Best Computers & Technology Books for 12 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 computers & technology books for 12 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. Getting Started with 3D Printing: A Hands-on Guide to the Hardware, Software, and Services Behind the New Manufacturing Revolution

by: Liza Wallach KloskiNick Kloski
Release date: Apr 28, 2016
Number of Pages: 240
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Make: Getting Started with 3D Printing is a practical, informative, and inspiring book that guides readers step-by-step through understanding how this new technology will empower them to take full advantage of all it has to offer. The book includes fundamental topics such as a short history of 3D printing, the best hardware and software choices for consumers, hands-on tutorial exercises the reader can practice for free at home, and how to apply 3D printing in the readers’ life and profession. For every maker or would-be maker who is interested, or is confused, or who wants to get started in 3D printing today, this book offers methodical information that can be read, digested, and put into practice immediately!

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Arts & Photography > Decorative Arts & Design

2. Tools of Navigation: A Kid’s Guide to the History & Science of Finding Your Way

by: Rachel Dickinson
Release date: Jul 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 160
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Children will learn all about inventions: their inventors, the way they changed history, and their evolution over centuries, through the activities and anecdotes provided in this interactive series.
 
Travel through the past and into the future to explore the history of human navigation, from the crude maps of early explorers to the satellite-based Global Positioning System (GPS) of today. This guide to learning about geography, trade routes over land and sea, and navigational tools and people who used them, is supplemented with 15 hands-on projects and educational activities to expand world view and build navigational confidence.
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Children’s Books > History > Exploration & Discovery

3. The Case of the Digital Deception (Club CSI Book 5)

by: Ellie O’Ryan
Release date: Jan 29, 2013
Number of Pages: 160
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When there’s a mystery surrounding a popular online game, the Club CSI: kids use digital forensics to solve a case of foul play.

Ben, Corey, and Hannah have their work cut out for them when Whitney, the most popular girl in school, comes to Club CSI: for help. At first her case seems easy to crack—someone has been tampering with Whitney’s locker, and since her best friend Alyssa has the combination, she is a likely suspect.

But nothing is as simple as it seems, especially once the team learns that other strange things are happening around Whitney. Mysterious charges from a popular Internet drawing game have shown up on Whitney’s parents’ credit card. Whitney swears she didn’t authorize the charges, so who did? The digital drama increases when Club CSI: launches an online investigation—and to uncover the culprit, they’ll have to go undercover as players of the game!

© 2013 CBS & Ent. AB Funding LLC. All Rights Reserved. CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION in USA is a TM of CBS and outside USA TM of Ent. AB Funding LLC.

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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology

4. Adam Undercover, The Presidium Files

by: Aaron Foster
Release date: Jan 12, 2015
Number of Pages: 358
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A LitPick.com Top Choice award winner!

Adam Locke’s latest stunt finally gets him expelled from the ninth grade and shipped off to a stuffy private school. When it turns out to be an undercover organization in need of fresh operatives, he and his new classmate Emma begin their clandestine training. Intrigue, danger, and adventure follow the pair around the world as they learn how to use the gadgets, technology, and tactics at their disposal. During their country-hopping education, they uncover a grave threat to their new way of life and the organization itself. Can a pair of teenagers contend with an international criminal intent on revenge?

Check out book 2 of the Adam Undercover series, ‘The Consortium Directive’ coming Fall 2016.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Boys & Men

5. Urban Outlaws

by: Peter Jay Black
Release date: Oct 07, 2014
Number of Pages: 288
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Deep beneath the city live five extraordinary kids: world-famous hacker Jack, gadget geek Charlie, free runner Slink, communications chief Obi, and decoy expert Wren. Orphans bonded over their shared sense of justice, the kids have formed the Urban Outlaws, a group dedicated to outsmarting criminals and handing out their stolen money through Random Acts of Kindness (R.A.K.s).

But the kids find themselves in serious trouble when they’re caught in an epic battle to control Proteus, a genius super-computer. Proteus can crack any code in the world-and steal top-secret documents in nanoseconds. It’s down to the Urban Outlaws to use their guile, guts, and skill to destroy the computer, avert world domination . . . and stay alive.

Don’t miss the global launch of this debut series from Peter Jay Black-the perfect mix of explosive action, cool technology, and characters with lots of heart.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Orphans & Foster Homes

6. NetKids

by: NetGuide
Release date: Nov 12, 1996
Number of Pages: 179
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Written by kids—for kids! Our junior Web masters rank the sites and tell you where the action is online.
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Children’s Books

7. Cool Tech

by: DK Publishing
Release date: Jul 18, 2011
Number of Pages: 128
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Cool Tech is a thrilling journey through the physical side of the virtual world.

