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Britannica School

The number one information resource for inquiry-based teaching and learning — now integrated with Britannica® ImageQuest™!

Subscribe to the digital resource that students, classroom teachers, and school librarians can’t live without! Britannica® School is the go-to site for research — the core of any inquiry learning model — offering thousands of up-to-date, curated, and curriculum-relevant articles, images, videos, audio clips, primary sources, maps, research tools, recommended Web sites, and three separate encyclopedias. This video explains how teachers and educators can use Britannica School across the curriculum.

Built-In Support for Differentiated Learning

Choose from three user-friendly learning entry points — Elementary, Middle, and High School —for a wealth of unique content to explore. Select an article and adjust its complexity with a single click while maintaining the age-appropriate look and clean format — ideal for classes of students at multiple reading levels! Read-aloud functionality and a font size changer are just a few of the features specifically helpful for students with special needs.

Accurate, Up-to-Date Content Aligned to the Common Core and State Standards

Nonfiction, cross-curricular content in Britannica School is updated daily by our 100+-member editorial team with new and revised articles and multimedia — at least 1,200 pieces of content per month — to keep users informed and engaged.

Time-Saving Research Tools and Usage Reporting

Search, favorite, and share content, translate articles into one of 50 languages, or look up unfamiliar words in the pop-up Merriam-Webster™ Dictionary. Use handy how-to-conduct-research tools to build essential information literacy skills. Group together related pieces of content for activities or projects using the easy-to-use Content Collector. Review and adapt ready-made lessons on various subjects or create your own with the intuitive Lesson Plan Builder. Check out usage reports documenting the value your subscription provides. And coming soon … new Resource Packs, each providing pre-collected content elements on a particular theme or topic to give lesson planning or student project development a valuable head start. Watch this page for more information!

Awards And Accolades

“Now we have a safe and reliable platform to do research. We can search from anywhere directly from my smartphone. We encourage our kids to ask their questions to the right people and put them in touch with knowledge keepers and experts. When my kids ask to use my phone to search Britannica School, I always say yes!”
Nadine Harvey, Parent

“Comprehensive, accessible and versatile…with high quality, interactive and lively content..a top choice for schools.” Teach Secondary, October 2014

“Stellar Database: SLJ Readers’ Favorites and Other Essential Electronic Resources.” School Library Journal, April 2014

“The differentiated instruction and PreK-12 Common Core content-rich, lively material make Britannica School a highly recommended database.” School Library Journal, February 2013


Common Core Standards

  • Read and comprehend informational texts with increasing complexity.
  • Provide challenging informational texts in a range of subjects.
  • Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse forms of media.
  • Build academic and domain-specific vocabulary.
  • Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays to express information and enhance understanding.
  • Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects.
  • Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources.
  • Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare.