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KnowBC 2015 Updates


Posted: Friday, July 24, 2015 at 5:26pm

Harbour Publishing and Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium (ERAC) have partnered, once again, to include KnowBC.com in this year’s ERAC bundle. Member schools across British Columbia will have access to the new and expanded edition of KnowBC.

KnowBC.com was launched in 2001 as the online edition of Harbour Publishing’s Encyclopedia of British Columbia. In 2010, KnowBC underwent expansive changes to include, not just a new design, but the addition of major reference works from Harbour Publishing, including Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest, The Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names, Far West: The Story of British Columbia, Raincoast Chronicles 20: Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women of British Columbiaand Where Mountains Meet the Sea: The History of Coastal British Columbia.

Valuable insider information on the natural history of BC is also available through KnowBC’s Nature Guides, which feature a collection of field guides on a wide variety of topics including plant life, animals, wildlife and geography. The helpful guides are written by preeminent members of scientific fields of study, and provide photographic references alongside information such as scientific names, locations and other facts.

Harbour Publishing is proud to announce the 2015 updates to KnowBC, expanding the repertoire with new units on history, science, environmental studies and more. These include:

-       From the West Coast to the Western Front: British Columbians and the Great War

-       Tofino and Clayoquot Sound: A History

-       The Sea Among Us: The Amazing Strait of Georgia

The new additions join more than 10,000 existing entries and thousands of photos, maps, tables, charts, videos and audio clips. New and updated content is added to KnowBC weekly, and the online encyclopedia of marine life is maintained and kept current by marine naturalist Andy Lamb and underwater photographer Bernard P. Hanby. We continue to keep The Encyclopedia of British Columbia updated, and editor Daniel Francis’ blog focuses on all things British Columbia, joining the ranks of the ongoing KnowBC and Marine Life blogs. Resources for students include quizzes, fact pages and French language articles, while teachers can find curriculum-based resources such as lesson plans and handouts.

 “Our aim is to make KnowBC the main vehicle for delivering Harbour Publishing’s and Douglas & McIntyre’s continually expanding library of BC reference and history texts online. We intend this site to be a must-have product for every BC school, library and public institution.”
                                                                                                                                                                     — Howard White, publisher

The redevelopment of KnowBC.com has succeeded in making the website an essential resource for the province’s educational institutions, and represents a commitment to teaching our children their own unique local history, culture and geography. To confirm your school or library’s membership, please visit www.knowbc.com. For technical inquiries, please email knowbc@harbourpublishing.com.

ERAC is a member based association of BC public school districts and many independent schools. ERAC evaluates resources such as novels, educational software and print, and shares the results with its members through its online collection.

KnowBC.com is also available for subscription by individuals. With reference books valuing nearly $300 in printed form, and more information added regularly, KnowBC.com is an affordable and convenient medium for accessing this expansive collection. Please email knowbc@harbourpublishing.com or call 1.800.667.2988 to subscribe.