Cheryl LaGuardia is a Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, and Bonnie J.M. Swoger is the Science and Technology Librarian, SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library.
This article was published in Library Journal.
June 15, 2016
Britannica Library is actually an amalgamation of three reference resources, offering research materials through three levels of access: Children, Young Adults, and Reference Center (for adults). Content includes three encyclopedias (one of which is the Encyclopædia Britannica), new and continually updated journal articles, primary-source material, multimedia (90,000 images, videos, and audio clips), links to 129,000 expert websites, and ebooks. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary in English/Spanish is omnipresent here (double-click any word for the definition to pop up), and audio pronunciations are also available.
There is also access to a world atlas; a “Compare Countries” tool for statistical comparisons; “How-To” documents guiding students through creating book reviews, presentations, research papers, and science reports; the “My Britannica” personal account feature for saving and sharing articles, images, and videos; and a read-aloud feature that will enable early readers to follow along. The Library is designed for use on a wide variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop workstations; the system self-adjusts to fit the screen being used.
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