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|keypeople=Ron Boehm (CEO); Becky Snyder (President)|publications=Books, databases, magazines, journals|topics=History, social sciences|genre= |imprints=ABC-CLIO, Greenwood Press, Praeger, Libraries Unlimited/Linworth|revenue=|numemployees=|nasdaq=|}}ABC-CLIO, LLC is a publishing company for academic reference works and periodicals primarily on topics such as history and social sciences for educational and public library settings. ABC-CLIO provides service to fifteen different online databases which contain over one million online textbooks.NEWS,weblink Database Offers 1 Million Free Resources and Images in April, 2 April 2015, eSchool News, 8 May 2015, The company consults academic leaders in the fields they cover in order to provide authority for their reference titles.JOURNAL,weblink Encyclopedia Update: Reboot, 2012, Vnuk, Rebecca, 15 September 2012, Booklist, 8 May 2015, 2, 109, 0006-7385, 52–56, The headquarters are located in Santa Barbara, California.


ABC-CLIO was founded in 1953 as a privately held corporation by Eric Boehm with its first publication, Historical Abstracts.JOURNAL,weblink E-books a natural for ABC-CLIO, Costello, Megan, 2 April 2001, Publishers Weekly, 26 November 2016, 248, 14, 28–29, 0000-0019, The name represents the company's two original divisions when it incorporated in 1969: ABC stands for American Bibliographical Center and CLIO Press is named after Clio, the muse of history from ancient Greek mythology. According to Boehm, he had always been interested in history so when he noticed that there were not many good historical abstracting services available, he started publishing the Historical Abstracts.JOURNAL,weblink ABC-CLIO Stresses Customer-Based Products, Hane, Paula J., January 2001, Information Today, 8 May 2015, subscription, 18, 1, 8755-6286, 12, {{dead link|date=February 2019|bot=medic}}{{cbignore|bot=medic}}During the 1960s, a sister bibliographic and abstract publication on American history was added, America: History and Life, which was considered an award-winning title. The company entered into digital publishing with electronic data in the 1960s and in 1975, it published its first online database called DIALOG. During the 1980s, ABC-CLIO expanded into providing primary reference books such as encyclopedias and dictionaries and stopped publishing bibliographic books. In the 1990s, ABC-CLIO began to provide access to its humanities database on CD-ROM. The Exegy Current Events CD-ROM was named "Best Disc of the Year" by Library Journal.WEB,weblink History and Mission, 26 November 2016, ABC-CLIO, In 1998, ABC-CLIO provided electronic access to America: History and Life. By the 2000s, one of the company's most popular products had become online databases for researching many topics in the field of the humanities. In 2001, ABC-CLIO began to publish eBooks, initially providing 150 different titles to schools and libraries. The company's reference books had won numerous awards, and the company started a series of subject-related online databases for secondary school use. In 2004, the company acquired the quarterly historical journal, Journal of the West, which has been published since 1962.In 1996, ABC-CLIO merged with an electronic publishing company, Intellimation, which also produced educational software. The merger brought Becky Snyder, ABC-CLIO's current president, from Intellimation.JOURNAL,weblink ABC-CLIO merges with Intellimation, Rogers, Michael, May 1996, Library Journal, 8 May 2015, subscription, 121, 8, 0363-0277, It sold Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life to EBSCO Publishing in 2007."EBSCO Acquires Two Renowned Databases from ABC-CLIO: Historical Abstracts and America: History and Life {{webarchive |url= |date=April 15, 2008 }}". June 15, 2007.


  • Intellimation
  • Linworth Publishing, Inc.: In 2009-03-18, Libraries Unlimited announced the acquisition of Linworth Publishing, with partnership becoming effective immediately.weblink" title="">Two Top Professional Development Publishers Partner to Create Next-Generation Resources for Librarians and Educators
  • Journal of the West

Imprints and series


In 2008, ABC-CLIO acquired the Greenwood Publishing Group from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The deal gave ABC-CLIO a "perpetual license" to use the imprints of Greenwood Press and publish all of its titles. Acquiring the publishing group gave ABC-CLIO access to Greenwood Press, Praeger Publishers, Praeger Security International and Libraries Unlimited.JOURNAL,weblink ABC-CLIO "Buys" Greenwood Imprints, Albanese, Andrew, November 2008, Library Journal, 8 May 2015, 133, 18, 0363-0277, Greenwood focuses on publishing full-text reference works which are authoritative on various topics.NEWS,weblink Kathryn Suárez Appointed Publisher of Libraries Unlimited, 9 May 2012, Santa Barbara Independent, 8 May 2015,

Libraries Unlimited

Libraries Unlimited came to ABC-CLIO as part of a deal with Greenwood Press. In 2012, Kathyrn Suárez was named Publisher for this division which focuses on publishing for librarians and information professionals.

ABC-CLIO Solutions

ABC-CLIO databases are provided under the umbrella of ABC-CLIO Solutions. There are fifteen different databases providing access to different subject areas. ABC-CLIO Solutions provides digital curriculum with multimedia content, text-to-speech features, translation tools which covers various topics relating to history and the humanities.NEWS,weblink ABC-CLIO Upgrades History Instruction with Multimedia Content, 18 February 2015, eSchool News, 26 November 2016, After ABC-CLIO acquired Greenwood Press's databases, they revamped the look and feel of their interface in order to provide common access through the ABC-CLIO interface.JOURNAL,weblink Another Look At: ABC-CLIO Databases, Quinn, Mary Ellen, 1 November 2010, Booklist, 26 November 2016, 107, 5, 90, 0006-7385, ABC-CLIO also provided the ability to search across multiple databases through one search, also providing options for narrowing the search after revamping their interface.JOURNAL,weblink Reference Into the Future, Kuzyk, Raya, 16 November 2007, Library Journal, 8 May 2015, subscription, 132, 8–11, 0363-0277, The new interface is considered user-friendly and provides access to personalized features.BOOK, Reference Sources for Small and Medium-Sized Libraries, ALA Editions, 2014, 9780838912126, Chicago, Illinois, 7–8, O'Gorman, Jack, 8th,


{{Expand section|date=December 2017}}Praeger is known for publishing "scholarly and professional books" in the subject areas of social science and the humanities.



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