Thursday, October 2, 2008

October e-Resource: World Book Online

Have a paper due? Teachers want students to cite actual reference materials, including the trusted World Book Encyclopedia ("research" via Google or "the Internet" just isn't going to cut it). The good news is that there's no need to drive to the library and pore through a multi-volume encyclopedia set. Instead, search all the articles from the regular 22-volume World Book print set, along with more than 12,000 pictures and maps, 10,000 sound files and 100 videos and animations from the comfort of your home computer using World Book Online. The site also includes special features like the Virginia Resource Guide and Today in History. For younger students, there is the World Book Kids version, which features student activities and teacher guides, sound clips and a student-friendly search engine. For Spanish-speakers, World Book Online also offers World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos.

To access any of the World Book Online resources, go to the library's Web site, look under Find Information and click on Search for Articles and More. The World Book resources are listed under Encyclopedias and Reference. You will need to enter your 10-digit library card number in order to access from home/outside of the library.