Deep Scholarship across the Humanities

From the leading history research publisher, ABC-CLIO’s academic database suite supplies the digital resources integral to effective undergraduate reference and research.



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.

In each of the suite’s 14 dynamic and discipline-specific databases, student researchers are empowered to broaden their understandings, analyze historical and societal complexities, and develop innovative and informed perspectives.


The content in each database is regularly expanded, updated, and refined by a board of credentialed experts to ensure that researchers have access to the most current scholarship in the field.

Paul R. Bartrop, PhD, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Human Rights Studies, Florida Gulf Coast University

Gregg Lee Carter, Professor of Sociology, Bryant University

Spencer R. Crew, Interim Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and Professor of History at George Mason University

Julie Dunbar, Managing Editor, ABC-CLIO

Jennifer Egloff, History Instructor, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora, IL

Lee W. Eysturlid, History Instructor, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora, IL

Michael Green, Associate Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Richard Hall, Adjunct Professor of History at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas

Niem Huynh, Internship Coordinator at Concordia University and a Research Fellow for the American Association of Geographers

Alynna Lyon, Professor of Political Science, University of New Hampshire

Rob Kiely, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Joseph P. Laycock, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Texas State University

Nita Lang, Editorial Specialist, ABC-CLIO

Edward J. Lordan, Professor of Communication Studies, West Chester University, PA

J. Gordon Melton, Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, Institute for Studies in Religion, Baylor University, Waco, TX

Dale McGowan, Author and Editor

Ian Muehlenhaus, Director of the GIS Professional Programs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

Vicki Ruiz, Distinguished Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine

Roger W. Smith, Professor Emeritus of Government, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Peter N. Stearns, Professor of History and Provost Emeritus, George Mason University

Chuck Stewart, Author of more than 15 books on LGBT topics

David Tipton, Editorial Specialist, ABC-CLIO

Tiffini Travis, MLIS, Director of Information Literacy and Library Instructional Assessment, CSU Long Beach

Spencer C. Tucker, PhD, Senior Fellow in Military History, ABC-CLIO

Michelle Tusan, Associate Professor of History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Abigaile VanHorn, Assistant Director of Leadership, Ethics, and Values at North Central College

John R. Vile, Professor of Political Science and Dean of the University Honors College, Middle Tennessee State University

Joe Watkins, Past Director of Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma

James H. Willbanks, General of the Army George C. Marshall Chair of Military History, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS

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