Introduction to Encyclopedias : Introduction to Encyclopedias South Scranton Intermediate School
6th Grade What is an encyclopedia? : What is an encyclopedia? “A book or set of books containing articles on various topics, usually in alphabetical arrangement, covering all branches of knowledge or, less commonly, all aspects of one subject.” –www.dictionary.com When would I use an encyclopedia? : When would I use an encyclopedia? When you need general background information on a topic!
An encyclopedia will NOT include as much information as a textbook. It is a place to start your search. Try it instead of Google! World Book Encyclopedia : World Book Encyclopedia “World Book is a tool for learning—a general encyclopedia that tells about people, places, things, events and ideas. It provides accurate information that is easy to find and easy to understand.”
–World Book, Volume 1 World Book Encyclopedia : World Book Encyclopedia First published in 1917
Revised version published every year
Currently 22 volumes
Designed for students in elementary school through high school
Over 3,800 people are involved with writing and checking the articles
Topics are arranged alphabetically World Book Articles : World Book Articles Text
Visual aides (photos, drawings, paintings, maps, diagrams, charts, and graphs)
List of related articles
Suggestions for further reading
Author How to use World Book : How to use World Book Think about the question you need to find an answer to, or the information that you are looking for
Identify key words in order of importance
Choose the appropriate volume and begin your search (remember : alphabetical order) Important terms : Important terms Guide words: located at the top corners of a set of pages, these words are the titles of the first and last articles found on the pages. They will help you find the page where your topic is located (like a dictionary or phone book).
Cross-references: sometimes an article will direct you towards another article for more specific information on a given topic (‘see XYZ’ or ‘see also XYZ’).
Article headings: longer articles are divided into sections and subsections, so you can focus on specific information instead of the whole article if necessary.
Captions: located near the article’s illustrations, this is special text that clarifies or adds information to the article Wikipedia : Wikipedia Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia
It is written collaboratively- meaning anyone, anywhere can change the content of an article
GOOD: experts from all over the world can contribute their knowledge to any given topic
BAD: some people purposely include inaccurate information to mislead others A Note on Wikipedia : A Note on Wikipedia When to use it:
for personal entertainment
to find references to other online articles (links located at the bottom of every entry)
to give you ideas of how to expand your search
When NOT to use it:
when you need to cite reliable sources in a paper Alphabetical Order Review : Alphabetical Order Review Which comes first?
Library of Congress
Rock climbing Slide 12: Alphabetical Order Review Answers:
2) Library Journal
3) Library of Congress
2) Rock climbing
3) Rock video
4) Rockefeller, John
5) Rocky Mountains Slide 13: Title of Article?
Caption? Slide 14: Article Headings?
Sections/Subsections? Slide 15: Guide Word?
Cross-References? Topic Choices : Topic Choices Sports