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Wayland High School Library: Social Studies/History Databases

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Below you will find our databases that focus on Social Studies, US History & World History.

Click here for the list of high school databases, provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and Massachusetts Library System (MLS).

Click here for the complete list of databases, provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) and Massachusetts Library System (MLS).

Most of the databases are geolocated where you will not need a password inside the school. For those that aren't as well as home access: 

Student Passwords 

Staff Passwords

Classroom Video On Demand provides top-quality videos across the entire secondary curriculum, including life skills and guidance.

American History surveys American history from the colonial era and American Revolution through to the nation's rise to eminence as a global superpower, analyzing American political conflict, economic development, and changing culture and thought as they tell one continuous and continuing story of America's history.

Gale In Context: U.S. History is useful for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events, and topics in U.S. history. Topics range from the arrival of Vikings in North America to the first stirrings of the American Revolution and on through the Civil Rights movement, September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and the War on Terror.

US 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.

World Geography: Understanding a Changing World focuses on the geographic, political, social, economic, environmental, and cultural forces that are increasingly important in our globalized world. On any given country, you can find information about the landforms and climate; natural resources and agriculture; environment; people; traditions and etiquette; food and holidays; national dress; art and landmarks; and government, politics, and economy; as well as its history and contemporary issues the country faces.

World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras explores ancient civilizations, dynasties, and empires and profiles city-states, countries, and regions of the ancient and medieval world, providing a dynamic learning experience that encompasses intellectual developments, wars and cooperation, religion, cultural practices, and more from prehistory through to the beginning of the Renaissance.

World History: The Modern Era provides for comprehensive study of the emergence of the modern world, covering the history of the world from 1500 to the present. This includes the evolution of modern Europe since the Renaissance; concurrent developments in Asia, Africa, and the Islamic world; the global impact of the Industrial Revolution; revolutions in France and Latin America; imperialism; nationalism; World Wars I and II; growing global powers, and more.

World History reaches back to the ancient world—and forward to today's headlines—to deliver a chronicle of the people, cultures, events, and societies that have formed the history of the human race. A range of topics such as Aztecs, Industrial Revolution, Silk Road, the Buddha, Space Race, and more provide a wide perspective across the globe.

Heritage Quest is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical source including unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.  The database provides genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s. 

Note: In order to access this database, you will need a Wayland Public Library Card. Ancestry® helps you understand your genealogy. A family tree takes you back generations, ancestry.com is the world's largest collection of online family history records. 

World News Digest contains a wealth of material and a dynamic interface that makes it easy to explore the events that shape our world. World News Digest frames events for research and is the place to start any reference project.

Access major U.S. and international newspapers online to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, or other fields.

Full access dating back to 1851 (Spanish & Mandarin versions available as well) 

The Learning Network has numerous activities for students, including writing prompts, quizzes, films and contests. 

War and Terrorism gives users valuable insight into conflicts and their causes, impact, and perception on a global scale.

Search scholarly journals, magazines, and reports covering all aspects of past and present military affairs.

Academic Video Online makes video material available with curricular relevance: documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, and more. Search for award-winning films including Academy®, Emmy®, and Peabody® winners and access content from PBS, BBC, 60 MINUTES, National Geographic, Annenberg Learner, BroadwayHD™, A+E Networks’ HISTORY® and more.

Issues & Controversies helps researchers understand today’s crucial issues by exploring hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture.

This database will help you develop an in-depth understanding of how society shapes and is shaped by controversy, providing authoritative historical context, expert perspectives, and carefully selected primary and secondary sources on today's most important issues.

Issues & Controversies in History places you at the center of the great debates and conflicts in U.S. and world history, exploring the issues as the key players saw them, or, in some cases, as historians have interpreted them.

Popular Culture Studies provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that both analyze and contribute to popular culture.

Opposing Viewpoints is the premier online resource covering today's hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration to marijuana. This cross-curricular resource supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes.