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Online Resources - Search Tips

Amazing Animals
Animals of the world for elementary students and higher.

  1. There are two ways to search:
    • enter a word or phrase in the “Find it Fast!” search box at the top of the screen;
    • or click on the categories pictured on the left side of the screen to browse animals in these categories.  
  2. If you have entered a word or phrase in the search box, click “Go” or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  3. The Search Results will open to a list of articles. Click on any of these to view the article.
  4. Help with the database is available. Click on the “Help” button located under the “Find it Fast!” search box. You also may find the Search Tips and Guided Tour to be helpful.
  5. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the “Grolier Online” icon located on the upper left side of the screen or use your browser’s “Back” button.

America the Beautiful
Features comprehensive information about each of the 50 states.

  1. Search by entering a word or phrase in the “Find it Fast!” search box at the top of the screen.
  2. Click “Go” or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  3. The Search Results will open to a list of articles. Click on any of these to view the article.
  4. Advanced Searching also is available. Click on the “Advanced Search” button located in the bar at the top of the screen. This can be used to further refine or limit a search. 
  5. Help with the database is available. Click on the “Help” button located in the bar at the top of the screen.
  6. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the “Grolier Online” icon located on the upper left side of the screen, or use your browser’s “Back” button.

American Indian History Online
Access to more than 600 Native American groups and over 15,000 years of American Indian culture and history.

  1. There are three ways to search:
    • enter a word or phrase in the search box at the top of the screen;
    • browse by clicking on the categories on the upper left side of the screen;
    • or browse the historical Topic Centers on the lower left side of the screen. This will link you to browsable lists in these areas.
  2. If you have entered a word or phrase in the search box, click on the “Go” button or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  3. The Search Results will open to a list of articles. Click on the tabs on the top of the screen to sort the search results by format. Read the articles by clicking on the highlighted title.
  4. Advanced Searching also is available. Click on the “Advanced Search” button located in the bar at the top of the screen. This can be used to further refine or limit a search. 
  5. Help with the database is available. Click on the “Help” button located in the bar at the top of the screen.
  6. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the “Home” button located in the bar at the top of the screen, or use your browser’s “Back” button.

Biography in Context
More than 300,000 biographies from respected sources, for individuals from around the world, throughout history to the present. (GuideONLINE RESOURCES - Search Tipsd Tour)

  1. There are three ways to search:
    • enter a name or term in the search box at the top of the screen;
    • browse by clicking on the names listed under the categories on the screen;
    • or do an Advanced Search by clicking on this link at the top of the screen and then entering search terms on the form.
  2. If you have entered a name in the search box, click on the “Search” button or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard, or select a name from the drop-down menu in the search box.
  3. The Search Results from a Name or Advanced search will open to a list of matches. Click on a name from the list to read the biographical information.
  4. Help with the database is available. Click on the “Help” button located in the bar at the top of the screen.
  5. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the “Home” button located in the left side of the bar at the top of the screen, or use your browser’s “Back” button.

Chelsea House Biographies Online
In-depth looks at people who have shaped our world. World leaders, sports stars, popular icons, writers, legends of the old west, and many more.

  1. There are two ways to search:
    • enter a word or phrase in the search box at the upper right side of the screen; or browse biographies either by clicking on Browse Biographies in the bar at the top of the screen
    • or by clicking on any of the names or categories listed under Featured Biographies or Featured Collections on the database’s “Home” page.
  2. If you have entered a name in the search box, click the “Search” icon or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  3. The results will open to a list. Click on any of the blue highlighted names or items in the list. This will link you to the resources. You may also filter your results by clicking on the categories listed on the left side of the screen.
  4. Help with the database is available. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on Help located at the lower left side of the screen.
  5. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the “Home” button at the top left side of the screen, or use your browser’s “Back” button.

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database(CLCD)
An online database with over 400,000 reviews and links to parent and teacher resources, and more. NOTE: Click on the “Subscriber Login” button at the top-left to begin search.

