World Geography: Understanding a Changing World provides online tools that develop students' global literacy, focusing on the geographical, political, social, economic, and cultural forces that are increasingly important in our globalized world.
There were previous eras in American history when our nation's citizens could be excused for being oblivious to the world outside of their direct daily experience. Today, being uninformed about the ongoing conflicts around the globe and the unique characteristics of the world’s nations is not a luxury; it's a serious handicap.
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 make demographic comparisons between countries. The Analyze section supports student inquiry by posing such debates as "To what extent have religious differences shaped the ongoing conflict in Kashmir?" and "How has foreign intervention affected the situation in the Middle East?"
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 almost 200 overviews of countries around the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, providing a portrait of each nation’s location and people culture, recent and early political history, and economy, plus more than 500 maps, including political and topographical by country and world region
• The Analyze sections provide everything needed to conduct a historical inquiry lesson, focused 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 "What should the political status of Puerto Rico be?"
• 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,
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