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.

World Book Academic lights the way!

Academic World BookJust when you thought ignorance was bliss, World Book goes out and illuminates our path using the rather exciting Academic World Book.

Aimed at tertiary level study, this latest thoroughbred from the World Book stable is just full of delectable delights such as:

  • Thousands of articles: search using the A-Z, or by subject headings;
  • Collections: an eBook collection of thousands of fiction and non-fiction titles with selections in nine languages, pathfinders, primary documents, biographies and world newspapers;
  • Research tools: citations builders, research guides and a “My Research” folder that you can set up and save your work to;
  • World resources: interactive maps, atlas and place comparisons.

Don’t be bewildered by this complicated world. Light your way with World Book!

This online resource can be accessed from home using your library card and password / PIN, or in libraries from the Source or the catalogue.

Early World of Learning: for the little ‘uns!

My Mum tells me that at five I kept putting pegs on my tongue then running around hysterically unable to get them off. Nowadays I am watching five-year-olds work iPads like it was the most natural thing in the world. Either I was an idiot or kids are getting smarter.

Early World of LearningIf kids are getting smarter and more technically savvy, then how does that sit with them getting a proper education? That is where authoritative online vendors like World Book can help. You can have the bright colours and loud noises – but you can also learn at the same time.

World Book has produced Early World of Learning which is aimed at preschoolers and early primary aged children with three beautiful interactive learning environments:

  • Trek’s Travels: learn alongside Trek the scarecrow and Taffy the cat, as they travel around learning about: colours, numbers, size, shapes, sounds, places, taste and smell, opposites and time.
  • Welcome to Reading: features 48 stories in four reading levels. Aims to help strengthen phonics, vocabulary and comprehension skills;
  • Know It: is a child’s first online encyclopedia.  All text can be read-aloud by an online narrator and accompanied by word-by-word highlighting.

This product is easy to use, bright and informative in all the right ways. Have a gander today from home using your library card and password / PIN or in libraries through the Source or the catalogue.

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.