  1. Click on the “Subscriber Login” button at the top left side of the page. 
  2. There are two ways to search:
    Full Text searches all of the bibliographic data and book reviews in the database,
    Browse creates several types of  lists that can also be used to search the database.
  3. To do a Full Text search, enter a word or phrase in the “Full Text Search Word(s)” box at the top of the screen. Additional search qualifiers are available on the page to further limit or refine your search. 
  4. To do a Browse search, click on “Go to Browse” on the left side of the screen.  Enter a word or phrase in the “Browse Word” box at the  top of the screen, and select a category from the “Browse Category” list.
  5. Click “Search” or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  6. The Full Text search results will open to a list of titles. Click on any of the  highlighted titles to read the information.
  7. The Browse search results will open to a list. Check any of the boxes on the left side of the list to select items, then click on “Select” at the top of the screen. This will open to a list of titles. Click on any of the highlighted titles to read the information.
  8. Help with the database is available. Click on “Consult Help” on the left side of the page. Included in the Help information are tutorials on searching the database.
  9. To return to the database’s homepage, click on “New Search” in the bar at either the top or the left side of the screen, or use your browser’s “Back”button.
  10. Educators: Reading Measurement Programs (such as Lexile) are included in   the bibliographic records for each book in the database.

CultureGrams
Features cultures of 182 countries, including maps, statistics, photographs, national anthems, recipes and currency converters. Includes information about each U.S. state as well.

  1. Elementary students will probably want to select the Kids Edition, States Edition, or Provinces Edition. The World Edition is intended for middle and high school students and adults.                   
  2. There are two ways to search: enter a word or phrase in the search box at the upper right side of the screen, or click on an area of the interactive map.
  3. If you have entered a word or phrase in the search box, hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  4. The Search Results will open to a list of articles, with the first lines of text displayed. Read the entire article by clicking on the highlighted title.
  5. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the “Home” button at the top of the screen, or use your browser’s “Back” button.
  6.  Educators: Search curriculum standards by clicking on “Curriculum Standards PDF” at the bottom of the homepage to access a listing of National Curriculum Standards.

Encyclopaedia Britannica For Kids
All the resources found in Encyclopaedia Britannica, plus special online learning materials for students, in grades K-8. 

  1. There are two ways to search:
    • enter a word or phrase in the “Search the Encyclopedia” search box at the top of the screen;
    • or click on highlighted topics under Browse, Student Center, or Discover America to browse these areas.  
  2. Click “Go” or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  3. The Search Results will open to a list of articles, with the first lines of text displayed. Read the entire article by clicking on the highlighted title. “Choose a content source” appears on the left hand side of the page. Click on one of these to narrow your searches to that source.
  4. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the “Home” button at the top of the screen, or use your browser’s “Back” button.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Contains the full text of hundreds of reference books on a wide variety of subjects, including history, business, medicine, science and humanities. Includes tables of content, indexes and illustrations. (Guided Tour)

  1. There are two ways to search:
    • enter a word or phrase in the Search box at the top of the screen,
    • or browse the subject areas listed on the homepage.
  2. If you have entered a word or phrase in the search box, click on the “Search” button or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  3. The Search Results will open to a list of articles. Read the articles by clicking on the highlighted title. Searches may be limited by clicking on the categories listed on the screen.
  4. Advanced Searching is also available. Click on the “Advanced Search” button located under the Search box. This can be used to further refine or limit a search. 
  5. Help with the database is available. Click on the “Help” icon located in the bar at the top right of the screen.
  6. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the Gale Virtual Reference Library icon at the top left of the screen, or use your browser’s “Back” button.

General OneFile
General interest articles on current events, science, entertainment, the arts, etc.

  1. There are three ways to search: click on Subject Guide Search, Publication Search, or Advanced Search in the bar at the top of the screen and enter a word or phrase in the search box. You may also enter a word or phrase in the search box without clicking on the above options.
  2. Click the Search icon or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  3. The Search Results will open to a result list. Click on the tabs on the side of the screen to sort the search results by format. Read the full results by clicking on the highlighted title.
  4. To return to the database’s homepage, click on Home Page in the bar at the top of the screen or use your browser’s “Back” button.

