World Book Introduces "How to Do Research" Resource for Educators and Students

Laying the groundwork to build and benefit from 21st century information literacy skills

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Both students and educators are frustrated when research isn't carried out properly. 'How to Do Research' helps users learn how to harness new information sources as part of good research without being overwhelmed

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 17, 2009

Ask a 12-year-old to find out about a given topic and in a matter of seconds he or she can pull information about it from the Internet. Unfortunately, the online search is now too often passing as research. To address this, World Book has introduced a new tool: "How to Do Research". Available online through the World Book Web, "How to Do Research" offers online tutorials to better equip both students and educators with 21st century information literacy skills.

The student section offers a step-by-step tutorial that covers planning research; conducting research in print and online formats, including the Internet and Web 2.0 sources such as blogs, podcasts, wikis, and RSS feeds; evaluating sources for such important criteria as currency, authority, and bias; compiling and organizing data, including building citations; and presenting research.

The educators' section was developed in consultation with educators who have worked extensively on information literacy projects. The tutorial covers how to teach research skills, including:

  • How to get started: Meeting teaching standards, collaborating with librarians, and creating plagiarism-proof assignments;
  • Teaching research skills: Selecting a research model and skill-building through games and charting student progress; and
  • Assessing the learning: Using rubrics and other resources and assessing all areas including the process, the learning, and the product.

The educators' section also includes a section on Web 2.0 resources for educators and includes case studies from innovative educators who use technology to enhance their students' learning experience.

"Both students and educators are frustrated when research isn't carried out properly. 'How to Do Research' helps users learn how to harness new information sources as part of good research without being overwhelmed," said Patti Ginnis, chief marketing officer for World Book.

The "How to Do Research" tools are available at no additional charge through the World Book Student (formerly World Book Online Reference Center) and World Book Discover sections of the World Book Web suite of online reference products.

About World Book:
World Book, Inc. sets the standard in publishing accurate, current, and reliable reference and learning materials for children and adults. Based in Chicago, World Book is committed to creating educational products that meet the highest standards of editorial excellence in print and online. This commitment has resulted in a wide range of products including the number-one selling The World Book Encyclopedia and the World Book Web, which is the most comprehensive and authoritative online solution to meet the diverse learning needs of students and includes World Book Student, World Book Advanced, World Book Discover, and World Book Kids as well as French- and Spanish-language references. World Book (http://www.worldbook.com) is a Scott Fetzer company, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.

Contact:    
Jennifer Parello, 312-819-6558
Mary Jung, 773-429-0940

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