Britannica Library

Britannica Library

This guide will help you get started with Britannica, the online encyclopaedia.

You can print or download this Britannica Library helpsheet [658 KB].

Once the best known reference book in the world, Encyclopaedia Britannica is now the most prestigious online encyclopaedia. It is the first place to look for information on absolutely anything.

How to use Britannica

Go to eInformation: Online Reference Library and click A-Z of electronic resources.

Screenshot of the eInformation Online Reference Page

Then scroll down to Britannica Library.

Screenshot of Britannica Library Adult, Student and Junior Edition

Note that there are three levels of complexity: Adult, Student and Junior. Select the appropriate level for your search.

If you log into Britannica Library from outside the library, you will need to enter your library card number to gain full access.

Screenshot of Britannica Login box

Below are the results of an Adult level search for information on David Bowie. The search term is typed into the search box at the top of the Britannica page. A list of results is shown below. Click on the article title highlighted in blue to view the article in full.

Screenshot of search bar and results for "David Bowie"

Once you have opened the article, you’ll notice there are a number of options available at the top right, including print, email, translate and listen.

Screenshot of David Bowie article

In addition to the article, Britannica Library also provides links to images, video clips, magazine articles and relevant websites. These are accessed from a toolbar on the left side of the search results page.

Screenshot of links to articles, image and videos of David Bowie

You can click on each icon in the toolbar to see what other related information is available on your chosen subject.

Below you can see the results of a Magazines and Journals search on David Bowie.

Screenshot to further articles containing information about David Bowie

Other ways we can help you find the information that you need:

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This guide has been produced by West Sussex County Council Library Service © 2020.

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