Daily Life through History presents a fresh way of teaching and studying core curriculum topics, engaging students of history by transforming dull and stagnant facts into perceivable realities that may even resemble those with which students are familiar today.
The database explores the daily lives of ordinary people through time and across the globe, providing details about family life, work, food, clothing, sports, language, literature, romance, education, gender roles, social customs, and more that cannot be found elsewhere and are an asset to student research. Furthermore, these details allow students to compare their lives to those of their predecessors and to discern how the past has led to the present, strengthening their abilities to make connections and to identify causal relationships, respectively.
- Houses more than 9,000 primary and secondary sources including newspapers, magazines, narratives, and letters of correspondence and images that actually show students moments and elements of daily life throughout history
- Prompts inquisitive critical thinking by presenting questions that have had a lasting impact and by challenging students to develop their own informed opinions about them
- Makes connections to literary classics such as Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre
"This appealing, thoroughly engaging, easy-to-navigate site is culled in part from Greenwood's Culture and Customs around the World series, supplemented by selected Greenwood reference sources and specially commissioned articles. The home page offers myriad ways to find information. Quick Search allows keyword or phrase searching; Advanced Search allows enhanced keyword searching, enables the use of Boolean operators, and offers Tips and Tricks. One can also search by the broad categories of History, Geography, Social Customs, Family Life, Leisure, Food, Religion, Holidays and Festivals, Family Life, and Arts; or by country or region. Search results may be sorted by number of terms found, country, or region. Results are organized by articles, resources, and images tabs, with articles being the most numerous. Sidebars accompany each article and link to relevant topics including chronologies, images, maps, and external resources....Searching World Cultures Today could make staying on task a challenge—one is easily led astray by the diverse, fascinating information it offers. Highly recommended. Lower-/upper-level undergraduates, high school students, and general readers."
"The fonts and colors used here provide excellent contrast while effortlessly guiding the eye through the possibilities the system offers....The design alone is superb and deserves a 10....The current content is excellent....An essential addition to all public and high school libraries: World Cultures Today is also highly recommended for academic libararies."
"The opening page for this continually updated website provides for a variety of search options for the new user. A quick search bar, an advanced search option, subject browse, and a country or region browse take the user on a quest for fascinating information pertaining to many cultural aspects of selected countries from around the world....Each article provides in-depth material and a sidebar of related resources for further reading with links to chronologies, images, maps, external links, culture and customs, the CIA World Factbook, and more....Users will enjoy the lively writing of the articles, and exploring and investigating the wealth and depth of information....An invaluable resource for students. Recommended."
"World Cultures Today features an exceptionally accessible interface. The Welcome screen offers four ways to access information. A Quick Search box allows researchers to type in a specific keyword. The Advanced Search option helps refine queries through standard Boolean operators and pull-down menus. Researchers can choose to browse by broad subject division (history, geography, social customs, family life, leisure, food, religion, holidays and festivals, clothing, or the arts). Users can also select specific geographic regions, either by accessing a drop-down country menu or by rolling the cursor over a map of the world....Equally useful for checking quick facts, compiling introductory material or conducting in-depth research, users will appreciate the breadth of information and ease of access....World Cultures Today is highly recommended for senior high, academic, and large public libraries."
"The Wayne School district has adopted a thematic curriculum for the teaching of World and US History. As a result of this curriculum shift, we have decided not to rely on a textbook as the primary instrument for instruction. In this age of digital technology, we have found that there are many wonderful digital resources that students and teachers can utilize to enrich the learning experience. One of the best is ABC-CLIO. We find their databases of information to be rich in primary source materials, their readings to be clear and concise, and their videos, graphs, and charts very engaging. Furthermore, the ABC-CLIO databases are easy to navigate for students and teachers. Searches are easily obtained including advance searches. ABC-CLIO even provides stimulating lessons and discussion points to further enhance the classroom experience. We are very happy with their product including their support services. I would recommend ABC-CLIO to any school district looking to move their curriculum into the 21st century."