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.
- Houses primary and secondary sources including 4,000 images, 525 maps, audio and video recordings, profiles of indigenous peoples and important organizations, acts and laws, and state flags and animals
- Includes exclusive primary sources such as a collection of journal entries of explorers from the American West accompanied by interactive maps and contextual material
- Supports student inquiry by analyzing enduring dilemmas such as “What steps should California take to deal with its ongoing water management issues?”; "Under what circumstances is control or eradication of invasive species worth the effort and expense?"; and "Is the Cape Wind project in Massachusetts a good idea for pursuing renewable energy?"
- Features the CLIOview tool that allows students to make comparisons and graph statistical data at the state level, with more than 65 categories including population growth rates, land use, capital, and more to choose from
"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."
"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."
"ABC-CLIO has entered the online subscription market with three very solid, well-planned, easy to use products that will appeal to students."
"[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."
"[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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
2002 Curriculum Web Site Awards, Premium Award — District Administration
2003 Award of Distinction — The Communicator Awards
2003 Readers' Choice Award: K-12 Instructional Software — eSchool News
2003 Curriculum Web Site Hall of Fame — District Administration
2003 Social Studies Website, High School — ComputED Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES)
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