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Libraries may join group purchases for the following online databases offered from Encyclopædia Britannica. The MCLS group purchase runs July–June. Mid-year subscriptions are prorated. Call MCLS for pricing. Free, online training sessions are available on an ongoing basis. Click here for upcoming webinars.

21st-Century Explorer  

Two Encyclopedias for differentiated learning. Level 1 provides easy to read articles. Students will naturally progress to Level 2 as they build their vocabulary, reading and research skills. Both Levels have Britannica’s read aloud feature. Students build confidence through learning games and activities. Teacher Resources included. Learning materials are correlated to curriculum standards.

Annals of American History Online  

Explore the rich and varied history of the United States with Encyclopædia Britannica's Annals of American History. This valuable online chronicle provides a year-by-year documentary of American thought and action. Read the original words of more than 1,500 authors who made and analyzed American history through speeches, writings, memoirs, poems, and interviews.  Browse the over 2,100 Primary Source Documents from 1493 to the present. And view the 700 related Multimedia pieces! Topics include American Democracy, Art & Leisure, Business & Industry, Education, Family, Labor, and more!  Contributors include Madeleine Albright, Henry Ford, John Hancock, Malcolm X and Edgar Allen Poe.

Britannica Learning Zone  

Learning Zone is a classroom-tested, curriculum-related PK–2 Interactive Learning Environment. Play, discover, create and read—these are the cornerstones of learning for young children. This complete online Solution for early-childhood learning includes an interactive atlas, online art activities, interactive games and learning materials, audio & video and vocabulary builders. The Zone teaches concepts in the areas of geography, numbers, time, sounds and more.

Note: Britannica Learning Zone is included with Britannica Online School Edition subscriptions.

Britannica Online Academic Edition  

Britannica Online, winner of the 2010 Choice Magazine Award for being a 2010 Outstanding Academic Title, winner of the 2005 CODiE and a finalist for the 2006 CODiE for Best Education Reference or Search Service from the Software Publisher’s Association, has been thoroughly updated with new content and employs a user-friendly interface that specifically addresses the needs of college and university libraries. Britannica Online is used by more than 20,000,000 people in over 18 countries!

Britannica Online Academic Edition content includes:
  • Content such as 75,000 articles from Encyclopaedia Britannica, with more 15,000 new or revised encyclopedia articles annually, and thousands of new bibliographic entries
  • Over 200 tables, 5,000 photographs, 300 Videos and hundreds of original illustrations new each year
  • 700+ full-text magazine articles from EBSCO
  • Over 23,000 Biographies
  • Bonus database World Data Analyst Online
  • Britannica's collection of Notable Quotations

Users enjoy features including:
  • Advanced search capabilities
  • Interactive Table of Contents
  • Access to over 100,000 editor-approved web sites
  • Access to tens of thousands of Primary Sources (including full-text e-books)
  • Britannica Workspace, a research organizer

Britannica Online Public Library Edition  

Britannica Online Public Library Edition is a 2008 Library Journal Pick, a Finalist for the 2007 CODiE Award for Best Online General Reference Service. The first online encyclopedia site designed specifically for the needs of public libraries, Britannica Online Public Library Edition includes two unique home pages—one for children and another for adults—that will serve an entire library community with a single product.

Britannica Online Public Library Edition contains 4 full encyclopedias, each covering the research needs of a different age group:
  • The Encyclopædia Britannica
  • Compton’s by Britannica
  • Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia
  • Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

Along with encyclopedia content, Public Library Edition contains:
  • Over 700 full-text magazine articles
  • Web sites that have been reviewed and verified by Britannica editors
  • A homework help section for students
  • A world atlas
  • Merriam-Webster dictionaries and thesauri for children and adults
  • A Spanish-English dictionary
  • Video and audio content
  • Daily content updates
  • ...And more

Britannica Online School Edition  

Britannica Online School Edition, the comprehensive K–12 reference and learning resource, winner of the 2010 Teachers’ Choice Award, winner of School Library Journal’s 2009 Award for being one of the 10 Best Digital Resources, and a winner of the 2008 CODiE, gives teachers and students instant access to four complete encyclopedias that ensure consistency with classroom topics and age-appropriate language. Designed for all levels of learning, Britannica Online School Edition offers students a gateway to the vast resources of Encyclopædia Britannica, with encyclopedia articles and Learning Materials correlated to all State Standards!

School Edition includes:
  • Integrated searching of over 98,000 articles
  • Over 27,000 graphics and 3,300 animations
  • Student-friendly website recommendations
  • Current magazine and journal articles
  • The Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate and Student Dictionaries and Thesauri (with audio pronunciations)
  • A new READ ALOUD function
  • World atlas
  • High-quality online Learning Materials, with over 65 Interactive Guides that are developed by teachers and curriculum experts.