Marvel at the technology that keeps you connected, from the ships installing lines deep in the ocean, the robots locating wire breaks, the satellites beaming signals across the earth, the teams retrieving and splicing lines together, to the servers directing and feeding internet traffic around the world. Plus, take a look back at the history of the internet, exploring the people and inventions that led to its creation and tour a virtual museum to see how the technology has progressed over the years changing the lives of ordinary people everywhere.

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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology > Internet

8. The Nexi Robot (Great Idea)

by: Toney Allman
Release date: Aug 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 48
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Nexi is one of a team of four small humanoid robots that have mobility, dexterity and ‘social’ communication skills.
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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology > Hardware & Robotics

9. Online Kids: A Young Surfer’s Guide to Cyberspace

by: Preston Gralla
Release date: Feb 08, 1999
Number of Pages: 288
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Surf’s up in cyberspace! So grab your (key)board and catch the computer wave with this user-friendly, jam-packed guide and activity book. This totally updated edition of Online Kids will get you wired with complete information on the coolest sites online. Where else can you go to find the latest stats for all your favorite ballplayers, e-mail the president, travel to ancient civilizations, or get help with your science homework from a real scientist? From the NASA Shuttle Web to Walt Disney World, from the World Wide Web of Sports to the National Geographic Society, Online Kids tells you where it is and how to get there. It even ranks each site on a special Coolness Index!

You’ll find step-by-step instructions for great online activities:
* Make a fun-filled science museum at home.
* Create an up-to-date space shuttle mission log.
* Put together a personalized birthday photo collage.
* Design your own Web page.
* And much, much more . . .

Online Kids is also packed with expert advice on choosing the right online service, navigating the World Wide Web, sending e-mail, and keeping safe online.

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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology > Internet

10. Profiles #3: Tech Titans

by: Carla Killough McClafferty
Release date: Jan 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 144
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Full-color series-six bios in one!

It takes more than one person to bring about change and innovation. Explore the lives of the people who have had a huge impact on technology today. So much more than just your typical biography, PROFILES: TECH TITANS focuses on six of the most prominent figures in the technological world. This book includes all of the biographical information kids need to know (background, family, education, accomplishments, etc.) about Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Jeff Bezos–the men behind Windows, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon! Photographs and quotes will be interwoven throughout the text.

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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology

11. 3-D Engineering: Design and Build Your Own Prototypes (Build It Yourself)

by: Vicki V. MayAndrew Christensen
Release date: Nov 17, 2015
Number of Pages: 128
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How did somebody come up with the idea for bridges, skyscrapers, helicopters, and nightlights? How did people figure out how to build them?

In 3D Engineering: Design and Build Your Own Prototypes, young readers tackle real-life engineering problems by figuring out real-life solutions. Kids apply science and math skills to create prototypes for bridges, instruments, alarms, and more. Prototypes are preliminary models used by engineers—and kids—to evaluate ideas and to better understand how things work.

Engineering design starts with an idea. How do we get to the other side of the river? How do we travel long distances in short periods of time? Using a structured engineering design process, kids learn how to brainstorm, build a prototype, test a prototype, evaluate, and re-design. Projects include designing a cardboard chair to understand the stiffness of structural systems and designing and building a set of pan pipes to experiment with pitch and volume.

Creating prototypes is a key step in the engineering design process and prototyping early in the design process generally results in better processes and products. 3D Engineering gives kids a chance to figure out many different prototypes, empowering them to discover the mechanics of the world we know.

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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Architecture

12. Blackout (Urban Outlaws)

by: Peter Jay Black
Release date: Jun 02, 2015
Number of Pages: 305
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The world’s most lethal computer virus has been unleashed into cyberspace, and now the Urban Outlaws-five tough kids dedicated to justice-must destroy it. Leader Jack knows that they have to shut it down before it throws the world into chaos. But how can he find a virus that might be anywhere, and everywhere?

Then the team meets Hector, an insanely talented hacker who even impresses Jack. The Urban Outlaws need his help, but can they trust him? It’s a risk that could mean winning big, or losing everything. . . .

This sensational sequel has all the makings of a blockbuster movie: non-stop action, cutting edge technology, and a high-stakes plot. But at the heart of this thrill ride is the story of five gutsy kids who will do anything to save the world-and protect each other.

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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology

13. Crisis Zero (Codename Conspiracy)

by: Chris Rylander
Release date: Feb 02, 2016
Number of Pages: 400
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From Chris Rylander, author of the breakout hit Fourth Stall saga, comes the third book in the Codename Conspiracy series—an incredibly funny and clever mash-up of middle grade school story and spy adventure, perfect for fans of Gordon Korman.

There is a computer program so unspeakably powerful that its mere existence is unknown to all but the most senior government agents. This computer program is capable of controlling every aspect of communication, transportation, and defense on the planet. This computer program must never fall into the wrong hands or civilization as we know it will be utterly destroyed.

