author of a number of books including, Interpreting Our World: 100 Discoveries that Revolutionized Geography (ABC-CLIO 2016) and writes a regular column for The Geography Teacher. In June 2016, he received a lifetime achievement award for his work in geospatial education from the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence. Dr. Kerski earned his PhD in geography from the University of Colorado.



"Because the information is so concise and organized and comparisons of countries can so easily be made, this is a site worth previewing. Recommended."—The Book Report

"ABC-CLIO has entered the online subscription market with three very solid, well-planned, easy-to-use products that will appeal to students."—Booklist

"It's easy for teachers to customize this ... A useful resource for all schools and libraries."—KLIATT

"World Geography is particularly appropriate for middle and junior high school students and may be of some use in high school ... World Geography does all the work of correlating the Web site with the textbooks and academic standards, relieving the teacher of that burden. World Geography will be a boon to busy teachers who want to use the Internet in the instruction of geography."—Reference Reviews

"[This] online database could easily replace textbooks for middle and high school courses ... Topic explorations help the students, while Teaching Tools offer instructional materials for classroom use, plus correlations to standards, textbook sets, etc."—Library Media Connection

"[World Geography] challenge[s] students to evaluate historical evidence, interpret current events, and make comparative analysis. Students can use the rich resources available in [this] database to complete assignments, create presentations, and develop true global understanding. The current news, features, and commentaries can be integrated into curriculum, assignments, and class discussions."—School Library Journal

"This already outstanding resource has been improved with a crisp, easy-to-use interface that few students should have difficulty mastering. Highly recommended for school and public libraries."—Booklist

"Highly Recommended."—Library Media Connection


"Since we purchased the ABC-CLIO Schools subscription websites, our library usage has grown tenfold. The library is packed these days! The depth and breadth of the websites is wonderful. Everything that students need—from country profiles to current images, maps, and documents—is in one place. And besides social studies teachers, foreign language teachers, and others use the websites too—some to plan curriculum. The library and social studies faculties are now working more closely together."—Joanne Hughes
Librarian/Technology Coordinator
Auburn Riverside High School
Auburn, WA

"Our students are more engaged when they use the World Geography Website. They love being able to compare and contrast data with the CLIOview statistical tool. And because reference entry is crossed-linked to related entries, students conduct deeper searches than they otherwise would. This dynamic resource has become embedded in our curriculum. We couldn't live without it!"—Ginny Garvic
Social Studies Specialist, Katy ISD
Katy, TX

"After purchasing the websites, I participated in an online training session which was both convenient and informative! Now I quickly set up customized research lists for the students to direct them to discussion questions and review activities they can complete in the library. The students love all the visual primary sources, especially when they are making posters or brochures for class."—Terrie Crockwell
Library Media Technician
Etiwanda High School
Etiwanda, CA

"With the ABC-CLIO Schools subscription websites, students can locate information themselves with minimal instruction. The websites are accurate and reliable, and they guide students in building information literacy skills—examining different interpretations, choosing between resources, and synthesizing information. Teachers appreciate that the websites are current and aligned to standards."—Susan Leigh Burrell
Librarian/Media Specialist
Grace E. Metz Middle School
Manassas, VA

"Our history department has done away with most textbooks this year! With their wealth of primary sources, critical thinking activities, and daily news articles, the ABC-CLIO Schools websites help us guide our students in becoming social scientists."—Jim A. Masker
Social Studies Teacher, Cate School
Carpinteria, CA


2002 Curriculum Web Site Awards, Premium Award — District Administration

2002 Distinguished Achievement Award Finalist — EdPress

2003 Readers' Choice Award: K-12 Instructional Software — eSchool News

2003 Curriculum Web Site Hall of Fame — District Administration

2004 Social Studies Website, High School — ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES)

2004 Award of Distinction — The Communicator Awards

2008 Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE)—Social Studies Web Site — ComputEd Gazette

2008 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) — ComputEd Gazette

2008 Award of Excellence — Tech and Learning

2011 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) — ComputEd Gazette

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ABC-CLIO Solutions School Editions

Offering effective technology for your library and created specifically for middle and high school students, ABC-CLIO Solutions Schools Edition provides authoritative coverage of essential topics in U.S. history and government, world history, geography, and a range of multicultural and popular culture subjects.

Each online ABC-CLIO Solution includes four innovative components:

A COMPREHENSIVE REFERENCE LIBRARY with content from more than 230,000 primary sources and entries encompassing audio, video, photographs, illustrations, maps, and rich media.

A STANDARDS-BASED CURRICULUM updated daily by a team of subject-specific editorial experts and supported by an extensive range of instructional material.

A DEEP COLLECTION OF MODEL COMMENTARIES from noted scholars that have been specially commissioned to foster critical thinking stimulated by exposure to varying points of view.

AN EDUCATOR SUPPORT CENTER containing valuable professional development tools as well as relevant resources such as discussion points, activities, lesson plans, and research lists.


  • Updated daily with vetted, authoritative content, ABC-CLIO Solutions are always current, making outdated textbooks a thing of the past
  • Each Solutions database include a subject-specific library, a curriculum, unique model commentaries, and a full-featured educator support center
  • They’re online and available for students and educators to access anywhere, anytime
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