The World Book Encyclopedia

The World Book Encyclopedia

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Previous editions are recommended in Best Reference Books, Guide to Reference Books, and General Reference Books for Adults. Providing a readable yet sufficiently detailed reference for students in middle and high school, as well as general readers who don't mind the student orientation, this encyclopedia is updated annually. As an example of the…  See more details below

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Previous editions are recommended in Best Reference Books, Guide to Reference Books, and General Reference Books for Adults. Providing a readable yet sufficiently detailed reference for students in middle and high school, as well as general readers who don't mind the student orientation, this encyclopedia is updated annually. As an example of the encyclopedia's coverage and illustrations, the entry for Iraq, current through July 2003, features color photos of Baghdad, shops, merchants, the rural landscape, and the toppling of the statue of Saddam Hussein; color images of the flag and coat of arms; a detailed map with towns, roads, railroads, and topography and a second map showing the larger geographical region. Iraq's geography, climate, economy, government, people, and history are described. A list of related topics, an outline of the entry, table of basic statistics, list of dates, study questions, and list of additional resources are provided. Accommodating various age groups, more technical topics are described using more technical terms. Each entry is signed by its author, many of whom are acknowledged specialists in the field (Oleg Grabar, for example, wrote the entry on Islamic art). Volume 22 contains a comprehensive index and guide to writing research papers and giving a speech. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Comes enriched with 88 brand new articles, 119 extensively revised articles, 5000 partially revised articles, and over 4800 revised pages. The mighty set has always been grand in scope and size. But the rich content World Book has been creating online for some time now may win over even the most faithful print subscribers. The World Book Online Reference Center includes, among other features, over 26,000 articles (that's 8000 more than what's in the print set), 7000 links to relevant sites, 12,000 pictures and maps, and three unique modules: World Book Kids (based on the Student Discovery Encyclopedia for young adults), Educators' Tools (offering ties to state curriculum standards and student activities), and Research Libraries (showcasing the accomplishments of the greatest minds through history in eight key branches of knowledge). There are also 60,000 cross-referenced links; 100 videos and animations; 10,000 sounds, including pronunciations; a comprehensive atlas; and an interactive dictionary. For more information about World Book Online and its numerous enhancements, go to www.worldbookonline.com.-Mirela Roncevic Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This annually published, dependable resource is full of concise entries on a variety of subjects. While designed for elementary through high school students, it also works for anyone looking for a quick profile of a topic. Subject areas are continually undergoing review and revision by more than 4000 scholars and experts. Articles covering broad subjects such as "World History" have a helpful outline, maps, and related articles that aid students in organizing. State and country profiles, sports, animals, and biographical information are among the wide range of subject matter. U.S. Census data from 2010 has also been incorporated in many articles. Color photos are featured, along with handy cross-referencing throughout, for example: when searching "phytoplankton," readers are referred to "see: Ocean (The plankton; The food cycle)." A research guide/index volume will help students locate all articles on their subject. VERDICT In the wake of Encyclopaedia Britannica's ceasing print publication, the need exists for a print encyclopedia at the library. It is particularly handy in a public library to have a circulating set as well, and this standard remains versatile and useful.—Barb Kundanis, Longmont P.L., CO
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up—The standards of readability and vocabulary analysis, curricular relevancy, and integrated visual aids remain consistent in this revision of the 2009 resource. Unchanged is a format that, for the most part, provides a volume for each letter of the alphabet with the last volume consisting of a research guide and a thoroughly cross-referenced index. The set features an attractive biographical spinescape and an opening page for the featured letter that now uses a map, rather than a chart, to illustrate the evolution of the letter over time and place. New entries include "Sonia Sotomayor," "Project Green," "Swine flu," "Kanye West," "Binge eating," "Michelle Obama," and "Emmet Till." Information has been added or revisions made to entries such as "Barack Obama," "Automobile Industry," "Television," "Malaysia," "Agriculture," "Shakespeare," and "Mythology." Often taken for granted are the more than 27,500 visual aids, such as the transparent color overlays in the "Human Body" article; or the charts, color-coded tables, and museum-quality illustrations in the "Insects," "American Indians," and "Brain" pieces. Contributors are noted at the end of entries, which will satisfy teachers' requirements for secondary, rather than tertiary, source material. Population figures still, unavoidably, reflect the 2000 census data, but that alone should not deter a decision to purchase this fine edition that is unsurpassed for the audience.—Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia Jr. Sr. High School, NY

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ISBN-13:
9780716601111
Publisher:
World Book, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/28/2010

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