World Geography: Understanding a Changing World gives students the online tools they need to become literate in what lies beyond our nation's borders, providing essential knowledge of the geographical, political, social, economic, and cultural forces that are increasingly important in our globalized world.
A disturbing unfamiliarity with the world outside of the North American continent is apparent in educational environments and workplaces across the United States. To meet the considerable challenges of the future, today's students and researchers need intimate knowledge of the ongoing conflicts around the globe and the unique characteristics of the world’s nations.
Comprised of nearly 25,000 primary and secondary sources, World Geography: Understanding a Changing World is comprehensive, yet simple to navigate, and visually appealing. Users can perform advanced searches by region and category as well as country and make demographic comparisons between countries. The Idea Exchange sections helps students gain understanding and become informed citizens of the world by contemplating Enduring Questions, such as “Do we need a technological breakthrough to avert the climate crisis?,” "Are modern descendants of victims of colonial genocide entitled to reparations?," and “Will the benefits of the Arctic meltdown outweigh the harmful effects?”
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 at any level can utilize user-friendly search functions to examine specific topics such as archeology, 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
• 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
• Gives students the opportunity to model their research writing upon thesis-driven, peer-reviewed essays by accomplished scholars in the database's exclusive Idea Exchange sections
• 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