World Book Discover is a differentiated reference site for users of middle school age and above. This innovative online resource contains content and learning tools designed to help students not reading at the level of their peers bridge the achievement gap. World Book Discover is the optimum resource for reluctant readers, visual learners, English language learners, adult literacy students, and students with mild learning and reading disabilities. The site features powerful search and browse options. Browse content by clicking on any of the categories on the right side of the home page, or by typing a search term into the bar at the top. Select the Search Images button to search only the image database, or click on Advanced Search for Boolean search options.
Let’s begin with a search for “India”. To the left is a list of content types that were returned by our search. Click on any of these to further refine your search results. Let’s take a look at the article on India.
To the left is an article contents section. Click here to skip to the subject area that interests you most. At the top of the article is a tools box, where you can print or email the article, save to your computer, or save the article to your personal My Research account. You can also double-click a word in the article to define it. Additional options in the tools box allow you to highlight the search term in the text and enable the read-aloud function. “India is a large country in southern Asia.” If you’d like to slow it down, select that option from the “change voice” button.
You can also view the text in other languages. To the left are links to view the article in French and Spanish. These links take you to the article in our French and Spanish language sites. Below that is a drop down to have the text auto-translated into 30 different languages, making the content accessible to a wider population. Below the language feature, you’ll find a link to content standards, which are tied to your subscription state or province.
Media, including videos, images, maps, sounds and tables are embedded throughout the article. At the bottom of the article are links to related World Book articles for further reading and a link to World Book Student, where students can find more in-depth content. Below that is the article citation in MLA format as well as links to external websites selected by World Book’s editorial team for their relevance and appropriateness.
The Dictionary on World Book Discover can be searched or browsed. The Visual Dictionary allows students to explore a variety of topics visually. Choose a theme by clicking on an image in the circle of categories and refine your selection by clicking on more specific categories. I’ll begin by taking a look at geology→ geological phenomena→ volcano→ and a volcano during eruption. On the content page, we have a diagram of an erupting volcano. Labels illustrate and define the key features of the image, building comprehension and vocabulary. Toggle between English, French, and Spanish.
The World Book Discover Atlas is an up to date source of full-color maps of the world, as well as continents, countries, states and provinces, and many cities. Drill down to access political maps of the world. Links on the left direct you to related maps, including neighboring states or countries and maps featuring demographic, industrial, and meteorological data.
World Book’s Timelines feature allows users to explore and create timelines of historic, current, and personal events. Browse timelines on curriculum topics created by World Book editors, or create your own timelines with user-uploaded images. Please take a look at our Timelines tutorial video for more information.
My Research is an account created by individual users to save their research. It is a helpful tool for anyone doing research over the course of several weeks or even months. You can start your research in the library, save it, and access it from home. All the content on the site, such as encyclopedia articles, Back in Time articles, sounds, maps, and images, can be saved to My Research. You can also save external URLs and books. Saving content is easy! From an article page, simply click “Save to My Research,” and then choose a project to save to.
How to Do Research comprises two guides: research skills for students and the educator research center. Let’s start by taking a look at Research Skills for Students. Research Skills for Students takes students through the stepwise process of conducting research and integrating the information they find into their projects. The guide covers all of the steps in the research process, from planning their projects and locating a variety of information sources, to creating citations and reviewing their work. The Educator Research Center is a guide designed to help teachers plan their research projects from start to finish. It covers the how-to’s of designing plagiarism-proof assignments, ideas for collaborating with the school’s media specialist or librarian, and resources for developing assessment rubrics.
World Book Explains is an exclusive collection of videos featuring answers to questions World Book users have written. Questions are answered by senior subject editors or our affiliate partners, including experts from SeaWorld, ABC News, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Disney World, and NASA!
World Book Citation Builder allows you to create citations for a multitude of sources. Simply select the type of citation you’d like to create from the drop down and fill in the fields to create your citation.
World Book’s Life Skills contains activities and worksheets related to various life skills topics, including buying and maintaining cars, applying for jobs, budgeting, arranging housing, understanding health care issues, social skills, and more! Any of the skills can be translated into 31 languages available on the site for further assistance.
In the For Educators portion of World Book Discover, you’ll find a quick guide to curriculum correlations for your state or province. These are tied to your subscription location. Simply select a grade level and subject area, and then click submit.
World Book Discover offers a wide array of tools to help struggling readers and English language learners find the information they need at a glance.