World Book Online—One Subscription for the Entire Family!

Fast Facts You Can Trust

When you need fast, reliable information for homework, reports, or just a lingering question, World Book Online is the place to go. Using the same expert information found in The World Book Encyclopedia, these easy-to-navigate websites feature:

  • A colorful, approachable look and feel, designed for kids, and articles written at your student's level
  • Easy access on smartphones and tablets
  • Five complete databases for multiple research levels
  • Illustrations, maps, audio files, videos, eBooks, primary source documents, and more

NEW Features include:

  • Stunning photographs and detailed maps
  • A consistent cross-platform user experience across desktop, laptop, and tablets
  • A consolidated layout that makes it easier to find research tools, videos, audios, and more in convenient drop-down tabs
  • Enhanced readability, helping kids get more out of every search

World Book Online includes:

World Book Advanced Online Encyclopedia: Designed for high school and college students, World Book Advanced is a powerful reference tool that includes an online encyclopedia, multimedia, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search.

World Book Student Online Encyclopedia: Designed for students in middle school, this online learning website includes articles from The World Book Encyclopedia, a Biography Center, dictionary, atlas, an extensive multimedia collection, thousands of editor-selected websites, correlations to curriculum standards, and much more. World Book Student is optimized to work on your iPad or other tablets!

World Book Kids Online Encyclopedia: Designed for students in elementary school and based on World Book's award-winning Discovery Encyclopedia, World Book Kids is a children’s learning website that includes thousands of easy-to-read articles, engaging images and illustrations, interactive games and activities, and teacher resources for children. 

World Book Discover Online Encyclopedia: Designed for middle and high school students who benefit from differentiated instruction, Discover includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research tools, multimedia, and interactive video.

World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos: Integrated with World Book Kids and designed for elementary students, this learning resource features highly visual articles written in Spanish at an earlier reading level. This offers World Book's excellent editorial content, rich media, and interactive features, all in Spanish.

Give your kids the best facts they can get. Give them a subscription to World Book Online!

"World Book Online is a go-to resource for accurate, reliable, easy-to-read information for your homeschooled students. With an affordable subscription price, this ad-free database is packed with information for young minds to explore. Five different learning sites have been created for multiple research levels and they contain thousands of images, illustrations, maps, videos, and other great educational resources to help your kids stay on task. You can access on the go with smartphones and tablet."


"...Rather than a one-size-fits-all product, World Book Web provides content that meets a wide variety of users within a wide variety of places during their educational years. Through unique presentation options, including World Book Discover, this encyclopedia balances quality information with daily life to provide much more than just a quick reference tool. As an online reference resource that has been a staple in most school libraries, World Book Web has blossomed into a much more interactive and vibrant component. This transformation makes World Book Web an A+ program.”

School Library Journal

“To address the foibles of students performing research only on Google, World Book has introduced How To Do Research, an online tool offering 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 educators¹ tutorials, which were developed in consultation with educators who have worked extensively on information literacy projects, cover how to teach research skills. The How To Do Research tools are available free 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.”

Library Journal

Product Reviews
Overall Customer Rating of 2 Reviews:

So Glad I Didn't Pass This Up!

I was very interested in getting an actual set of encyclopedias, but the reality is that I know my children won't read them like I would hope. This was the *perfect* resource for what I need anyway. Clicking buttons isn't the same as holding that book, but it doesn't matter if you just spend that much $ on something to collect dust. My children love technology and this was a great investment. I really love that when you click on something it automatically offers to take you deeper in your study of a topic at the end of each article. My 8 year old has enjoyed it so far and I am excited for the year to progress.

Great Product

  • All ages
  • content
  • activites
  • research tools
  • skill development
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SMART BUY! I originally bought World Book Online to give my fifth grader, Brody, an extra hand with homework. Brody uses the World Book Kids site. He loves it and uses it to write all of his papers, play games, and find science experiments. My eldest child, Sara, saw Brody using it and decided to try it as well. Sara is in high school and is always looking for scholarly articles to cite in her research paper. Since World Book Online includes several different websites, each perfect for specific age groups, Sara finds it to be useful as well. Sara uses World Book Advanced. Both sites provide research help and aid in developing critical skills. I will definitely be renewing our FAMILY subscription and I recommend this product to every parent!