Compton’s by Britannica. Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica. 2007. 26v.: ill




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Compton’s by Britannica. Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica. 2007. 26v.: ill.

First published in 1922. Purchased by Britannica in 1961. For students in middle school through high school. Has approximately 37,000 entries and 23,000 illustrations. The Fact-Index volume includes brief entries and charts, some of which are more current than the information in the encyclopedia volumes. Acceptable but not a first choice.


The New Encyclopedia Britannica. 15th ed. Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica. 32v. : ill.

Contents: Micropaedia (Ready Reference), 12v. ; Macropaedia (knowledge in depth), 17v; Propaedia (Outline of knowledge) 1v.; Index, 2v.

First published 1768. Encyclopedia Britannica was a traditional multi-volume, alphabetical work. In 1974, format changed to micropaedia for brief factual entries, macropaedia for long monographic entries, and propaedia for an outline of knowledge by subject area. There was no index other than the micropaedia until 1985. It now has a comprehensive two-volume index. Britannica continues to be the most authoritative, comprehensive English-language encyclopedia. The format makes it inconvenient to use for quick fact checking.
Children’s Encyclopedias
Britannica Student Encyclopedia. Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica. 2007. 16v.: il.

Replaces Children’s Britannica, first published in 1988. For young students ages 8-12, grades 3-6. Has accessible language, alphabetical organization, and colorful features such as timelines, fact boxes, and quizzes. Has 2,300 articles and 3,300 illustrations.


Compton’s by Britannica. Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica. 2007. 26v.: ill.

First published in 1922. Purchased by Britannica in 1961. For students in middle school through high school. Has approximately 37,000 entries and 23,000 illustrations. The Fact-Index volume includes brief entries and charts, some of which are more current than the information in the encyclopedia volumes. Acceptable but not a first choice.


The New Book of Knowledge. New York: Scholastic. 21 v.: ill.

First published in 1912 as The Book of Knowledge. Title changed in 1965. For elementary- and middle-school students. Large font size, colorful illustrations, special features, and “wonder questions” make this appealing for young readers. Provides current, accurate information geared to the reading level, academic needs, and extra-curricular interests of young students.


Electronic Encyclopedias

These products have evolved into suites featuring encyclopedias at varying levels for children, teens, and adults as well as dictionaries, atlases, and historical and literary resources.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online www.eb.com

Has three sites: Encyclopedia Britannica Online Academic Edition (does not include children’s encyclopedias), Encyclopedia Britannica Online Public Library Edition (includes adult and children’s search pages for Encyclopedia Britannica, Britannica Concise Encyclopedia, and Compton’s) and Encyclopedia Britannica Online School Edition (includes Britannica Elementary, Compton’s, and Encyclopedia Britannica as well as teacher resources). All include dictionaries and a thesaurus, an atlas, links to articles and Web sites, and personal workspace feature for creating research projects. World Data Analyst, Year in Review Browse, and daily features also included. Britannica produces a print edition of The New Encyclopedia Britannica every two years. Compton’s appears in print every two years also.


Grolier Online http://go.grolier.com

Includes Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, New Book of Knowledge Online. Additional databases available are America the Beautiful, Lands and Peoples, The New Book of Popular Science, and La nueva enciclopedia cumbre. Features included across databases are American Heritage dictionaries (includes American Heritage English to Spanish Dictionary and American Heritage Spanish to English Dictionary with audio pronunciation), Grolier Online Atlas, Grolier Internet Index (links to over 60,000 Web sites) global search, and periodicals (765 age-appropriate periodicals from EBSCO Content Solutions).


World Book Online Reference Center http://www.worldbookonline.com

Includes the complete World Book Encyclopedia plus over 8,500 articles specially created for the online version, more than 12,000 illustrations and maps, 100 videos, 10,000 sounds, and 100 360-degree panoramas, as well as 7,000 Web links. Also has Back in Time (13,000 historic articles from past editions), Enciclopedia estudiantil hallazgos (Spanish-language version of The World Book Student Discovery Encyclopedia), parent, teacher, and student resources, special reports (500 in-depth feature articles), Surf the Ages (fictitious historical Web sites), periodical articles from EBSCO Content Solutions, World Book Dictionary. Today in History, Through the Year (activities and articles about each month), World Book Dictionary, and World Book Research Libraries (primary source documents). Print edition available annually from World Book.


Wikipedia http://www.wikipedia.com

“Free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.” Available in many languages with varying amounts of content. Minimal guidelines. Some articles by experts on arcane subjects are unique and accurate. Lack of editorial oversight means users should verify information elsewhere and not make Wikipedia the only source consulted.


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