Encyclopedias: Wikipedia is not your only option

Databases of the Month:  Try one of our online encyclopedias, available 24/7 from home with your library card:

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
In Library | Home Access

  • Spotlights – In-depth guides on featured topics
  • Research Tools include timelines, “This Day in History,” and lots of multimedia
  • Create a workspace login to save and organize your work
  • Britannica Year in Review from the Britannica Yearbook database
  • Articles from leading magazines
  • World Data Analyst – Comprehensive statistics on every country in the world
  • Updated constantly (view “Article History” to see details)

Grolier Online
In LibraryHome Access

  • Encyclopedia Americana
  • Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
  • New Book of Knowledge
  •  New Book of Popular Science
  •  Lands and Peoples
  • Amazing Animals of the World
  • America the Beautiful
  • News and feature articles for students
  • Lesson plans and other resources for teachers

World Book Online
In LibraryHome Access

  • World Book Kids (for elementary-school students)
  • World Book Student (middle and high-school students)
  • World Book Advanced (high-school, college students, and adults)
  • World Book Discover (reference resources for students reading below grade level because of language or learning difficulties)
  • Spanish-language encyclopedia
  • Primary source documents
  • Ebooks

(Home access for the first two databases is available only to Newton residents with a Newton library card number beginning 21323.  World Book Online is available to anyone with a Massachusetts library card. )

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