What's more, every Britannica Online School Edition subscription includes free access to Britannica Learning Zone. Britannica Learning Zone is designed specifically for the needs of children from grades PK–2.  Based on multiple rounds of user-testing and educator feedback this site is designed to provide early learners enjoyable, engaging, and developmentally appropriate activities.

Global ReferenceCenter  

Global ReferenceCenter is an extensive collection of Encyclopaedia Britannica’s foreign language content including Spanish (entire Spanish ReferenceCenter), Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean and French (entire Encyclopaedia Universalis). Users will find comprehensive global coverage of art, geography, history, politics, science, sports, technology, and more. Each site also contains additional local content, including culture, history, and traditions, specific to each product.

Brilliant photos, detailed maps, and other imagery accompany the text, engaging readers and encouraging further learning. Clean designs and powerful search engines make it easy to find information. Vast and thorough yet intuitive and fast, the Global ReferenceCenter is ideal for native speakers and students of foreign languages.

Image Quest  

Features of Image Quest, the best and broadest collection of proprietary educational imagery, include:
  • Images from 51 of the best collections: Corbis, Dorling Kindersley Images, Getty Images, the National Portrait Gallery of London, the National Geographic Society, Oxford Scientific and more!
  • Currently 2,500,000 Images
  • Teachers can incorporate the images in their lesson plans and classroom activities
  • Students can use the site for homework assignments and course projects
  • Organized by subject matter; fully searchable
  • All images are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use!
  • Images can be downloaded, printed, saved in a “Lightbox” (or virtual folder) OR emailed as jpegs or gifs
  • Each photo or illustration comes with complete metadata, including the source, the copyright holder, caption and keywords

Uses of Image Quest include instructor lesson plans, assignments, activities and whiteboards; student reports and projects; school Web sites, newsletters, newspapers, flyers and bulletins. You can trust the source and be certain that you’re using an accurate photo.

Original Sources from Encyclopædia Britannica  

Original Sources is a compilation of more than 350,000 primary source documents, including more than 5,000 complete books, and authentic images. Students have access to a virtual library of the creations and discoveries of history's greatest minds, as recorded in the authors’ original words.  The library divides the original sources into eight major collections: World History, U.S. History, Science and Mathematics, Social Science, Literature, Political Science and Law, Language (including works in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, and other languages), and Philosophy and Religion.

Explore this vast collection with the flexible and intuitive search engine or browse the documents by subject, starting with the early civilizations and coming up to the present day. This database is available to academic and corporate/government libraries.

Student News Net  

Students can incorporate current events into school projects and homework. SNN provides safe, student-appropriate coverage of the world that is easily accessible. A new article is featured every day with 7 to 10 current articles available at any time. Archived news adds perspective with access to 4,500 fully searchable articles. Educators will appreciate the Science and Civics for the classroom: separate sections devoted to Science and Civics news and lessons include teacher resources and current events features.

Spanish ReferenceCenter  

Two Spanish-language encyclopedias in one! A complete reference collection for ages 6–12 and through College ages. Separate home pages for each level, making it the only online Spanish-language encyclopedia that offers age-appropriate content for everyone.
Britannica Escolar Online - provides a Spanish Elementary Encyclopedia with 2,000 Articles, images, videos, Workspace, an atlas and Learning Materials specifically designed for younger Students.
Enciclopedia Moderna - includes over 50,000 articles plus 4,200 images. Complete with dictionary, atlas and timelines, it’s the perfect resource for native Speakers, bilingual students and students Learning Spanish.

Webster’s Third New International Dictionary Unabridged Online  

Librarians and students can trust its comprehensive database of words and robust search functionality which allow users to research language and study words in a variety of convenient and effective ways.  Webster’s contains 472,000 entries, 200,000 usage examples, 3,000 Images and 14,000 etymologies (word origins). It's the perfect resource for anyone interested in expanding his or her understanding of the English language.

World Data Analyst Online  

This powerful database of current and historical statistics on 217 countries of the world makes historical and cross-national comparisons easy. Plus, the Analyst Tool allows users to create tables, charts, and even export information to a spreadsheet for further data analysis.  World Data Analyst provides country snapshots, country comparisons and ranked statistics.  Users can also link to country articles from the Britannica Concise Encyclopedia. Students will be able to find answers to the most detailed questions, such as: What countries have the longest life expectancy?  Who uses the most electricity?  Which country has the largest national park?

Note: World Data Analyst Online is included with Britannica Online Academic Edition and Britannica Online Library Edition subscriptions.