World Book Online Reference Center offers a variety of tools and resources to streamline the research process.
World Book Online Research Center’s My Research page is based on individual log-in and IDs set up by the user. A "forgot my password" function is available to help users who have lost their passwords.
1. World Book articles, primary sources, e-books, images, World Book selected Web sites, timelines, and citations from Citation Builder can be saved to a user’s My Research page. In addition to World Book content, users can save bibliographies and external Web sites. The list of content types will display in the left-hand column.
2. The My Research page features a personalized welcome message.
3. Users can maintain multiple projects, rename and delete projects, and create shared pathfinders from research projects.
4. Users can delete entries, and can annotate each content piece with a note—a reminder, a detail to follow up on later, or other information to save for later reference.
5. Choosing from a pull-down menu (not shown here) users choose the type of content for which they’re creating a citation—for example, a book, podcast, or magazine.
6. After selecting a content type, the citation builder will display the fields that a user needs to fill in—for a book, the title, publication city, publisher, year of publication, and media.
7. Once these fields are filled out, clicking "Create citation" will display the citation, in MLA, APA, and Harvard format.
8. The citation can be printed, e-mailed, saved, or saved to the user’s My Research page.
How to Do Research
World Book Online Reference Center’s “How to Do Research” feature provides tutorials and exercises for students and educators on 21st century information literacy skills.
9. The student section provides a step-by-step tutorial for the research process, including how to find and evaluate print and digital information, how to organize and cite the sources, and templates for research papers.
10. The educators’ section has been compiled in consultation with educators who have worked extensively on information literacy projects. The feature covers how to teach research skills, including how to structure assignments so the students can successfully reach the goals set for them.