The United States encompasses forests, plains, mountain ranges, deserts, rivers, marshlands, and even Arctic regions and volcanic islands, reflecting an enormous and fascinating geographical diversity that, if studied, can help students to gain a deeper understanding of the places and people of which our country is composed.
United States Geography profiles all 50 U.S. states, providing information on the government, economy, history, and issues of each. Social and political challenges that each state faces as an independent entity, such as immigration, education, housing, unemployment, and management of the economy, are covered, as are places such as museums, symphonies, and naval bases defined by a state’s geography and culture.
Awards2002 Curriculum Web Site Awards, Premium Award—District Administration, February 20, 2002
2003 Award of Distinction—The Communicator Awards, April 15, 2003
2003 Social Studies Website, High School—ComputED Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES), August 1, 2003
2003 Readers' Choice Award: K-12 Instructional Software—eSchool News, September 1, 2003
2003 Curriculum Web Site Hall of Fame—District Administration, September 1, 2003
2008 Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE)—Social Studies Web Site—ComputEd Gazette, April 25, 2008
2008 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE)—ComputEd Gazette, October 6, 2008
2008 Award of Excellence—Tech and Learning, October 30, 2008
2017 CODiE Award Winner - Best Social Sciences Instructional Solution—SIIA, July 28, 2017
2018 Gold Award—Modern Library Awards, January 23, 2018
2018 Best Social Studies Website—ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES), April 1, 2018
2018 Best Online Educational Resource—ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES), April 1, 2018
2019 Best Social Studies Website—ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES), April 8, 2019
Reviews"presenting up-to-date information clearly and concisely for student use ... would be [a] valuable resource in middle school and high school social studies classrooms and libraries as well as in public libraries."—KLIATT, January 1, 2001
"The site's entries are authoritative and well linked. This online reference would be a boon to busy teachers who want to use the Internet in the instruction of geography. Highly Recommended."—The Book Report, March 1, 2001
"ABC-CLIO has entered the online subscription market with three very solid, well-planned, easy to use products that will appeal to students."—Booklist, April 15, 2001
"[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, October 1, 2003
"[A] gateway site into the history, people, events, and places of the 50 states ... 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, February 1, 2004
"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, April 15, 2008
"These databases, much like the others from ABC-CLIO, will enhance any school's teaching curriculum. They will bring geography to life for many students and provide a new outlet for learning. If used along with other databases from ABC-CLIO, these geography databases will put world history, politics, current events, and geography all in a context that will be easily understood by students.'
Reviewed along with World Geography website."—ARBA, March 1, 2009
"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
Auburn Riverside High School
"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
"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
Grace E. Metz Middle School
"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
• New Hampshire
• Rhode Island
• New Jersey
• New York
• North Carolina
• South Carolina
• West Virginia
• North Dakota
• South Dakota
• New Mexico
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.