Health and Wellness Resource Center
Collection of general interest health and fitness magazines, medical and professional periodicals, reference books and pamphlets. (Guided Tour)

  1. There are four ways to search:
    • click on Drugs & Herbal Remedies, Directory, or Dictionary and enter a word or phrase in the search box;
    • or click on Diseases and Conditions and browse the alphabetical listings;
    • or click on Trusted Sites or Health Assessment for links to helpful websites.
    • There also is a general search box that includes all of the above resources.
  2. If you entered a word or phrase in the search box, click either “Submit” or “Search” or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  3. The Search Results will open to a result list. Click on the tabs on the top of the screen to sort the search results by format. Read the full results by clicking on the highlighted title.
  4. Help with the database is available. Click on the “Help” button located in the green bar at the top of the screen.
  5. Advanced Searching also is available. Click on the “Advanced Search” button located at the top of the screen. This can be used to further refine or limit a search. 
  6. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the “Home” button located on the left side of the bar at the top of the screen, or use your browser’s “Back” button.

Lands and People
A unique cultural database of all the countries on the globe. World Atlas included.

  1. There are two ways to search: enter a word or phrase in the “Find it Fast!” search box at the top of the screen; or click on the Lands and Peoples tab on the left side of the homepage to browse different topics.  
  2. Click “Search” or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  3. The Search Results will open to a list of articles. Click on any of these to view the article. Search results from websites, media, news feature stories, and magazines are available by clicking on tabs at the top of the screen. The frame on the left sorts the articles according to source.
  4. Advanced Searching is also available. Click on the “Advanced Search” button located on the upper right side of the screen. This can be used to further refine or limit a search. 
  5. Help with the database is available. Click on the “Help” button located at the upper right side of the screen.
  6. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the “Home” button located at the bottom of the screen or use your browser’s “Back” button.

Educators: Search curriculum standards by clicking on Librarians/Educators tab located at the top of the screen and then clicking on “Search Curriculum Standards” for state and nationwide standards.

Marshall Cavendish Digital

  1. There are three ways to search:
    • enter a word or phrase in the “Search Your Marshall Cavendish Digital Titles” search box at the top of the screen;
    • browse by category and click on Animals and Plants, Biographies, Geography, Health, or Sciences;
    • or browse by title and click on Animal and Plant Anatomy, Aquatic World, Dinosaurs, Diseases and Disorders, Drugs and Society, Elements, Exploring Earth and Space Science, Exploring Mammals, Family Health, Food and Nutrition, Growing Up with Science, Habitats of the World, How it Works, International Wildlife, Peoples of Africa, Peoples of Europe, Reptiles and Amphibians, or Wildlife and Plants of the World.
  2. If you have entered a word or phrase in the search box, click on the “Quick Search” button or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  3.  The Search Results will open to a list of articles. Click on any of these to view the article. The frame on the left side of the screen sorts the search results by categories.
  4. If you browsed by category, you can continue to browse using the “A-Z” list of topics, or you can search by entering a word or phrase in the search box.
  5. Advanced Searching is also available. Click on the “Advanced Search” button located to the right of the search box at the top of the screen. This can be used to further refine or limit a search. 
  6. Help with the database is available. Click on the “Guided Tour” button in the orange box in the lower left side of the database’s homepage.
  7. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the “Home” button at the upper right side of the screen, or use your browser’s “Back” button.

Modern World History Online
Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history—from the mid-15th century to the present.

  1. There are three ways to search:
    • enter a word or phrase in the search box at the top of the screen;
    • browse by clicking on the categories on the upper left side of the screen;
    • or browse the historical Topic Centers on the lower left side of the screen. This will link you to browsable lists in these areas.
  2. If you have entered a word or phrase in the search box, click on the “Go”  button or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  3. The Search Results will open to a list of articles. Click on the tabs on the top of the screen to sort the search results by format. Read the articles by clicking on the highlighted title.
  4. Advanced Searching also is available. Click on the “Advanced Search” button located in the bar at the top of the screen. This can be used to further refine or limit a search. 
  5. Help with the database is available. Click on the “Help” button located in the bar at the top of the screen.
  6. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the “Home” button located in the bar at the top of the screen, or use your browser’s “Back” button.

MUZZY Online
Especially designed for children, Muzzy is a comprehensive, interactive and fun way to learn a second language. Includes Spanish, French, German, Italian, English, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese and Russian.

