This database helps students develop an in-depth understanding of how society shapes and is shaped by controversy, providing authoritative historical context, expert perspectives, and carefully selected primary and secondary sources on today's most important issues.
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The materials presented in the Scholarship section are written by scholars and experts in the field. The Scholarship essays follow a "big questions" approach that examines major issues in a topic area—issues that all students may well encounter in their introductory work. By and large, these essays take a position on an issue that has no easy answer. The intention is to bolster critical thinking skills by showing a spectrum of approaches to an issue and allowing students to begin to appreciate the inherent complexities of these big questions as they start to formulate their own views. The Scholarship essays have two goals: 1) to provide informative and thesis-driven essays from multiple perspectives or with different approaches on topics that are mainstays of community college and undergraduate paper assignments, and 2) to model effective essay writing. These essays can be challenging, even controversial. The opinions represented do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ABC-CLIO staff.
Our databases comprise hundreds of thousands of entries; each piece of content is reviewed by multiple editorial staff to ensure content is age-appropriate to the database it is in (Schools or Academic). In our database coverage, we strive to include the voices, stories, and experiences of a wide diversity of peoples, including the stories of those that have been historically underrepresented.
Objectivity and Review
Objectivity and balance are always of the utmost importance to our staff, both in writing pieces and editing work submitted by contributors. We are guided by our editorial boards and advisers, as well as our own editorial policies and fact-checking procedures. Recognizing that every person has inherent bias, we strive toward creating and curating content that is as factual and as free of bias as possible, and have included bias checks and balances as an essential part of our editorial review.
As a reference publisher, ABC-CLIO aims to present impartial, scholar-driven content supplemented by full collections of primary sources in their original forms. These sources offer historical context and value in enhancing students' understanding of how modern ideas, beliefs, and societal structures are influenced by our past—including prejudices and biases. Primary sources, as fragments of history, often reflect attitudes and values of individuals in particular time periods. Acknowledging dehumanizing language, for example, can be an important part of understanding historical events.
Some of this content may be upsetting or disturbing to modern readers, but we have avoided censoring such terminology in order to both retain historical accuracy and to offer opportunities for students to make connections between past attitudes and ideas, and their roles in shaping many contemporary issues in American society.
We flag instances of harmful terminology and potentially disturbing images with content warnings and encourage teachers to set guidelines for approaching such content in the classroom, especially where material may be quoted or read out loud.
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