Online encyclopedias offer enhanced features

Posted: Monday, June 2, 2014, 8:42 am

With easy online access to tons of information, along with exciting additional content including pictures, audio and video clips and Web links for further investigation, today's encyclopedias are not your parents' encyclopedias!

Students and researchers of all ages will appreciate Britannica Library. Information is presented by age-appropriate reading levels for children and young adults, and includes a read-aloud feature for struggling readers. Older students and adults can access the Reference Center for in-depth topic information. More than 90,000 pictures and audio and video clips enhance the authoritative content along with journal articles and links to editor-selected websites.

Credo Reference brings together online access to more than 600 in-depth subject encyclopedias and handbooks covering nearly two dozen major subjects. Whether you're looking for facts, words, concepts, people, places or sayings, Credo Reference is a great place to start. This digital reference library covers a wide range of topics: art, biography, business, food and beverage, geography, history, language, law, literature, medicine, music, philosophy, psychology, religion, science, social sciences and technology. Try out the Concept Map to quickly find information when you don't know exactly what to look for or want to expand your knowledge of a given area.

World Book Online is a suite of online education and research tools for all ages. World Book Kids is for younger library patrons. It offers simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, multimedia files and engaging games, interactive tools and activities to strengthen early reading skills and spark imagination. World Book Online is a powerful reference tool tailored to the needs of patrons of high-school age and above. Many articles have links to related websites and journal articles.

With each of these online encyclopedias, articles are easy to print or share and setting up a personal account allows you to save articles for future reference. They even include citation formats!

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