eResource Spotlight – Britannica Library

I’ve decided to give everyone a little run through on some of the eResources we have on offer at CCL that I’m in charge of knowing about at my library, to help let people know about some of the great databases we have access to.

Britannica Adults

One of the collections I am in charge of knowing about is Britannica Library, which is a great place for research into a huge array of subjects (history, geography, science etc). There are 3 separate versions of the website; Adults, Teens and Children. The website and information is formatted and catered to those age groups. A brilliant tool for kids’ homework, teenage assignments and adult research.

Britannica Teens

The adult collection includes:

  • Articles that can be read by the online narrator;
  • An interactive world atlas;
  • Biographies searchable by era, nationality and what they are known for;
  • A country comparison tool;
  • Thousands of images, videos and audio files;
  • Latest news headlines that include coverage from the New Zealand Herald;
  • Te Ara — The Encyclopedia of New Zealand;
  • Tools to email, cite and print.

Britannica Kids

Ben
The Library at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

World Book has mutated!

There was a time when the World Book was just one plain brown set of encyclopaedias sitting on a shelf. Nowadays it has transformed into a startling array of gorgeous looking eResources. These eResources are updated daily, available 24/7, and are full of multimedia options including video, interactive maps, activities and country comparisons. You can print, email and save results and even have articles read aloud to you. In short, World Book eResources are very clever and very useful, but they have a problem – there are almost too many of them! I do get asked about the many World Book platforms that we have so here is a brief rundown:

Confused? Just remember that World Book has developed eResources with certain ages in mind. So if you are helping your children do their homework or wanting to update your CV then World Book does have something for you.

Beating the homework blues with World Book Digital Library

Well, school holidays are at a close which means we must admit defeat and start studying and completing homework again. This does not have to be a chore with World Book  putting its 22 volume print set online with web links, videos, primary source documents and news headlines to help spice it up.

World Book also offers these resources from their digital library! …

  • Living Green : explores environmental issues and current efforts to reduce human impact on the environment. Very topical at the moment.
  • Early Peoples : examine the history of such ancient cultures as the Egyptians, Romans, Maori, Chinese.
  • Inventions and Discoveries : evaluates the impact of inventions and discoveries that continue to shape our world today.

Access to these easy to use resources and many others is one of the many benefits of library membership. You can access these databases from home with your library card number and PIN, or at our community libraries.

World Book – but not as we know it Captain!

Remember searching through large brown print volumes of the World Book Encyclopaedia to complete homework, or am I just showing my age?

These days  all articles from the 22-volume print set dating back to 1922 are available not only in print in your local library but also online. World Book Online now includes such resources as web links, videos, primary source documents and news headlines. The main webpage allows you to move to a variety of online versions:

  • World Book Online for Kids specifically for primary school students, with such features as thousands of easy-to-read articles and games.
  • World Book Student tailored for  High School students. It includes more than 40,000 reference articles, the World Book Biography Center and rich multimedia.
  • World Book Advanced a powerful reference tool that includes encyclopaedic, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search.
  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos offers World Books excellent editorial content, rich media, and interactive features in Spanish.

And these fantastic added resources …

  • Living Green : explores environmental issues and current efforts to reduce human impact on the environment. Very topical at the moment.
  • Early Peoples : examine the history of such ancient cultures as the Egyptians, Romans, Maori, Chinese.
  • Inventions and Discoveries : evaluates the impact of inventions and discoveries that continue to shape our world today.

Access to this easy to use database and many others is one of the many benefits of library membership. You can access this database from home with your library card number and PIN, or at our community libraries.