This computer program is in North Dakota.

Carson Fender, aka the retired Prank Master, aka Agent Zero, aka the all-in-one World’s Greatest Hero and World’s Greatest Screwup, must protect this program, codenamed Exodus. He is paired once again with his best friend, Danielle, aka Agent Atlas. Together, they must expose an enemy agent working from inside their school—an enemy agent with the mandate to stop at nothing to help secure Exodus. Can Zero and Atlas foil this enemy before it is too late? Carson’s final mission will test his loyalty, smarts, and courage as never before.

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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works

14. Engage the Brain: Games, Grade Five

by: Marcia L. Tate
Release date: Feb 28, 2008
Number of Pages: 96
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These exciting new resources offer fun, innovative games covering all the content areas. Based on the most recent brain research, the games engage students in becoming active, motivated learners.
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Study Aids > Children’s General Study Aids

15. The Flinkwater Factor (The Flinkwater Chronicles)

by: Pete Hautman
Release date: Sep 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 256
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Ginger must save her high-tech hometown from robots gone rogue in this hilariously quirky science fiction novel from National Book Award–winning author Pete Hautman.

Welcome to Flinkwater, Iowa, home of the largest manufacturer of Articulated Computerized Peripheral Devices in the world. If you own a robot, it probably came from Flinkwater.

Meet Ginger Crump, the plucky, precocious (and somewhat sarcastic) genius who finds herself in the middle of a national emergency when Flinkwater’s computers start turning people into vegetables. Mental vegetables, that is. In Ginger’s words, they’ve been “bonked.”

When Ginger’s father is bonked, she recruits her self-declared future husband, boy genius Billy George, to help her find the source of the bonkings. Soon they’re up against a talking dog, a sasquatch, and a zombie, while Flinkwater is invaded by an army of black SUVs led by the witless-but-dangerous Agent Ffelps from Homeland Security. Can Ginger get to the bottom of the bonkings, or will computer chaos reign forever?

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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works

16. YouTube (Great Idea)

by: Adam Woog
Release date: Aug 15, 2011
Number of Pages: 48
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Describes the invention and development of YouTube. Includes glossary, websites, and bibliography for further reading.
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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology > Internet

17. Jeff Bezos and Amazon (Internet Biographies (Rosen))

by: Jennifer Landau
Release date: Jul 15, 2012
Number of Pages: 127
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This insightful work combines Jeff Bezos’s life story, beginning in 1964 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with the creation of Amazon, in 1995, and its rise as the largest online retailer in the world. Bezos’s zeal and tirelessness has seen Amazon through the inevitable ups and downs that come with building a start-uptaking it from a garage and turning it into a worldwide powerhouse. Although Bezos has wide-ranging interests and investments today, Amazon remains the cornerstone of his work life, and he is determined to keep his company at the forefront of technological and commercial innovation. The narrative includes captivating sidebars on Bezos’s life and innovations, and fact sheets on his life and the company. A timeline helps readers glean pertinent facts about Bezos and Amazon quickly.
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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology > Internet

18. Spyrius Technology: Oz Imagined

by: John Connor
Release date: Jul 05, 2015
Number of Pages: 248
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Eighteen-year-old Joshua Amandil and his best friend Kyle Frost are two computer science majors starting their sophomore year of college. All is routine until they stumble upon a projector hidden in their apartment which opens a portal to a virtual world created by the ultra-secret Spyrius Technology.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works

19. 12 Great Moments That Changed Internet History (Great Moments in Media)

by: Angie Smibert
Release date: Dec 16, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Investigates 12 great moments in the history of the Internet. Includes amazing facts along with information about key players and innovations.
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Children’s Books > History

20. 4Give and 4Get (TodaysGirls.com #9)

by: Kristi HollTerry Brown
Release date: May 29, 2001
Number of Pages: 144
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The TodaysGirls plan a Mother’s Day singing performance, but what Alex Diaz doesn’t know-what everyone hides from her-is that she can’t carry a tune in a clear vinyl backpack. Even her backup musician tactfully encourages her to learn how to play an instrument. Events spiral to prevent Alex from discovering the truth about her voice, misunderstandings lead her to believe that her friends and her Mom actually can’t stand her. It takes the patient love of her Christian friends for Alex to realize that only through understanding can forgiveness come-forgiveness of her friends, for her mom, and even for herself.

