I love the look of the new World Book Online sites. My favourite site is World Book Student mainly because it was the first site launched in Australia back in 2000. Over the last 15 years, the site has had many changes to keep up with changing technology, and has ways to make the information easy to find and explore.
During my training sessions with teachers, there are a lot of "ooh aah" from the audience. One of those features is the page showing all the Australian articles. Teachers say it's also one of the main reasons why they switch from other databases.
On the new site, the feature is no longer on the front page, but it is still easy to find. The fastest way is to type into the search box “Australia”. Then, click on the Australia article and click on the Related Information tab and you will see all the articles related to Australia.
To make it easy to find what you're looking for, they are all shown in categories - Biographies, Pioneers and Settlers, Bushrangers, Musicians, Characteristic animal life, and Natural Features, to name just a few - making it easy to find something to write about on the subject you have been given.
A few weeks ago, I saw a report showing all the new articles published over the last three months of this year. Of those, almost half were Australian articles. So, I would like to thank all those teachers over the years who have emailed me with an idea for a new article. World Book has over 4000 contributors and authors, and if we keep sending in ideas about Australian articles, then they will write more Australian articles.