Highly recommended by School Library Journal, School Library Media Activities Monthly, and Booklist / Reference Books Bulletin, this student desk reference was designed for use in the classroom or library. Fascinating facts, illustrations, charts and maps spark student interest. Clear layout, large type, and an index with some 3,800 entries ensure early success in using a reference book. Facts and topics were carefully selected to support the school curriculum and contribute to the development of a conceptual framework to which new learning can be linked throughout life. Web addresses are included to encourage students to search further and access the most up-to-date facts available.