Release 2.0 of ABC-CLIO's Online History Databases Honored for Enhancements, Evolving With Changing Technology

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Named Legacy Winner in "Tech & Learning" Magazine's 26th Awards of Excellence

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We are honored that 'Tech & Learning' awards judges recognized the quality and innovation of the new content and technology enhancements in versions 2.0 version of the databases.

Release 2.0 of ABC-CLIO's eight online history, issues and geography databases has added another honor to its growing list of awards from the education, library and technology communities. The databases were among 10 products named as Legacy Winners in "Tech & Learning" magazine's 26th Annual Awards of Excellence. This category honors previously award-winning products that have made significant enhancements and evolved with the changing technology to continue to offer the highest quality experiences for educators and students. The award winners will be featured in the December 2008 issue of "Tech & Learning" magazine.

Enhancements to the newest versions of these award-winning databases include an "Analyze" section that helps students examine key dilemmas in history, grapple with issues and build historical inquiry skills. Now even easier to use, the eight online databases have a common interface, cross-database searching capabilities and a new filtered search option for refining searches. Developed in collaboration with leading historians, librarians and educators, these resources are targeted to middle and high school students served by school and public libraries.
"When students learn history with in-depth resources such as our databases, they are able to develop a deeper understanding of their place in the world and to better analyze and interpret past and current events and issues," said Becky Snyder, president, ABC-CLIO. "We are honored that 'Tech & Learning' awards judges recognized the quality and innovation of the new content and technology enhancements in versions 2.0 version of the databases."

ABC-CLIO's history databases are the key resources to which secondary students from around the country will turn as they participate in ABC-CLIO's recently announced history research competition, "History Uncovered." The award-winning developer and publisher of history research databases will award more than $60,000 in cash and prizes in this unique competition for teams of secondary students working in collaboration with their social studies teachers and school library media specialists.

Using the databases and coached by their teacher and/or school library media specialist, students will select the top 10 people, events or places that have shaped the course of history. Then they will defend their choices and present their research findings to ABC-CLIO in an electronic format such as a slide show, online essay, video or animation, or an audio podcast.

To conduct their research, teams must use and cite one or more of ABC-CLIO's eight online history databases. For schools not currently subscribing to the databases, free access to all eight databases is available for 90 days. Entries will be judged in April 2009 by a panel of leading historians and history educators, and grand-prize winners will be announced in May 2009.
High school and middle grades grand-prize-winning teams will receive a digital whiteboard, a $500 school site cash award, a one-year subscription to ABC-CLIO's award-winning online history databases and a student cash award for each participating team member. There will be five high school grand-prize winners and three middle grades grand-prize winners - one per curriculum-aligned category.

Throughout the competition, monthly drawings will be held, selecting participating teams for gift certificates that can be used to purchase titles from ABC-CLIO's outstanding print collection of reference books. All grand-prize-winning entries will be showcased online in the "History Uncovered Hall of Fame." In addition, two additional entries per category for both high school and middle grades teams will be awarded a place in the "Hall of Fame" and will receive school site cash awards, as well as cash awards for student team members.

To participate and be eligible for the grand prizes as well as the four monthly prize drawings, teams should visit http://www.abc-clio.com/historyuncovered to register. More information about the competition rules and requirements is also available on that site. All entries must be submitted by March 30, 2009.

About "Tech & Learning"
For over 27 years, "Tech & Learning" has been - and continues to be - the leading resources for K-12 leaders. Its publications, Web sites and events provide factual and evaluative information on trends, products and strategies to educators who purchase technology products in their districts and schools. "Tech & Learning" delivers the highest quality content and essential resources to manage, train and teach technology. For more information, visit http://www.techlearning.com.

About ABC-CLIO
ABC-CLIO combines more than 50 years of experience as a premier education and library publisher with a deep commitment to using digital and other emerging technologies to publish the highest quality materials. A privately held publisher of educational and reference products, the company focuses on resources for the scholar, student, teacher and librarian in universities and secondary schools. Under the leadership of CEO Ron Boehm and President Becky Snyder, ABC-CLIO works with more than 5,000 scholars and educators to develop its collection of award-winning print and online reference and resource publications. The company's headquarters is in Santa Barbara, Calif., with branch offices in Denver, Colo., and Oxford, England. For more information, visit http://www.abc-clio.com.

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