Britannica unveils new reference and research site for libraries – all ages, all devices


I took the new Britannica research site for a very quick spin.  It’s a clean, colorful interface with intuitive icons, links, and features – very easy to navigate.  The landing page features three search boxes, each specialized for a different age group (curious if we can choose one as a default depending on our library level). Content is also divided into three reading levels to correspond.  Images, videos, recommended web sites, read-aloud, translation, and citation tools are built in.  The press release below has more information.  Nice job, Michael and everyone else at EB.

CHICAGO, March 11, 2014—Britannica Digital Learning today announced Britannica Library, the next generation of its comprehensive reference and research service for library users of all ages.The newly designed site is Britannica’s richest library product to date and includes new and continuously revised articles from encyclopedias, journals and periodicals, related multimedia, primary sources, links to useful Web sites and ebooks.

With sources for information seekers of all ages, Britannica Library is essentially three products in one, with specially developed reference suites for children, young adults and adults. The site makes it easy to move from one level to another as needed and to find a reading level within each reference suite that matches a user’s proficiency.

The site has several other features, including:

• read-aloud capability, enabling developing readers to listen to articles;

• research tools for exploring biographies and other topics and for conducting country-to-country statistical comparisons;

• a pop-up Merriam-Webster dictionary and thesaurus;

• “how to” documents that guide students through the preparation of book reviews, presentations, research papers and science reports.

Britannica Library is designed to be used on any device. Whether you’re using a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone, it adjusts to fit the screen, for optimal viewing. Library patrons can access the site anywhere they have an Internet connection and can save and share content in a personal account.

“This is the service for today’s information seeker,” said Michael Ross, general manager of Britannica Digital Learning and a senior vice president at Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. “No matter where you are, what device you’re using, or how old you are, you’ll find reliable information on your topic here from many sources.”

More information about Britannica Library and other Britannica products is available at 1-800-621-39001-800-621-3900 and http://info.eb.com.

About Britannica Digital Learning
Britannica Digital Learning (BDL) provides reliable, high-quality products and solutions for educators and students in grades PreK-16. BDL products are created by scholarly experts, skilled editors, educators and curriculum specialists. They’re designed to ignite curiosity and collaboration in students and make teaching and learning more effective. Products include Britannica School, SmartMath, Pathways: Science, and Image Quest. BDL is a division of Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. and is headquartered in Chicago.
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Contact:
Tom Panelas
Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.
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