Britannica Academic

The essentials for conducting thorough research all in one site. Britannica Academic delivers fast and easy access to trusted information with balanced, global perspectives and insights that users will not find anywhere else.

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About Britannica Academic

  • The rich combination of the venerable Encyclopaedia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools provides the variety of reliable sources that students need to consult when conducting thorough collegiate research
  • Written by Nobel laureates, historians, curators, professors, and other notable experts

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Features of Britannica Academic

  • Explore real-time updates to any article.

    Discover editorial updates and article additions in real-time.

  • Broaden perspectives with global news feeds.

    Benefit from news feeds from the New York Times and the BBC; editor-selected Web sites; an interactive world atlas; and famous quotations.

  • Integrate with Britannica ImageQuest.

    Subscribe to ImageQuest and you can explore millions of related images right from your search results page.

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    Updated versions of the World Data Analyst and articles from the Britannica Book of the Year.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does an annual subscription to Britannica Academic cost?

    Pricing is based on student enrollment or, in the case of public library purchases, on population served. Britannica Academic, devoted to college-level learners, researchers, and faculty, has pricing starting at a minimum of $750 per building (North America pricing only). Buyers may receive discounts for purchasing a Britannica Digital Learning product for more than one school or library and/or by purchasing more than one product.

    All subscription purchases will provide access to all users within the purchasing institution—from within the institution’s building(s) and anywhere remote. An annual subscription also provides full access to potential product updates made throughout the year.

  • How can I order an annual subscription to Britannica Academic?

    We’re so excited you’ve decided to subscribe! You can:

    • Call 1-800-621-3900 and speak to one of our sales specialists, available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm CT.

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    If you are ordering for more than one school or library building, it is advised that you speak to a sales representative to ensure you receive any available discounts. To get started, please call 1-800-621-3900 or e-mail contact@eb.com.

  • How do I set up a free trial?

    Not ready to order but interested in learning more? You can activate your free trial. There is nothing better than diving in and getting a hands-on experience. When you fill out a free trial form, a sales representative will connect with you within two business days. View a full list of products, and fill out the free trial form to get started.

  • What if I need help with understanding how to best use Britannica Academic?

    Don’t worry! We offer free training for all. Britannica’s Professional Trainers offer expert recommendations and guidance. Participants are invited to our 30-minute online training sessions, scheduled throughout the school year. Discover how to easily integrate Britannica Academic into the classroom or library for inquiry-based teaching and learning. Certificates of attendance are available.

  • If I subscribe to more than one product—ImageQuest, Britannica School, Britannica Academic, or Britannica Library—how can I use them together?

    If you subscribe to ImageQuest and Britannica School, Britannica Library, or Britannica Academic, you will have a streamlined exploration experience! From one search in your Britannica research database, you’ll also find related ImageQuest images directly in the search results page.

    You can also automatically log in to your individual “My Images” account, which is great for accessing ImageQuest from home, organizing your favorite finds, and sharing them with students or colleagues!

  • What are some of the colleges and universities that are utilizing Britannica Academic?

    Britannica Academic is trusted by colleges, universities, and institutions. This includes major universities such as Yale, Princeton, MIT, Brown, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Princeton, Rice, and the University of Chicago, just to name a few.

    In addition, Britannica Academic is used by The Smithsonian Institute, The New York Times, the U.S. Supreme Court Library, the United Nations System, and Sotheby’s.