  1. Search for language learning lessons by clicking on English, French, Italian, German or Spanish. Each language will automatically select Level 1.  To select a different level, click on the levels in the bar on the upper left side of the screen.
  2. Select a lesson by either clicking on Select by Lesson or Play All. Select by Lesson links to a list, while Play All plays the lessons sequentially when you click on the categories Watch and Play, Words and Games, and More Practice.
  3. Help with the database is available. Click on the “Help” button located in the bar at the top of the screen.
  4. To return to the database’s home page, click on the “Home” button located in the bar at the top of the screen, or use your browser’s “Back” button. To move between lessons, click on the arrows or the pointing fingers at the bottom of the screen.

New Book of Knowledge
Includes The American Heritage Children's Dictionary and The American Heritage Children's Thesaurus.

  1. Search by entering a word or phrase in the “Find it Fast!” search box at the top of the screen.  
  2. Click “Search” or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  3. The Search Results will open to a list of articles. Click on any of these to view the article.
  4. Advanced Searching is also available. Click on the “Advanced Search” button located on the upper right side of the screen. This can be used to further refine or limit a search. 
  5. Help with the database is available. Click on the “Help” button located at the upper right side of the screen.
  6. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the “Home” button located at the bottom of the screen or use your browser’s “Back” button.

New Book of Popular Science
Covers science, technology, and medical topics.

  1. Search by entering a word or phrase in the “Find it Fast!” search box at the top of the screen.
  2. Click “Go” or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  3. The Search Results will open to a list of articles. Click on any of these to view the article.
  4. Advanced Searching also is available. Click on the “Advanced Search” button located on the upper right side of the screen. This can be used to further refine or limit a search. 
  5. Help with the database is available. Click on the “Help” button located at the top of the screen.
  6. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the “Grolier Online” icon located on the upper left side of the screen or use your browser’s “Back” button.

Newsbank
Local, regional and national newspapers, plus America’s Obituaries and Death Notices and Genealogy Bank.

  1. There are several ways to search. One is to America’s Genealogy Bank and enter a word or phrase in the search box. You may also click on Chicago Area News or choose one of the newspaper titles listed below the heading. Browse current events by clicking on Hot Topics or News Headlines on the top of the bar on the left side of the screen. To view special reports, click on the topics listed in the bar on the left side of the screen.
  2. If you have entered a word or phrase in the search box, click on the “Search”     button or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  3. The Search Results will open to a results list. Read the full results by clicking on the highlighted title.
  4. To return to the database’s homepage, use your browser’s “Back” button.

NoveList K-8
Search for picture books through chapter books by author, title, series name or subject.

  1. There are two ways to search: enter a word or phrase in the search box at the top of the screen, or browse the different categories in the Recommended Reads Lists section on the left side of the screen. If searching by word or phrase, you may select a box by “Limit to” (located under the Search box) to limit your search by an age group.
  2. If you have entered a word or phrase in the search box, click on the “Search”     button or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  3. The Search Results will open to a result list. Click on the tabs on the top of the screen to sort the search results by format. Read the full results by clicking on the highlighted title.
  4. Advanced Searching is also available. Click on the “Advanced Search” button located at the top of the screen. This can be used to further refine or limit a search. 
  5. Help with the database is available. Click on the “Help” button located in the bar at the top of the screen.
  6. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the “Home” button located at the top left side of the screen, or use your browser’s “Back” button.

PebbleGo
PebbleGo Biographies, PebbleGo Animals, PebbleGo Earth and Space and PebbleGo Social Studies are resources designed especially for students in grades K-3. They include photographs, videos and educational games.

  1. Select a database by clicking on Pebble Go Animals, Pebble Go Earth and Space, Biographies, or Social Studies.
  2. There are two ways to search: enter a word or phrase in the “Search” box at the top right side of the screen, or click on one of the categories on the page.
  3. If you have entered a word or phrase in the search box, select a word from the drop-down menu in the box.
  4. Further explore each category by clicking on the tabs at the top of the screen.
  5. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the “Back” arrow at the top of the screen or click on the “Pebble Go” icon on the top left side of the screen. Using your browser’s “Back” button will take you to the Pebble Go Main Menu. You can move between the Pebble Go databases by clicking on Animals, Earth and Space, Biographies or Social Studies on the upper left side of the screen.

