"World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society combines a solid foundation of reference-type factual content with a rich collection of primary source material, valuable in itself for students doing basic library research. ABC-CLIO doesn’t stop there, however. It turns World at War into an academic showcase by incorporating a number of authoritative essays—unique to this resource—demonstrating how scholars debate complex historical questions."
"The articles are well-written, informative, and engaging...It is very easy to explore a variety of topics and to navigate the database....Recommended."
"In content, design, and presentation, this product is a resounding ten. Highly recommended for public, school, and academic libraries, USW is the kind of wiz-bang resource of substance a user hopes for in the marketplace and on virtual library shelves."
"This is an excellent site for students to research 14 wars involving the United States from colonial times to the present."
"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."
"A timely addition to ABC-CLIO's comprehensive web-based subscription databases."
"Although it could be helpful in providing detailed background information to scholars and upper-division college students, this comprehensive and multifaceted database is also appropriate for the undergraduate or advanced high-school student who needs to go beyond the standard commercial Internet search. Recommended for academic and public libraries."
"ABC-CLIO has designed an outstanding subscription-based website where students can learn and understand aspects of each of 14 wars in which the United States has been engaged. By organizing concepts into categories—Overview, Causes, Timeline, Consequences, Opponents, Facts & Figures, and CLIOview (which allows easy statistical comparison of countries—complex issues can be more easily understood. There are links to maps, flags, documents, images, individual, audio and video, dictionary, and help. Another useful feature of United States at War is the ability to search by Research, Wars, or Themes. Numerous Quicktime videos enhance learning, and add a valuable dimension to the website."
"'Objectivity and balance,' says the World at War website, 'are always of the utmost importance.' Possessing a solid foundation of factual content and a rich assortment of primary source material, World at War may come across as an electronic reference book, but it’s hardly static. New material—such as expert commentary on the significance of retaking the city of Mosul in northern Iraq while that effort was just getting underway—is added constantly. More than 300 items were added to the resource in 2016 alone. This database comes in a standard edition for schools and public libraries as well as an academic version aimed at college student researchers. The latter version features the Idea Exchange, in which a number of authoritative essays—unique to World at War—demonstrate how scholars debate complex historical questions."
2006 Best Software in High School (BESSIE) - Social Studies Website — ComputEd Gazette
2006 Distinguished Achievement Award - Educational Website — American Reference Books Annual
2006 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) - US History Website — ComputEd Gazette
2006 Award of Excellence — Technology & Learning
2007 Best Education Reference — SIIA CODiE Award
2007 Best Social Studies Instruction Solution — SIIA CODiE Award
2008 Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE)—Social Studies Web Site — ComputEd Gazette
2008 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) — ComputEd Gazette
2008 Award of Excellence — Tech and Learning
2014 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) - Best Social Studies Website — ComputEd Gazette
2017 CODiE Award Winner - Best Social Sciences Instructional Solution — SIIA