World Book Online

It’s back to school time and World Book Online is here to help! The database offers separate interfaces and content written for elementary, middle grades, and high schoolers/adults.

World Book’s search results feature images, encyclopedia articles, reports and more. Since citations are a key part of research, World Book Student contains a Quick Link to a helpful Citation Builder. World Book Kids contains games and activities that provide educational information about a variety of topics. There’s also a “For Grown-ups” link that features a number of lesson plans with accompanying student lessons.

With such a wide variety of content, World Book Online is sure to have something for everyone this school year.

Erin Weaver- Bridgeville Public Library

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E-Magazines

As we are heading into the final month of summer I wanted to draw your attention to Flipster.

Flipster is great for those not so careful patrons (or librarians;)) who want to take along popular magazines to the beach or poolside.

Flipster Apps

With 71 popular titles, everyone is sure to find the perfect light reading for their end of summer vacations!

Gabi B. – Robinson Library

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It’s A Small World…

There is so much going on in the world, sometimes it feels like it’s hard to keep up. You may read news stories about far-away countries and regions that you only know by name (or never heard of!). Fortunately, there are resources to help brief you on the facts.

Explore the great, wide world with the CIA World Factbook. This detailed database provides all of the basic facts about over 260+ world entities. Learn about the history, geography, environment, government and transnational issues of each country/region.

The World Factbook provides a variety of concise information. From land area to coastlines, languages to population density – you can learn as much or as little as you want about any region.

There is even a handy one-page summary for each country.

Traveling to a specific country? Get summarized travel facts on The World Factbook. Find information on VISA/Passport requirements, plug types, cultural practices, and even tipping guidelines. There is also up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 travel to each country.

The World Factbook is a great resource for research, student projects or anyone with an interest!

Richelle @ Sewickley Public Library

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Explore Pittsburgh’s Rich History

Calling all history buffs! Historic Pittsburgh, found on the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s website, contains a wealth of primary and secondary resources about the city’s history and surrounding areas. This is a great tool for those who are interested in the general history of Pittsburgh.

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This resource includes features such as:
City directories
Maps of Allegheny County and its surrounding boroughs
Historic photographs
Letters and memorabilia from prominent local figures

historic pittsburgh homepage

You can browse the site by clicking on one of the six boxes on the homepage or choose to perform a general or advanced search.

The side links that appear on the results screen allow you to explore related topics and other collections.

One feature that I found interesting was the Exhibits section, which features articles on past exhibits by partner organizations such as Chatham University.

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Have fun exploring!

Erin Weaver, Bridgeville Public Library

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