Scholastic BookFLIX
Online literacy resource that pairs classic fictional video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks. Reinforces core reading skills and introduces students to a world of knowledge and exploration.

  1. Search for pairings of video storybooks with nonfiction eBooks by clicking on Animals and Nature, Earth and Sky, People and Places, ABC’s and 1,2, 3’s, Family and Community, Music and Rhyme, Adventure, Celebrations, or Imagination.
  2. The Search Results will open to pairs of video storybooks and eBooks. To move through the list, click on the green “Turn Page” or “Back” arrows at the bottom right and left of the page, or use the tabs at the right side of the page.
  3. To open a video or eBook, click on the green “Go” button.
  4. Help with the database is available. Click on the “Help” button located at the top right side of the screen.
  5. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the “Home” button located at the top left side of the screen, or use your browser’s “Back” button.
  6. Educators: click on the “Resources” button on the top right side of the screen for detailed information about the materials, including recommended grade levels and Lexile information.

Science Online
Diagrams, definitions, biographies, experiments and essays in specific subject areas.

  1. There are three ways to search:
    • enter a word or phrase in the “Basic Search”  box at the top of the screen;
    • click on the areas listed under Browse Science Resources;
    • or click on the topics listed under Explore Subjects.  This will link you to browsable lists in these areas.
  2.  If you have entered a word or phrase in the search box, click on the “Search” button or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  3. The Search Results will open to a list of articles. Click on the tabs on the top of the screen to sort the search results by format. Read the articles by clicking on the highlighted title.
  4. Advanced Searching also is available. Click on the “Advanced Search” button located in the bar at the top of the screen. This can be used to further refine or limit a search. 
  5. Help with the database is available. Click on the “Help” button located in the bar at the top of the screen.
  6. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the “Home” button located in the bar at the top of the screen, or use your browser’s “Back” button.

Something About the Author
This series covers individuals ranging from established award winners in children’s literature to authors and illustrators who are just beginning their careers in children’s literature.

  1. There are two ways to search:
    • enter a word or phrase in the search box at the top of the screen,
    • or browse by clicking on the “Browse Authors” button in the bar at the top of the screen.
  2. If you have entered a word or phrase in the search box, click on the “Search” button or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  3. The Search Results page will open to a list of matches. Click on the author’s name to read the encyclopedia entry.
  4. Advanced Searching also is available. Click on the “Advanced Search” button located in the bar at the top of the screen. This can be used to further refine or limit a search. 
  5. Help with the database is available. Click on the “Help” button located in the bar at the top of the screen.
  6. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the “Basic Search” button located in the left side of the bar at the top of the screen, or use your browser’s “Back” button.

TrueFLIX
Includes: digital Scholastic True Books, links to further information in Grolier Online and web sites about each topic. Non-fiction topics include: continents, ancient civilizations, U.S. government westward expansion, natural disaters, space, human body and ecosystems.

  1. There are two ways to search: click on a category: American Indians, Ancient Civilizations, Continents, U.S. Government, Westward Expansion, Disasters, Ecosystems, Extreme Nature, Human Bodies, Space; or click on any of the thumbnails that rotate at the center of the Home screen.
  2. The Search Results from clicking on a category open to a list of True Book titles. Click on any of these books to view the materials.
  3. After a book has been selected (either from the Search Results or by clicking on a thumbnail,) the True Flix unit opens. Click on either the video under Watch It or the book under Read It, or navigate by clicking on any of the tabs on the left side of the screen.
  4. Help with the database is available. Click on the “Help” button located in the bar at the top right side of the screen.
  5. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the “Home” button at the top left side of the screen, or use your browser’s “Back” button.
  6. Educators: Click on Lesson Plan at the bottom right side of the screen of a True Flix unit for lesson planning ideas and learning objectives.

