Britannica Library

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Introduction


In this tutorial, you will practice searching Britannica Library database which is designed for children, young adults, and adults, or essentially all levels of researchers. You’ll experience search scenarios that highlight the content and search features of Britannica Library.

There are three different databases that make up Britannica Library:

Britannica Library Children
Britannica Library Young Adults
Britannica Library Reference Center

Each database includes content at a reading level appropriate for the given audience.

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Scenario 1


A high school student is researching Vietnam. Can you help find an entry in Britannica on Vietnam?

There are two ways to search Britannica:

Basic Search
Browse

For this first scenario, let's start with Britannica Library Young Adults.

1) Click on Britannica Library Young Adults.

2) Type Vietnam in the basic search box in the banner at the very top of the screen. Then, click on the magnifying glass icon to run the search.

3) Click on the first article listed in your search results for Vietnam.

4) Scan the page and click on the tabs below the article title to see all the available content.

What types of content and tools do you see available?

Let's try another search scenario.

Scenario 2

An elementary student is studying elephants for a report and would like to find some videos or images to use in her project. Can you help her find videos or images on elephants?

For this second scenario, let's start with Britannica Library Children.

1) Click on the banner where it is labeled Britannica Library.

This will take you to the Britannica Library homepage where you can select the Children's level.

2) Click on Britannica Library Children.

3) Toward the bottom of the screen find and click on Media.

4) Click on Animals --> Mammals --> Hoofed Mammals.

5) All media types are displaying - images and videos.

6) Use the small black arrow to scroll down to view images and videos on all hoofed mammals, including elephants.

Let's try one more search scenario.

Scenario 3

A college student is working on a country comparison assignment. He needs information on Japan and Germany. Can you help him track down information on these two countries?

For this third scenario, let's start with Britannica Library Reference Center.

1) Click on the banner where it is labeled Britannica Library.

This will take you to the Britannica Library homepage where you can select the Reference Center level.

2) Click on Britannica Library Reference Center.

3) In the middle of the screen find and click on Compare Countries.

4) From the pop-down boxes select Japan from one and Germany from the other. Now, you should see a side-by-side comparison of the two country's basic statistics.

5) Click on the Articles & Media tab to see links to more information on the two countries.

6) Click into the Full Article to see all the content available.

At the article level what types of content do you see?

Conclusion

You have completed this tutorial and gained a practical understanding of Britannica Library database which is designed for all levels and users.

We encourage you to spend more time exploring Britannica Library database and its variety of features with topics that interest you.

If you have questions about this tutorial or any one of the ELM databases, please contact us.

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