Cover image for The World Book encyclopedia.
Title:
The World Book encyclopedia.
Author:
World Book, Inc.
Edition:
2015 edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago : World Book, a Scott Fetzer company, 2015.
Physical Description:
22 volumes : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
"A 22-volume, highly illustrated, A-Z general encyclopedia for all ages, featuring sections on how to use World Book, other research aids, pronunciation key, a student guide to better writing, speaking, and research skills, and comprehensive index"--
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
V. 1. A -- v. 2. B -- v. 3. C-Ch -- v. 4. Ci-Cz -- v. 5. D -- v. 6. E -- v. 7. F -- v. 8. G -- v. 9. H -- v. 10. I -- v. 11. J-K -- v. 12. L -- v. 13. M -- v. 14. N-O -- v. 15. P -- v. 16. Q-R -- v. 17. S-Sn -- v. 18. So-Sz -- v. 19. T -- v. 20. U-V -- v. 21. W-X-Y-Z -- v. 22. Research guide-Index.
Added Corporate Author:
ISBN:
9780716601159
Format :
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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

World Book continues to be a first choice for libraries, schools, and homes. Its more than 17,000 articles are current, accessible, and well illustrated. The 2007 print edition has 87 new articles. They include Ahmadinejad, Mahmoud; Bali; Burns, Ken; Molecular medicine; Outsourcing; Photoelectric effect; and Tax evasion. Some 82 articles have been extensively revised or rewritten, among them Abnormal psychology, Cellular telephone, Human Genome Project, and Torture. More than 195 maps have been added or revised, and 270 new photographs have been added. World Book has around 27,500 illustrations in all, almost 90 percent of them  in color. World Book is generally up-to-date. Serbia and Montenegro now have entries as separate countries, and  the volatile situation in the Middle East receives coverage, including Ariel Sharon's stroke and the Lebanon invasion. Late changes were made to Planet, Pluto, and Solar system. Although printing of the 2007 set began in October 2006, the baseball World Series and the military coup in Thailand in October, and the midterm election results and resignation of Donald Rumsfeld in November, are noted. The index is detailed and easy to use, and the  Research Guide found in the index volume is useful for students who need help organizing a project. Offering high-quality, current, accurate information in an attractive package, World Book serves a wide range of users, from elementary-school students to adults.--Bibel, Barbara Copyright 2007 Booklist


Library Journal Review

In a library world changing at the speed of electrons, it's comforting to find that some things never change. The World Book Encyclopedia is still a great read. Even if it feels a bit stodgy compared with the ever-expanding world of hip wikis, it's well written and engaging, with generous illustrations and an appealing format. This is a true collaborative effort, with an impressive roster of nearly 4000 contributors and signed articles, so it's easy to see whose credentials you're relying on. Rigorous updating turns over up to a third of the content in each edition, and this makes the encyclopedia reliably current. Articles on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, for example, note their entry into the 2008 presidential campaign, and there are new entries on Google as well as a map of Beijing showing locations for the 2008 Olympic Games. Still, while it excels at providing facts and dates, the encyclopedia reflects a particular mainstream ideology that serves well for some topics but not for others. The article on milk, for example, asserts that it is "the most nourishing of all foods" and continues with a paean to cow's milk in the human diet, omitting scientific studies implicating it in a range of diseases or the controversy swirling around the use of bovine growth hormones. An encyclopedia has the impossible task of carving out truth in a world where knowledge is continuing to evolve. Created to meet the needs of school curriculums and home users, the World Book offers simplistic answers to complex topics, steering clear of controversial statements. This approach allows for the needs of student assignments, but it does little to aid critical thinking. BOTTOM LINE As long as the venerated print edition exists, libraries of all types and sizes will continue to purchase the World Book as a core reference resource for young adults and adults, and it will continue to be a solid starting point for inquiry. [Electronic versions are available as the World Book Online Reference Center and as targeted databases for specific groups; for more information, go to www.worldbookonline.com.]--Kelli Perkins, Herrick Dist. Lib., Holland, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.