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Exploring the Britannica Library

Lundi 30 mars 2020

The timing is perfect for a closer look at all of the features found in the Britannica Library.  This resource is a fact checked online encyclopedia with hundreds of thousands of objective articles, biographies, videos and images.  This resource might just solve a few of your 'at home' schooling conundrums.

As with most searches, when you begin from the first page you will be met with a list of  article options.  When you choose the article you want, you can then choose the reading level most suited from the three purple tabs at the top of the article.  Level one will be suited for grades 2 to 3, level 2 for grades 4-6 and level 3 for grade 7 to adult.

Down the left side of the page, you will find a few information enhancements all suited to the reading level you have chosen.  There will be links to magazine articles, images, authortitative websites and more.

Now take a look at the row of symbols on the top right hand side of the article.  Clicking on these symbols you can email the article to your own computer, mark it as a favourite, print the article for future reading and display the citation you might need for your project papers. 

More exciting, though, are the next two symbols.  Click on the globe symbol to translate your article into any language you need from Albanian to Zulu and, yes, French is listed there.  The next symbol is the speaker and this one is powerful, too.  Click on this symbol and the article on your screen will be read to you.   Unfortunately, it can only be read in English.  The last two symbols in the row - a plus sign and a minus sign - allow you to adjust the size of the font to your reading comfort level.

If you need more help with your project look way up to the dark blue line at the top of the page and find the heading Research Tools and Materials.  Clicking here will send you to a page with articles on the steps of a research project, writing book reviews, giving a presentation and writing a science report.

For really young children enter this resource through the Britannica Library for Kids where the presentation is simpler and the font size larger.  There are still many great features such as images and videos found here, too.

To see an interesting page of quick facts and links to key articles from the New York Times, just click on an empty search bar from the splash page, choosing the level suited to your needs.

There is certainly lots to explore in just this one electronic resource.