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The American Government website is simple, yet elegant. The Home Page has a top navigation bar that gives access to: Topics - Foundations of American Government, Legislative, Executive and Judicial Branches, Rights and Liberties, Political Behavior, Domestic and Foreign Policy, Political and Economic Systems, and State & Local Government - each topic accompanied by an exhaustive compilation of subtopics; Analyze - sections that offer further research into issues and lasting questions for each topic; Quick Search - a simple text search; Advanced Search - users search by text, category or topic, with filtering options that provide a targeted search result list; and assuming the user has a subscription to any of the other 27 ABC-CLIO databases, there is a Switch Databases link.
Once the user selects the desired subtopic, a dedicated web page provides a sidebar with links that facilitate exploration, comprehension and analysis: Overview, Activity, Discussion, Articles, Media/Visuals/Maps/Flags, Documents, Facts and Figures.
Included on the Home Page is a regularly updated Feature Story, which takes an in-depth look at a current or historical issue facing national, state and local governments.
American Government is recipient of a 2012 EDDIE Award in the High School American Government Website category.