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Title:
The World Book encyclopedia.
Author:
World Book, Inc.
Publication Information:
Chicago : World Book, Inc., [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
22 volumes : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Summary:
An encyclopedia designed especially to meet the needs of elementary, junior high, and senior high school students.
General Note:
Vol. 22 consists of research guide and index.
Language:
English
Added Corporate Author:
ISBN:
9780716601043
Format :
Book

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An encyclopedia designed especially to meet the needs of elementary, junior high, and senior high school students.


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Booklist Review

The new home page for World Book Online Reference Center0 (WBORC) is sleek and uncluttered. WBORC now complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, so users may adjust the font and the type size as needed. The encyclopedia contains the complete text of the print edition and the World Book Dictionary, 0 as well as 8,500 articles created for the electronic version and 13,000 Back in Time articles from past yearbooks. In addition, there is an atlas and access to a British English version of World Book0 and to Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos, 0 a Spanish-language encyclopedia for elementary-school students. The site is also rich in media. Users may access the content from a search box at the top of the page. They can browse by broad subject area or media type or use the basic or advanced keyword search functions. One must click on Site Contents to get to the browse mode, which is not exactly intuitive. The Advanced Search mode allows Boolean operators, limits (article text, title word, atlas, media type, etc.), and truncation. Articles added in the past year include biographies of all Nobel Prize winners and all current U.S. senators, current news topics ( Business Ethics, Hamas, Obesity)0 and biographies of celebrities and political leaders such as Cecilia Bartoli, Howard Dean, and Eminem. More than 170 articles were revised or rewritten, including Gaza Strip, Narcolepsy, Silica gel,0 and Singapore.0 John Kerry's biography has been updated, stating that he "will almost certainly receive the 2004 Democratic nomination for President of the United States." The article on space exploration has information about the Columbia0 disaster with a picture of the crew. Coverage of vegetarianism includes a special report on planning a healthy vegetarian diet. The entry on Iran contains a sentence about the earthquake in Bam under recent developments in the history section. Saddam Hussein's biography notes his capture, and Howard Dean's includes his unsuccessful race for the presidential nomination. Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed as governor of California. A Boolean search for information about drug use among athletes using the terms sports0 and drugs0 produced odd results. 0 The first two citations were for articles on Television 0 and AIDS, 0 in which both terms appear. The third, Olympic Games, 0 had some information at the end. The searcher can choose whether to have search terms highlighted in the text. Special features in WBORC include Surf the Ages, a set of 100 Web sites from different historical periods. Back in Time allows users to see articles about important events in earlier World Book0 editions. Behind the Headlines links users to articles that provide background for current events. World Book Research Libraries,0 requiring a separate subscription, offers two collections of primary sources in American history and political science and law. WBORC is very current. Features such as Behind the Headlines are revised daily, and new and revised articles are added monthly. Web links are validated on a continuous basis. The new site design is easier to navigate, and it makes all of the features available from anywhere in the site. Articles download faster, too. The print capability now allows users to print specific sections of an article, which saves ink and paper. These improvements plus the broad range of content at several different reading levels make WBORC an excellent resource for school and public libraries. --Barbara Bibel Copyright 2004 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-A look through the Research Guide/Index in Volume 22 will assure readers that the content of this annually updated encyclopedia continues to reflect contemporary concerns and interests. In all, this edition contains 85 new articles and revisions to about 2300 other entries. Of the latter, 185 were "extensively revised" or expanded, including the articles on "Government," "Celiac Disease," and "Terrorism" (numerous related articles include "Hezbollah," "Hamas," "Patriot Act," and "Abu Ghraib"). In addition, there are a number of new entries on people in the fields of politics, entertainment, and children's literature (Walter Dean Myers, Gary Paulsen, Phillip Pullman, Lemony Snicket). Readers of the older editions will find the format comfortably familiar. Subjects addressed in depth are followed up with a list of related articles, an outline, and study questions. Several volumes highlight special topics with fold-out pages such as those on "Endangered Animals," "U.S.: The growth of a nation," and "Canada: The growth of a nation." The "Human Body" overlays remain attractive and informative. Myriad visuals include full-color and black-and-white photographs, charts, graphs, diagrams, and maps. The 2005 edition, while keeping many of the 2004 graphics, has also added some new ones. The quality of the illustrative material is generally good, though occasionally unnatural in tone. While struggling upper elementary and middle school students may find The New Book of Knowledge (Scholastic, 2005) easier to use, World Book remains a reliable, straightforward, and up-to-date reference resource.-Tina Hudak, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Riverdale Park, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.