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Britannica Academic Encyclopedia: User Guide

About Britannica Academic Encyclopedia

Britannica has articles, photographs, illustrations, sound files, and videos on every subject. Britannica Academic articles are trusted resources with balanced, global perspectives and unique insights that you are unlikely to find anywhere else, with all information selected, rated, and reviewed by Britannica editors.

Britannica is a fantastic resource and easily referenced in your assignments. In some ways it’s similar to Wikipedia but Britannica is much better, written by Nobel laureates, historians, curators, professors, and other notable experts.

Watch the video to learn more:

How to log in

When accessing Britannica on the college computers you will be automatically logged in.

If you are accessing from home, you will be asked to sign in using your organizational account. Login with your student/staff email address and network password.

How to search for resources

Britannica has a very similar search view to Google, with a search bar along the top. There are lots of ways to filter your search results down the left hand side. An advanced search option is also available (highlighted below). 

Instructional videos are available from Britannica's YouTube channel.

You also have access to Britannica ImageQuest which provides millions of rights-cleared images. For the ImageQuest help guide click here.

Top Tip: Britannica vs Wikipedia

Who doesn't love Wikipedia? We all use it--it's a quick and easy place to learn more about a subject. However, as you hopefully already know, anyone can write and edit Wikipedia articles. This means Wikipedia can be good for increasing your knowledge and understanding of a subject but shouldn’t be taken as fact or used as a reference in assignments.

If you want information that has been written and reviewed by experts, Britannica is an amazing choice. Britannica contributors include authoritative experts like Desmond Tutu, Benjamin Franklin, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud and Alfred Hitchcock.