ABC-CLIO's World Religions and African American Experience Solutions Databases Win 2012 BESSIE Award

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Awards mark the fifth year in a row ABC-CLIO library and social studies curriculum software has been recognized as the best in education

ABC-CLIO is committed to offering students and teachers the best tools possible to teach and learn these important and complex subjects.

We are pleased to announce that ABC-CLIO Solutions World Religions and The African American Experience have been honored with 2012 Best Education Software (BESSIE) Awards in the High School African American History and Middle School World Religions websites category.

The BESSIES are sponsored by The ComputEd Gazette and recognizes outstanding and innovative programs and websites that help educators facilitate a richer educational experience through technology.

The World Religions: Belief, Culture, and Controversy database is the latest addition to ABC-CLIO’s suite of online solutions. It is designed to supplement the teaching and studying of religions across the globe, enabling a deeper understanding of this complex subject.

Part of ABC-CLIO's American Mosaic Collection, The African American Experience database encompasses a variety of sources designed to highlight the importance of understanding African American history and its relation to greater U.S. history. Most recently, this database was enhanced with a wealth of primary sources and multimedia components related to the Harlem Renaissance, adding a rich tapestry of resources covering this important cultural movement.

“ABC-CLIO is committed to offering students and teachers the best tools possible to teach and learn these important and complex subjects,” noted ABC-CLIO President Beck Snyder. “To be recognized by the BESSIE awards for the fifth year in a row is an honor and a testament to this commitment. With new content being added regularly these living resources stay relevant, keeping students engaged, and helping them to build research, writing, and critical thinking skills.”

These ABC-CLIO Solutions databases are created for Middle and High School and integrate three powerful research components: authoritative reference content supporting multiple subjects in history and the humanities; topical explorations that align with major textbooks and can be used as core texts; and a continually growing set of analytical essays that model critical thinking approaches.

In addition to World Religions: Belief, Culture, and Controversy and The African American Experience, database topics include American History; American Government; World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras; World History: The Modern Era; Pop Culture Universe; The World at War; Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society; Daily Life Through History; The American Indian Experience; The Latino American Experience; and World Geography.

For more information on these award-winning databases, please visit

Founded in 1955, ABC-CLIO is an award-winning publisher of reference titles, academic and general interest books, electronic resources, and books for librarians and other professionals. The company, headquartered in Santa Barbara, Calif., publishes under four well-respected imprints. ABC-CLIO serves the history profession, history teachers, and students and scholars of history with a complete line of databases, books, and eBooks, along with social studies reference and curriculum resources for middle and high school libraries and classrooms. Greenwood publishes high-quality, authoritative reference books and general interest topics across the secondary and higher education curriculum. Praeger is widely regarded for scholarly and professional books in the social sciences and humanities, with emphasis in modern history, military studies, psychology, business, current events and social issues, international affairs, politics, visual and performing arts, and literature. Libraries Unlimited/Linworth publishes professional materials for librarians, media specialists, and teachers. For more information, visit

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