eResource Spotlight – Britannica Library

I’ve decided to give everyone a little run through on some of the eResources we have on offer at CCL that I’m in charge of knowing about at my library, to help let people know about some of the great databases we have access to.

Britannica Adults

One of the collections I am in charge of knowing about is Britannica Library, which is a great place for research into a huge array of subjects (history, geography, science etc). There are 3 separate versions of the website; Adults, Teens and Children. The website and information is formatted and catered to those age groups. A brilliant tool for kids’ homework, teenage assignments and adult research.

Britannica Teens

The adult collection includes:

  • Articles that can be read by the online narrator;
  • An interactive world atlas;
  • Biographies searchable by era, nationality and what they are known for;
  • A country comparison tool;
  • Thousands of images, videos and audio files;
  • Latest news headlines that include coverage from the New Zealand Herald;
  • Te Ara — The Encyclopedia of New Zealand;
  • Tools to email, cite and print.

Britannica Kids

The Library at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

Encyclopædia Britannica: your reputation precedes you

There are some reputations that are deserved in this world. When I say Britannica everyone tends to sit up straighter in their chairs. We librarians respect scholarly excellence and want to provide trustworthy information to you – so we have made sure you can access not only the print version of this resource but its magnificent electronic versions in all their glory!

  • Britannica Junior: Aimed at primary school kids. Lots of pictures, video and articles that can be read aloud.  Stegosaurus is “Animal of the day”!
  • Britannica Student: For tweenies and teens. Great for homework with plenty of interactivity that will keep them entertained as they learn.  Eero Saarinen is “Biography of the day”. You don’t know who he is? That would make two of us. Thank heavens for Britannica!
  • Encyclopædia Britannica Online: For the grown ups. Covers every subject known to (wo)man and a few others besides. If you think life is depressing at the moment then use the “Country Comparison” to compare New Zealand to Somalia. Their life expectancy for women is 51! Eeek!

Access these resources and many other clever online resources at the Source using your library card number and PIN.