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Britannica is a collection of digital reference products, providing background information on a number of different topics.  This tutorial will focus on Britannica Academic Edition, which is the main product.  (Britannica is brought to you through the Kentucky Virtual Library.)

Britannica Academic Edition is a collection of reference materials. Use it to find:
-Background information on many topics
-Encyclopedia entries
-Dictionary entries



Use the search box to conduct a basic search.  You can also click on “Article Browse,” “Media Browse,” or “Biographies” to the right to focus your search on a more specific format.

Tips: Use “Or,” “And,” and “Not” to get different results.
School OR violence will get you all results containing “school” or “violence.”  More results.
School AND violence will get you all results containing “school” and “violence.”  Fewer results.
School NOT violence will get you all results containing “school” WITHOUT “violence.” Even fewer results.
“School violence” in quotation marks will treat your search as a phrase – both words together.


Search results are sorted by relevance.  Unless you specify otherwise, the database will try and find results that contain your search terms in the titles. 

You can further limit your search results by selecting a different facet on the left side:
By Reference Type:
You can select which specific reference type/source type you want in your search results: articles, images, videos, dictionary entries, etc.



Clicking on an article will open it in Full-text.  At the top right, you can send the article through email, save it to your computer, or print the article.  Click on ‘checkmark’ icon to access your bibliographic citation for the article.  You would cite the article using MLA if it is for English 101 or English 102, and you would cite the article using APA for other classes.


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