Thursday, December 10, 2009

Redesigned World Book Online

Fauquier County Public Library recently upgraded to World Book’s new Public Library Edition to provide library card holders “a comprehensive online reference tool with specific content and features designed for virtually every age and interest." The four modules available are:

World Book Online Reference Center
World Book Online Reference Center-Public Library Edition is a powerful reference tool for advanced researchers and information seekers. In addition to the entire World Book Encyclopedia, the site features hundreds of thousands of complete e-books and primary source documents along with features developed especially for public library patrons, such as Computer and Web Tutorials, How To... guidance, Government Resources, and Interactive Earth.

Key features include:

• Tailored to the needs of patrons of high school age and above
• Computer and Web Tutorials provide help for novices
• How To... documents offer information on skills for living, including applying for jobs, budgeting, transportation, and understanding health care issues
• Research tools, including dictionary, Citation Builder, and local and country research guides
• Interactive maps and atlas
• Individual accounts within the site offer users the ability to create and save content to their own research folders for later use

World Book Online Info Finder
World Book Online Info Finder contains content and features designed for school-aged patrons? homework and research needs. Based on the World Book Encyclopedia, the site features rich multimedia, a collection of age-appropriate science fair projects, a Biography Center, virtual tours, video showcases, links to current events and world newspapers, 21st-century research skills, and much more.

Key features include:

• More than 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles
• Biography Center, with more than 10,000 biographies searchable by gender, field of endeavor, nationality, and time period
• Comprehensive multimedia collections, including World Book Explores video library and geography resource guides
• Thousands of high-quality Web links selected by World Book editors and expert contributors
• Powerful research tools, including a Citation Builder, How to Do Research guides, and personalized My Research accounts
• Convenient one-click dictionary
• Dynamic Interactive Earth feature, including the World Book Atlas, Interactive Maps, Outline Maps and Flags, and more
• Science projects and experiments, including a collection of last-minute projects
• Current magazines

World Book Online for Kids
This site offers easy-to-read articles and a wealth of engaging multimedia, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities for younger children.

Key features include:

• Thousands of easy-to-read articles
• Engaging images and illustrations
• Interactive games and activities
• Interactive maps
• Outline maps and flags
• A biography center
• Science projects
• Teacher resources

World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
A Spanish-language encyclopedia and reference site for native Spanish speakers, bilingual and ESL/ELL students.

Key features include:

Diccionario Visual - The bilingual visual dictionary includes thousands of images and more than 12,000 labels
Activities - Activities can be printed, emailed, or saved. Click on Ensenelos teachers guides for English language educator's versions of the activities. Ensenelos teachers guides include national content standard correlations, materials, objectives, and assessment rubrics.
Encyclopedia Articles - Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos offers thousands of easy-to-read encyclopedia articles on a broad variety of topics. A browse feature helps visual learners and uncertain spellers navigate the site.
Periódicos del Mundo Hispánico - Features a collection of web links to online newspapers from Spanish speaking countries from around the world.
World of Animals - Quick facts, images, and videos.

Log in with your library card today and explore a world of learning from World Book.

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