Santa Barbara, CA–January 12, 2006–ABC-CLIO, a preeminent reference publisher in the area of history, announces the launch of its newest database. Combining authoritative research sources, inquiry-based teaching and study tools, and integrated current events aligned to social studies standards and curriculum, Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society helps users develop a true understanding of how society shapes and is shaped by controversy.
Produced in conjunction with leading scholars and educators, the database models critical thinking skills on controversial issues. The straightforward interface leads researchers through the intricacies of 150 current political, social, environmental, and criminal justice topics. Users can approach their research by broad reference category, subject, or single issue. Over 9,000 reference pieces are provided: historical and interpretive essays, brief factual entries such as biographies, statistical data, and primary sources such as photos, audiovisual files, and documents. This wide-ranging and dynamic material provides the perfect building blocks for discussions, debates, and assignments.
Each user will acquire the tools to analyze materials, to evaluate conflicting data, and to form well-reasoned conclusions on challenging social questions. With Issues, everyone from students to general researchers will find what they are looking for, learn to ask better questions, and draw more informed conclusions.
In 2000, ABC-CLIO launched the first of eight subscription databases aimed at providing a complete spectrum of resources to support the social studies curriculum. Since then, these innovative sites have garnered over 45 top awards in the field of education technology and are changing the way students and educators approach the study of history.
About ABC-CLIO

Celebrating 50 years of reference publishing in 2005, ABC-CLIO is a privately held company founded and owned by the Boehm family. The company´s corporate headquarters is in Santa Barbara, CA, with offices in Denver, CO, and Oxford, England. Committed to serving the history profession, history teachers, and students and scholars of history, ABC-CLIO annually publishes approximately 80 encyclopedias, guides, and handbooks. Since 1991, this acclaimed reference book line has won over 60 best-reference awards from the American Library Association and Library Journal. Its best known publications are the abstracting and indexing services Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life, which together represent the largest bibliographic history database in the world. ABC-CLIO also has a large eBook program with all reference book titles published in both print and electronic formats.

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