Greenwood's Pop Culture Universe
[ABC-CLIO (805) 968-1911 - Grades 9/up]
ABC-CLIO, an award-winning publisher serving the history community with databases, books, eBooks, social studies reference and curriculum resources for middle and high school libraries and classrooms, in 2008 became the publisher of Greenwood Publishing Group's imprints, titles, eBooks, and databases.
One such product is Greenwood's Pop Culture Universe, a historical database of facts and events showing the influence of pop culture on America's history, mainly during the 20th century. The approach is a departure from the traditional historical offerings of ABC-CLIO, and brings a contemporary and refreshing new look to the website. High school students will find the interface highly motivating.
The home page features photos of well-known personalities, and one can mouse-over and click to access a decade's worth of historical details and facts, starting in the 1920s. The main page of each decade has content adapted from various Greenwood sources, including links to Overview, In the News, Major Awards, Fads, New Products and Businesses, Discoveries and Inventions, New Words and Phrases, Clothing and Appearance, Sports, and Obituaries. Topics in the right column deal with Best of the Decade, showcasing Film, Movie Stars, Television, Songs, Books, and Broadway. We were sadly missing multimedia capabilities, and perhaps these enhancements will follow.
This innovative, subscription-based website won an EDDIE Award for High School Social Studies.