TumbleBook Library
A collection of animated, talking picture books and puzzles created from existing picture books, Large Print chapter books and classic children's books. There are also books in Spanish and French. (Biblioteca TumbleBook)

  1. There are three ways to search:
    • enter a word or phrase in the "Tumblesearch" search box at the top of the screen;
    • browse titles by clicking on Story Books, Read-Alongs, Videos, Puzzles & Games, Language Learning, or Non-Fiction Books; 
    • or click on “Index” in the bar at the top of the page to view an alphabetical listing of all the titles and authors that are available.
  2. To find iPad books, click on the Tumble Mobile button.
  3. If you have entered a word or phrase in the search box, the search can be limited by selecting options in the pull-down box located above the search box. To search, click on the arrow or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  4. The Search Results will open to a list of available titles. To view these books, click on the “Read Online” button.
  5. Help with the database is available. Click on the “Help” button located in the bar at the top of the screen.
  6. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the “Home” button located in the bar at the top of the screen, or use your browser’s “Back” button.

TumbleBookCloud
An online collection of read-alongs, e-books and audio books with reading levels from grades 6-12. Includes YA/Teen novels, classics, poetry, short stories, YA/Teen audiobooks, graphic novels, and educational videos from National Geographic.

  1. There are three ways to search:
    • enter a word or phrase in the search box at the top of the screen;
    • browse titles by clicking on the areas listed under Our Collection;
    • or click on “Index” in the bar at the top of the page to view an alphabetical listing of all the titles that are available.
  2.  If you have entered a word or phrase in the search box, the search can be limited by selecting options in the pull-down box located to the left of the search box. To search, click “Go” or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  3. The Search Results will open to a list of available titles. To view these books, click on the “View Online” button.
  4. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the “Home” button located in the bar at the top of the screen, or use your browser’s “Back” button.

World Book Encyclopaedia
Features include timelines, maps, and interactive indexes. Incluye Encicopedia Estudiantil Halazgos.

  1. Elementary students will probably want to select World Book Kids or World Book Student. World Book Advanced is intended for high school students and adults. At the bottom of each database are tabs to get from one to another.
  2. For World Book Kids, there are two ways to search:
    • enter a word or phrase in the “Search it” search box at the top of the screen,
    • or browse subjects by clicking on these categories on the database’s homepage or at the top of subsequent pages.
  3. For World Book Student, there are two ways to search: enter a word or phrase in the search box at the top of the screen, or browse by subject or alphabetically. Click on these options on the upper right side of the homepage by “Other Ways to Find It.”
  4. You may search both World Book Kids and World Book Student at the same time, by selecting this option on the World Book Student homepage. Click on “World Book Student + Kids” underneath the search box.
  5. If you have entered a word or phrase in the search box, click “Go” (World Book Kids) or “Search” (World Book Student), or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  6. The Search Results will open to a list of articles. Click on any of these to view the article. Search results for pictures, maps, websites, etc. are available by clicking on these options in the frame on the left side of the screen.
  7. Advanced searching is only available for World Book Student. Click on the “Advanced Search” button located under the search box. This can be used to further refine or limit a search.
  8. Help with the database is available. Click on the “Help” button located at the bottom of the screen. World Book Kids also has a “Help” button located at the upper right side of the screen.
  9. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the “Home” button at the top of the screen, or use your browser’s “Back” button.
  10. Educators: click on the “Educator’s Tools” button at the bottom of the World Book Student page to access lists of state standards.

World Geography and Culture
Reproducible, full-color maps, flags, statistics, images, and information about a location's geography, government, history, society, and culture.

  1. There are three ways to search:
    • enter a word or phrase in the search box at the upper right side of the screen;
    • or click on the geographic areas listed under Gazetteer;
    • or select countries or U.S. states from the pull-down menus at the top of the screen.
  2. If you have entered a word or phrase in the search box, click ”Search” or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard.
  3. The results will open to an “All Results” list. Click on any item in the list. This will link you to the resources.
  4. Tabs above the “All Results” list sort the results into media: All Results; Places and Topics; Maps and Flags; Images; and News Articles. Click on a tab for results only in that media.
  5. If you have selected a country or U.S. state, the page will open to “At a Glance,” which is brief facts about the country or state.
  6. The menu bar on the left side of the screen allows you to navigate through the information. Choose either Maps and Flags; Images; Geography; People and Culture; Weather and Climate; History; Government; Society; or Country News. Click on a topic to expand it into sub-topics.   
  7. Help with the database is available. Click on the “Help” button located in the menu bar at the top left side of the screen.
  8. To return to the database’s homepage, click on the “Home” button in the menu bar at the top left side of the screen, or use your browser’s “Back” button.