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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology

21. Alan Turing (Profiles in Mathematics)

by: Jim Corrigan
Release date: Jun 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 112
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Biographies & Memoirs

22. Artificial Intelligence (Cool Science (Library))

by: Michael C Harris
Release date: Sep 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 48
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The six books in Cool Science explore the amazing advances science has made in artificial intelligence, crime solving, physical and mental diseases, and even in sports.
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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology

23. Markus Persson (Notch) (Beacon Biography)

by: Tamra Orr
Release date: Jan 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Chronicles the life and career of the creater of Minecraft.
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Children’s Books > Biographies > Science & Technology

24. Computer Graphics (Calling All Innovators: A Career for You?)

by: Kevin Cunningham
Release date: Sep 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 64
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Advances in computer graphics have led to the creation of stunning animated films, thrilling special effects, and video games that look just like real life. Readers will discover how computer graphics designers take advantage of the latest technology to bring their creations to life.
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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology

25. CoderDojo: Build Your Own Website: Create with Code (CoderDojo Nano)

by: Clyde HatterCoderDojo
Release date: Jul 28, 2016
Number of Pages: 96
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CoderDojo is the coding club that lets you hang out with other coders, learn new stuff and generally have fun with computers. This amazing CoderDojo book tells you everything you need to know to build your own website. Start by getting your very own Dojo Nano club up and running. All you need is one or more friends, a computer, and this book!

Then join the Nanonauts who are learning how to make a website for their band. They’ll be sharing their tips on HTML, CSS, and Javascript. With their help you’ll soon be able to create a website on any subject you can think of. Starting with the basics, you will quickly progress to the fun parts that make everyone want to visit your website: from adding photos to embedding Youtube videos and Google maps, to making your menu page something to marvel at. It’s all at your fingertips. 

The best book on coding for kids aged 9 and up. There is no better place to start your coding adventure.

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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology > Internet

26. Computer Viruses (Lucent Library of Science and Technology)

by: Harry Henderson
Release date: Nov 07, 2003
Number of Pages: 128
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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology > Programming

27. Computers (21st Century Skills Library: Global Products)

by: Kevin Cunningham
Release date: Dec 10, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Find out how and where computers are manufactured and the journey they take before they end up in homes, schools and offices.
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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology

28. Computers (What Can I Do Now?)

by: JG Ferguson Publishing Company
Release date: Mar 01, 2007
Number of Pages: 202
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Features: computer and video game designers; computer engineers; computer network administrators; computer programmers; computer service technicians; computer systems programmers/analysts; quality assurance testers; software designers; technical support specialists; and, webmasters.
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Business & Money > Job Hunting & Careers

29. David Karp: The Mastermind Behind Tumblr (Gateway Biographies) (Gateway Biographies (Hardcover))

by: Karen Lathcana Kenney
Release date: Jan 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 48
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What’s more popular than Tumblr? This microblogging site has taken the Web by storm since its founding in 2007. Not much can top it when it comes to capturing its fans’ imaginations, except for perhaps its creator, David Karp.

Karp developed Tumblr after he tried to start a blog and found the process daunting. With most platforms, a blogger faces a huge, empty text box that begs to be filled with words. It was intimidating for a guy who’d never blogged before. Karp had the idea for tumblelogging–creating short blog posts–and built Tumblr as a platform. It lets users easily post both text and images, making Tumblr highly visual and expressive.

Creating a different way to blog came naturally to Karp, who never does things by the book. At fifteen, he dropped out of school. At seventeen, he moved to Tokyo, holing up with a computer and fine-tuning his tech skills. He returned to the states to build a business–but to do that, he stretched the truth. He used a deep voice on the phone with potential clients so they wouldn’t guess how young he was. He didn’t tell anyone how little experience he had. Yet people could see he had a good thing going with Tumblr. The company quickly found support and grew into what it is today: a groundbreaking site for connection and creation. And as the mastermind behind it, Karp is sure to remain a figure to watch.

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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology > Internet

30. Wikipedia, 3.5 Million Articles & Counting: Using and Assessing the People’s Encyclopedia (Digital & Information Literacy (Library))

by: Heather Hasan
Release date: Dec 15, 2011
Number of Pages: 48
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Wikipediathe massive, ever-expanding, and entirely free online encyclopedia largely written, edited, and managed by volunteershas transformed the way people seek information, especially students. It has also been scorned of many teachers and librarians administrators due to its entries’ frequent errors and biases. This book seeks to take an even-handed and realistic approach to Wikipedia, acknowledging its serious flaws and shortcomings as a research tool, while also explaining what is valuable about it and how it can be used carefully to gain a grounding of a subject that will then be researched in greater depth and with more reputable sources. The book addresses how users can lodge complaints about a Wikipedia entry, how entries are corrected, and how one goes about writing an entry. Finally, the latest thinking of teachers, librarians, and school administrators regarding Wikipedia will be discussed, as will their suggestions for how best to use the online encyclopedia as a legitimate research tool.
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Children’s Books > Computers & Technology > Internet

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