Wednesday, January 11, 2012

SDSL Challenge Lesson #1

I chose to explore World Book School Edition. For the first discovery exercise, I chose to research Coyotes, the mascot of Univ. of South Dakota.

The World Book Kids page is easy to navigate - I was able to easily find the Coyote entry, and copy this picture:
The habitat information, however, was sparse. All the coyote article mentions under "habitat" is: "Deserts, mountains, grasslands," which doesn't really describe their habitat.
"Coyote." World Book Kids World Book, 2012. Web. 11 Jan. 2012

World Book Student has a more traditional ("Google-like") search page, and the information provided is more detailed (but not much more). Definitely geared toward older students: fewer images and clickable buttons, more text.

World Book Advanced is a more familiar interface to me. I chose to search Sri Lanka because of some personal connections. The menu on the left provides a valuable limiting/filtering tool, similar to many academic databases. The right hand column had links to primary sources, mostly Presidential letters. The information about Sri Lanka seemed fairly accurate and up-to-date, including the effects of the tsunami in 2006 and the bloody end (maybe) of the long civil war in 2009.

Because I am a health science librarian, I don't imagine my students using this resource too much.

Finally, in World Book Discover, there is a translator "widget" on the left that will translate articles into many different languages (though not Tamil, spoken by Sri Lankans in the north).

1 comment:

  1. Welcome to the Challenge, Goatsucker! Thanks for studying one of my favorite animals. Did you notice that World Book Kids gives links at the bottom of the article so you can find more information? Try World Book Student and World Book Advanced to see the differences. Thanks for posting!