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Brazil (country)

27 May 2016

Our Subjects / Ā Mātou Kaupapa:
Geography, Society and culture

Where can I find information about Brazil (where the 2016 Olympics are)? What is the country and culture like?

LEVEL: Intermediate

Brazil, a former Portuguese colony, is the largest and most populated country in Latin America (South America).

For up to date and reliable information on any country we suggest using the BBC website and selecting the country you want, in this case Brazil. This page introduces the country and you will find the opportunity to click on links which provide fuller information; there is also a timeline of key events.

HOT TIP: You can search for more than just news and country information on the BBC website – check out the options on the menu across the top, and under ‘more’. 

As an alternative have a look at the National Geographic Kids site. Entering Brazil into the search box will take you to a page where you can choose Brazil for more information.

This site was chosen from listings included in Kidsclick, one of our recommended seach engines for younger students. Have a look at another of the recommendations, the Academic Kids Encyclopedia; once you have reached the page for Brazil you can read more on specific subject areas by using the links in the text. In particular, check out the Culture of Brazil

For more information, have a look at the Encyclopedia Britannica which is one of the databases found in the EPIC resources. You will see that you can search this at different levels; try using the middle level entering the keyword Brazil.

For another viewpoint have a look at Research in Context, another of the EPIC databases. Once again use the search box and enter the keyword Brazil; results will include a comprehensive article on Brazil, as well as separate links to both video and mages. 

HOT TIP: To get to the EPIC databases you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or, you can log on to between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday, and one of the librarians can help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library. 

Lonely Planet is a popular and reliable travel publisher and has some great images with its articles. Visit the Brazilian pages to check out such things as food and drink and the sights in BrazilRemember that some websites have advertisements (or ads) which ask us to buy something. It’s best to ignore these and focus on the information we’re looking for. 

If you are looking for further information on Brazil or the 2016 Olympic Games do have a look at the separate entries on ManyAnswers. 

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