Introduction

In this tutorial, you will practice searching Britannica School database which is specifically designed for elementary, middle, and high school students. You’ll experience search scenarios that highlight the content and search features of Britannica School.

There are three different databases that make up Britannica School:

  • Britannica School Elementary
  • Britannica School Middle
  • Britannica School High
Each database includes content at a reading level appropriate for the given grade level.

Use the arrows below to navigate sequentially through the tutorial or use the Contents button above to skip between sections.

Scenario 1

A middle school student is researching the Titanic?  Can you help find an entry in Britannica on the Titanic?

There are two ways to search Britannica:  

  • Basic Search 
  • Browse

For this first scenario, let's start with Britannica School Middle.

1) Click on Britannica School Middle.

2) Type Titanic 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 Titanic.

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

What types of content do you see available?

Let's try another search scenario.

Scenario 2

A high school student is studying Ancient Egypt for her history class and would like to find some videos to use in a group project.  Can you help her find videos on Ancient Egypt?

For this second scenario, let's start with Britannica School High.

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

This will take you to the Britannica School homepage where you can select the High School level.

2) Click on Britannica School High

3) In the middle of the screen find and click on Media Browse.

4) Click on History --> Ancient World --> Egypt, Ancient.

5) At this point all media types are displaying - images and videos.

6) To limit the results to videos only. Click on Videos next to Media Type.

How many results do you see?

 

Let's try one more search scenario.

Scenario 3

An elementary student is working on a country comparison assignment.  He needs information on China and India.  Can you help him track down information on these two countries?

For this third scenario, let's start with Britannica School Elementary.

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

This will take you to the Britannica School homepage where you can select the Elementary School level.

 

2) Click on Britannica School Elementary.

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

4) From the pop-down boxes select China from one and India 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?

 

Another feature in Britannica School important to note is the Reading Level.

To quickly move from one level to another at the article level, click on either Reading Level 1, 2, or 3.

For instance, if you are in Britannica School Elementary, you will see the option to move to Reading Level 2 (Middle School) on any article.

If you are in Britannica School Middle, you will see the option to move to Reading Level 1 (Elementary) or Reading Level 3 (High School).

And you'll always see the option to move to any of the Reading Levels at the top of the search results page.

 

Conclusion

You have completed this tutorial and gained a practical understanding of Britannica School database which is specifically designed for elementary, middle, and high school students.

We encourage you to spend more time exploring Britannica School 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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