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For 65 years, ABC-CLIO has been providing reference, nonfiction, online curriculum, and professional development to inspire life-long learning for today’s students and educators.

Schools & Districts

Research & Curriculum Databases

All-in-one curriculum solutions across 17 subject areas, featuring embedded professional development for educators and tools for student research and inquiry

ABC-CLIO & Greenwood
Reference Books

Essential reference for middle and high schools, building students’ foundational understanding of complex topics across the humanities

Libraries Unlimited
Professional Books

Librarians’ most trusted source for cutting-edge ideas and expert guidance across all areas of school library practice

Libraries Unlimited
School Library Connection

School librarians’ premier source for book reviews and professional learning resources, in print and online


Research Databases

15 dynamic databases designed to empower undergraduate research in the social sciences and humanities

ABC-CLIO & Greenwood
Reference Books

Award-winning scholarly reference to support your students and research community

Libraries Unlimited
Books & Textbooks

New scholarship and classic texts from the most respected publisher in LIS

Scholarly Nonfiction

Critical insights by leading scholars, from security issues to ground-breaking psychology studies

Public Libraries

ABC-CLIO & Praeger
Research Databases

17 subject-specific databases designed to support your student patrons with school assignments and independent learning

ABC-CLIO & Greenwood
Reference Books

Essential reference for library patrons, building foundational understanding of complex topics across the humanities

Libraries Unlimited
Professional Books

Librarians’ trusted source for cutting-edge ideas and expert guidance across all areas of librarianship

Contemporary Nonfiction

Critical insights from top experts on high-demand subjects, from health to contemporary social issues

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Features for Educators

Video lecture transcripts, outlines, and more support teachers and students in any instructional mode—flipped or blended classrooms, 1:1 or small group environments, lectures, or independent research—and come with full tablet/mobile functionality.

The Academic Success Corner inside each database provides teachers and librarians instructional support with different video series for students addressing key skills, from effective research strategies to crafting a focused thesis statement and making a compelling argument.

The research list tool allows educators to build customized lists of articles, essays, and primary and secondary sources to use in class and to assign to students.

Every subscription includes access to a database-specific Educator Support site, with tools for aligning standards, instructional guides, curriculum resources, on‑demand training videos, and more.

Alignment of all resources to either textbook or national, state, or Common Core standards supports curriculum instruction for teachers and provides librarians a framework for reinforcing material learned in the classroom.

ABC-CLIO databases are compatible with most Learning Management Systems, including Schoology, Canvas, Blender, Classlink, ITSLearning, Blackboard, and more.

A variety of authentication methods makes it easy for all educators and learners to access databases using IP authentication, referring URL, username and password, LTI key and secret, common cartridge, EBSCO authentication, and custom links with an embedded IDS.

Features for Students

The cite tool shows students the three most common forms of citation for the article being referenced: MLA, Chicago, and APA. Students are also able to export the entry to either EasyBib or RefWorks citation creators.

More than 1,800 videos in the American Government, American History, World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras, and World History: The Modern Era databases give students context that primes them to explore new concepts more deeply.

The Academic Success Corner features a helpful video series that gives students easy-to-follow steps for strengthening their skills in the areas of Writing, Reading, Researching and Critical Thinking.

In addition to scaffolded inquiry activities for a variety of learning levels, the text-to-speech tool transforms all resources into a read-along for students who read below grade level or who learn best through listening; the translate tool offers translation of all resources into 12 languages.

Self-assessment quizzes enable students to assess their comprehension of important concepts, direct students to resources to review when questions are answered incorrectly, and allow students to share their results.

The CLIOview feature, unique to the American Government, U.S. Geography, World Geography, World at War, World Religions, and American Mosaic databases, provides students the opportunity to make demographic comparisons between states, countries, religions, and more.

In addition to full e-mail and print functionality, options to export content to Google Drive and Dropbox facilitate collaboration between teachers and librarians and make it easy to organize and share information with students.


The 14 databases that compose ABC-CLIO’s academic suite span the humanities, from core disciplines like American history to emergent fields of study, including modern genocide and popular culture. Each database provides a full range of reference articles, a reference library, and a course companion that integrate for comprehensive coverage of each subject area.

The massive reference library, searchable at the suite, database, and topic center levels, provides more than 200,000 resources. Primary sources in the form of images, text, audio, and more offer student researchers the opportunity for direct critical analysis, while secondary sources such as biographies, timelines, and encyclopedic articles ensure an exceptional depth of coverage.

Databases can be used as both a launching pad for thesis-driven research and a supplemental resource for primary coursework. Overview articles guide undergraduate students through the material in textbook chapter format, while video lectures encourage reinforcement and synthesis of key concepts.

Meaningful research requires the latest authoritative scholarship, particularly in living disciplines like history. All material found in the ABC-CLIO academic suite is authored by accomplished academics and vetted by discipline-specific advisory boards, while daily updates across the suite ensure that this expert content evolves to reflect developments in the field.

Both browsing and linear learning are supported by the databases’ topic center structure, with each topic center housing a variety of relevant content including primary sources, supporting materials, and reference articles.

Targeted research is served by the federated search engine, which pulls content from across multiple databases to connect students with any and all applicable material. Researchers can then apply advanced search filters to locate more precise resources.

Built-in tools are available to support and streamline the research process. Across the entire suite, proper source documentation is facilitated by the cite tool, which instantly generates citations in the humanities’ three most popular styles: APA, Chicago, and MLA. The option to export to EasyBib or RefWorks further equips students to credit sources in an array of other citation styles or build bibliographies. In select databases, researchers can also employ the CLIOview feature to conduct comparative analyses with demographic data and create graphical representations.

With 12 different languages supported by translate functionality, international students are able to read any and all text in their native language. The text-to-speech tool offers students the option to learn by listening and works in concert with the translate functionality.