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True Confessions of Carla: I secretly want to own an entire set of encyclopedias.  I do not think I am alone in this desire.  If you are over the age of thirty, you may remember the days of researching for a school report without the aid of the internet.  Having your own set of encyclopedias was homework gold!  I don’t actually own a set because, really, where would I put it? And also, like my cell phone and laptop, it would be outdated by the time I peel off the packaging.

Fortunately, the Provo City Library has us covered.  Not only do we keep a current edition of the World Book Encyclopedia in our reference collection, but we subscribe to the online version which our residents have access to 24/7!   While Wikipedia and Google are great for answering some questions, World Book Online has some great advantages:

  • You have access to scholarly articles, primary and secondary source documents and loads of images, illustrations, maps and videos relating to your research subject.
  • Articles are authored by expert contributors and researchers.
  • Information is updated regularly and consistently.
  • Information is accessible through age appropriate platforms which adjust for reading levels.
  • Citations, those pesky things only students have to worry about, are included on the same page making research papers a little bit easier.

If you have never taken a look at it, you really should because it is marvelous!  To access our subscription to World Book Online, visit us at www.provolibrary.com and select “World Book Encyclopedia” under the “Learn” menu.  If you are at home, follow the link for “Home Access” and supply your Provo City Library Card number and PIN and Boom!  Homework gold is once again yours!

I’ll admit, it’s not the same thing.  You miss out on that shiny paper, the heft of each volume, and that musty smell which I nostalgically link with the desperation of a fast approaching due date.  But it is possibly, the very next best thing. 

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