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The World Book Encyclopedia

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The World Book Encyclopedia

  1. 1. The World Book Encyclopedia Katherine Blonski A Ready Reference Instructional Presentation
  2. 2. The World Book Encyclopedia  The World Book Encyclopedia is in the business of helping families, schools, and libraries across the world discover content that is trustworthy and readable.  It presents information in the most accessible and usable form.  It aims to meet the reference and study needs of students, librarians, and the general public.  It is a tool for learning with general information about people, places, things, events, and ideas.
  3. 3. History  World Book, Inc. was founded in 1915  World Book was first published in 1917 as an 8-volume set.  It has expanded over the years and now has 22 volumes which includes an index.  It is updated and reprinted each year.
  4. 4. Authority  Since its first publication, World Book has been a leader in providing research materials.  It has set standards for supplying accuracy, reliability, and objectivity in those materials.  A panel of experts, scholars, and consultants in major academic fields such as biological sciences, humanities, physical science, and social science are involved in the planning, production, and ongoing evaluation.  It is the combined expertise of 4,000 individuals.
  5. 5. Selection of Contents  A program of research and evaluation offers editors the data required to help make decisions on the contents.  Periodic curriculum studies provide information on the topics studied in school systems from kindergarten to high school.  An analysis of curriculum guides, national and state standards, and textbooks supply information on current and new school topics.
  6. 6. Access  Users can find World Book in the Reference Section of the library.  It is for in-library use only.
  7. 7. Arrangement  World Book is organized for the user to quickly find the information they are seeking.  All articles are alphabetically arranged, volume by volume and subject by subject.  Volumes are arranged by letter.  All entries that begin with the letter “A” are found in Volume A and so on.  In some cases, entries that start with two or more consecutive letters are arranged in one volume.  In two instances, letters “C” and “S”, a single volume is not large enough to accommodate all the articles with the same letter.
  8. 8. Fourfold Plan for Major Articles  The plan brings together four basic elements: an outline, a complete story, visual aids, and related articles.  An outline gives readers an overall view of the article and shows the interrelationship of its units.  The complete story gives readers a solid foundation of information about a subject.  A wide variety of visual aids clarifies meaning and reinforces learning. Photographs, drawings, paintings, maps, diagrams, charts, and graphs give life to information.  A list of related World Book articles encourages readers to broaden their study of a subject.
  9. 9. How to Use World Book  World Book provides users with a how-to guide in the Preface found in Volume A, pages VIII-X.  Below are tips World Book supplies to find information in the entries.  Word-by-word arrangement  In the alphabetical system used in World Book, semicolons and then spaces precede letters of the alphabet.  A few different examples:  Man; Isle of Man; Managua.  New York; Newark.  Delacroix, Eugene; De la Roche, Mazo; Delaware; De la Warr, Lord; Delegate.  Antidote; Anti-Federalists; Antifreeze.  Mary; Mary I; Mary II; Mary, Queen of Scots; Mary Magdalene.
  10. 10. How to Use World Book (cont’d)  Guide words  At the top of each page is a guide word. These are there to help users quickly locate an entry.  Entry-cross references  They appear in bold and are included in the alphabetical arrangement.  Some provide the titles of topics that can be found in the set under other names.  The entry directs the user to the place where the most specific information is located on the topic.  Other entry-cross references tell the user what section of an article to find information.
  11. 11. How to Use World Book (cont’d)  Cross-references within the text  These “see” and “see also” cross-references are within and after the text.  They direct users to particular maps, charts, pictures, or articles for additional information on the material that was just read.  Article headings  Articles are divided into sections and subsections with their own headings.  Captions  The illustrations have captions that give information to clarify or add to the information in the article.
  12. 12. Example Search  To find “Italy” in World Book, a user must first locate the correct volume. “Italy” is located in Volume 10 “I”
  13. 13. This is the page a user would find for “Italy” in World Book.
  14. 14. Guide wordGuide word Guide word Caption Cross-reference Article heading Finding information is easy within the entry using the tips supplied by World Book.
  15. 15. Special Features  Pronunciation key  World Book provides pronunciation for unusual or unfamiliar words.  The words are divided into syllables and respelled to show how each syllable sounds.  Illustrations and maps  These are supplements to the article.  Research aids  These are included to assist the user to search within World Book and to facilitate finding information outside of it.  A guide to writing, speaking, and research skills  This feature is used to help students on an oral or written report.
  16. 16. Citation  World Book, Inc. (2016). The World Book Encyclopedia.
  17. 17. Further Questions  If there are questions about this resource as you familiarize yourself with it and recommend it to students, please contact the head librarian.