Encyclopedias are huge resources of information on all topics A to Z. Some are online and some in print. They are major starting points for curious learners or those needing homework help. Before school starts, here are a few:
- Wikipedia is often a quick online resource, but not necessarily the best one for you. It is a free online encyclopedia written by volunteers some of whom may be more knowledgeable than others. CAUTION: Documentation and sources are very important.
- Research tools provided by the North Castle Library https://www.westchesterlibraries.org/ include online encyclopedias in both English and Spanish targeted for specific ages. They are current and all written by experts:
- Britannica Academic or the combined Encyclopaedia Britannica and the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary for the collegiate level research;
- Britannica High or quick facts/in-depth information for the high school level;
- Britannica Middle for information for the middle school level;
- Britannica Elementary for information at the elementary school level;
- Kids InfoBits designed especially for students in kindergarten to grade 5.
- World Book Discovery Encyclopedia (J Reference) a 13 volume print encyclopedia including an atlas and index to all volumes that is easy to understand and use if you are just curious or need to better understand and research a new topic.
Bottom line: All of us are here to help you with your homework or information needs, and we have so many ways to help you!