Facts on File


Suzanne Beitler, Regional Sales Manager
Facts On File Online
132 West 31st Street, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (800) 322-8755 ext. 4326
E-mail: sbeitler@factsonfile.com
Fax: (212) 313-9456

Facts On File is a leading publisher of online supplemental educational materials for the K-12 school market. We specialize in core subject areas, such as history, science, literature, geography, and health. Our growing collection of online resources includes curriculum-based reference databases, historical and current news databases, classroom eLearning resources, and a streaming video collection specifically geared toward high school students.


WLS members will receive a 10% discount off the Facts On File list price. If multiple products are purchased, the multiple database discount schedule will be applied BEFORE the WLS discount is applied. The pricing below represents single database purchases ONLY. Contact your regional ESD for additional consortia discounts.

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Database Descriptions:

  • Issues & Controversies analyzes and explains hundreds of controversial topics, in a language and format that students can understand. Probing the kinds of sizzling public policy issues on which opinions are more plentiful than objective coverage and accurate information, Issues & Controversies offers balance, clarity, and an overview of pros and cons that are key to building critical thinking skills. The annual National High School Debate Topic is given feature coverage. Online features include a complete back file to 1995, weekly updating, interviews with experts, statistical overviews, maps, charts, photos, newspaper editorials, cartoons, primary documents, a full education Resource Center, and extensive linking to related information in the other Facts On File News Services databases. In September 2007, School Library Journal said Issues & Controversies “is an ideal speech and debate database Through the inclusion of newspaper editorials, editorial cartoons, and contact information this database provides unique content There’s no doubt that this database deserves an A.”
  • Issues & Controversies in American History makes U.S. history come alive by presenting contentious turning points of the past in all the ways they were viewed in their time. It leads students on in-depth explorations of the great issues in American History from religious freedom in the colonies, Civil War Reconstruction, women’s suffrage through the 2000 presidential election to the war in Iraq. This searchable and interlinked online subscription database delivers concise and balanced articles on the background, outcomes, and contemporary points of view for the major topics in the American History curriculum. Those articles are supplemented by a specially assembled collection of primary source documents, biographies, timelines, images, statistical charts, encyclopedia survey articles, and an education Resource Center that incorporates the content directly into the learning and teaching process.
  • World News Digest is the complete archive of this publication of record back to October 1940. It includes a live Reuters newsfeed, updated hourly; every week the latest World News Digest is linked to related content from the other Facts On File News Services databases. “Top Stories” timelines deliver, decade by decade, headlines linked to original coverage of top news stories from 1940 on. “Ahead In Time” and “Back In Time” links trace the thread of one story as it develops from week to week. Online-only features, such as Country Profiles, Key People, Key Events, and Key Issues plus maps, charts, photos, primary documents, editorial cartoons, and a selection of newspaper editorials round out and link to the information in the World News Digest, and place events in historical perspective. The educational Resource Center is packed with tips on using the database for learning and teaching. Library Journal has ranked Facts On File World News Digest among its top dozen reference “sources for the millennium.” Since 1940, it has been the standard library resource for information on national and world events.
  • Today’s Science bridges the gap between textbooks and what’s happening in science now. Articles, written in language students can understand, are detailed yet concise, and include background information and useful Internet resources and search terms, as well as suggestions for further reading. Today’s Science features overview articles linked to detailed news coverage, extensive use of illustrations, editorial cartoons, an embedded glossary, thorough linking to other Facts On File News Services databases, biographies of scientists, and curriculum materials targeting multiple grade levels, including correlations to National Science Education standards. It’s a great way for teachers and librarians, as well as students, to keep up with the latest developments in science.
  • U.S. Government Online is a new reference site designed to facilitate the study of the structure, function, and history of the U.S. government. Focused and thorough in its coverage, this informative resource provides students and researchers alike with the tools they need to understand how the U.S. government works, who the key players are, and what its role is in the everyday lives of citizens.
  • Bloom’s Literary Reference Online examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature. The database includes hundreds of essays by renowned literary critic Harold Bloom, as well as essays by other highly regarded critics and entries from many of Facts On Files outstanding print titles. Additional features include an archive of more than 38,000 characters, a timeline of world literature, Harold Blooms Western Literary Canon, and extensive entries on literary topics, themes, movements, and genres. Updated regularly, this diverse and authoritative database serves the needs of both literature lovers and institutions ranging from schools to universities and public libraries.
  • Science Online conveys the visual nature of science in a clear and easy-to-comprehend manner. The curriculum-oriented database offers a comprehensive, authoritative overview of a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive essays, definitions, diagrams, videos, animations, illustrations, images, biographies, experiments, activities, and current news articles. The content is organized by subject area and type of resource, as well as by the National Science Education Standards. Teachers, students, and researches will appreciate the in-depth essays on topics ranging from environmental science and weather and climate, to new biology, the history of science, human anatomy, and mathematics. Boolean search capabilities help users maximize the potential of this powerful database.
