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Lowther Hall Nora Collisson Centre (Library): Britannica

Introducation to Britannica School

Britannica School offers authoritative and trustworthy information in all knowledge areas by contributors and editors from around the globe. You will find fresh and engaging content that inspires curiosity, such as articles, images, and videos, plus dictionary definitions provided by Merriam-Webster, magazine and journal content provided by EBSCO, and hand-picked Web’s Best Sites links.

Britannica: Reading Levels Explained

Britannica offers articles at different reading levels to suit your individual learning.

Adjust Reading Level: Each Britannica article has a Reading Level 1 – 2 – 3 tool, which quickly shows the current reading level and the other reading levels available for the same topic. Look for the numbers to click or tap. Choosing a different number will change the content of the article, but not the page design.

You can change the level on your search results and on individual articles, making personalization easy. This allows Britannica to meets your learning at whatever stage you are at, while keeping the decision to level up or down private just to you. Just look for the 1 – 2 – 3 icon on search and article pages. Many topics are available in two or more levels of the site.

Britannica: Useful Information

Change Text Size

Most content-based pages in Britannica’s site, including search results, articles, and content browses, have in-page font resizing tools. Clicking or tapping the plus or minus sign allows users to quickly adjust the font size up or down for optimal reading.

Translate Text

Machine translation, powered by Google Translate, is available on all Britannica articles as well as magazine and journal content from EBSCO. Look for the globe icon to click or tap and choose a language from the menu. Please note that text within images is not translated, some features and tools may not work properly after translation, and the translation may not accurately convey the intended meaning. Britannica does not review the converted text. A Google Translate toolbar will appear onscreen above the Britannica site header. To return to English, click or tap "Show original" on the Google Translate toolbar.

Listen to Read Aloud

Computer text-to-speech, powered by Amazon Polly, is available on all Britannica articles. In level one, look for the play (triangle) icon at the top of each section of an article. In levels two and three, look for the speaker icon in the main toolbar. All levels have play/stop, rewind (previous paragraph), and fast forward (next paragraph) controls.

Get Definitions

The double-click dictionary, powered by Merriam-Webster, is available on most content-based pages in Britannica’s site, including search results, articles, and content browses. Double-click or tap and hold on any word to see a popover containing dictionary information such as part of speech, phonetic spelling, an audio recording of pronunciation, and a shortlist of definitions. Click or tap “See full definition” to jump to a full list of the dictionary search results for the highlighted term.

Britannica Research Tools

Save Favorites

Most content items on Britannica’s site can be flagged as a favorite for easy access later. To add an item to your own list, look for the star icon to click or tap. Visit My Content to add notes and organize your favorites into resource packs. Please note that you must be signed in to a personal My Britannica account to add or manage favorites.

Cite Sources

Britannica’s citation tool makes it easy to properly cite our content in your papers and projects. When viewing any article, image, or video, look for the checkbox icon to click. Select from MLA, APA, Harvard, and Chicago Manual of Style and the tool will format the required information for you.

See Related Resources

Look for the Related button or tab on any article to find a topically relevant selection of other articles and Web’s Best Sites. Additionally, in levels two and three only, see related Primary Sources & E-books.

Remote Access to Britannica

Britannica Insights for Chrome

Britannica Search: Middle

Search Britannica Schools: Middle Level (Level 2) which is ideal for students in Years 5 to 8, providing trustworthy information at a general level. Middle level offers Primary sources, eBooks and historical Britannica Year in Review supplemental articles.

Britannica Search: High

If you would like to extend yourself with some more detailed information and complex ideas, search Britannica School: High Level (Level 3), below. High is ideal for students in Years 9 to 12. High level also offers Primary sources, eBooks and historical Britannica Year in Review supplemental articles.

Britannica Search: Elementary

If you would like to go back to basics, search Britannica Schools: Elementary Level (Level 1). Elementary is perfectly suited to younger students or students who would like more broad information before they dive deeper into a topic.