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Wayland High School Library: Social Studies/History Databases

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Links & Passwords

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).

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: Database Passwords 

US History Databases

ABC Clio 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 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.

Geography Databases

ABC Clio US Geography profiles all 50 U.S. states, with information on the government, economy, history, and issues of each. It also includes social and political challenges that each state faces as an independent entity, such as immigration, education, housing, unemployment, and management of the economy.


ABC Clio World Geography focuses on the geographic, political, social, economic, environmental, & cultural forces that are increasingly important in our globalized world. It includes info about: landforms & climate; natural resources & agriculture; environment; people; traditions & etiquette; food & holidays; national dress; art & landmarks; government, politics, & economy; as well as its history & contemporary issues the country faces.

Pop Culture Studies

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

World History Databases

ABC Clio World History: Ancient & Medieval Eras explores ancient civilizations, dynasties, and empires and profiles city-states, countries, and regions of the ancient and medieval world, encompassing intellectual developments, wars and cooperation, religion, cultural practices, and more from prehistory through to the beginning of the Renaissance.

ABC Clio World History: The Modern Era covers 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, & more.

GALE 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.

Infobase eBooks

INFOBASE eBooks full text titles on world history, geography, & culture 

Video Databases

Academic Video Online includes documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs, newsreels, and more. Award-winning films including Academy®, Emmy®, and Peabody® winners, content from PBS, BBC, 60 MINUTES, National Geographic, Annenberg Learner, BroadwayHD™, A+E Networks’ HISTORY® and more.

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

Issues & Controversies

ABC Clio ISSUES 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.

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

INFOBASE 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.

PROQUEST SIRS Issues Researcher Provides authoritative insight into the most-studied social issues by delivering the pros and cons from relevant, credible documents and graphics selected by trained editors and curated from over 2,000 global sources.


GALE 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. 

Military & War Databases

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


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