  • Health Reference Center is a comprehensive, authoritative encyclopedic database containing more than 20,000 hyper-linked entries on today’s most pressing health and social issues. It defines the causes, cures, key research, medical terms, symptoms, and treatments and trends of each field of study and explores the social impact of numerous health-related subjects. Entries are written in clear, non-technical language that is easy to comprehend and are also clearly organized by topic and type, including encyclopedia entries, glossary terms, resources and organizations, social and cultural factors, tables and statistics, and tests and procedures.
  • Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center provides detailed profiles of more than 3,400 jobs and 94 industries; invaluable advice on career skills; more than 55,000 searchable, browsable resource entries divided into convenient categories on fellowships, organizations, internships, scholarships, awards, and professional programs; and
    invaluable advice on applying for a job, acing an interview, behaving professionally in the work environment, and more. Other features include: more than 90 sample resumes and cover letters created by professional career consultants; a searchable archive of articles from current and past issues of Career Opportunities News, a newsletter that provides timely information about colleges and the job market; and a Career Interest Assessment that helps students identify areas of interest and related jobs.
  • American History Online is a comprehensive and authoritative reference to the most important individuals, events, and topics in U.S. history. Spanning more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, this invaluable reference source is organized by content type, topic, era, and activity. Unique Learning Centers pull forward hand-picked entries within each major era, serving as ideal starting points for research. Thousands of fully hyper-linked entries allow users to follow a topic to related subject entries, biographies, primary source documents, videos, images, maps, and charts.
  • African-American History Online explores more than 500 years of the African-American experience. The informative, extensively hyperlinked entries in this comprehensive database include primary source documents, images, videos, maps, charts, general and topic-specific timelines, and more. Unique Learning Centers pull forward hand-picked entries within each major era, serving as ideal starting points for research. Culled from many of Facts On Files critically acclaimed print titles, this unique, comprehensive reference explores all aspects of the African-American experience.
  • American Indian History Online is an authoritative reference database that provides in-depth coverage of more than 5,000 years of culture, legends, and leaders. More than 500 Native American groups are covered in fully hyper-linked and easy-to-access entries, including entries on topics, events, and tribes, primary source documents, legends, biographies, maps and charts, images, and timelines. The database also features tribe and culture area indexes. Unique Learning Centers pull forward hand-picked entries within each major era and North American culture area, serving as ideal starting points for research.
  • American Womens History Online contains biographies, historical and topical subject entries, speeches and other documents, maps and charts, videos, photographs, and timeline entries that cover more than 500 years of American womens history. Covered topics include civil rights activism, gender discrimination and harassment, education, family, marriage, health, medicine, performing arts, politics, sports, voting rights, and more. Unique Learning Centers pull forward hand-picked entries within each major era, serving as ideal starting points for research. Other key features include tabbed search results that garner highly relevant results, and useful quotations linked to select biographies that provide users with direct access to the words and thoughts of American women throughout history.
  • Modern World History Online covers the full scope of world history from the mid-15th century to the present. This comprehensive online resource contains thousands of fully hyperlinked subject entries, biographies, images, maps and charts, primary source documents, videos, and timeline entries that combine to provide a detailed and comparative view of the people, places, events, and ideas that have defined modern world history.
  • Ancient and Medieval History Online provides thorough coverage of eight civilizations in ancient Egypt, ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, ancient and medieval Africa, medieval Europe, the Americas, and ancient and medieval Asia. Users can research each civilization in depth or use the browse feature to conduct comparative studies of events and developments across civilizations. This expansive database offers an unprecedented amount of information about these civilizations and their places in history, with content drawn from Facts On Files acclaimed print references.
  • World Geography & Culture combines more than 500 reproducible, full-color maps with superb statistical information on more than 200 nations, the 50 states, the 13 Canadian provinces and territories, regions, and continents. A wealth of supplemental information is linked to each state, province, and country map, including the locations history, government, flag, vital statistics, and further resources. Current events news articles complement the valuable statistical and historical information available and make World Atlas a complete geographic reference, perfect for general reference use and for more focused study in school and public libraries.
  • Curriculum Resource Center: Junior Edition is the perfect online resource for elementary teachers and students seeking material to supplement their lessons, this electronic library of curriculum-related handouts contains an expansive collection of visual content including people and events in history, maps and flags, timelines, science diagrams, science projects, career ideas, and other handouts. Each handout can be saved in a password-protected folder, emailed, or printed and used for worksheets, overheads, and testing.
  • Curriculum Resource Center is an indispensable tool for middle school, high school, and junior college teachers and students seeking material to supplement their coursework in core subject areas including U.S. and world history, science, and geography. This electronic library of curriculum-related handouts provides access to a broad selection of visual content, including maps, science diagrams, science experiments, historical images, historical timelines, and other handouts, all of which can be saved in a password-protected folder, emailed, or printed and used for worksheets, overheads, and testing.

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